Spring officially arrives at 7:21 p.m. The schedule of spring classes at Gosh Yarn It! arrives when I hit “Publish,” which I’m going to do – right now – at 7:19 p.m.
To get full details about supplies and pre-class homework (if any) and to register, contact Gosh Yarn It!, 570.287.9999, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LACE SAMPLER WORKSHOP: This chance to learn from Felicia Ryan’s expertise in lace should not be missed! The class is a skill builder and is technique rather than project oriented. If you’ve already mastered basic lace skills and are ready for more detailed designs, you’ll learn how to tame even the most “difficult” patterns you’ve been admiring. The class will cover reading lace pattern charts and explore a variety of increases and decreases. As a bonus, you will explore several different ways to make a nupp, an Estonian bobble stitch that people think is one of the most difficult and tricky of all lace stitches. One skein of Lanaloft Sport Weight yarn is included in the class fee and will be supplied at time of registration. One Saturday session, March 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ($50)
Note: Felicia has generously offered to lead an online-based Knit Along (KAL) for us over the summer for one of her favorite patterns that incorporates all the skills covered in this class, Echo Flower Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen (permission to use pattern granted by the designer). Meeting days/times will be chosen during class if there is interest. All lace knitters are welcome to join this KAL; you do not need to attend this class to take part.
LEAF LACE SHAWL: Lace knitting has become enormously popular, thanks to deceptively easy patterns such as Evelyn A. Clark’s Leaf Lace Shawl, a classic Estonian-inspired pattern and the perfect introduction to knitting triangular lace shawls. It can be worked in 4 different weight yarns and your choice of 2 sizes, so you’ll have plenty of options. Instructor Gina Thackara will be working the shawl right along with you, offering great tips and tricks for successful lace work. Two Saturday sessions, March 26 and April 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ($60)
GOT GAUGE?: As much as you may want to cast on for a new project and get started, taking that small amount of time to check your individual stitch and row gauge before you begin can mean the difference between knitting up a success or a disastrous failure. In this class with Felicia Ryan you’ll learn how to use swatches to get the most out of your knitting, whether you’re trying to match a pattern exactly or make substitutions. There is pre-class swatching homework. One Saturday session, March 26, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ($30)
CROCHET 101 : Many knitters ask, “Why should I learn to crochet when I can knit?” Crochet may be younger than other fiber arts, but in just over 200 years, crochet has evolved into a unique craft, much more than a technique for making doilies, granny squares, and baby blankets. Marcia K. Farrell, PhD. will show you the versatility, beauty, and nuances of crochet and how crochet and knitting are really complementary techniques that produce very different results. Students will learn the chain stitch and the single crochet as they make a washcloth-sized sampler. One Wednesday session, March 30, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ($25)
TATU (TRY A TOE UP) SOCK: Using Carolyn Kern’s original pattern written for sock knitters who have previously knit only cuff down socks, you will knit a pair of full size toe-up socks (one at a time) in sport weight yarn on 2 circular needles. Techniques covered in the first class include Judy’s Magic Cast-on to start the sock toe; in the second class, working the heel with a gusset/heel flap construction and short rows; and in the last class, binding off with the Kitchener (invisible) bind-off. Three Saturday sessions, April 2 and April 9, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and April 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. ($60)
TINY TOP DOWN SOCK ON DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES: For centuries, socks have been worked from the cuff down on double pointed needles (DPNs), and it’s still the best way to get to know “sock anatomy.” While knitting a miniature practice sock with me you’ll learn how to cast on with DPNs, turn a heel, pick up gusset stitches, and graft a toe closed. Class fee includes a copy of the pattern and sufficient yarn to complete the project. A good choice for knitters who are making socks for the first time but have knit in the round before. Two Saturday sessions, April 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m., and April 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ($45)
VINTAGE CROCHET BABY BLANKET: Churchmouse Classics gives a fresh, updated twist to a classic chevron crochet pattern in a charming baby blanket. Working with instructor Marcia K. Farrell, PhD., you’ll have a choice to work either a 2- or 10-color version, both of which are easy to size up for adult use. Two Wednesday sessions, April 13 and April 20, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ($45)
STARTING TO FINISH: If you love starting sweaters but aren’t happy with your finishing skills, you’ll learn to make perfect seams, pick up stitches for bands and edgings, and make just-right buttonholes from Carolyn Kern in this class. There is no project, but there is pre-class homework. One
Fee: $45, 1 Saturday session, April 30, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ($45)
CHA CHA SCARF: One of our best-selling yarns is the unique Cha Cha from Trendsetter, a crepe ribbon yarn with a ladder-like opening along one side. With Jill Schwartz you’ll learn how to prepare and knit Cha Cha yarn to make a rectangular scarf of soft, elegant ruffles. One Saturday session, April 30, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ($15)
ENTRELAC SCARF: Entrelac is a knitting technique that produces a textured diamond pattern. “While the end result resembles basket-woven strips of knitted fabric, the actual material comprises interconnected squares on two different orientations. The use of variegated yarn with long color repeats for entrelac has become commonplace, since careful use can create distinct squares of color with only one yarn.” [Source: Wikipedia] The project for this class with Carolyn Kern is The Basic Entrelac Scarf by Lisa Shroyer. One Saturday session, May 14, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ($45)
TINY TOE-UP SOCK ON 2 CIRCULAR NEEDLES: Once you go toe-up, you may never go back. You will knit one miniature practice sock with me on 2 circular needles, learning Cat Bordhi’s version of Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on for a great seamless start, work the heel turn with wrap-and-turn short rows, and go on from there to learn how to knit full size socks that can be tried on every step of the way for a perfect fit. Class fee includes a copy of the mini sock pattern and sufficient yarn to complete the project. A good choice for knitters who are making socks for the first time but have knit in the round before. Two Saturday sessions, May 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m. and May 21, 10:00-11:00 a.m. ($45)
MAGIC LOOP TOP DOWN SOCKS: Tried making socks on DPNs or two circulars and ready to make your socks on just one needle? In this class with instructor Catherine Molski you will learn the Magic Loop method for knitting socks cuff down (one at a time), from casting on to grafting the toe with the Kitchener stitch. Catherine will have several socks-in-progress to show you each step of sock construction as you knit along. Class fee includes a copy of sock pattern. Three Saturday sessions, May 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m., June 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., and June 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m. ($60)
KNIT MARKET BAG: It’s almost farmers’ market time. Tote your tomatoes in the eco-friendly Terrific Tote pattern by Kollage Yarns (or crochet bag, see below). Techniques covered in this class I’ll be leading include picking up stitches, knitting in the round on circular needles, increase and decrease stitches, reading a 4-row lace chart, and the use of a cable needle. Two Wednesday sessions, May 11 and May 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ($45)
CROCHET MARKET BAG: If you’re a beginner crocheter ready to start reading and following written patterns, Marcia K. Farrell, PhD. will show you how to get started with this easy market bag. Class fee includes pattern. Two Wednesday sessions, May 25 and June 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ($45)
ISHBEL SHAWL: Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel is a hugely popular design, with over 9000 projects on Ravelry.com alone. We think the reason is its simple construction and elegant design, a shallow gull-wing triangle, which is pretty made up either as a larger shawl or smaller scarf. You can use lace, fingering, or sport/DK weight yarn for both sizes. I’ll be leading this class with one of my favorite patterns. Three Wednesday sessions, June 8, June 22, and June 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ($45)
KNITTING LACE FOR THE FIRST TIME: English Mesh Lace Scarf, a simple, well-written pattern, will introduce you to the delightfully addictive world of lace knitting. I’ll be showing you basic increase and decrease stitches, chart reading, how to “read” your lace knitting to catch little mistakes before they grow, and how to add beads to your stitches as you knit, although the pattern can be worked with or without beads. One Saturday session, June 18, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ($45)
and, of course, we always offer:
KNITTING 101: Instructors, Ann Ross or Jill Schwartz
Ready to be a knitter? Stop in the shop for an hour, either on a Wednesday morning or Thursday evening. You’ll learn the basics: to cast-on, knit and purl, and cast-off. Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Free. No advance registration required.)
STITCH & SPINS: Bring whatever project you’d like to work on and enjoy the company of your fellow knitters, crocheters, and spinners. Coffee, tea, and snacks available. Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
And now the fine print: GOSH YARN IT! CLASS POLICIES
- Unless otherwise noted, supplies are not included in the class fee.
- In-stock supplies for all classes may be purchased by class participants at a 10% discount either in advance or on the day of the first class. (We really appreciate your buying all your class supplies from us!)
- Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.
- Payment is due when you sign-up. We accept reservations by telephone with payment by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
- A pre-paid class fee will only be refunded if at least 5 days advance notice is given that you will not be attending. If fewer than 5 days notice is given, a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space in the class with another student. An un-refunded class fee is transferable and may be used to register for future classes.
- Class size, unless otherwise noted is 3-6 students. Gosh Yarn It! reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes that do not meet the required minimum enrollment (but we hope we’ll never need to). A missed individual session of a class cannot be refunded or made up (but we’ll be happy to try to help you catch-up on what you missed). Any class canceled due to inclement weather will be re-scheduled.