Sunday, August 23, 2009


September, October, November & December


It’s time to welcome fall and back to school time with back to knitting and crochet here at Sip ‘n Knit! You’ll find several new class offerings and knit-a-longs; some old favorites and some changes and updates to our past favorites. One of those that we are most excited about is the popular Knitting For Charity ~ want to know more?!? Well, read on!

WANTED: Knitters & Crocheters for HAT’S GALORE!
WHEN: Third Saturday of each month from 10am till 2pm
WHAT: This is our Knitting for Charity Program ~ we make hats and headbands to donate to various charities within the state of Michigan. Upcoming Recipients include:
University of Michigan Children’s Oncology Unit; Michigan State Oncology Unit; Alma Hospital Oncology Unit; Local Clothing distribution agencies; Carson City Hospital; Local Baby Pantries; Local Community Mental Health Agencies; Alma Psychiatric Unit

The first Hat’s Galore meeting for fall will be on Saturday, September 19 th from 10 am till 2 pm ~ this will also be the first of our brand new program “NEW-BEE” SATURDAY'S. Have you wanted knit or crochet items for those in need? Can’t do either? Join us at Sip ‘N Knit on New-Bee Saturday where we will have an instructor available to show you the basics and get you started on a simple hat or headband for charity. There is no charge for this instruction, however we ask that for this free class you purchase your supplies from our Shop. You will need one skein of Plymouth Encore yarn; one set of size 10 knitting needles or a size G & H crochet hook. As an added bonus for the day, there will be a special of 10% off supplies used for making the charity hats, free coffee and ice tea. We also have a lunch special for that day, so plan to eat and keep yourself nourished while you work away! If you already know how to knit or crochet, please come join in anyway to help us make some hats or cheer on your favorite knitter/crocheter! And if you know of a charity that is in need, please let us know!

Sip ‘N Knit Small Projects Night: Monday evenings from 6 – 8 pm . Cost is $5.00 for the month (even if you don’t participate in the project). In the past we have had Sip ‘n Socks, then Sip ‘n Scarves. This fall, we are offering a variety of small project knit-a-longs that will change monthly (see more details below). When you work along with us, you will receive 10% off your knitting supplies for that months project. Please note this is not a learn to knit/crochet class but rather a knit/crochet along where we chose a pattern and yarn to work on together, lending support as needed.

September: Farmers Market/Back To School Bag
October: Fingerless Mittens
November: Socks
December: One Skein, Last Minute projects.

Wednesday Morning Knit/Crochet Group: Wednesdays from 10 am till noon. No charge. There is nothing like a little knitting or crocheting and some crazy girls to get your day off to a good start. Bring your knitting and join us – you might even like to stay for lunch!

Middle of the Mitten Fibers Arts Meeting: This is normally the second Saturday of each month, but please check to be sure! From 10 am till 2 pm, except for our December meeting.
September: Beaded Stitch Markers with Mary Kaufman and Nakia Carter
October: Learn To Drop Spindle - CANCELLED
November: Needle Felted Pins with Rita Walters
December: Pajama Party Evening on Friday, December 11th. 6:00 pm till ??? More details to come!

Knitting 101: Mondays, September 7, 14, & 21 or November 9, 16 & 23 from 6-8 pm. You will learn how to knit, purl, cast on and off by making a basic scarf or dishcloth. Cost: $25 plus supplies. Class size limited to 8. Instructor: Suzanne Bailey

Crochet 101: Mondays, September 7, 14, & 21 or November 9, 16 & 23 from 6-8 pm or call for an afternoon or Saturday. This is a 3-week class that will introduce newcomers to crocheting. You will learn the basic stitches of chain, single crochet, and double crochet. With a little homework, you should be able to complete a scarf by the end of the three sessions. Class size limited to 8. Cost: $25 plus supplies. Instructor: Kirsten Mitchell

Intro To Ravelry: Monday, September 14 from 6:30 – 8 pm Do you "Ravel"? What is Ravelry? From the Ravelry site: "Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration....." I admit, I was one of those who resisted signing on for quite some time, but whether you join this online knitting community for fun or for information, it really is a useful tool for the fiber/yarn enthusiast. It doesn't cost a thing to become a member - go to and sign in with a username and password...that's it! It is very simple to use, but there are a few tips that will make your time there more enjoyable and more useful.

Join us at Sip 'n Knit on Monday, September 14 at 6:30 pm for a little "INTRO TO RAVELRY". We will try to show you some of the special features (things you might not have thought of before!) and answer your questions about using this wonderful program to its best advantage. COST: No charge except your monthly Monday night group fee ($5) Feel free to bring along your laptop!

Knitting 102: Mondays, October 5, 12, & 19 from 6-8 pm. You have learned the basic stitches to knit and purl, now what? We have selected a felted purse or very warm felted slippers for you to continue practicing your knitting skills. This class is geared toward those who have already taken Knitting 101 or those that are interested in learning to knit something other than a basic scarf or dishcloth. COST: $25 plus supplies. Class size limited to 8. Instructor: Suzanne Bailey

Crochet 102: Mondays, October 5, 12, & 19 from 6-8 pm. In this class we will be working on a poncho or a project of your choice. You will learn more crochet stitches and how to read a simple pattern. This is a good class to take after Crochet 101. COST: $25.00 plus supplies. Instructor: Kirsten Mitchell

Basic Socks Class: Call to set up a time for individual class or for you and a friend, if you prefer company! Learn to knit a basic sock form the cuff down in three two-hour sessions. Class requirements include basic knowledge of knitting (cast on; knit and purl; increase and decrease). Experience knitting in the round is helpful but not necessary. There will homework for this class. Cost of two-week class is $20 plus supplies. Class size is limited to 4 students. Instructor: Suzanne Bailey NOTE: If three weeks is needed, there will be an additional fee of $5.00.

The Great American Afghan Project: Every fourth Monday from 6-8 pm beginning September 28, 2009We began this project in March 2009, but you can join in at anytime. This an ongoing, two year project that includes 25 unique squares using a variety of knitting techniques – a great way to learn on a small scale! You can see many of the squares displayed in the shop. You may choose to sign up for any number of sessions and receive a discount for signing up for four classes at a time. You need to be able to knit, purl and bind off.

September 28 Square #16
October 26 Square #20
November 23 Square #21
December 28 Square #7

Although it is not necessary, we do encourage you to purchase your materials at Sip-N-Knit. If they are not, there will be a slightly higher charge for the class.

Basic Mittens For the Whole Family: Saturday, November 6 & 20 from 10 am till 2 pm You must have a basic knowledge of knitting (cast on, knit and purl) and knowing how to knit in the round is helpful, but not necessary. Instructor: Cary Smith Cost: $20.00 covers both sessions and includes your mitten pattern.

Sip-N-Knit Class Policies Class fee is due with registration and many classes have limited space available, so be sure to sign up early. You are encouraged to purchase your supplies at Sip-N-Knit prior to beginning your class. Class supplies purchased in the store will be given a 10% discount. Occasionally, a class may call for additional supplies provided by the instructor, so please read each class description carefully or if you have any questions, contact the shop at 989-449-4444 or email If you cancel, class fee will be refunded as long as the store is notified at least 3 days prior to class starting date. In the case of bad weather or sickness you must notify before class time and reschedule a make up time. Special classes can be scheduled for private groups or to accommodate all work schedules. Please contact Suzanne at Sip-N-Knit (989-449-4444).

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