Just Classes – September!

It is that time again to let you know about our upcoming classes.  As always, let us know if there is a class you would like to have that we don’t list. We try to be accommodating.

I know you don’t want to think about it.  But if you are planning to knit for the holidays, now is the time to get started.  We tried to schedule lots of opportunities for easy gift knitting.  We also have some simple projects to choose from in the store that don’t require a class!  So stop by and let’s get you ready to succeed.  We hate to see people frantically trying to finish things at the last minute so let’s get you started now!

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Beginning Knitting Class

September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Trudy

Cost does not include materials

In this class we will learn to make a basic hat.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   You will learn the building blocks for more complicated knits and be able to learn something more challenging with ease.

New Techniques Include:
Cast on
knit flat (garter Stitch)
knit in the round (stockinette)
You will learn to decrease

Materials:
One skein Malabrigo Chunky
US Size 11, 24” circular needles

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, have yarn wound

Sonoma County Knit CLass

Knitted Cabled Hat Class

September 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline.

Cost includes pattern.

Learn to make a simple cable knit hat.  This project takes just a few hours to knit and uses only 1 skein of a chunky weight yarn.  It is a great beanie to wear on those cold Sonoma County winter morning walks.  It also makes a great gift for family and friends.

New techniques include:
Cable knitting, 2 stitch twist cable, k2tog casting off for a hat

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, identify a stitch

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles, Cast on 48 stitches, join in the round, and work 2″ or 4″ of 2×2 ribing (depending on how much you want the brim to fold.

Materials:
US 10 or 11 straight or circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers
One skein of Malabrigo Chunky

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Felted Bag Class

September 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Free pattern

Learn to make a simple felted bag for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical accessory that is bound to bring compliments.  Once you knit one, you will want to make many of these to give away.

New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, picking up stitches, felting

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern

Cast on 24 stitches with double strand of yarn on US size 11, 32″ circular needles.

Work 100 rows (sm/med bag) or 120 rows (lg bag) in garter stitch (knit every row)

Materials:
32” US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers
6-8 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Start Spinning Class

September 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects!
You do not need to bring anything with you.  You will be given roving and may borrow a drop spindle. There will be a wheel demonstration. You may bring your wheel if you have one.

New techniques include:
Drafting wool
Using a drop spindle

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Half Pi Shawl Class

September 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Tues. Sept 13, 27, & Oct. 18, 5:30-7:00pm

Instructor – Linda

Cost includes pattern

Learn to knit delicate lace on a classic shawl shape.  This is not as complicated as you think it is.  You can do it!  Wow everyone you know when you wear it.  Wears well with almost anything.

New techniques include:
Increasing, lace knitting (YO, K2TOG), applied lace edging

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles

You will need:
1200-1300 yards lace or fingering weight yarn
Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Ella Rae Lace Merino, Cascade Heritage Sock, Collinette Jitterbug

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Feather & Fan Scarf Class

September 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Learn to make a beautiful lace scarf for yourself or as a gift.  The deceptively simple pattern and lace weight mohair yarn combine to produce a spectacular accessory.

New techniques include:
Knitting with mohair yarn

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern

Materials:
24” Size US 9 Needles
230 yards lace mohair – 1 skein (Debbie Bliss Angel, Cascade Kid Seta,
Cascade Kid Seta Noir, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, or similar. Or 2 skeins of Stacy Charles Ristratto

 

Sonoma County Felting Class

Wet Felted Scarf Class

September 18 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $60

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to make this beautiful piece of artwork that you can actually wear.  It is fun to do.  You don’t need to know how to knit or crochet.  It is made entirely by hand!  A complete novice to fiber arts can create one of these.  Join us and play with fiber and color to create a one of a kind piece.

Make sure to wear something that can get wet.  You may get a bit messy!

 

Beginning Crochet Class

September 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.

Instructor – Trudy

In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.  These are the building blocks needed for more advanced projects.  Get the basics down and we can teach you how to do more complicated patterns using these basic stitches.

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Needle Felted Dog or Cat

September 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes all materials.

Learn to make an adorable dog or cat!  These little guys are cute and addictive!

No previous experience necessary.  The felting needles are very sharp, not recommended for children under 10.  All supplies provided.

You should be able to finish your miniature pet in class!  Bring a photo to work from or work from your imagination.

New Techniques include:
Beginning 3-d needle felting techniques.

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Felted Hat Class

September 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Free pattern

Learn to make a simple felted bag for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical accessory that is bound to bring compliments.  Once you knit one, you will want to make many of these to give away.

New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, picking up stitches, felting

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern

Cast on 24 stitches with double strand of yarn on US size 11, 32″ circular needles.

Work 100 rows (sm/med bag) or 120 rows (lg bag) in garter stitch (knit every row)

Materials:
32” US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers
6-8 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)

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Just to get you ready for the October Natural Dying Workshop.  We need signups for this one as soon as possible so we can plan appropriately.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Natural Dying Workshop

October 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

– $80

Please contact us to sign up for the class ASAP so we know how much we need to get together in materials.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes Materials – Please let us know if you can help supply raw vegetable matter for dye bath.

We are happy to be able to have this class again this year.

In this class you will learn to dye yarn using natural products that can be easily found in your own yard!  Karen will tell you how to prepare the dyebath.  In the workshop you will learn how to dye the yarn using 2 different yarn bases.

But in order to prepare for this class we require a little help from you.  It takes a lot of dried materials to make up a dye bath.  So if you can help us collect that would be great!  Even if you can’t take the workshop you can still help out.  Just start collecting, sorting, and drying plant materials as you do your summer yard work.  Here are some things that will work:

Tea – tan, brown

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus leaves – rusty orange

Barks – oaks, redwood, madrone…

Flowers – marigolds, dahlias, coreopsis…  snap off dead flowers (dead heading) I used to snap off all the flower heads once a week, place in a shallow cardboard to dry them

Rosemary trimmings

Oak galls – When Karen was studying natural dyes at SRJC they gathered oak galls on campus, they’re caused by an insect and aren’t good for the tree.

Walnut hulls

Fruit leaves – plum, peach, apple…
and tree barks

Queen Anne’s Lace – we have a tremendous amount of these this year along roads probably due to the rains – Remember, it is illegal to collect along roads

Dye stuffs can only be gathered on private property with permission from the owner (California state law)

IMPORTANT: leave as much as you gather, so there will be plants to gather next year

After collecting, place dye stuffs in shallow layers in boxes to dry.  You can pick up a few extra boxes next time you’re at Costco.

Please make sure not to mix the different kinds of plant materials so we can get true colors.  Thank you in advance for your help wit this.  You can drop off fully dried plant stuffs on Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays when Karen is in the shop.

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Well that is all we have for you for now!  Please let us know if you’d like ot sign up or if there is something else you would like to learn!

Until next time, happy yarning!

~Trudy