For those who don't know Mary Claire and her mom Anne they are so much fun. Anne has been recuperating from surgery so Mary Claire came in to select yarn for the baby surprise jacket class with her dad and she did a great job. She was also looking for yarn for a new and challenging project the Wavy scarf from Knitty. This pattern is a little more difficult than it initially appears but she debated the other suggestions and decided to tackle this one. Therefore, she is inspirational.

Doesn't the scarf look great? It is knit out of Chunky Alpaca in this stunning turquoise to complement her brown jacket she is knitting. If we could clone this teenager we certainly would.

I just wanted to highlight a yarn that has been overlooked in the shop and I love it! It is from Wisdom Yarns called Poems. It has some beautiful stripes in it. I think this would look stunning in the Ten Stitch Blanket or the Ten Stitch Swirl Blanket. I wish I could post links to both of those free patterns but you will need to join Ravelry (which is also free and a great resource).

It is a worsted weight yarn that is wool. It is a great price and is super soft.

Definitely stop by and check out this yarn!

Enjoy the beautiful weather!
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Thursday Night Greetings

In case you missed Thursday Night Knitting, you missed some home made chocolate covered strawberries which Lisa Marie made and were oh so yummy.

You also missed a ton of knitting and crocheting activity. And this was just one side of the room!

Some of the usual suspects were present as well as some new folks who stopped into the shop.

Some of the talk obviously surrounded the shocking news of Michael Jackson, Trevor's new knitting project, and recommended summer knits.
I haven't posted these new knitting cards that we have but they are great for your knitting friend or swap partner. The little graphics are actually pins.

Have a great week!
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We received Can-Can from Schulana which is this cute little accent yarn for some summer knits.
Can-can has 61 yards but it is a bulky yarn. It is synthetic yarn which can be knit on 11 us size needles.

For example, knit a scribble scarf. Use can-can with a thinner yarn and voila a great accessory!

And Deb stopped by with her recent crochet accomplishment. Knit in Noro yarn, this is a great pattern. Ask Sheila for the pattern (and if you see Ed in the shop ask him how he made a variation of this scarf).

Happy Knitting!
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Sidewalk Sale and WWKIPD

Although, we were rained in by the showers yesterday, the Sidewalk Sale and WWKIP Day was a blast!

At the shop, the yarn swap was in full swing with people finding great deals. Some of the yarns on the table included Noro, Karabella, Lorna's Laces, and all sorts of other delicious fibers. Also in the shop were some great buys with Cascade Sierra, discontinued colors of Silky Tweed and Wool for amazing prices (to name a couple).

However sitting and knitting in the shop was the best. Remi was working on a fun dishcloth while Trevor was churning out socks. Patty was strolling through the shop with Berroco Comfort socks on her needles, Lisa was searching for a sweater with Eva (and was very successful with a pattern from Feminine Knits), and Ed was entrancing everyone with his crazy cool crochet scarf.
We had a lot of people catching up and others were meeting for the first time. Watch out for another swap in the future!

SUMMER 2009 Classes

Beginner’s Knitting- For the summer; we will be offering a quick start beginner’s class, to get you all knitting on those long, lazy vacation days. This will be a three session class, and while not as exhaustive as our six week series, will offer all of the basics: Cast on, Knit, Purl, Bind off, and other tips such as how to add in new skeins. The project will be a sampler scarf to knit while you learn. See class handout for supplies list. You will be required to buy your own yarn and needles. Worried that you can’t make all three classes? The class will be offered over four Saturdays. Pick your three sessions of the four.
(3) 1 hour sessions $45 - Saturdays, June 20, June 27, July 11, 18 (No Class on July 4) 10AM

EZ Baby Surprise Basics- The Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket continues to be a phenomenon. While the jacket is easy and fun, knitters frequently approach it with trepidation. This class will ease your fears. We will cover all of the techniques required to knit it, and discuss the design of the jacket. When you leave this class, you will have a firm grasp of the concept, and be on your way to completion. Pattern and yarn purchase required. Students must know basic knitting techniques.
(2) 2 hour sessions $50 - Tuesdays, July 7, 14 7PM

How to Design Your Own Scarves and Wraps
- There are so many times when we see and gorgeous yarn that we simply must have. But what should we do with it? Never again turn away from a beautiful yarn with a sob in your throat because you can’t find a pattern. (Of course, that doesn’t stop us “yarn collectors”!) In this class, we will discuss characteristics of different fibers, how to swatch effectively, sources for pattern stitches, how to determine how many stitches to cast on, and hints for a nicer looking scarf or rectangular wrap. Bring your yarn of choice, and see class handout for supplies list. Students must know basic knitting techniques.
(1) 2 hour session $30 - Sunday June 28 11AM

Top Down Sweaters
- Do you need a fast, easy baby sweater in your repertoire for all of those family and friends who are having babies? This sweater class will fill the bill. Once you have learned the basics of top down, you can continue on to make sweaters for the whole family. We will be making a top down baby sweater for approx. 6mos to 1 year. Because most of the shaping is done in the beginning, this class will only meet for 2 sessions. Once you are at the underarm portion, you will be able to sail through the body. The best part: no sewing together! We will work from a pattern that is provided in the class. You pick your own yarn. See class homework sheet for details. Students must know knit and purl. Some garment experience is strongly recommended.
(2) 2 hour sessions, $50 - Fridays, July 11, 18 1PM

Help Desk
- Do you feel “in over your head” with a project? We will be offering a help class each week. Bring in your knitting to learn how to fix whatever problem you may have, or to learn how to perform a technique required in a pattern. This is more intensive than just asking a quick question. So, pull out that UFO get re-inspired! Remember, your most important knitting tool is your brain!
(1) hour sessions, $20 appointment necessary - Thursdays, 1PM

- Socks are addictive! Find out what all the fuss is about. Learn how to knit a basic sock, top down with a short row heel. As before, class will be offered over 4 days. Pick any three for your class. Pattern will be provided. Pick up supplies list when signing up. Students must know knit, purl, and basic knitting techniques. Worried that you can’t make all three classes? The class will be offered over four Fridays. Pick your three sessions of the four.
(3) 2 hour sessions $90 - Fridays, July 10,17,24,31 10AM

Yarn Swap and Sale

Do you have yarn in your stash that you purchased for a project that was never started?

We will be hosting a Swap and Sale on
Friday, June 12th – 6PM-8PM and Saturday, June 13th – 11AM-3PM.

All yarns must be in separate plastic bags- tagged as to fiber content and yardage as well as being priced and labeled with your name.

Friday evening will be a direct swap or sale between parties and you may leave your items to be sold at the Sidewalk Sale on Saturday- all monies to go to you. Cash is required for any Yarn Swap purchases.

I am asking for volunteers to work tables from 11AM-3PM in two hour shifts.

As Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day,as well as Montclair Center’s Sidewalk Sale, we will be giving knitting and crocheting demonstrations and lessons.

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