What’s New? – 2020

There’s a few announcements to make, and for those of you that follow Coffee & Wool on Facebook you probably already know about it, but start helping us spread the word.

The Traveling Yarn Yogi and her yarn bus Purl is on the way to visit our Pints and Purls meet up on January 10th from 6pm until she’s sick of us, or 9pm, whichever comes first. Yarn Yogi

 

Now on to the other things…

I’ve got some things bubbling for 2020!

  • Individual Lessons – I am making myself available for one-on-one lessons for brand new and beginning level knitters and crocheters on Saturdays and Sundays.  Please contact me directly for pricing and time slots.
  • Finishing Services – available after January 18th – don’t like blocking, weaving in tons of ends, or assembling parts.  Guess who’s finishing up a space in her home dedicated to all things yarn? Uh huh – this kid.  The crafting cave is a pet free room where projects can be professionally finished.  Keep in mind, the rest of my home isn’t pet free, but as many precautions as possible will be taken to limit allergen exposure to anyone sensitive to cats or dogs.  Finishing services vary in price, based on what is required and time involved.
  • Yarn Winding – available after January 1st – I’ve found over the past year that I know a lot of people that hate winding their own yarn, or do not have the space/tools to do so.  I’ve got you covered, especially after being gifted a wonderful yarn swift for Christmas that accompanies the professional grade ball winder that’s already been a part of the craft arsenal.  For folks local to Gainesville, Georgia we will work out a pick up and drop off schedule. For non-locals, we can work out shipping, but I would encourage checking with your local yarn store first.
    • Skeins under 200 yards – $2
    • Skeins under 450 yards – $4
    • Jumbo skeins (anything over 450) – prices vary due to yarn weight and size but will range from $5-15.

There are some other plans being worked on for the coming year, an idea is being tossed around for a very specific knitting group, a charity project is in the works, it’s all about getting logistics in place.

 

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.