Marianne’s First Blog!

Sunday in October! I just love this time of year. It is so great to have the windows open, I weary of canned air. Coffee and the front porch. Maybe a boat ride. Those are my goals for the day. My dear “sister-in-law” that I kept in the divorce asked me, “When do have time to clean/take care of your house?” I just laughed. I guess I could be doing that now but frankly the front porch is looking a lot better than the mop. Just sayin’.

I have so many things to say but lets start with a thank you to my very own “Lilbit” aka Lindsay.  Lindsay took the reins a few weeks back when I was attacked by those nasty shingles. I was completely down for a whole week. Lilbit just made things go. Pretty awesome, huh?

Lindsay is also interning at the shop this semester.  She is performing admirably in spite of her crazy master. She has been teaching classes and private lessons too!

Lindsay with her LTK student

So, I am trying to get the hang of this blogging thing! Everything just moves around a lot. Hope I am not making a mess (I can hear you laughing) but if I do, please forgive me.

I guess I can’t say enough about the New Leaf Farm Tour this year. Caney Branch Farm will be up and running and we are just so tickled to have a part in it! Yarn Therapy will be there with bells on! We will close the shop at 3:00pm on Saturday, October 20th so that Lilbit can come out to play! I hope you can make it too! It should be a lot of fun and they have worked SO HARD!

 

Maureen’s Sampler

Isn’t this just lovely? A quick colorwork swatch using all four of the new yarns from Caney Branch Farm Yarns that just arrived! WOW! This yarn is in limited supply so come get yours at the farm tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a couple of personal notes, my BFF, Vinia, came to visit a couple of weeks ago. Lots of you had the pleasure of meeting her at the shop. She finally caught the bug and Lilbit put two sticks in her hands and it was all over but the cryin’!!!

Vinia & Lindsay!

So cute! I miss her bunches, she is so much fun!

Second personal note: LINDSAY TURNS 21! Clear the streets! We had a great time celebrating and all her knitting buddies showed up to toast! Margaritas abound!

The Gang’s All Here!

Thanks to all of you, we are building a little shop that I can’t wait to get to every day!

Happy Sunday to you all!

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Continental Knitting Class Date Changed

The date for the Continental Knitting Class with Sharon has changed to:

November 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

Learn to pick instead of throw with Sharon. Continental knitting is faster for many people, conserves movement and makes it a little easier to do color work. You will work on a sampler square where you will practice a variety of commonly used stitches such as knit, purl and various increases and decreases.

Skills: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: One skein Cascade 220 or other worsted weight yarn,
US size 7 straight or circular needles of your desired length
Cost: $25.00

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Needle Felting

Needle felting can be so beautiful. We have Pollika roving, supplies, and an upcoming class if you want to give it a try.

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Liberty Wool is Here!

Liberty Wool by Classic Elite is here!

We had fun putting together the display. We have over 15 colorways in solid and beautiful, vibrant variagated colors.

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Free Craftsy Class – Know Your Wool

Be sure to check out this great free class on Craftsy about breed-specific wool, swatching, sheep, and fiber characteristics. The instructor is Deborah Robson, co-author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook (available in Yarn Therapy’s library for browsing), and as such, she is enthusiastic and knowledgable on everything wool.

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Oops! Sparkly Yarn!

New sparkly Blue Heron Metallic Rayon yarn came in on accident yesterday, but someone found it!

It’s going fast! Come get it while it’s still here!

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Beavers!

Stuffed toys are popular around the shop. Look at these cute beavers!

Liam’s Beaver by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.

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Yarnbombed Cow in Djursland, Denmark

Look what we found on Cascade Yarns’ Facebook page! Yarnbombed cow standing in a field in May 2012. Photo by Rene Soerensen.

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Fall 2012 Class Schedule

You asked for it; you got it! Here it is! The Fall lineup is looking
pretty exciting so get those needles and hooks ready!

The Criss-Cross Scarf: Join Jen as she walks you through winding and crossing to make this pretty, one-of-a-kind scarf using two colors of fingering weight yarn. You may have seen this scarf hanging out in the shop. It’s a great pattern and a quick knit for the fall to show off a pair of your favorite colorways! Light and lacy, just enough heft for a Florida fall or winter (but without all the counting needed for more intricate lace patterns!) If you’ve ever heard the term “broomstick lace,” this is your chance to see what it’s about. No broomsticks needed!

When: September 4th & 11th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Skills: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: You’ll need two complementary colors of sock-weight yarn and US size 5 circular needles that are at least 36” long.
Cost: $30.00

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Bow Tie Scarf with Lindsay: Learn how to make this cute, sophisticated scarf in garter stitch with two pull-through loops and bow tie detail. Keeps your neck warm in fall or winter without the extra bulk.

When: September 5th & 12th – 6:00 to 8:00pm
Skills: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: 2 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, Size US 4 24” circular needles, two US size 4 DPNs
Cost: $30.00

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Diagonal Square Blanket with Lindsay: Great for a beginner’s first or second project. Learn increases, decreases, changing colors, finishing, and seaming. Create a pillow, baby blanket, or full size throw in your choice of coordinating colors.

When: September 6th & 20th – 6:00 to 8:00pm
Skills: No experience needed
Materials: At least 2 contrasting colors of Cascade 220 Superwash (you may want more colors), US size 6 straight or 24” circular needles
Cost: $35.00

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Leftie with Jen: This cute little scarf is a great opportunity to play with color! Two, three, four, how many colors can you mix? We have great kits in the shop with the yarn you need. By the end of this scarf, you will have mastered the art of the short row! Wrapping and turning stitches, picking up wraps–we will cover it all.

When: September 18th & 25th – 6:00 to 8:00pm
Skills: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: At least two complementary colors of sock weight yarn and a pair of US size 2 circular needles that are at least 36” long.
Cost: $30.00

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Two Socks, Toe Up, on Magic Loop with Jen and Terri: This ever-popular class is on the fall circuit! What says love more than a beautiful pair of hand knit socks! No more second sock syndrome here! Learn the fine art of magic loop as Jen and Teri take you through the anatomy of two socks from the toe up.

When: October 10th, 17th, and 24th – 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Skills: Must be able to knit and purl. (Some previous sock experience is recommended).
Materials: One to two skeins of worsted weight yarn, US size 3 or 4 circular needles, 40-60” cable.
Cost: $40.00

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Cabled Hat and Scarf with Larinda: Learn to make this hat and scarf set just in time for holiday gift-giving, and learn to cable too! Make a set for everyone you want to keep warm this winter.

When: October 11th, 18th, and 25th
Skills: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: 300 yards of Cascade 220 Superwash or any worsted weight, US
Size 4 DPNs and US Size 4 16” Circular needles.
Cost: $40.00

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Continental Knitting with Sharon: Learn to pick instead of throw with Sharon. Continental knitting is faster for many people, conserves movement and makes it a little easier to do color work. You will work on a sampler square where you will practice a variety of commonly used stitches such as knit, purl and various increases and decreases.

When: October 20th – 10:00-12:00pm
Skill: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: One skein Cascade 220 or other worsted weight yarn,
US size 7 straight or circular needles of your desired length
Cost: $25.00

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Learn to Read Crochet Patterns and Charts: Are you a knitter or a new crocheter intimidated by crochet abbreviations, patterns, and charts? Well, fear no more – Barbara will help demystify crochet terms, abbreviations, and symbols and get you started on a sampler dishcloth. We’ll learn a couple of new stitches, too, just to keep things interesting.

When: October 23rd – 6:00 to 8:00pm
Skills: Knowledge of chaining and single crochet preferred, but not necessary.
Materials: Light color worsted weight cotton yarn, Size US H8 Crochet hook
Cost: $20.00

Last Minute Christmas Stockings: Knit this lovely stocking just in time to hang by the chimney with care. Join Sharon as she teaches the toe up technique and colorwork finish. An heirloom to be handed down for generations to come!

When: November 10th, 17th and December 1st – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Skills: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: Two contrasting bulky weight yarns (Cascade 128)
Cost: $40.00

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Needle Felted Ornament: Learn the basics of needle felting and walk away with a lovely little ornament for your tree! Once you take this class, you’ll have the skills to make a tree full of them. Ideas, assistance, instructions and support are provided by Shari. And, of course, there are plenty more supplies for you to purchase and take home should you want to make even more of these little cuties!

When: November 7th – 6:00 to 8:00pm
Skills: No experience needed
Materials are provided for making one ornament.
Cost: $25.00

Cozy Thermal Mitts: A fast knit for last minute Christmas gifts! This class is a great introduction to knitting in the round, using double pointed needles, and creating a thumb gusset. Mitts knit up fast in worsted weight yarn, and they’re fingerless, so they’re great for Florida winters.

When: November 27th, December 4 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Skills: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: 110-130 yards of worsted weight yarn and a set of size six
double point needles.
Cost: $30.00

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What a Difference Gauge Makes: Your First Hat with Heather: This beginner hat class is the perfect transition after Learn to Knit. This project class will teach you how to knit a baby hat in the round on a circular needle and decrease on double pointed needles. Baby hats can be finished quickly and are adorable gifts. You will see how gauge becomes important when you are knitting garments.

Three chances to take this class:
When: September 15th and 29th – 12:00 -2:00 pm
October 6th and 20th – 12:00 – 2:00 pm
November 3rd and 17th – 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Cost: $35.00

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As Always:
Learn to knit Saturdays 10-12 TWO Saturdays – $35.00

Learn to Tat the first and third Saturdays of each month $30.00

Learn to Crochet 12 – 2 the second and fourth Saturday of each month
TWO Saturdays – $35.00

Call to reserve a seat by the Thursday before.

Monday Night 6-8: Group Therapy! Bring your WIP’s

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A Common Thread – Yarn Therapy’s Blog

 

A Trip to Caney Branch Farm for an Ole Fashioned Sheep Shearing

 

 

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