April Snow Showers? New Project of the Month, Spring on the way….let’s play baseball!

Yes, the other morning as I walked through the parking lot at the high school there were snowflakes! It is true. Snowflakes! I think the only way to get out of this weather slump is to play some baseball! It is that time of year again to play my favorite sport. And the boys are ready and practicing and looking forward to the start of another season of this fantastic sport. As you might remember I collected cases of water for the Savin Hill Little League and I am doing it again. This is how it works: bring in a case of bottled water between now and April 30 and receive 10% off your purchase. You will also be entered to win a gift bag form Cascade Yarns. I then donate the water to the League to have for the kids on game days, and eventually it will be warm and the kids will need them! Thank you for all that donated last year and in advance for those that will bring some in this time around.
Photo May 05, 1 49 12 PM
Now that we are in April, I can announce the newest project of the month! Join me and making this lovely mohair wrap. I’ve made it with colorblocking last last year using three colors of Giselle, but the simple painted Kidsilk Haze Stripe and a 24″ circular needle are all you need! Let’s call this the April Chill Chaser and make it a project! Join me and make this very simple (what I call Red Light Knitting) knit-a-long. This yarn is $30 and the needles are $16 for Addi Turbos, or $8.50 for Clover Takumi Wood. For this special project I am happy to ship for free and ship tonight! Just call and reserve you project. We’ll either hold it in shop for you or mail it Priority Shipping for free!
What else you ask? Well there are lots of classes to pick from. Check out one of these:
Sewing Help & Project Wrap-Up (for former and current Intro to Sew students) Did you plan to get further along in your project and not quite get there? Or, are you looking for some extra time on a special project? Register for this one-day workshop designed for you and your projects in mind. Saturday April 6, 12 noon – 3pm. $15 a session, pre-registration required.
Sunday Crochet WorkshopNow that there is a growing group of you ready for the next step in crochet, Jeanne invites you to join her Crochet Workshops the first two Sundays in April. On Sundays, April 6 and April 13 from 3-5pm. she’ll be working with you to make a crocheted pillow cover. This class is not for those wanting to learn to crochet; Jeanne has designed this for those who have completed an Intro to Crochet class and know the basics. Come for one or both weeks: $20 per session.  Running Sunday April 6 & 13, 3-5pm.  
Get To Know Your SEWING MACHINE PLUS! GTK PLUS is a 2 hour workshop to familiarize yourself with either your personal sewing machine, or ours. We’ll introduce you to the machine, including turning it on, threading it, learning the basic stitches and functions, and caring for it. We also will show you how to select appropriate new-sewer patterns, read them and measure yourself for a good fit. You will leave this session feeling good about your beginner skills, a handy packet of information to use at home and a starter project for your first sewing class with us. Even if you aren’t taking a sewing class with us, this is a great opportunity to learn a few basics. If you are bringing your own sewing machine- bring all the pieces and the manual (if you can find it!). If you don’t own a machine, come get to know our machines. This workshop also includes taking your measurements, picking appropriate patterns and how to select fabrics and notions. Class cost: $20. Pick one of the following sessions offered: Saturday April 6 FULL  OR May 4, 10am – 12 noon OR Wednesdays April 10 FULL or May 15 from 6-8pm OR Tuesday April 30, 10am-12noon.
Pre-Teen Sewing for Kids Ages 10-12 A special class for pre-teens, this class will focus on making a few small projects to help familiarize the students with cutting patterns and using the sewing machine.  This class will focus on making an Amy Butler bag with your choice of our colorful designer fabrics.  After this class they’ll have the skills to make great gifts for all their friends. Participants will learn how to understand and follow pattern instructions, cut out patterns, and use basic machine stitches and hand sewing techniques. The first class will introduce the participants to the shop machines. Mondays May 6, 13, 20, 4-5:30pm.  $75 includes materials.
Introduction to Sewing – Saturday Intensive for Beginners and New Sewers (GTKPlus Prerequisite) So you want to learn to sew or continue developing your skills? Pick your own project and get started. You will learn how to read and follow pattern instructions, cut out patterns and make minor pattern alterations for a better fit. We start sewing the first week so come with a pattern and fabric ready to go. This class runs 2 Saturdays for $75 (does not include materials) Light lunch provided. Students bring pattern, fabric, thread (call or email for more info) **April 13 & 20, 10am-2pm** OR **May 11 & 18, 10am-2pm**
And don’t forget to use your Red Line Yarn Crawl Passport for a purchase discount and to enter another drawing! And coming up in May, save the date for an IPad Google Reader workshop on Sunday, May 5 at 3pm and an Intro to Lace Scarf Workshop on Sunday, May 19 also at 3pm. We’ll have descriptions ready for you next week. Space will be limited so save the date and time now so you are ready to reserve your seat at the table.
Oh! And tomorrow night, join us for Friday Night Knitting anytime after 6pm. If you are tempted, but nervous to join us, just come! This is a great group of people that are very welcoming to new people. Everyone around the table was once new to the group… So get off the couch and come hang with us!
In in unrelated news, Abbie Wannamaker, author of Jack and Olive, met her goal through Kickstarter and her book will be published! It is very exciting to say Stitch House played a small role is helping her bring her dream to life. It is very cool to be a part of her success. Thank you to any of you who also helped deliver Jack and Olive to the rest of the world. Remember, you can say “I knew her when”…

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