YARN EXPLOSION !




 


   
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Classes/Events  

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The amazing 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 and again from 2-5.

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

Thurmont Shawl Class Repeated.

By popular demand and a close to sold out morning class.  Thurmont is running agian in the afternoon.

Cost: $55.00

 

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

Friday, March 31 from 5-6pm

Join us for a FREE happy hour with a fabulous designer and lots of yarn.

 

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

Stitch Dictionary Recommendations:

Charted Lace Stitch Dictionary Recommendations for Class
Knitting Patterns 300 published by Nihon Vogue. I can’t speak highly enough of this charted lace only, Japanese dictionary. The best lace-only dictionary out there and one I’ve used the most. It is not readily available so if you wish to buy it, do it at least 2 weeks before class. It’s currently available on Etsy and at ysolda.com and needleartsknitting.com. Average Price $30.
Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns published by Inc. Sterling Publishing Co. has lots of different stitch patterns, not just lace, and there are some very interesting ones. It is indeed big, and the best news is that you can get a used one for about $1!
The New Knitting Stitch Library by Leslie Stanfield. This one has a lace chapter with some nice stitches, can be purchased in hard cover used on Amazon for about $1.
The Essential Stitch Collection: Creative Guide to the 300 Stitches Every Knitter Really Needs to Know by Leslie Stanfield. Another one that can be purchased for around $2 on Amazon. It has a lace chapter.
Knitting Lace by Susanna Lewis. This book is an amazing book from both a historical and designing perspective. Ms. Lewis took a museum sampler from the 1800s and charted all the stitches, which are all
traditional and well-loved lace patterns. Included is a large section in the back which addresses lace design specifically. If you get this book, I would recommend bringing one of the above dictionaries to class as well. Buy this one (used averages about $20.00) for the wealth of design info.


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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Stone Point Poncho Knit-a-long

Join our Knit-a-long anytime. Knit with us on Fridays or any other day your can. Lots of folks are jumping in. All the colors are in stock now.

Stone Point is knit flat in two identical pieces. Once complete, the front and back are joined at the shoulders using a 3-needle bind off and the neckband is worked in the round. The garment is easily customizable; you may lengthen the piece by working additional repeats of the Flame Chevron Lace. At the specified gauge, each skein of yarn will work approximately 1.5 repeats (36 rows). You can add additional repeats for width by adding a multiple of 7 sts + 4 sts to the cast on number. Be sure to purchase enough yarn to accommodate your modifications.

YARN: The Fibre Co. Luma (50% merino wool, 25% organic cotton, 15% linen, 10% silk; 137 yds/50gm skein): willow, 7 skeins.
GAUGE: 18 sts and 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Flame Chevron Lace on larger needles, after blocking.
NEEDLES:
1 – US 5 (3.75) 40” (100 cm) circular.
1 – US 6 (4.25 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular.
2 – US 7 (4.5 mm) 40” (100 cm) circulars.
1 – US 7 (4.5 mm) dpn.
NOTIONS: Darning needle, 2 markers (optional).
SIZE: 34.25” (87 cm) wide and 21.5” (54.5 cm) long. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.
SKILLS: Basic lace which we are happy to teach you.

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Ramble Shawl KAL and Brioche Class

Starts April 17, Monday, 2-4pm

     

Start this fabulous project as a KAL. Learn Brioche in one class as you get to the brioche section.

Pattern by Andrea Mowry. Please download the pattern from Ravelry prior to class or purchase it in the shop.

Simple garter stripes kick off this bias shaped, asymmetrical shawl. Finishing off with brioche herringbone, letting the colors play together in a whole new way that offers a burst of light at the end - leaving you with a texture that makes you want to keep on knitting.

DK Weight Yarn: MC - Approx. 4 oz/330yd; CC - Approx. 4 oz/330 yd.  Quince Phoebe, 2 skeins each color

Needles: Size US 7/4.5mm (32in/80cm-40in/100cm circular recommended)

Gauge (measured over garter stitch AFTER BLOCKING): 17 sts and 40 rows = 4 in/10 cm

Finished Measurements: Wingspan - 68 in/173 cm, Center depth - 22 in/56 cm

Techniques to Indulge In: Bias, side to side shawl shaping, stripes, brioche, brioche increasing and decreasing.

Brioche Class: $25.00

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Learn to Spin

Sunday, April 5, Wednesday, 6-8 and to learn to ply, Wednesday, April 19, 6-8

Sunday, April 9, 1-3 and learn to ply April 23, 1-3

The first class will teach you how to spin your fibers.  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

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

April 9, 23, 30,  Sunday 2-5 FULL

April 11, 18, 25 Tuesday 5:30-8 Spaces Available

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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Weaving Your Next Project.

Sunday, April 9, 23, 30 from 10-1

The next step in weaving. Choose your project from the list below, buy your yarns and let Kelly know you are coming to class.

Cost: 50.00


Hound's Tooth Scarf: Fingering weight yarn, two contrast colors, 250 yards each. Recommended yarn: Quince Finch

Leno Scarf: One chunky yarn, 100 yards, 1 DK Noro, 350 yards. Taiyo Sport or Kibou



Lobster Pot Scarf: One skein Chromium and 1 skein silk Mora

Picture coming soon

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Get Your Stitches On!

April 15, 10-12

Learn to fix your mistakes, correct cables, find a dropped yarn over.  Learn a bit about seaming and finishing techniques.

Cost: 30.00

Homework for fix it:

Swatch, 20 stitches with worsted weight yarn.  Knit in Stockinette for 2", then garter stitch for 1".  Leave it o the needles.

Homework for seaming:

Two swatches, 20 st. and 4" tall. worsted weight yarn.

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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

April 12 5:30-7:30

April 13, 10-12
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:
April 25 from 5:30-7:30pm
April 27 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.

Learn to Crochet Part One

April 5, 5:30-7:30

April 6, 10-12

This class will teach chain stitch, single and double crochet
stitches, increases and decreases. We will discuss types of yarn
and hooks. Choose from class times of:

Cost: $35 plus materials purchased in-store
Materials: one skein worsted weight yarn – recommended
Malabrigo Rios in a light shade and a Size G or H hook
Suggest purchase of “Learn to Crochet” book


Learn to Crochet Part Two

April 18, 5:30-7:30

April 20, 10-12
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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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 great with color and finding the perfect pattern to match your favorite TYC yarn.

Marian

Marian brings a wealth of knowledge about spinning and is a wonderful, patient teacher.  Her love of spinning and fiber shines in all her classes.  She is great with fixing mistakes and helping with your knitting, too.


 

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.