Tuesday, February 3, 2009

February Newsletter

Hello All!

I hope you made it through your January knitting and crocheting projects! With all the snow it was certainly a great time to curl up and create!

February is a busy month at Kniterary with classes every Saturday and a new Monday evening Beginner Class starting.

Classes started this Monday with the first of Monday evening classes. It will run alternate Mondays so the next one is on Feb 16th. Even though it is a holiday I will still be teaching in the evening from 7PM to 9PM. The evenings will consist of a lesson and time for project help. Feb 16th's lesson is knitting in the round on Double pointed and circular needles.

On the other Mondays we are still running our sweater knit a long class. This Monday is the next meeting. You can join the KAL at any time since we will be running it until the end of June. To join it costs $30. For the $30 you will get a copy of the book The Purl Stitch by Sally Melville (from which you will choose a project) and 20% off your yarn purchase for the project you choose. Vickie and I will be at the classes to answer any questions and give guidance when it is needed. All projects must be knit with yarn purchased at Kniterary.

This Friday is Kniterary Literary night! We will be discussing Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. The next book we will be discussing is BloodLetting and Other Miracles by Vincent Lam. The Kniterary Literary Group meets the first Friday of every month from 7PM - 9 PM. Everyone is welcome!

This Saturday is Sock day. At 10 AM is Sock Construction and cuff down mini socks on double pointed needles. The pattern and kit are provided. You will need to bring 2.5mm double pointed needles. The cost is $25. There are one or two spaces left in the class.

At 1 PM is Magic loop toe up mini socks. These are done on long circular needles. You will need to bring 2.5mm 140cm long circular needles. Yarn will be provided. The cost is $25.

On February 14th Vickie teaches her Finishing Techniques class. It runs from 10AM to 3PM. The cost is $45 and includes a light lunch. You have homework to do to prepare for the class so if you have signed up for the class make sure to pick up the pattern!! You will need to bring the Teddy Bear sweater parts with you. Also, you will need to bring the knitting needles that you used to do the homework, extra yarn and a darning needle. There are still a few spots available.

Saturday February 21st is the busiest day and has two classes. In the morning you can Learn to knit a Log Cabin style pillow top. The class is at 10AM. The class costs $35 and includes one ball of Noro Silk Garden Yarn. You will need to bring 4.5mm or 5mm knitting needles. This project can easily be continued and made into an afghan if so desired.

In the afternoon at 1PM the Paula Lishman Yarn Trunk Show arrives in the shop. We are starting the trunk show with a class on knitting with the fur yarn. The project is a scarf using Beaver Fur. The technique to be taught is the Lishman knit weave stitch. The cost for the class includes the scarf kit and is $105. There are 3 spots left! Deadline for signing up is February 14th! Don't miss this chance to knit with the softest yarn ever!

Art Yarns are now in the shop!! You have to come in to feel and see the luxury.

There are a few free patterns available to use with this decadent yarn. Art Yarns can be custom ordered as well. There are a multitude of colour selections and combinations of beads and sequins that can be spun into the silk and cashmere. Perfect for that very special shawl or wrap.

This Month's Sale items are Dalegarn Baby Ull Yarn and patterns. Come in and get 20% off! The perfect 4 ply machine washable wool for those baby outfits!

I am starting to bring in a few hand made gift items into the shop. Most of you have seen the Project Bags made by Louise Sparrow that are for sale for $9.99. There are perfect for carrying around your knitting with you. They also make a great and useful wrapping for birthday and Valentine presents. Penny Heaven is now in the shop too. Kim recycles wool blankets and sweaters to make Coffee cup cozies, mitts and the funkiest of pin cushions!! As always I have my finished items in the shop as well. They are also available at my etsy shop Martianknit.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Kathryn this month!!

Have a great February!!
Remember Thursdays are still Sit N Knit nights from 7 - 9PM. I'd love to see you all there!!