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.

 

February Class Schedule

It’s that odd time of year for us crafty types.  Winter isn’t quite over, Spring hasn’t sprung either.  So what is there to do?  Time to find some projects that aren’t too heavy, aren’t too light, and some other goodies in between.

All classes will be at Yarn Rhapsody on Dawnsonville Highway, Gainesville, GA.  Please register for classes by contacting the shop or myself at least 48 hours before the beginning of the first session.  All yarn should be purchased from Yarn Rhapsody, stash yarn can be used for an additional fee.

First, we’ll get into some beginning level classes.  These are for the new knitters and crocheters looking to create their first projects.

Crochet 101 – Granny Squares – Mini Class
Bring your G or H sized hook and pick out your favorite colorway of worsted weight yarn.  In 1.5 hours you will be well on your way to creating your first granny squares.  These simple squares are the foundation for many an afghan, bag, or stuffed animal.
Available Sessions: (Pick One) February 10, 24 and March 10 – 3pm-4:30pm
Skill Level: Rookie
Price: $30
Click here to reserve your spot online: Seating is limited.

Knitting 101 – Leafy Dishcloths – Mini Class
Using the wide selection of cotton yarns at Yarn Rhapsody we will make leaf-shaped dish cloths to put those freshly learned knit and purl stitches to use. Sessions are 1.5 hours long.
Available Sessions: (Pick One) February 17, March 3, March 17 – Noon-1:30pm
Skill Level: Rookie
Price: $30
Click here to reserve your spot online: Seating is limited.

Toe Up Socks – Knitting Class
Did you miss out on the Wednesday sock classes?  It’s time to offer up a sock knitting opportunity on Saturdays. Bring a set of size 1, 1.5, or 2 double pointed needles, and pick your favorite sock yarn, we’ll be kntting up a pair of toe up socks, with a basic heel flap.
Recommended Yarns: Regia Design Line or Marisol Khusku
Dates: February 10, 24 and March 10 – 10:30am – 11:30am
Skill Level:
Apprentice
Price: $60
Click here to reserve your spot online.

GrisGris de Lin Cowl – Knitalong
This lace cowl is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe and can be worn well into spring and only needs about 200 yards of fingering weight yarn  and size 4 circular needles with a 16-24″ cable.
Recommended Yarn: Louisa Harding Amitola
Dates: February 10, 24 and March 10 – Noon – 1:00pm
Skill Level:
Apprentice
Price: $30
Click here to reserve your spot online.

BonBonBonBon – Knitalong
Easter is right around the corner on April 1st!  If you’re looking for a unique basket buddy you can knit up your own bunny in either DK or worsted weight yarn using only one skein.  For DK size 3 double pointed needles are recommended, size 5 for worsted weight.
Recommended Yarns: Liberty Wool or Knitcol
Dates: February 10, 24 and March 10 – 1:30pm-2:30pm
Skill Level:
Apprentice/Virtuoso
Price: $30
Click here to reserve your spot online.


SlippersBurgeoning Slippers – Knitalong
It won’t be quite warm enough to run around the house barefoot for a little while yet, but it’s going to quickly get to warm for those heavy-duty house shoes.  These beautiful slippers will do the job, knitted up in about 300 yards of DK weight with size 2 needles.
Recommended Yarns: Criative DK or Plymouth Select
Dates: February 17, March 3 and 17 –
10:30am-11:30am
Skill Level: Apprentice/Virtuoso
Price: $30
Click here to reserve your spot online.

Processed with VSCO with s2 presetFrench Market Bag – Crochetalong
This amazing bag will be perfect for use when the spring markets begin to open or that first trip to the beach. This bag uses about 560 yards of worsted cotton with a size G hook.
Recommended Yarns: Lisa Harding Marmo or Butterfly mercerized Cotton
Dates: February 17, March 3 and 17 – 2pm-3pm
Skill Level:
Apprentice
Price: $30
Click here to reserve your spot online.

Bring Your Own Project Night – Knitalong
If you have a project that you need a wee bit of help with, or a section of it has you stumped this knitalong is the solution. Bring any project you like and work within a knitalong style environment and get a helping hand when you hit that rough spot here or there.
Available in sing sessions, blocks of 3 sessions or 6
Session Dates: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11 – 6pm-7pm

Skill Level: Any
Price: $10 per single, $30 for 3 sessions, $60 for 6 sessions.
Click here to reserve your spot online.

 

Classes Vs. KALs: What’s the Difference Anyway?

snake knittingWhat’s the difference between a class and a knitalong (KAL)?  This question has come up a lot in my knitting life lately since I began offering both options since beginning to teach group classes earlier this year.

A knitting class is easy to define.  Classes are situations where students will be learning specific knitting techniques, styles, or working through a complex pattern with the assistance of a hands-on teacher.  There’s several ways classes can be taught.  Some lead participants through a pattern row by row, step by step, others encourage a go-at-your-own-pace situation and will come to you as you reach a certain point and give individualized instruction.  In both scenarios you’ll have a certain amount of homework to try to complete before the next session.  I’m a fan of option two, with my own classes, I’ve seen a range of skill levels within the same class and feel that if I taught a row by row style class a more advanced student will inevitably get bored and shank me with a needle.  I don’t need any extra holes in my body at this point.

Knitalongs are a different beast.  KALs are group meetings where multiple participants will sign up to work on the same project togther, and if need be, help each other.   KALs are an opportunity to work through a project you know is within your skill level but you may be a little nervous about, or just a project you think is awesome and would like to work along with peers.  KALs typically do not offer the benefit of the dedicated teacher from a knitting class, in fact the KAL leader is most likely going to be sitting at the table working on their own version of the KAL project with you.

Hopefully that clears some things up.