Thursday, February 2, 2012


Happy Valentines Day ~ Happy First Day of Spring ~ Happy Presidents Day ~ Happy Groundhog Day ~ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There are lots of fun celebration days coming up in the next two months and as winter goes by and spring begins, how about joining us for a new project?

We think we have chosen some small but fun things that won’t stretch the dollar to far but still challenge us a little. Knit, crochet, spin along with us! Below is an outline of upcoming events – if you need more details please contact Suzanne at the yarn shop 989-449-4444.

To start things off, HOW ABOUT HATS? Let’s do TWELVE IN 2012! If you’re a member of the online community Ravelry, you might have read about lots of group attempting to do twelve of something this year – 12 sweaters, 12 pairs of socks or mittens, 12 granny squares, spin 12 pounds of fiber – you get the idea. For us, the idea came a little bit late, so we’ve missed January, but beginning in February we are going to have a kal each month for hats. Like socks, hats are a small project that gives you the opportunity to learn a new technique, try a new yarn or knit a simple old favorite without breaking the bank. If you don’t need a hat for yourself or anyone you know, we’re always looking for donations to our hat charity. The goal will be to knit or crochet twelve over the year, but if that’s stretching things to much, don’t fret it and still plan to join in when you can. We’ll kick things off on Wednesday morning February 1 and Monday evening, February 6. This will be a relaxed, not many rules kal (or crochet along). If you have any questions, please check with Suzanne at the yarn shop, 989-449-4444.

SPECIALS OF THE MONTH ~ 10% off all single patterns; 15% off if you are an Open Knit member

OPEN KNIT is every Monday evening from 6-8pm and Wednesday Morning from 10-12am
There is a $5.00 fee to participate per month, but this includes either sessions and entitles you to a 10% discount on all your supplies for the monthly project.

HOW ABOUT HATS Wednesday, February 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 10 am till noon and/or
Monday February 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6 to 8 pm.
Chose your favorite hat pattern if you have one! We’d like to hear about both knit and crochet and if you have an example of a finished hat, please bring it to share. If you don’t already have a favorite, we’ll have some pattern suggestions on hand - for example, the latest issue of Interweave’s Knitscene magazine has at least four different hat patterns and the winter issue of KnitSimple has seven! Both of these publications are available at the yarn shop). If you do bring a favorite hat to show us, please remember to respect the copyright of any pattern you may have used and do not share unless the pattern writer allows it!

BEGIN KNITTING A HAT Monday, February 6 & 13 from 6-8 pm or
Saturday, February 11 from 10am till 2 pm
A basic class to help you start knitting in the round! Expand on your Beginning knitting skills and work on a simple hat. Instructor: Suzanne Cost: $15

SIP 'N SOCKS: Monday February 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6 to 8 pm.
Get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day with Maggie’s Heart Patterned Sock. A simple sock made with worsted weight yarn, actually a variation of last months Sip 'n Sock Coffee Cup pattern only this time with hearts!

You will need a main color of yarn and a small amount of contrasting color – how about pink and white; red and white or pink and red? Pattern will be available at the yarn shop.
Cost to participate is $5 for the month, which entitles you to 10% off yarn for the project. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a learn to knit class but rather a knit-a-long where we chose a pattern and yarn to work on together, but there are always knitters who are willing to help out if you have problems with a pattern - we can work through it together!

BEGINNING KNITTING, Monday, February 13, 20, & 27 from 6-8pm or Saturday February 11 & 25 from 10-2.
A basic class to help you start knitting! Learn to cast on, knit, purl and bind-off, then finish by making a buttonhole scarf (one skein project). Instructor: Suzanne Cost: $20 Homework required.

SPINNING FOR SOCK YARN, Saturday, February 25, 10 am till noon
Are you a spinner who would like to make your own sock yarn? There are some hints and tips that can help you, both in choice of fibers and how you spin the yarn and we are going to share them with you in this informal workshop.

Bring your spinning wheel and any fiber you have that you want to think about using for socks. Class will be from 10 am till noon, but we can stay and spin after lunch if you like! COST is $12 and includes handouts and some fiber samples. If you have questions about this workshop, please contact Cary Smith at 989-463-5630. NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this class so that instructor can prepare materials. Please reserve your spot by Wednesday February 22.

Jigsaw Puzzle Saturday, Saturday February 4, 11, 18, 25 9 -?
Puzzled what to do on Saturdays? Come in and help us put our puzzles together while enjoying the fellowship, a hot drink and maybe a bite to eat. Call 989-449-4444 for more details.

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