Our classes for July & August.

TUESDAYS
Double Point Needles / July 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. / 15.
Learn how to tame those sharp pointy sticks in this introduction to using double points (DPNs) for small circumference projects, such as hat tops, socks, gloves, sleeve cuffs, and toys.  Class fee includes yarn.  Supplies: (1) set US #7 or #8 DPNs.  Ann Ross, Instructor.

Note: Take this DPN class first if you’ve never used them before and want to take our Thrummed Mittens, Turkish Bed Socks, Mini Mitten/Sock Key Chains, or Basic Sock classes.  Also offered on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21.

Basic Sock / (3 sessions) July 24 and August 7 & 21, 2-3 p.m. / 45.
We think it’s still the best way to learn to knit socks: top down on DPNs.  Supplies & Homework: Churchmouse Classics Basic Sock pattern, sport weight sock yarn, US #3 (3.25mm) DPNs. Read instructions for cuff and foot variations and work cuff to desired length. Come to first class ready to work heel flap.  Ann Ross, Instructor.  (If you’ve never used DPNs before, please familiarize yourself with the technique by taking our Double Point Needles class first.)

WEDNESDAYS
Crochet 101 / July 18, 1-2:30 p.m. / 25.
Learn the fundamentals of crochet: foundation chain, single, and double crochet. You’ll make a simple baby cap.  Class fee includes pattern.  Supplies: Approx. 100 yds. worsted weight wool yarn; 1-G or H crochet hook.  Catherine Molski, Instructor.   (If you would like to donate your finished class project to a children’s charity, Catherine will see that your crocheted cap goes to the Motherless Child Foundation through the Ravelry Group, “Mittens for Akkol.”)

Turkish Bed Socks / July 25, 1-3 p.m. / 30.
Not quite a sock, not quite a slipper but completely addictive!  They make great gifts and take just 175 yards sock yarn.  Supplies & Homework: Churchmouse Classics Turkish Bed Socks pattern, fingering weight yarn, US #3 DPNs.  Read instructions for Cast on, Ankle edging, and Heel wrap and work through 13 rows in stockinette but stop before bind off.  Ann Ross, Instructor.  (If you’ve never used DPNs before, please familiarize yourself with the technique by taking our Double Point Needles class first.)

Granny Squares / August 1, 1-2:30 p.m. / 25.
Who doesn’t love granny squares?  Learn how to make them and attach them to one another to make fun retro afghans and pillow covers (like the one at left from Churchmouse at Home).  Class fee includes basic pattern.  Supplies: 2 colors of worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn (self-striping yarn may also be used), 1-G or H crochet hook.  Catherine Molski, Instructor.

Mini Mitten & Sock Key Chains / August 8, 2-3:30 p.m. / 25.
Even if you never use Size 0 needles again, you’ll love making these itty bitty mittens and socks that fit on cute “blocker” key chains.  Class fee includes key chain blocker and pattern; your choice of either mitten or sock.  Supplies: US #0 DPNs, small amount of fingering weight yarn.  Ann Ross, Instructor.  (If you’ve never used DPNs before, please familiarize yourself with the technique by taking our Double Point Needles class first.)

Thrummed Mittens / August 22, 1-3 p.m. / 30.
Imagine mittens with a soft, wooly lining that can lock out even the coldest snow and ice.  That’s what a thrum – a little wisp of unspun wool knit into a stitch –  can do!  Class fee includes fiber for thrums.  Supplies & Homework: Knitting Pure & Simple Basic Hat & Mitten Set #273, approx. 150 yards worsted weight wool yarn, US #8 DPNs. Read instructions and work 2″ cuff in 1×1 ribbing.  Catherine Molski, Instructor.  (If you’ve never used DPNs before, please familiarize yourself with the technique by taking our Double Point Needles class first.)

THURSDAYS
Oops! / July 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m. / 15.
What do you do when you know something’s wrong but you’re not sure what?  Learn how to rescue and repair common mistakes such as dropped or split stitches.  Supplies & Homework: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn, US #7 or #8 needles, “Fixer” or crochet hook.  Knit three 3×3″ swatches – one in garter, one in stockinette, and one in 2×2 ribbing.  Don’t bind off, just leave live stitches of all three swatches on holders or needles, still attached to their balls of yarn.  Ann Ross, Instructor.

Building Blocks / Knitting 201
(1st series of 3 classes out of 4) July 26 and August 9 & 23, 5-6 p.m. / 15.
If you want to be a better, more confident knitter, Building Blocks, a “curriculum” designed by Michelle Hunter to improve skills using a sequential mastery approach, is the answer.  You’ll learn 12 essential techniques and dozens of clever tips and tricks while you knit 12 “blocks.”  Combine them into a 36×48″ sampler afghan or use for smaller baby-size afghans and pillow tops.  Covering bobbles, cables, slip stitches, increasing, decreasing, chart reading, finishing, and more, Building Blocks has been enjoyed by hundreds of knitters across the country.  Once you purchase the Building Blocks instruction manual and your yarn you have the option to sign up for as many of the 3-session “quarters” as you like for only $15 each.  Each session covers a new block in the curriculum.  Start now in the summer, and your afghan could be finished before the end of the year.  If you miss a class, there’s even online video instruction to help you catch up!  Supplies: Building Blocks manual, minimum of 840 yards single color worsted weight yarn or 6 different colors, 140 yards each. Ann Ross, Instructor.

Cedar Leaf Shawlette / (2 sessions) August 2 & 23, 2-3 p.m. / 30.
A pretty little crescent shaped shawl that drapes around your shoulders or wraps around your neck as a scarf is a great way to show off a special yarn.  The body of the shawl is knit first with short rows creating the curved shape, and the leafy border is knit last.  Supplies: Cedar Leaf Shawlette pattern, 350 yards DK weight wool or wool blend yarn, 32″ US #7 circular needle, US #7 DPN.  Ann Ross, Instructor.

FRIDAYS
Double Point Needles / July 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. / 25.
See description under Tuesday classes.

Got Gauge? / August 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m. / 15.
Yes, it matters!  Say you have a pattern that calls for 4 stitches per inch.  If your gauge is just half a stitch more or less, your project could end up being 4 or 5 inches too big or too small!  We’ll discuss swatching and substituting yarns.  Supplies & Homework: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn, needles to get gauge.  Knit a 6×6″ swatch that has a gauge of 4.5 stitches to the inch in stockinette.  Wash and lay your swatch flat to dry – don’t block it.  Ann Ross, Instructor.

Basic Sock / (3 sessions) August 10 & 24 and September 7, 2-3 p.m. / 45.
See description under Tuesday classes.

SATURDAYS
Double Point Needles / July 21, 1-2 p.m. / 15.
See description under Tuesday classes.

Mini Mitten & Sock Key Chains / August 4, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. / 25.
See description under Wednesday classes.

Oops! / August 11, 10:30-11 a.m. / 15.
See description under Thursday classes.

Big Lace: Ovate / August 11, 1-3 p.m. / 30.
Lace doesn’t always have to be knit on tiny needles and yarn.  Try big needles with big yarn – a great way to learn to read lace charts and stitches!  Supplies: Ovate pattern, 1 skein Cascade Magnum or Brown Sheep Lanaloft, US #15 circular needles.  Ann Ross, Instructor.

Turkish Bed Socks / August 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 30.
See description under Wednesday classes.

Got Gauge? / August 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m. / 25.
See description under Friday classes.

Knitting 101 / FREE (Advance registration required for groups of two or more or for children.)
Ann Ross, Jill Schwartz
Ready to be a knitter?  Stop by for an hour on a Tuesday afternoon. We’ll help you with the basics: cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off.
Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Suggested supplies available for purchase: Worsted weight 100% wool yarn; 1 pair non-metal US #9 10” straight needles

Weekly Stitch & Spins / FREE
Come to a Stitch & Spin session and bring whatever project you’d like to work on for an hour or two. Enjoy the company of your fellow knitters, crocheters, and spinners. Coffee, tea, and snacks always available.
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Let us know if there are classes you would like to attend but cannot because of scheduling conflicts. We will make every effort to include the classes in future calendars.

 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 cancelled due to inclement weather will be re-scheduled.
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