Extreme Knitting, More Sewing Classes, Please Read!

This week I’m giving you just the facts. No pretty intro. Classes, events and that’s it. How does that sound? Good, I hope, because that’s what you’re getting!

First: Bus Trip to Rhinebeck with Diane Ivey, sponsored by the Eliot School

In October, join Lady Dye for a day trip to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival at the Duchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. Shop for all kinds of fleece, yarn and supplies, workshops, crafts, contests and sheep.

Have you driven yourself to the festival before? This time, relax in peace and let someone else drive. Purchase your festival entry ticket in advance, print it at home, then breeze through the lines and step right in to the fair. To reserve a seat on the wooly party bus, call the Eliot School at 617-524-3313 or register on their website – please use Course Code #AW794. $65 covers the cost of transportation ONLY – you’ll still need to purchase your festival entry ticket in advance or at the gate.

The bus leaves Boston at 7 am & returns at 8 pm on Saturday October 18th, departing from three locations:
  • 7 am – Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain MA (Easy parking on local residential streets. Please DO NOT leave your car in Curtis Hall’s lot.)
  • 7:30 am – Riverside MBTA Station, Green Line T, Newton MA, near Rte 128 Exit 22 (Grove St), at the Trailways/Peter Pan bus area
  • 8 am – Mass Pike Exit 10-A, Millbury Park & Ride, Millbury MA

You are responsible for your own entry ticket: $9 in advance, or $12 at the door. Print your entry ticket at home, bring it with you and enter the festival without waiting on line. You must also register separately for individual workshops. Do so online through Duchess County Sheep & Wool Festival’s site.

Second: Read the rest of this email for so many more classes happening!

Third: Knit with us Friday night from 6-8pm.

Last: Wish my oldest a very happy 10th birthday!

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MORE Sewing Classes!

Open Sew with instructor Amylou Stein

Do you have a sewing project you need to get done and need some help? Would you like to work on some simple sewing projects to improve your skills? Join Amylou on Mondays from 12-2pm and get sewing! $25 for the session. Please call to register.

Get to Know Your Sewing Machine (GTK)

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. You will leave this session with a good feeling 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: $30. Saturday October 11, 10a-12noon. OR Wednesday October 15, 6-8pm.

Sew 101 (prerequisite: GTK)

This introductory six-hour session will give you experience in the basics of sewing so you will have the knowledge and confidence to undertake projects on your own or in our Sew 102 series. You will learn how to understand, follow and cut out widely available sewing patterns. All participants will work on the same pattern. Pattern and fabric are available for purchase at Stitch House. Saturday Oct 18 (Schoolhouse Tunic), 10-4pm OR two Thursdays Oct 23 &30 (Schoolhouse Tunic), 6-9pm.

Fall 2014 Quilt Workshop with Alicia Nimonkar

Join us in making the Popsicle Sticks Quilt, a fun pattern for beginning and new sewers. Only $120 for 12 hours of instruction and 12 hours of additional studio time! Participants should have taken Get To Know Your Sewing Machine. Call or email for specific details. Sundays 10am-2pm, October 19, November 23, December 14, plus studios hours. Materials not included.

Sew 102 (prerequisites: GTK and Sew 101)

This is the next level class in our sewing series that helps you through your first independently selected sewing pattern. Over the course of eight hours you will learn how to understand and follow your pattern instructions, cut out pattern pieces, and make minor pattern alterations for a better fit. We ask students to bring their own pattern, fabric, thread and other notions. Call or email for more info. Saturdays 10-2pm, November 15 & 22.

Join us for FUN on Friday, October 10

 I “heart” Yarn Day!  

Double Knitting with guest instructor Alasdair Post-Quinn

Intro to Double Knitting

Learn a great new technique with guest instructor Alasdair.  Double knitting involves knitting two layers of fabric at the same time.  9am-12noon.

Multi-Color Double Knitting

Once you know the basics of double knitting, you can take it to the next level with color!  Alasdair will teach you the technique of creating a reversible pattern with multiple colors.  1-4pm. 

Sunday, November 16 – $60 each session, not including materials. 
Pre-register. Space limited.


MORE Knitting Classes!

Knit 102  Thursday PM or Friday AM

Each week Shelley will help you with your independant projects and do a mini-lesson on a variety of skills. Call for more details and to hold your seat! She kicks of the season with Friday mornings 9-11am and select Thursday evenings. Register and get the whole Fall for $100 or 4 sessions for $75. Thursday sessions on October 9, 23, 30. November 6, 13. December 4, 11.

We also offer Knit 101 sessions on Mondays 10am-12pm, Tuesdays 6-8pm, and Saturdays 9-11am. $75 for 4 sessions.

Blocking Workshop

Blocking is the process of shaping a knit garment to the proper size and allows the fibers to “bloom.” It won’t fix your mistakes but it usually makes everything look a lot better! Valaree will demonstrate the process and introduce you to the tools and techniques to make your knitting look its best. You will leave feeling confident to block your latest cast-off. Call to register and get homework. Sunday October 12, 10am-12pm. $20.


Thrummed Mittens!

Thrummed Mitten Class

Sara returns for her SUPER workshop on a winter classic! Add a layer of cozy fleece inside your mittens to keep your fingers toasty this winter. This design is an update on the traditional mittens of Newfoundland and Labrador where knitters salvaged the bits of yarn left over when fabric is cut off of the loom. Worked into the mittens, these ends — or thrums — provide an extra layer of insulation and warmth. Prerequisites: knitting in the round,  increase/decrease, knit/purl. Saturday October 18, 3-6pm. $30 includes instruction, fleece, and pattern. Worsted weight wool and needles are available for purchase.

Custom Knit with Claudia!

Custom Acorn Trail

The second round of the Custom Knit Acorn Sweater with Claudia Sorsby kicks off Saturday, October 11 from 4pm-6pm. 10 Sessions, $100.

Knitting Lace Without Fear with Carol Hatch

Join special guest instructor Carol Hatch for her “Knitting Lace Without Fear” workshop. Start a lace scarf using either sock weight yarn or mohair lace weight for a more adventurous experience. Carol will teach you basic lace techniques, how to use helpful knitting aids, how to recognize and fix mistakes without extensive ripping out, and tips on blocking (blocking won’t occur during this workshop).

This workshop costs $20 and requires registration. Please call or email us to reserve your seat today and to receive a materials listing to prepare for your afternoon with Carol. Sunday, November 23 from 10am-12noon

Vika Sweater Workshop

So many people have been admiring this new pattern from Brooklyn Tweed! Knitting instructor Libby is making one for her niece and invites you to join her this fall for this intermediate level class. You should know how to knit, purl, increase, make cables, and read charts. Libby will demystify the cable patterns and sweater techniques to help you make a sophisticated gift for the little girl in your life.  Sundays, October 26, November 23 and December 14 from 2-4pm plus scheduled help on select Friday nights and Tuesday afternoons. $60 plus materials.

More classes can be found on our website:
  • Wednesday Night Knitting
  • Crochet 101

Check out our website for everything including current class listing!


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