Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wanna learn to knit socks?????

Come on out to the Beach Basket on Saturdays from 10am to Noon to learn sock knitting.

Pick your needles. If you would like to learn double point needles, 2 circulars or one circular (also called Magic Loop).

Call the shop or come in to sign up and get a materials list

Cost $20.

Classes will begin on Saturday April 2nd.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

More Classes!

We've got another class underway!

Retro TV Slippers
Learn to make a fun pair of TV slippers from the original 1956 pattern. You will need 1-2 balls of either 2 strands of worsted or 1 strand of chunky weight yarn and a US Size 8 to 10 needle. Finished off your slippers with a pom pom for an extra punch of cute!

When: Saturday September 4th 10:30am-2:30pm
Cost: $20
Skill Level: Easy: basic knitting skills required

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Summer Sizzle Sale in Progress!

Our Summer Sizzle sale is going on now! 35% off all books and yarn, now through July 8th. Been planning a big project (or two)? Now's the time to stock up on yarn!

Also, we will be open on July 4th, in case you have any yarn emergencies. Come out to Birch Bay for the day, the 4th of July celebration started Thursday night out here with Canada Day and the whole city is like a wild 4-day 4th of July bash! I couldn't believe with the number of fireworks going off last night. It was Friday the 2nd, it felt like the 4th already!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

July Classes

Oh boy! We just scheduled the July and August class schedule:

JoJoland Swirl Scarf
Come learn how to knit this unique scarf/shawl. This pattern has been so super popular in the shop we decided to turn it into a class. Come learn the basic techniques of knitting this interesting piece.

When: Saturday July 10th 10:30-4:30
Cost: $35 includes pattern+3 balls of yarn
You will need: 1 set US size 6 double pointed needles (or to attain gauge)

Basic Lace Class
Isn't lace knitting gorgeous? Afraid of tackling lace on your own? Come sign up for our basic lace class and learn more about lace knitting, including how to read a chart.
When: 2 Saturdays 7/24 and 7/31
Cost: $50 includes yarn and pattern
You will need: Your own needles to attain gauge

Learn to Knit
Do you know someone or are you nterested in getting started knitting yourself? Learn how to knit in this fun 3 week class. We will make three wash cloths in cotton yarn.

When: Saturdays 8/7, 8/14, and 8/21 10:30-12:30
Cost: $35 includes yarn and needles

Hurry in and sign up today!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Today we are celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day in the shop. We will have chairs set up and will be encouraging folks to sit outside and knit. Space will be limited, so if you plan on coming you might want to bring a chair.

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 to get all of us solitary knit out and knit together, but I think it is also a great way to teach others about the magical world of needle arts. You can find out more about World Wide Knit in Public Day on the website:

We are also doing a great, quick, "Tips and Tricks" workshop today for only $5. Starting at 10:30, we will be showing different ways of taking your knitting to the next level, including when to slip stitches, different ways of joining/working in the round, joining in new yarns, and more.

So, hurry on into the shop today for a full day of fibery fun!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Learn to Use A Drop Spindle!

We've had an extra class added in for the end of the month!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a drop spindle to spin your own yarn? Katie will be teaching a class on everything you need to know to use a traditional drop spindle!

When: Sunday June 27th from 2-4pm
Cost: $50 (includes all supplies)

Hurry on in to the shop to sign up!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

It's Hip To Be Square

We just got some Kollage square needles in the shop and I am totally excited about them!

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One of our customers came in a couple months ago and showed them to us. I played around with them for a couple minutes and decided to go out and get a set and give them a try. Much to my surprise and delight, I love them! I knit a lot. And by a lot, it is more like A LOT. Between writing patterns, helping out at the shop, just finishing writing my first knitting book, and trying to get projects in for me, I knit upwards of 10+ hours a day. I was a little worried earlier this year as I was finishing writing my book because my hands and wrists were in serious pain. I grabbed a pair of those stress relief gloves we carry (which I call knitting superhero gloves since they are BRIGHT blue), which helped to some extent.

So, when I saw the claim that these square needles were easier on your hands, I thought it was worth a try. Sure enough, they really work amazingly well. I have no more hand/wrist pain when I work with them (I still do with normal round needles) and I agree my stitches look more uniform. In other words, I love them, and I am delighted they are in the shop for others to try as well.

If you are like me and have hand/wrist pain from knitting, I encourage you to stop in and give a set a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised how nice they are!