Finish Five by February has more than 20 people participating, which is pretty exciting because that means over 100 projects will be completed by Leap Day, February 29! You can see FO pictures over in our GYI group on Ravelry, here. Do you have projects you’d like to check off your to-do list? It’s never too late to join. Just post your list of five to be finished on our Ravelry discussion thread and then post again when they’re done.
A new year means new yarns! First, Malabrigo Rios is a brand new worsted for us, and we’ve already fallen hard for this kettle dyed superwash pure merino. Malabrigo Sock, with almost 60,000 projects on Ravelry, deserves its popularity – it’s one of the best of the best. (Sock and Rios, below left) The big news is we have a Malabrigo hat trick: Rios, Sock, and Mechita, their fingering weight single, wound into sproingy, squishy, soft 420-yard hanks, saturated in color in Malabrigo’s signature style. (Mechita, colorway Whales Road, below right)
We’ve also just loaded our shelves with 10 new drop-dead gorgeous shades of madelinetosh vintage, one-of-a-kind hand dyed HPKY sock yarns, and fair-isle patterning Lana Grossa sock yarns. A big re-stock of our favorite Cotton Supreme from Universal Yarns is on the way, just in time for the return of Michelle Hunter’s Building Blocks class.
Speaking of classes, we’re stocking up on sock yarns because we have not one but three sock classes coming up: cuff down for beginners, toe up for adventurous sock knitters, and, for experienced sock knitters, 2-at-a-time toe up socks on 2 circulars with guest instructor Nancy Davis. We’re thrilled to be welcoming her to our classrooom!
And finally, our winter class schedule. Registration is just a phone call away:
LEARN TO KNIT
(1) 1 hour session: Saturdays, 11:30am-12:30pm – February 6, March 5, April 9
(1) 1 hour session: Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm – February 11, March 10, April 7
You’ll master how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Progress at your own pace within each hour-long session. $5 of your class fee will be refunded as a store credit for either the purchase of materials on the day of your class or registration for another session. Materials will be provided for first class.
OPEN CLASSROOM / PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
What would you like to learn? Design your own private lessons in knitting or crochet. You pick the project and/or techniques. Register for one hour-long lesson or save when you purchase two or more classes, which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times. Want to work on the same project with friends? Groups of up to 3 can be accommodated at the same time.
Fees: 1 class – $15; 2 classes – $27.50; 3 classes – $40
(1-12) 1 hour session: Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 – February 6, 20; March 5, 19; April 2, 16 (sessions will continue through July)
Expand your knitting skills with Building Blocks, a series of 12 different, fun 10×10 squares. Starting with simple knit and purl patterns, you progress through cables, increases, decreases, slipped stitches and more in this sequential curriculum. Each block focuses on new stitches and techniques, building upon the previously learned skill. If you knit all 12, you’ll not only have really boosted your knitting know-how, you’ll have 12 beautiful squares to assemble into a sampler afghan, baby blanket, pillow covers, or use individually as dishcloths. Building Blocks creator Michelle Hunter offers online video tutorials for all techniques. Purchase of Building Blocks instruction book required. Attend as many à la carte sessions as you like or purchase a punch card for 6 sessions, save $10.
Materials: 125 yds. worsted weight yarn per square; US7/4.5mm or US8/5mm 24” circular needles; ring stitch markers; copy of Building Blocks, available at GYI.
Fee: $15 per session or 6/$80.
Homework: Cast on 48 stitches using long tail cast on. Row 1: *K1, P1; repeat from *. Row 2: *P1, K1; repeat from *. Work these 2 rows for a total of 6 rows.
MAKE YOUR FIRST HAT: The Which Way Hat
(1) 2 hour session: Saturday, February 6; 1:00-3:00pm
If you can knit and purl, you’re ready to knit in the round. A cozy hat makes a perfect first project. Learn how to use both circular needles and double points, make stretchy cast-ons, decreases, and read patterns.
Materials: 219 yds. worsted weight yarn; US7/4.5mm 16” circular and double point needles; ring stitch markers
MAKE ANOTHER HAT: The Lanvad Hat
(1) 3 hour session: Saturday, March 5; 1:00-4:00pm
The Lanvad Hat is a cabled slouch hat that begins with a tubular cast-on for the neatest possible 1×1 ribbing. Making the clever cables that are worked in ribbing is a cinch, using either written directions or chart.
Materials: 219 yds. worsted weight yarn; US4/3.5mm 16” circular and US6/4.0mm 16” circular and double point needles; ring stitch marker; cable needle.
SHORT ROW TECHNIQUES
(1) 2 hour session: Saturday, March 19; 1:30-3:30pm
Turning around in the middle of your row in knitting is called a short row, and more and more patterns are calling for them. This demonstration class will present several techniques, allowing you to pick the one you like the best: wrap & turn, yarnover, Japanese, German, shadow wraps, and the Cat Bordhi method.
Materials: approx. 50 yds. worsted weight yarn, US 8/5mm 24” circular needle, locking stitch markers
FIRST SOCKS: Churchmouse Basic Sock
(1) 3½ hour session: Saturday, March 12; 12:30-4:00pm (please note date change)
This classic pattern for socks made cuff down on double points is the best way to learn sock knitting. In this workshop you’ll make a baby sock to speed through the basics of sock construction.
Materials: 100 yds. fingering weight sock yarn; US1.5/2.5mm double point needles; copy of Churchmouse Classics Basic Sock, available at GYI.
SECOND SOCKS: Churchmouse Simple Toe-Up Sock
(2) 1½ hour sessions: Saturday, March 26 & April 9; 1:30-3:00pm
Once you’ve mastered cuff down sock knitting, it’s time to knit toe up. You can try them on as you go and get the most out of your yarn. You’ll learn to make an “afterthought heel,” which is easily replaced if it ever wears out.
Materials: 375 yds fingering weight sock yarn; smooth waste yarn; US1/2.25mm double point needles or 2 circular needles; copy of Churchmouse Classics Simple Toe-Up Sock, available at GYI.
READING CHARTS: English Mesh Lace Scarf
(1) 3 hour session: Saturday, February 13; 1:00-4:00pm
Charts are becoming very popular for all kinds of knitting: lace, cable, color work, and stitch patterns. In the first hour of this workshop, we’ll discuss the different types of charts and how to decipher them. Then we’ll cast on for The English Mesh Lace Scarf to put your new skills to use.
Materials: 300 yds. sport or DK weight yarn; US7/4.5mm 24” circular needles; copy of Churchmouse Classics English Mesh Lace Scarf, available at GYI.
MOSAIC KNITTING: The Jasper Cowl
(1) 2 hour session: Friday, March 11; 11:30am-1:30pm (please note date change)
Remember Op Art? Thanks to mosaic knitting, now you can wear it around your neck with the fun Jasper Cowl. This is color work with no stranding, no floats, just slipped stitches making bold, graphic patterns. Jasper Cowl/Hat pattern will be provided.
Materials: 185 yds. each of main and contrast color worsted weight yarn; US6/4mm 24” circular needle, ring stitch marker.
OOPS: FIXING MISTAKES
(1) 1 hour session: Saturday, April 2; 2:00-3:00pm
In this class you’ll learn to see the structure of a good stitch so you’ll know what to do when one goes wrong, including how to pick up dropped stitches, un-knit, and knit back.
Materials: 50 yds. worsted weight yarn, US 8/5mm needles
Homework: Cast on 30 sts and work stockinette (knit on RS, purl on WS) for 10 rows. Do not bind off or cut yarn.
2-AT-A-TIME TOE UP SOCKS with Nancy Davis
(2) 2 hour sessions: Saturday, April 30 & Saturday, May 14; 11:00am-1:00pm
For experienced sock knitters, the final frontier is making two at once. Nancy will teach using her favorite method, 2 circular needles. The project is Michelle Hunter’s Crimple, a free pattern on Ravelry. Participants must have previous experience making toe up socks and working Judy Becker’s Magic Cast On.
Materials: 400 yds. fingering weight sock yarn, (2) 2.25 or 2.50mm circular needles, either both 24” or 32” or one of each length; 4-6 stitch markers, copy of Michelle Hunter’s Crimple sock pattern.
GOSH YARN IT! CLASS POLICIES
To register or for more information, telephone 570.287.9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- With the exception of Learn to Knit, basic knitting skills are required for all our classes. You must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
- 72 hours advance notice required for both class registration and withdrawal.
- Unless otherwise noted, supplies are not included in class fees.
- In-stock supplies for all classes may be purchased by class participants at a 10% discount. (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 register. We accept reservations by telephone with payment by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
- A pre-paid class fee will only be refunded if more than 72 hours advance notice of withdrawal is given. If fewer than 72 hours notice is given, a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space in the class with another student.
- Gosh Yarn It! reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes that do not meet the required minimum enrollment of 3 students; class fees will be refunded or may be used to register for future classes. Any class cancelled due to inclement weather will be re-scheduled.
- A missed individual class session cannot be refunded or made up, but we’ll be happy to try to help you catch-up!