and we feel as busy as new spring chicks!
Spring is going to go by quickly with everything going on, but we hope you will find time in our limited May-June Class Schedule to join us for a fun learning opportunity.
May and June Class Schedule
Beginning Knitting: Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, and June 6 at 10:00. $40.00. Learn basic stitches, language, and techniques to start your knitting adventure and create two small projects.
Preemie Sweater: Saturdays, May 4 and 11 at 10:00. $20.00. Learn basic sweater construction techniques with a small project.
First Pair of Socks: Fridays, May 17, 24, and June 7 at 10:15. $30.00. You know how to knit and want to knit your first pair of socks? Learn basic sock construction techniques and language and make your first (or second) pair of socks.
Two-at-a-Time, Toe-Up Socks: Saturdays, May 25, June 1 and 8 at 10:15. $30.00 Why do one sock at a time when you can do both? Learn to use the Magic Loop technique.
Picking up Stitches: Thursday, June 13 at 10:00. $10.00. This is an easy skill that many knitters tend to forget how to do but is required in many types of patterns. Learn this important skill and its importance in the world of knitting.
Design Your Own Sweater: Fridays, June 14 and 28 at 10:15. $20.00. Using our Sweater Wizard program, design your own pattern using your choice of yarn, style, and accurate size.
Sewing Seams: Thursday, June 20 at 10:00. Do you have sweater pieces sitting around that need to be sewn together and completed? Or have you avoided making a sweater because you didn’t know how to finish one? This class will help you get over the fear and learn a technique to gain confidence and competence.
Needlepoint Club: Saturdays, May 18 and June 15 at 10:00.
Sit and Knit: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30, and Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30
Sit and Stitch: Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00 Open Knitting Class: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30. $5.00. Need a little extra help with a project and some knitting time?
Come by the shop or call us at 206-2638 to register for a class.
March and April Classes
Cable Hat and Fingerless Mitts: Saturdays, March 2, 9, 23, and 30 from 10:00-12:00. $40.00. Are you ready to learn how to knit cables? Never made mittens before? This fun hat combo is a great way to master basic cable techniques and learn the fundamentals of mitten structure.
OOPS! How to Fix Knitting Mistakes: Thursday, March 7 from 1:30-3:30. $10.00. Tired of making the same mistakes over again without being able to fix them? Learn to recognize correct stitch structure and how to fix common errors.
Handling Your Mohair! Friday, March 8, 10:15-12:15. $10.00. Afraid to knit with mohair yarns? Want to learn some tips for working with this beautiful fiber? Don’t know what to knit with our large selection of mohair yarns? Come prepared to play with some good stuff and maybe go home with a new project. If you miss the class, come by anytime to learn more about mohair.
Girl’s Best Friend Beaded Scarf: Friday, March 15 from 10:15 to 12:15. $14.00 includes the beads. Join us for this popular and fun class learning how to knit with beads using a basic knit pattern.
Tunisian Crochet Blanket: Thursdays, March 21and 28 from 1:30-3:30. $20.00. Must know how to crochet (chain, single, and double stitches). Learn three stitches with this fun and popular technique and create a lovely small blanket.
Footies: Fridays, March 22 and April 12, 10:15-12:15. $20.00. Do you want to knit a pair of socks but don’t want to commit to the time? Try these cute footy/slippers.
Fun Drops Cowl: Friday, April 19, from 10:15 to 12:15. $10.00. Do you need one more cowl before spring arrives? Have fun with this easy drop stitch cowl.
Charting Beaded Designs in Knitting: Friday, April 26 from 10:15 to 2:00. $18.00 includes beading and charting supplies. Learn to create a beaded design for a knitting project.
Needlepoint Club: Saturdays, March 16 and April 20 at 10:00. No fee. Join a group committed to learning new techniques and having fun. Bring your current project or find a new canvas and join the stitching.
Sit and Knit: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00 and 1:30-3:30 and Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30. No fee.
Sit and Stitch: Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00. Needlepoint open and help time. No fee.
Open Knitting Class: Thursdays, March 14 and April 4, 11, 18, and 25. This is an opportunity for more intense support and instruction with your knitting project. $5.00
January and February Classes
First Hat Plus: Thursdays, January 17, 24, and 31 at 10:00. $30.00. Called First Hat Plus because of the combination of skills you will learn or practice: knitting in the round on circular and double-pointed needles, a beginning lace stitch, and a beginning cable stitch. This is the perfect opportunity to learn any or all of these skills, enabling many more pattern choices in your future.
Basic Entrelac: Thursday, January 31 at 1:30. No fee. Another fun advanced technique useful in many projects.
Needlepoint Ornament Finishing: Friday, February 1, 10:30-3:00. $25.00. Finish your own round ornament and appreciate all the time and effort it takes our professionals!
Chinese New Year Tea: Friday, February 8 at 10:15. $10:00. Knit a basic lovely teapot cosy and enjoy a very special treat.
First Fair Isle Hat: Thursday, February 14 at 1:30. $10.00. Already know how to knit in the round and ready to learn how to knit with two yarns at one time? Here is the perfect project. Check on pre-class work required to be ready for color work.
Tips, Tricks, Tools, and Threads: Beginning Needlepoint: Fridays, February 15 and 22 at 10:00. $20.00. Learn several basic needlepoint stitches and discover the thrill of working with different fibers with this fun sampler class.
*Sit and Knit: Tuesdays 10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30, Wednesdays 1:30-3:30. No fee.
*Sit and Stitch: Wednesdays 10:00-12:00. No fee.
*Needlepoint Club: Saturdays, January 19 and February 16, 10:00-12:00. No fee.
*Open Knitting Class: Open opportunity for more intense help with your knitting or crochet project, $5.00. Thursdays, Jan. 3, 10, 24, Feb. 7, and 21 at 1:30.
Please call us at 206-2638 or come by the shop to ask questions, see the models, register, and pay for classes.
Happy Knitching in 2013!
NOVEMBER and DECEMBER CLASSES
Beginning Knitting: Thursdays, December 6, 13, and 20 at 10:00-12:00. $30.00. Learn basic stitches and techniques, create 2 small projects, and be prepared to take off with new projects.
First Socks: Thursdays, November 8, 15, and 29 at 10:00-12:00. $30.00. Intermediate knitting skills required- must be able to knit, purl, and knit in the round. Life will never be the same after you learn these sock basics!
Seven Skills Cowl: Fridays, November 30 and December 7 at 10:00-12:00. $20.00. Advanced Beginner- must be able to knit and purl. This fun project is for the advanced beginner who wants to learn more techniques!
Log Cabin Knitting: Thursday, November 29 at 1:30-3:30. $10.00. Advanced Beginner- must be able to knit. Learn the basic techniques for creating a ‘log cabin’ afghan or placemat. We will get you started! Homework preparation to be done before first class: With center afghan color, cast on 20 stitches and knit 40 rows. Bind off to last stitch, but do not bind off last stitch. Leave last stitch on needle. Cut yarn leaving a 6” tail. Learn more about yarn requirements when you register for class.
Something fun and different for the holiday season! Read Along (or not), Knit Along- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Advanced Beginner- must be able to knit, purl, and knit in the round.
Saturday, November 24 at 10:00-12:00. $10. Ebenezer’s Sleeping Cap
Saturday, December 1 at 10:00-12:00. $10. Jacob Marley’s Chain Scarf
Saturday, December 8 at 10:00-12:00. $10. Ghostly Cowl
To register or learn more about these classes, call us at 540-206-2638 or come by the shop. We request payment at time of registration to reserve your spot. No matter if you need time to work on holiday presents, a unique place to shop, or an escape from the hustle and bustle of the seasons, drop by for some fun.
September and October
Turkish Wave Shawl: Thursday, Sept. 13, 10:00-12:00. $10.00 Intermediate knitting. Must be able to knit, purl, yarnover, and be comfortable working with lace or fingering weight yarns. Use a unique Turkish Stich to create a beautiful shawl. Model is on display at the shop.
Beginning Knitting: Thursdays, Sept. 20, 27, and Oct. 4, 10:00-12:00. $30.00 Learn basic knitting stitches including increasing and decreasing. Create 2 small projects.
Two-at-a-Time Toe-Up Socks with Magic Loop: Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18, and 25, 10:00-12:00. $30.00. Intermediate- must be able to knit, increase and decrease, be familiar with circular needles, and commit to finishing homework. No more Second-Sock-Syndrome or running out of yarn on the second toe. Finish a pair of socks and wear them the same day.
The Zombies are Coming! Saturdays, Oct. 13, 10:00-1:00 and Oct. 27, 10:00-12:00. Cost of class and Kit is $28.00. Advanced Beginner- must be able to knit and use double pointed needles. Knit your very own Halloween Zombie! During the first session, we will almost finish our monster, and the second session, we will finish them and add bling. Join our fun zombie party to get in the mood for Halloween. Choose between a jewel tone or autumn colorway yarn and your kit will be made to suit your choice including lots of extras to give your zombie its own unique personality. Students provide size 4 double point needles, stitch marker, and tapestry needle. You must sign-up for the class and choose your yarn by Friday, Oct. 5.
Please pay for classes at the time of registration.
Come join us for classes, shopping, help, or just to sit and ‘knitch’.
Official class policies, designed to benefit our customers and to ensure the best use of our teachers’ time during your class time.
*We must have at least 2 people signed up for a class to proceed, so encourage a friend to sign up with you. You will be notified if the class cancels due to lack of interest.
*Classes need to be paid for at the time of registration, by phone or in the shop, and are non-refundable except in special circumstances or in case of class cancellation. (When people register for a class but never attend, class space for other interested students is lost.)
*If you are enrolling in a class lasting more than one week and need to miss one scheduled class during the session, please inform the instructor as soon as possible. We understand life has emergencies and prior commitments and we are happy to offer make-up opportunities if needed.
*Our instructors are careful to schedule ample time between class meetings to allow students to complete their homework. It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared for the next class or risk falling behind and making it difficult for the instructor to proceed as planned and offer as many overall learning opportunities as possible for the group.
*Please come into the shop before class day if possible to choose your materials so we can begin class prepared and use the entire 2 hours having fun, learning, and knitting together.
*Class patterns will not be distributed to non-students until after the scheduled class. Most of our projects will be on display in the shop or we will have a photo to demonstrate the finished piece. Sometimes we like to keep the project a secret until the time of the class!
*Basic knitting, crochet, or needlepoint skills are required for all classes other than those labeled “beginning”.
Yarn Explosion staff members are always available to help with questions or problems so please drop by anytime if you are concerned with your progress.