June Classes and KALs

Summer is here and it’s a matter of time before all of us Georgia folk are hiding in the shade or the comfort of our air conditioning.  Why not check out a few classes this summer and up your knitting skill level while it’s a bit toasty out.

All classes will be hosted at Yarn Rhapsody at 475 Dawsonville Hwy, Suite C, Gainesville, GA.  Please sign up at least 48 hours before classes/KALs/CALs begin by phone (770-536-3130), or in person.  This will guarantee your spot! Space is limited. Yarn and patterns for each offering must be purchased at Yarn Rhapsody. It’s okay if you want to bring stash yarn, you’ll have to add $30 to the original class/KAL/CAL fee.

knitangleKnitangle Shawl $60
A stunning conversation piece and quite possibly the ultimate knitting sampler, Knitangle is a gorgeous shawl. Designed for intermediate students, you will make bobbles (and learn a fantastic shortcut), twist cables, make lace, and even have a few short rows. Don’t be intimidated! This one is a challenge but a fun one.
Class Dates: June 3, 17, 24; 11am – 12pm
Skill Level Needed: Intermediate

Hitchhiker Scarf $60CIMG7865
Are you a newbie knitter looking for your first challenge? This one is just for you. Hitchhiker is a surprisingly flexible patter, nearly any yarn will work and you can stop short or make it as long as you like, all while you work on garter stitch, increases, and bind-offs.
Class Dates: June 14, 21, 28; 6pm – 7pm
Skill Level Needed: Beginner

mochimochilandMochi Mochi Land KAL $15
You’ve seen these tiny knit creatures popping up all over the place. Now you can make your own! You can choose your “critters” from the kits available on our wall and get a helping hand thorugh the tiny knitting process.
KAL Dates: June 3, 17, 24; 2:30pm-3:30pm
Skill Level Needed: Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate

limonade shawlLimonade Shawl KAL $15
It’s summer! This open lace shawl is a great accessory to your summer wardrobe, and it’s a quick knit. This one is suitable to someone wanting to attempt lace for the first time.
KAL Dates: June 3, 17, 24; 3:30-4:30pm
Skill Level Needed: Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate

 

When Pets Grieve Pets

There was a change in the house this weekend. I can’t say that I was surprised with it happened, but the timing was unexpected, with all deaths we always think we would have more time. Sir Peanut Butter Fluffy Butt, my first and only guinea pig passed away this weekend. I had been noticing he had been eating less lately, moving slower, and sleeping more his age had caught up to him.

PB wasn’t just my furry companion but interacted on a regular basis with my eldest cat, Severus. Sev introduced himself to PB by jumping on top of his cage within 5 minutes of walking into my home and meowing at him like he was a litter mate. I know it sounds a bit crazy, a cat befriending a rodent and vice versa but they got a long well. When PB was out of his cage, Sev would follow him around when PB would go exploring, it wasn’t unusual to have both cat and guinea pig snuggled into my lap when we would watch TV in the evening. They just got along, they didn’t seem to understand how predators and prey worked. As PB aged and seemed to want to spend more time in his cage than out exploring the house, Sev would often check in on him. PB would toss a treat his way once in a while. I don’t know if he was intentionally sharing or asking to be left alone, but he never hid from Sev.

Sev seems to be missing his friend. After discovering PB’s demise, I buried him, and cleaned out his cage. The empty cage sits in the corner of the living room until it is sent to it’s next owner (hopefully a child and their first pet) Sev looks at it and knows something is missing. At one point last night, I found him asleep on top of it. Today, Sev is wandering around the house occasionally meowing, this isn’t normal behavior for him. I think he’s calling out for his companion, but I could be wrong.

Lucius, the younger cat, seems baffled by Sev’s behavior, but otherwise doesn’t seem impacted. He’s trying to get Severus to play, and keeps getting smacked in the head. If anything Lu is a persistent little bugger.

So if you are an animal person like I am, send a happy thought Sev’s way, and if you have any tips to help him adjust to life without PB please send them my way.

A Whole Lot of Knitting Going On

It’s May, and holy cow is my dance card is full for the month.

I might as well move into my local yarn store!  Actually, people probably already think I live there. That’s okay, the bulky yarn section is full of soft squishy pillow like skeins that are good to snuggle with at night.

I made a post last month featuring classes that begin this weekend.  You can find that here.  One more has been added to the schedule after a demand from a few folks to offer another session out of Barbara Benson’s latest publication, after seeing the sample at her trunk show and book signing.

img_0992Beginning May 10th, Barbara’s Lacy Pinstripe Cowlette is a go! Oh, and guess what? It’s a weekday offering.

This one will run three consecutive weeks from 5:30-6:30pm at Yarn Rhapsody, in Gainesville, Georgia.  The fee is $60, and you will have to purchase Barbara’s book, Mosaic and Lace Knits, for the pattern, this one could not be featured as an individual pattern purchase on Ravelry.  Please contact Yarn Rhapsody at least 48 hours before the first session to get signed up.

Coffee and Wool now has a dedicated Facebook page too.  There’s a love/hate relationship with that site but it is a good centralized spot to land all things Coffee and Wool.  So if you woud like to give that a follow, the link is here. 

So besides classes and social media updates, what else is going on?
I escaped Georgia for the weekend, to attend a weekend long bachelorette party at Disney World.  Translation, I didn’t get any knitting done this weekend, but hey, ummmm Disney with friends.  The wedding associated with this bachelorette party is at the end of the month.  You know I love this friend dearly when I don a dress and heels to see her walk down the aisle.

Spring festivals are popping up left and right, so when I’m not teaching on the weekends, there will be some sneaking off to those. The Georgia Renaissance Faire is in full swing, that pilgrimage needs to be made.

And then there is a lot of watering the garden.  My little patch of dirt has taken off, to the point it may need it’s own state of the garden post.  I managed to make the first baby green salad of the year last night for dinner.  Growing my own food makes my soul happy.

So that’s it, things are a bit busy, but in a good way.