As you saw last week, I was so quick to get an email out that I barely wrote to say hello to you! I am sorry. I know some of you like when I share (which means some of you may prefer me not to!). Anyway, I’ve been busy with work at the high school and gearing up for another run at the Boston City Council. Because of the commitment to the election and the shop (plus the family!), I have decided to take a leave from teaching at the end of this month. I have been feeling disconnected from you and the wonderful staff at the Stitch House and I know with more time to focus on the campaign, I can win in September 2015.
Although my time at the shop has been limited, I’ve still been madly knitting away. I just finished the popular Color Affection shawl in my campaign/shop colors: hot pink, grey and charcoal.
Now on my needles is a new sweater. I think it is a great Spring color. And since I’m ready for Spring and we happened to get a fresh shipment of Tosh Vintage in – I went for it! I’m making Entangled Vines from Botanical Knits in Leaf.
Perhaps I have inspired you? Come on in and take a workshop in knitting, sewing or crochet. I have a number of classes listed here and MORE on our website. Another good place to check out changes is on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group. I hope you’ll take a look!
Come in Friday night, as usual, we’ll be knitting, crocheting, and chatting around the table!
Get to Know Your SEWING MACHINE
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 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.
$30 for one session, offered Wednesday, February 4th 6-8pm OR Saturday, February 7th 10-12noon.
(Prerequisite: Get to Know your Sewing Machine)
This introductory six-hour session will give you the experience in the basics of sewing so you will have the knowledge and confidence to undertake projects on your own on 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.
Knit Skills with Bill – Work on your knitting skills while covering basic stitches, lacework, cabling and finishing techniques. You will be using Rowan Pure Wool and sample square patterns that can then be turned into a patchwork-style knit blanket.
$10/session plus materials. Saturdays, January 24, 31, & February 7 from 2-4pm.
Thrummed Booties – Make these cute “Cadeautje” booties by Ysolda Teague. They add a layer of cozy fleece inside your slipper-bootie to keep your toes toasty this winter. This class is taught by Sara Wolf (our exceptional thrumming instructor) who has mastered this pattern & made some adjustments to make it easier for you!
Class fee $20 plus materials purchase. This one-day workshop runs Saturday, January 31 from 4-6pm. Prep work required. You must know how to knit and purl comfortably. Call to register, space limited.
Special Sundays with Kathleen and Michelle: Join Kathleen and Michelle for a Sunday afternoon of project knitting! This month, they’re tackling cabling, a provisional cast-on and grafting! Make the Tuesday Night Cowl by Susan Lawrence, a beautiful cabled cowl in worsted to chunky weight yarn. This lovely works up quickly for instant warmth this winter!
$30 plus materials. This workshop will be Sunday, February 1 from 3-6pm. Call to register please.
Blocking Workshop with Valaree: There’s one more important step after finishing your sweater or lace shawl: blocking. Blocking is a process of shaping a knit garment to the proper size and allowing the fibers to “bloom.” It won’t fix your mistakes but it 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.
$20. Sunday, February 8, 10am-12pm. Call to register – there will be a bit of homework.
Ravelry Workshop with Michelle: Heard of Ravelry, but not sure how to use it? Use it and want to know more? Sign up for this workshop and Michelle will guide you through the basics of stashing yarn, finding patterns and joining groups, plus some of her favorite tricks!
$20. Sunday, February 22 10-12noon. Call to register.
Join Shelley for Knit 102 this Winter. Each week Shelley will help you with your independent projects and do a mini-lesson on a variety of skills.
Shelley’s popular Friday morning section is full, so we’re adding two more! The new sections are scheduled Tuesdays 2-4pm starting immediately and Thursdays 6-8pm starting February 5.
$75 for 4 week series. Call for more details and to hold your seat!
We also offer Knit 101 classes with five sections scheduled as follows: