Thursday, January 30, 2014

Up coming Classes and Knit-alongs

Hi everyone

Please find below a list of all the upcoming classes and knit alongs hopefully you will find something  of interest.  Space is limited so please let me know if you will be coming. Please provide me with a phone # as well as email in case of cancellation.
Thanks and Happy Knitting Lynn 

Instructor: Lynn Stitchman
Basic knitting knowledge required you need to know how to cast on, cast off,
knit and purl.
You will learn to  use double pointed needles
and all it takes to knit a pair of socks.
Fee  $50.00 & HST Includes yarn and pattern.
You will need size 3.75mm double  pointed needles which can
be purchased here at the store if you don't have  them
Date : Thursday  Feburary  6th, 13th, and 20th 7 pm to 9 pm.
BEGINNER KNITTINGInstructor: Lynn Stitchman
Learn the basics, cast on, cast off, knit and purl.  Make a scarf.
This is a very basic class, for people that have not knit before.
Fee $50.00 & HST Includes yarn and pattern.Size 5.5 or 6mm needles needed. These can be purchased here at the store
Date:  Feburary 5th, 12th, and 19th  7pm to 9pm

 Lace Shawlette

Instructor:Lynn Stitchman
This class is for anyone who has wanted to try
lace knitting. Basic Knitting Skills
required. We will be doing a very simple
shawlette. The pattern says “this pattern is perfect for a
first lace or shawl project.  The lace pattern  is easy to memorize. “   You will be learning to read charts
start with  a garter stitch tab and do a picot bind off. You
will need to bring 4mm circular needles at least 24” long. If you know you are
a  tight  or loose knitter you might want to bring a
couple of sizes to try to see what will work best for you. If you don’t have
needles I do have some for sale.
You will also need to purchase yarn for this
project which can be bought the first night. This shawlette takes one skein of
sock weight yarn. If you want to make a bigger shawl you will need 2 skeins.
The pattern is included in the price of the class  
Fee:  $40  plus HST
Date:  Wednesday February 26th,  March 5th and March 12th 7 pm to 9pm
Top down Baby Sweater
Instructor: Lynn Stitchman
This a simple baby cardigan knit all in one piece from the top down.
This is a good way to get some experience reading patterns. There are
3 sizes to choose from 3 month , 6 month or 1 to 2 year. All you need to know
is how to knit and purl and cast on and cast off.
There is a sample knit up at the store that you can come in and see
Fee: $40.00 plus HST  which includes the pattern.
You will need to buy the yarn. This can be done the first night of the class.
Needles needed 3.75mm circular , if you don’t have them they can be bought the first night of the class
Date: Thursday   March 6th and March 13th and March 20th   7 pm. to 9pm.
Getting Started on Ravelry
Instructor: Tori Martin
Ravelry is a wonderful resource! This two hour workshop will take you on a tour of the site's basic features. Learn how to search for different kinds of patterns and even how to match up that yarn you couldn't resist buying to a project that fits your interests! Or maybe you found the perfect pattern and want to see how it looks worked in a different yarn than called for.  Discover how to create a project page to keep track of your accomplishments and how to see what others are saying about the pattern or variations they've made on it. Find out how to keep track of patterns you want to come back to later. Get an overview of the forums and learn how to search for groups you have things in common with.
Please indicate whether or not you are already a member of Ravelry when you register. Those who aren't already members will be e-mailed a how-to on getting registered so that once you've completed the workshop you can start putting your knowledge to use right away. Hope you can join us!
Fee: $5.00 plus HST
Date: Sunday February 16th  11 am till 1 pm.
Knit-along for Monkey Jacobus
This is the cutest little monkey I have ever seen , He is knit out a 50 gm ball  of  multi coloured sock yarn starting at the head and
working down the body. We will be doing this on Wednesday afternoons starting February 5th. 1 pm to 3 pm.  Please note this is a knit- along not a
formal class, we will be working on this little guy together helping each other figure it out. He is knit on dpns or magic loop or two circulars. 
You need to be comfortable working in the round. There is no charge for this knit along but I do ask you to buy your yarn and pattern for this project from me. The pattern is a PDF download from Ravelry, so if you will be joining us for this let me know and I will purchase a copy of the pattern on your behalf which will go into your Ravelry library. No worries if you don’t use Ravelry you will also receive an email with a link to the PDF so you can download and print it.  You will need two colours of yarn, one multi coloured for the body and a small amount of a contrast for the face and hands and feet. Yarn can be bought the first day of the knit along. Not sure how many weeks we will work on this, we will continue to meet till most of us are done. I think it will be fun to see how different he will look in different colours.
You can look at him here Please let me know if you will be joining us as space is limited.
Stranded  knitting  or ” commonly callled  Fair isle”  fingerless mitts knit- along
This will start on February 13th.  1 pm till 3 pm.  If you haven’t done Fair isle (stranded knitting  ) before this is a good place to start, these are a simple 2 colour fingerless mitt done in a sports weight yarn. Even if you have done Fair Isle work before please join us. I have several more stranded  work projects in mind after we get this simple one done, so this could keep us busy for quite awhile!! There are so many great stranded patterns out there.  We will be learning to do the two handed fair Isle method. ( If using both hands is not for you , we will talk about holding both in one hand also.)  I am just learning this myself, so we will be learning together. Like always this is a knit- along not a class, we are all there to help each other. I have found a couple of videos that give good information about the technique. The first week we will pick our colours and practice knitting with our other hand. We will also work on doing a provisional cast on, which is used at the bottom of this  mitt. There is no charge for this knit along but you are asked  to buy your yarn here at the store. We will need two skeins of yarn and we will be using Cascade Sport which is $5.00 a skein. ( new to the store )  The pattern is free from  Ravelry. So you can download and print it before the first week. I would also suggest bringing a 24” circular needle and scrap yarn, ( any weight)  2 colours to practice with before we start the mitts.  The mitts can be knit on dpn’s , magic loop or two circulars, whichever you are most comfortable with.  
Here is a link to the pattern.
Please let me know if you will be joining me for this as space is limited .

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fabric Remnants. A very worth while cause.

Hi Everyone,

One of my customers was in a little while ago, and spoke to me about the below cause, and I am sorry to say this is something that has never occurred to me. Here in Canada, we take so much of our good life for granted that sometimes, we just don’t realize that something like this is a real struggle for women and girls in Third World countries.

So I told Barb I would send out the information about what they need and see what happens. So if you have any fabric you would like to donate, please drop it off here at the store. If you have any questions, Barb has kindly supplied her e-mail address below.

Thanks Lynn 
The Purple Sock   

My name is Barb and a group of my women friends and I are joining together to make feminine hygiene kits for girls and women in third world countries. In these under developed countries "period time" forces isolation from work, school and family due to lack of adequate protection. These gals use leaves, corn husks or cardboard to try and cope.
To try and keep our costs down, we are looking for fabric remnants. The kits are created using 100% cotton, and last up to 3 years. The pieces need to be at least 1/3 yard by the full width of the fabric. Colourful, dark fabrics ( esp. botanicals, geometrics and batiks / no people, animals or camouflage pls.) are best, for they don't show stains.
If you would like to read more about this program go to
Any fabric donations can be left with Lynn at The Purple Sock in Coldwater.
Thanks for your consideration and help.
Barb Carswell