May Craftalong Schedule

At last, scheduled events are popping up again for Coffee and Wool, after taking a hiatus to get things reset and do my best to be helpful with the closure of Yarn Rhapsody.  It’s going to feel strange not walking into the shop on Saturdays like I have nearly every one for the past year.

With that tremendous change, of course a lot of how I manage events has changed as well. There’s a page with the new policies, procedures, and definitions for classes and craftalongs just for reference. You can read that here.  If over a couple of months I feel the new class and craftalong layout isn’t working, I’ll readjust back to shorter sessions, with more meetings.

I’ve included links to sign up in advance for an event. After you’ve registered for the event I will contact you with advance payment options.

So now on to the good stuff…
What’s on the calendar?

Sweater Knitalong

Sweaters seem to intimidate rookie and apprentice knitters, so let’s get rid of the intimidation factor and dive right in with tiny ones.  Baby and child sweaters are knitted just like adult sized ones, they just have less time and financial commitment.  There are two patterns to choose from, both require worsted weight yarns, so they are quick knit ups.  Don’t have a child around to give it to? That’s fine, the Atlanta Knitting Guild has a long running project were they make sweaters for stuffed animals given to children by police officers.  We can make arrangements to get your sweater onto one of those stuffed critters if you would like.

Dates: May 19th and June 2nd
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Downtown Drafts – 115 Bradford St NE, Gainesville, GA 30501
Price: $40
Registration Link

coffeebeanSweater Option 1
Sizes: 3 months (6 months, 12 months)
Yarn Needs: Worsted Weight – 280-410 yards
Needle Sizes: Size 7 and 8 – circular with 24-36″ cables,  and DPNs in 7 and 8s if you do not want to magic loop the sleeves
Other Dodads: Scrap Yarn or Stitch Holders, Stitch Markers, and Buttons (these can be found and attached later)
Skill Level: A Strong Rookie to Apprentice
Link to Pattern and Further Info: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

Back toSweater Option 2 
Sizes: Newborn to 3 months
Yarn Needs: Worsted Weight – 250-350 yards
Needle Sizes: 5 and 7 – straights or circular with 24-36″ cables, and DPNs in 5 and 7 if you do not want to magic loop the sleeves
Other Dodads: Scrap Yarn or Stitch Holders, Stitch Markers, and Buttons (these can be found and attached level.
Skill Level: A Strong Rookie to Apprentice
Link to Pattern and Further Info: Back to Basics Baby Cardigan

Sock Knitalong

Let’s get another intimidating project out of the way.  Socks are not as complicated as one would think.  There’s a choice of a toe up or top down pattern for this knitalong.

Dates: May 26th and June 9th
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Downtown Drafts – 115 Bradford St NE, Gainesville, GA 30501
Price: $40
Registration Link

4909577039_153d473788_zOption 1: Toe Up
Sizes:
Adult and adjustable
Yarn Needs:
A skein of fingering weight yarn – 400 yards is more than enough to accommodate most women’s sizes, a 2nd skein may be needed for men’s socks beyond a size 10
Needle Sizes: 
1-2, to accommodate gauge, either DPNs or circular with at least 24″ for magic loop
Other Dodads:
 Stitch Markers
Skill Level:
A Strong Rookie to Apprentice
Link to Pattern and Further Info: Appalachian Socks

Vanilla SocksOption 2: Top Down
Sizes: Adult and adjustable
Yarn Needs: A skein of fingering weight yarn – 400 yards is more than enough to accommodate most women’s sizes, a 2nd skein may be needed for men’s socks beyond a size 10.
Needles Sizes: 1-2, to accommodate gauge, either DPNs or circular with at least 24″ for magic loop
Other Dodads: Stitch Markers
Skill Level: A Strong Rookie to Apprentice
Link to Pattern and Further Info: Whirlsie’s Vanilla Socks

A Shire Shawl

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a fun pattern with some great construction techniques that would be great knit up for Apprentice and Virtuoso skill levels.

Dates: May 19th and June 2nd
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Downtown Drafts – 115 Bradford St NE, Gainesville, GA 30501
Price: $40
Registration Link

Sizes: One size fits all – pattern is adjustable
Yarn Needs: DK – 437 – 656 yards – or more depending on how wide you would like to go
Needle Sizes: The size recommended on your chosen yarn
Other Dodads: Stitch Markers
Skill Level: Apprentice or Virtuoso
Link to Pattern and Further Info: A Shire Shawl

Bring Your Own Project Sessions

These are great sessions for those projects that you have something you may be a little nervous about a section, or feel like you might need a helping hand here and there.  There also good for those times you just need to get out of the house and want an excuse to bring your knitting!

Dates: May 26th or June 9th
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Downtown Drafts – 115 Bradford St NE, Gainesville, GA 30501
Price: $20
Registration Link

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach out to me at the new number for Coffee and Wool 762-441- 1330, by email at coffeeandwoolblog@gmail.com or through the facebook page located here.

 

September Classes and Knitalongs

It feels like I just posted a class schedule for August a few days ago. This year has done nothing but move at high-speed!

The less than scientific experiment for alternating weeks for classes has been a success, so I’ll continue offering sessions on alternating weeks allowing class participants to have more time to work on projects between sessions.

In other news, I’m changing up my skill level terms. I’ll admit they’ve been a little vague, so I’ve taken the advice that I learned from an old friend and have reverted to the KISS Principle. Good ole, keep it simple, stupid to the rescue! The new terms are:

Rookie: You picked up needles and yarn recently, know knit and purl, and you’re ready to add more skills to that knitting toolbox.

Apprentice: You’re confident with knit, purl, basic increases/decreases, and have likely begun adventuring into knitting in the round, and have began creating shapes other than long scarf like rectangles.

Virtuoso: You’re confident in your abilities and are looking for challenges, unique projects, and new tricks. There isn’t much out there that you would shy away from trying as long as you were in love with the pattern teasing you on Ravelry.

Genius: You are a knitting master, nothing stops you, not even a bad pattern. You’re looking for a challenge, continuing to master skills, and love projects with very complex construction and stitch work.

All classes will be held at Yarn Rhapsody in Gainesville, GA. Please call 770-536-3130 or drop in to reserve your spot at least 48 hours before classes begin and purchase patterns and materials.

So what’s up for September?

Well first, I can announce that you can still sign up for any nine sessions of Building with Lace knitalong by Michelle “Knit Purl” Hunter for $45, as long as the book is still available for purchase at Yarn Rhapsody. There’s already been one round of books sold, and round two just arrived. Weekday sessions will be offered Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm beginning September 6 and carrying on through Wednesday, October 25th. Weekend sessions will continue on Saturdays, Noon-1pm until October 14th.

Skill level: All skill levels – this is truly a skill building knitalong, the book, associated videos, and the support of the rest of the knitalong participants will get you through if you’re a beginner, and teach you a few more tricks even if you’re a knitting expert.

There are also two more knitalongs featuring Michelle Hunter’s patterns for September.

img_0084-1Hat season starts up towards the end of October in the south, mid-September virtually anywhere else, so it’s time to start WIPing some up. Corkscrew Hat by Michelle Hunter, uses an interesting, yet easy to grasp two color technique that creates an almost braided appearance and unisex design. This pattern is also available in three sizes, baby, child, and adult.

Offering Type: Knitalong
Skill Level: Rookie/Apprentice
Techniques Used: Knitting in the Round, Multiple Colors, Shaping
Price: $30
Dates: 10:30am – 11:30am, Saturdays, Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 14

img_0085Oh wait, glove and mitten season is coming up too! The second of Michelle’s patterns this month is the Reciprocation Fingerless Gloves. These fingerless gloves will keep your hands warm and your fingers free for chilly weather knitting.

Offering Type: Knitalong
Skill Level: Rookie/Apprentice
Techniques Used: German twisted cast on, special design stitches, stitch pickup, thumb gussets
Price: $30
Dates: 10:30am – 11:30am, Saturdays, Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 21

September for me means, cooler weather, hints of gold and red appearing on the landscape, and the fact that we’re just that much closer to HALLOWEEN. It’s time to start working on some spookier projects.

img_0089First up, these Spider Socks are going to be a blast. I’ve already started on my pair, I couldn’t wait! These will look great in a solid, or subtly variegated yarn, you want your handiwork to show through on these.

Offering Type: Class
Skill Level: Apprentice/Virtuoso
Techniques Used: Top down construction, heel flap & gusset construction, mock cables, cable stitches, special design stitches
Price: $60
Dates: 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Saturdays, Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 14

img_0088Counting Crows fits the bill for chilly, late October evenings with a few secrets hidden inside. These are a great challenge for someone wanting to increase their color work skills.

Offering Type: Class
Skill Level: Apprentice/Virtuoso
Techniques Used: Knitting in the round, color work and chart reading, shaping, stitch pickup, thumb gussets and finger construction
Price: $60
Dates: 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Saturdays, Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 21

And now for something completely different….

This particular pattern has been sitting in my queue for months waiting for the right time to bring it out.

img_2345Inspired by the Mesoamerican deity Kukulkan this scarf/shawl is striking. This is certainly one of those projects that will having people asking “where did you get that” and then it’s up to you how you spill the beans about being an accomplished knitter. The unique shape and construction of this project, as well as the use of gradient sets should keep anyone motivated to finish this project before the fall chill really sets in.

Offering Type: Class
Skill Level: Apprentice/Virtuoso
Techniques: Color changes, short rows, stitch pickup, cast on mid-project, shaping
Price: $60
Dates: 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Saturdays, Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 21

And as always, I’m available for private instruction for those wanting to start knitting or need a refresher after a bit of time away from knitting, all you have to do is contact me and work out dates and times.