YARN EXPLOSION !




 


   
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Classes/Events  

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Indie-Dyer Extravaganza

Meet Kim Dyes Yarn and LB Ary Yarn.  See amazing yarns and fibers from Peepaloo Fields, Meadowcroft yarns, Yarn Love, and more.

February 25th, 10-4

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 DEE O'KEEFE IS COMING TO TYC !

She will be teaching three great classes for all skill levels.  Friday take advantage of two great classes for beginners through intermediate knitters.  Saturday, prepare to have your head spin with a Design your own Pi Shawl class using multiple charts.  Get your favorite stitch dictionary and sign up soon.

Friday, March 31 from 10:30-1:30

Thurmont
Thurmont is a richly textured, asymmetrical lace shawl that is the perfect introduction to
lace knitting and chart reading. The contemporary lace patterns used in the design of this shawl may look complicated but are intuitive to knit and memorize, with lovely design details such as eyelet cable columns, a dramatic chevron lace panel and cute garter squares that show beautifully when knitted in DK weight yarn. The versatile shape may be draped in many configurations to be worn as either a shawl or a scarf.
In addition to learning how to knit this lovely shawl, the workshop includes a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know to knit a lace shawl, including how to:
• read lace charts
• work pattern repeats without using stitch markers by "reading" the knitting in the
previous rows
• troubleshoot mistakes
• work yarn overs between various knit and purl combinations
• use a lifeline
• choose appropriately stretchy bind offs
• block a lace shawl to perfection
Dee will also discuss the structure of lace, what types of fibers and yarn weights work best for various types of lace knitting and how they react to t-he blocking process.:
Skills required to take the class: Ability to knit and purl with ease as well as basic
familiarity with increases and decreases.
Materials:
• Approximately 525-550 yards of DK weight yarn. Dee suggests either solid or tonal handdyed yarns in natural fibers (important! no acrylic) in light to medium tones to make the lace work easy to see for first-time lace knitters. Self-striping or heavily variegated yarn is not recommended.
• US Size 7 (4.5 mm) 32” circular needles; US Size 9 (5.5 mm) DPN, straight or circular
(any length cable) for bind-off
• 1 stitch marker
• Tapestry needle
• Blocking supplies (to be discussed in more detail in the class)
• Copy of Thurmont Shawl pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thurmont

Cost: $55.00

 

Friday, March 31 from 2-5pm
Nanciann
Nanciann is an classic rectangular lace stole that uses simple decrease/yarn over
combinations to create a piece that looks quite fancy but is surprisingly easy to knit and
memorize. This shawl was designed specifically for first-time lace knitters to learn valuable
lace knitting skills and also to be a rewarding knit with interesting design details such as the
pretty Shetland lace pattern used for the side borders and the scalloped cast on and bind off
edges. As a bonus, it is an excellent design to showcase the wonderful tonal hand-dyed
yarns we love!
In this workshop, students will learn how to:
• read a lace chart
• troubleshoot mistakes
• work pattern repeats without using stitch markers by "reading" the knitting in the
previous rows
• use a lifeline
• choose appropriate cast ons and bind offs to match tension on both edges
• blend skeins of hand-dyed yarns when switching skein
• block a lace shawl to perfection
Dee will also discuss the structure of lace, how to choose appropriate needle sizes for
various yarn weights and what types of fibers and yarn weights work best for various types
of lace knitting. In the class, students will knit a small swatch using a practice chart
(provided) in order to learn all the techniques required to make the full-sized Nanciann.
Skills required to take the class: Ability to knit and purl with ease as well as basic
familiarity with increases and decreases.
Materials:
• Approx. 50 yards of fingering or sock weight yarn in a medium to light color to be used
for the practice swatch. Dee suggests either solid or tonal hand-dyed yarns in natural
fibers (important! no acrylic) in light to medium tones to make the lace work easy to see
for first-time lace knitters. Self-striping or heavily variegated yarn is not recommended.
• The stole itself takes approximately 800 yards of fingering weight or sock yarn. See
above for yarn recommendations.
• US Size 5 (3.75 mm) 24” circular or straight needles
• Extra US Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle of any length if using circulars or US 10.5 (6.5
mm) straight needle if using straights to be used for cast on
• US Size 9 (5.5 mm) DPN or straight or circular to be used for the bind-off
• 2 stitch markers
• Tapestry needle
• Blocking supplies (to be discussed in more detail in the class)
• Copy of Nanciann Stole pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nanciann

Cost: $55.00

Meet Dee O'Keefe and see many of her samples and designs.

Friday, March 31 from 5-6pm

Design Your Own Half-Pi Shawl

Saturday, April 1, from 10-4:30 with a quick break for lunch


This intensive design class will teach you how create your own stunning semi-circular lace shawl. Students will learn to how to adapt Elizabeth Zimmerman’s innovative pi method of shaping circular shawls to a semi-circular shape, which is easier to wear and uses half as much yarn. Two of Dee’s half-pi lace shawl patterns, Cynara and Culpeper, will be examined in detail to help you explore the many possibilities for expressing your own creativity through lace design and to provide inspiration.
Dee will show you how to choose complimentary stitch patterns and modify them to fit the half-pi shape as well as how to align stitch patterns so that they flow effortless one into the other. Also included will be a discussion about lace stitch patterns from both a historical and thematic perspective and how to combine them to personalize your shawl design.
During the workshop, students will begin the process of choosing stitch patterns from
dictionaries and charting them on graph paper with Dee's guidance and recommendations. A hand out which includes worksheets, examples and comprehensive notes about the design process will be emailed to students a week prior to the workshop and should be printed out and brought to the class.
Skills required to take class: Students must be experienced lace knitters with several
lace shawls under their belts already. Most importantly, they must be very comfortable
reading lace charts as all hand out materials will be in charted form only.
Materials:
• Lace stitch dictionary with the stitches in charted form. (You may bring a general stitch dictionary as long as it has a fairly substantial lace section and charts.) If you have more than one dictionary, please bring all of them! Dee will also bring many of her own
dictionaries for you to use in class.
• Graph paper and pencil with eraser
• Calculator
• Fingering weight yarn is recommended for your first half-pi design, approximately 600-
800 yards depending on size. Dee suggests either solid or tonal hand-dyed yarns in
natural fibers. Self-striping or heavily variegated yarn is not recommended, as they tend
to obscure those pretty lace patterns you've worked to hard to put together!
• US Size 5 (3.75 mm) or Size 6 (4.00 mm) 32” circular needles or straights. You may
wish to start your future masterpiece on needles with a 24” cable an then switch to a pair
with longer cables as the shawl increases in size, but that is optional.

Cost: $95.00 plus materials and pattern


Dee O’Keefe BIO
Dee O’Keefe is an Alexandria, Virginia-based lace designer. Dee began knitting and
crocheting as a teenager, but eventually swapped her knitting needles for a guitar pick and worked as a professional guitarist and music teacher for many years. Dee rediscovered her love of knitting in 2007; once she knitted her first lace shawl a year later, she was hopelessly smitten. Dee began publishing her own lace shawl patterns in 2011 and now knits full time as her "real job", inspiring knitters to try their hand at the wonder that is lace knitting both with her tutorial-style lace patterns and enthusiastic teaching style. Dee’s patterns have been knitted by many thousands of lace enthusiasts worldwide.

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New Classes, Knit-a-longs and Crochet-a-longs are happening all month!
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Join us Wednesday evenings from 5 - 8 for evening social knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving.  Stop by to see what's up at The Yarn Club, meet new friends and learn new techniques. 
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Learn to Knit Brioche


Feb 7 & 14, 4pm-6pm

Two color Brioche Cowl
Learn to knit brioche both flat and in the round with a fun little cowl using chunky yarn.
Pattern provided by Kelly for class.
Cost: $45.00

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February 19 & 26, 10-1

Weave an Overshop Scarf (also called a Mermaid scarf)

You will need 2 colors of DK weight yarn.  Three Irish Girls is recommended

Cost: 45.00

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Flip Top Mitts

    

January 20th, 2-4pm

Learn to knit mittens with flip tops.  Is it a mitten or fingerless gloves?  The choice is yours!  All you need is a skein or two of Aran weight yarn.

Cost: 40.00

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Silicon Alley Sweater Knit a long

Saturdays 11am to 1pm.

Join Patti as we enjoy knitting a new sweater.  It is free and open to anyone but you do need to know knitting basics. We will help you measure for the appropriate size and choose your yarns. Our pattern is called Silicon Alley and it is in the MALABRIGO RIOS BOOK 10. This textured striped pullover is knit in RIOS -  superwash merino wool. It works up in three colors and needs a total of 6-8 skeins (RIOS has 210 yards) and needle sizes 7 and 8 in 24” or 32” PLUS a 16” circular size 7. As always, yarns must be purchased from the shop. The Book 10 is also available in the store.Let us know if you will join in the fun! Our first session starts soon!

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Ellison

Cast on NOW!  We are actively knitting the perfect pullover sweater for all skill levels.

It's sweater season and we are casting on.  Any time you want.  Lots of folks are jumping in.  Never knit a sweater before?  this is a great one to learn on and we are here to help!

Join us for a fun and easy pullover using DK or worsted weight yarns.  Perfect in baah Yarns, malabrigo Rios, the NEW colors of Madelinetosh Vintage or DK.  Even a DK gradient kit would work well. 

Homework:  make a 4" by 4" gauge swatch

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Learn to Spin

Sunday, February 19, 1-4 continuing on March 5 to learn to ply

Wednesday Feb. 8, 6-8pm continuing Feb 22, 6-8 to ply

Wednesday, March 8 6-8, Ply on March 22.

Sunday, March 12, 1-3, ply on March 26.

The first class will teach you how to spin your yarns.  the second class will teach you how to ply your creation into usable yarns.

Cost: $45.00 plus materials

Materials:  Must purchase roving from TYC.  Bring your spindle or purchase one of ours.

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Learn to Weave

March 12, 19, 26, 2-5pm FULL

March 12, 19, 26, 10-1  FULL

Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, 5:30-8  FULL

April Classes posted soon.

Discover the magic of weaving with Kelly.  This 3 week class will teach you the basics of weaving and you will be able to finish your project.

Cost: $60.00 plus materials and loom rental fee ($25.00) if needed.  Loom fee can be applied to purchase of your loom after class.

Materials:  1 skein of DK or sport yarn and 1 skein of mohair/silk blend as discussed in class and recommended by your instructor.

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Wall Art Weaving

Thursday, March 9th 5:30-8

 

Cost: 40.00 

Materials: 10 dent reed, fingering yarn for warp.
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Hound's Tooth Scarf Weaving Class

TBD

Sunday, January 15 & 22, 1-4

Cost: $45.00

Materials: 2 colors of Dk yarn.  Chickadee was used for the sample.

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LEARN TO KNIT AND CROCHET CLASSES

It’s time to get started thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and top of the list should be learning a new craft! Time to get hooked on crochet or needled into knitting. We have classes to suit your schedule. Our January classes are in two parts. The first lesson will teach you the basic stitches, information about different yarns, the proper use for them and get you started on practicing. The second part will explain how to read and understand a pattern and put your skills to work on a project.

Cost for either Learn to Knit or  Learn to Crochet is $50 for the two part classes, requires pre-registration and purchase of supplies through The Yarn Club. A skein of Malabrigo RIOS is the recommended yarn. If crocheting, please bring or purchase a size G hook. If knitting, please bring or purchase circular size 7 needles.

Learn to Knit with Patti Part One is offered:

Feb. 16, 5:30-7:30, Feb 21, 10-12

Learn to Knit Part 2 is March 1 from 6:30-8pm

Learn to Crochet with Patti Part One is offered:

Feb 17, 10-12, Feb 23, 5:30-7:30

Learn to Crochet Part 2 is March 1 from 5-6:30pm

Project selections will be at the instructor’s discretion.

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LEARN TO KNIT AND CROCHET CLASS
The “Learn To Part One” classes are for those with little to no
experience in working with yarn. The “Learn To Part Two” is a
follow-up to Part One OR for those with some experience who
need a little instruction and want to start a project with some
assistance. Please come in to register – limit 4 per class. Supplies
are required to be purchased in-store.


Learn to Knit Part One

March 2 from 10-12pm
March 7 from 4-6pm
March 9 from 5:30-7:30pm

This session will teach casting on, binding off, knit, purl, increases
and decreases. We will discuss yarn and needle types.
Cost: $35 plus materials.
Materials: one skein worsted weight yarn – recommended is
Malabrigo Rios in a light shade and circular Size 7 needles
Suggest purchase of “Learn to Knit” book


Learn to Knit Part Two

Choose from class times of:
March 21 from 5:30-7:30pm
March 23 from 10-12pm

This session will assist with any questions on your technique,
further instruct on reading and understanding a pattern and
assist you on beginning a pattern (at instructor’s discretion).

Cost: $20
Materials: You may chose to use the Yarn purchased in Part One
for your project or purchase another skein. ALL projects
recommended by the instructor are one-skein projects.

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FREE Crochet-a-long with Jean & Patti

    

New Crochet – A – Long

Join Jeannie and Patti for a new project starting on February 22nd from 2:30 to 4:00pm.  We are working out of TOP-DOWN CROCHET SWEATERS by Dora Ohrenstein. We will be learning how to obtain a perfect fit in a crocheted sweater. We have chosen the ISOLA/CHLOE combination which gives a choice of the same design in either a cardigan or a pullover.

Materials: recommended yarn is a sport-weight or light DK weight with a size E/4(3.5mm) hook. Stitch markers are also recommended for this project.

As always, our crochet-a-longs are free to all but yarns must be purchased at The Yarn Club. Also, with this project, the above named book needs to be pre-paid with Andrea. Please come in and place your order with her by February 6th to join in the fun.

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CROCHET BUCKET BAGA ND BACK PACK

Call for a class.

School has started and the kids are hauling lots of stuff. Shouldn't the girls carry
something really stylish? Churchmouse Classics has a terrific backpack to crochet
that fits the bill! Join in the fun making these bucket bags in their color of choice –
or think Team Colors for the school!

COST: $30 for class plus materials
MATERIALS: Churchmouse Classics pattern “Oval Crocheted Bucket Bags &
Pouches”. May be purchased at the Yarn Club, through Churchmouse Yarns and
Tea or through Ravelry at www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/oval-crochetedbucket-
bags--pouches
For small size – 450 yards of non-stretchy DK to light weight worsted in a plant
fiber yarn. For larger size – 755 yards. Pattern is two- toned and of the amount
given, 25% of this should be the amount of a contrast!
Suggested yarn I used was Old Dominion Collection in 100% Virginia Cotton!
Crochet hook in BOTH size E(3.5mm) and F(3.75mm) and 4 markers in colors

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Please call to register.  Limit 4 students.

You will need 1 skein of Sock yarn divided in two cakes.  We recommend Yarn Love Juliet, Tosh Sock, or meadowcroft Rockshelter Sock.

a 32"-40"size US 0-1 Needle for Magic Loop

Cost:  class 1 is $25.00, class 2 is $15.00.  All the help in the world is free

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Here are some popular classes we have had in the past.  See one you like?  Call 757-486-5648 and we can schedule it for you.  Or send over an email at andrea@yarnclbknits.com

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CROCHETED MOEBIUS COWL

 


Winter is coming and here is an easy cowl for those newly-taught crochet
students. It's a different twist on a beginner stitch that is fun and quick to make.
Works up so pretty and makes a great gift!


MATERIALS: Small size 24”x11” requires 229yds of a lace or fingering weight
Large size 38”x15” requires 458 yes of lace or fingering weight
Sample on display made in Berroco Folio
Size L crochet hook
Cost: $25 for class plus materials
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crocheted-moebius-cowl

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Windowpane or Hudson Yards Hat and Colorwork Cowl

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hudson-yards

Learn great colorwork techniques with Kelly.  Knit a hat and a cowl using Malabrigo Rios.

Materials:  2 skeins contrasting colors Malabrigo Rios

Size 7 needle or size to obtain gauge.

Cost: $25.00

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CLASSES:
Classes are taught by experienced knitters with patience and support.  We offer classes from beginner to advanced techniques to satisfy the most inquisitive knitter.  Our Staff is always available to help.  Bring in a dropped stitch or a late night goof and we will do our best to get you back on track.

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MEET OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF

Lora
This is the fabulous lady who taught me to knit, my Mom. If she could teach me, she can definately help you. Meet with Lora any day around the table and by appointment.


Will
Meet Will. If you know him, you love him. Calm, cool, creative and all around good guy. Will manages the place and can help you learn to knit, crochet or figure out a pesky pattern.

Pam

Pam brings a level excellence in knitting and a vast knowledge of Ravelry and pattern support to our family.  She can answer any question or show you a new technique any time.

Kelly

Kelly has joined the TYC family and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving.  She is out team leader in all things weaving and loves to teach any technique you want to learn.  Dont see a class you want?  Just ask Kelly!

Melissa

Our photographer extraudinere!  Melissa runs our Wednesday Crochet-a-longs each week at 3:00pm.  Hookers unite!

Patti

Patti joins us fresh from retirement to teach our Learn to Knit and Crochet classes.  She is an avid knitter and crocheter who loves to get folks "hooked" on the craft she loves.

Jean

Jean is awesome with a hook or her needles.  She loves to add beads and play with different yarns in the same project.  Join our Wednesday Crochet-a-longs and get to know a fantastic person with mad crafting skills.

Sean

Meet our newest member of the team, Sean.  Enjoy lots of energy and a great spirit that will lift any mood.  Sean knits and helps us out around the store.  He is reat with color and finding the perfect pattern to match your favorite TYC yarn.


 

CLASS POLICIES

ENROLLMENT AND REGISTRATION Please register for classes in the store or by calling. Payment in full is required in order to reserve your place. All classes must meet a minimum enrollment (usually 2-3 students) to run. In the event a class does not meet minimum enrollment, you will be notified at least 48 hours in advance and given a full refund, or the opportunity to reschedule.

CANCELLATIONS

If you need to cancel or reschedule your registration, please provide at least 24 hours advanced notice before the start of your first class for store credit for group classes and 48 hours for private and semi-private classes. Cancellations made with less than 48 hours notice are non-refundable.  Exceptions will be made for hurricanes, snow storms, floods, or the arrival of the Abominable Snow Man.

MISSED CLASSES We cannot offer make-up sessions or credit for missed group classes. Out of respect to your instructor and classmates, we kindly ask that you be on time.  Additional private lessons may be scheduled.  Fees may apply.

OTHER Students are required to purchase yarn from The Yarn Club for all classes.  No outside will be permitted unless stated in the materials section of the class description.