Early July Knitapestry Newsletter

Early July, 2024

Happy Summer!
So many new things to share at what is usually a quiet time!
Before we share our new classes, we must remind you that in all classes, (except Punch Card Hour, which is drop-in) teachers need to know how many students to expect, and we ask for confirmation or cancellation at least 24 hours in advance. YOU MUST CONFIRM OR CANCEL WITH YOUR TEACHER with private lessons or ongoing classes.

Coming up next week is
 the new "4-day" knitalong  from Olive Knits, called "Spill the Tea." We'll host a 4-session Knitalong in concert with Marie Green's virtual sessions. We are full for in-person knitting but of course, Zoom has no attendance limit.  The KAL begins July 3rd (with the pattern's release from Marie Greene) and we'll kickoff our meetings Saturday morning, July 6th and continuing on Thursday evenings, ending August 1st.  Remember, the pattern doesn't drop until July 3rd.

We began our summer hours and will be closed Mondays through Labor Day.  
Stella from Ispie Raffia will share how to make her crocheted v-shaped tote on two Wednesday evenings at the end of July.
Clayton will be teaching how to crochet his Granny Square Chicken in August-we'll have kits available.
Gemma will be showing us how to knit/bead the Painting with Beads Scarf in August.
Finally, the Heirloom Quilt cardi will kick off Thursday evenings beginning in mid-August.

The last Fiberside Chats of the season will be focusing on Fair Isle Knitting with Jennifer Daley on Sunday, June 30th at 1PM EST.

The next knit night will be in-store on Wednesday, July 10th from 7-9PM.

Knit Night-Zoom 1st Wednesday of each month, next 2 Wednesdays in person.


Ridgecrest donations-yes, but needles, no. 

Please check out our website for the latest projects and offerings at: http://www.knitapestry.com  

Saturday, June 29th Store open 10AM-4PM.
Sunday, June 30th Store closed; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM. 

Monday, July 1st: Store closed; Crochet Workshop 10-11:30AM.
Tuesday, July 2nd  PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.

Wednesday, July 3rd: Store open 10AM-5PM;
PCH 5:30-6:30PM.
Thursday, July 4th: Store closed.
Friday, July 5th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, July 6th: Store open 10AM-4PM. 

Sunday, July 7th Store closed; 
Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; PCH 4:00-6:00PM.

Monday, July 8th: Store closed.
Tuesday, July 9th:  PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.

Wednesday, July 10th: Store open 10-5:00 PM;
PCH 5:30-6:30PM; Knit Night in-store 7-8:30PM.
Thursday, July 11th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Anna's lessons 4-5PM. 
Friday, July 12th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, July 13th: Store open 10AM-4PM.

Sunday, July 14th: Store closed; 
 Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; PCH 2-4PM.

We look forward to seeing you!

Anna, Charmaine, Clayton, Fran, Gemma, Nancy & Noa

Spill the Tea is coming! Marie Greene's latest Olive Knits 4-Day Sweater KAL begins again May 23rd.
Join Nancy and Fran for a Hybrid knitalong of the newest Marie Greene KAL, "Spill the Tea." We'll meet on Saturday morning, July 6th from 9-10AM and Thursday evenings  July 11th, 18th and August 1st from 7-8PM. There will be little treats and an all-around good time, as expected from an Olive Knits KAL! Marie Greene will continue her own Facebook group which is active and has loads of helpful conversation.  To sign up, you must buy the pattern from us. It's available for preorder at a slight discount, and will be available at full price on Ravelry as of July 6th when it becomes public and the Knitalong begins (for Olive Knits). You can use stash yarn and pay $25. We will offer virtual and in-person options. If you buy the yarn from us, you get the KAL for free! If you want to preorder the pattern, you can do it online or by calling the shop.  ***In-store attendance will be limited to 12 participants.***
Crochet the V-shaped tote from Ispie Raffia July 24th and 31st, 7-8PM. $35 includes the pattern.

Stella from Ispie Raffia is coming to teach techniques for her V-shaped Mesh Tote! The tote takes two rolls of her premium, soft, eco-friendly Raffia. She'll discuss how to create the oval bottom, the decreases to the handle and also how to make her signature handle support, a tube around the shoulder strap which makes your bag easier to hold. Held on two consecutive Wednesday nights, July 24th and 31st, from 6-7PM,  this class will include the pattern and a 10% discount on supplies purchased in-store.
Crochet workshop for the Granny Square Chicken with Clayton Leadbetter; One session class,  August 12th, 7-9PM, $45,
Clayton will teach how to construct the adorable Granny Square Chicken in-store on August 12th, from 7-9PM.  You'll need to know crochet basics, like how to chain, single and double crochet.  There will be kits available for purchase.
Learn the Painting with Beads Scarf with Gemma, August 20th or 24th, $35. (Zoom option $30) 
Gemma will teach a bit of beading in the Painting with Beads scarf in a hybrid class either on Tuesday, August 20th 7-8:30PM or Saturday, August 24th, from 9-10:30AM.  You'll need to know knitting basics, but she'll help with beading techniques and will have beads available for purchase. Class will include the pattern, by Pope Vergara, due out on Ravelry on July 7th. 
Knit the Heirloom Quilt Cardigan with Nancy on Thursdays August 15th, September 5th, 26th, October 24th November 7th.
Our next Thursday night knitalong will be the Heirloom Quilt Cardigan by Kathryn Seeburger. This group chooses a project and meets on Zoom on Thursdays from 7-8PM. While there is no cost to join, there is no help provided-it's just a social knitalong. For this project, you'll need to know intarsia/colorwork, and want to seam the squares you'll knit into a sweater.  To sign up, email us!
Crochet Workshop with Clayton Leadbetter-Monday mornings from 10-11:30 AM. 10% discount for supplies purchased in-store for his workshop.

Clayton is offering his Crochet Workshop at Knitapestry! If you have experience with crochet, join him to learn new techniques as well as get guidance.  You'll need to buy a "book" of 4 90-minute sessions for $80; since the classes don't have to be taken in consecutive weeks, you must let Clayton know you're coming. We ask that you use those prepaid sessions within six months. Buy your sessions through the shop. It'll be available online soon as well. And we recommend a private lesson if you're a beginner: call the shop to set one up.
Fiberside Chats: join zoom chats with some of your fiber-y faves!

They've invited some of your favorite designers and creators to join us for a series of online gatherings with Longmont Yarn Shoppe: Fiberside Chats! Fiberside Chats will resume after the summer months.

Here's the link for more info: 


The gatherings, hosted on Zoom, are one-hour sessions with special guests joining us to give a peek into their world. These designers and creators will discuss their unique path, creative processes, latest projects—or whatever is inspiring them now. There will also be a Q&A session, giveaways, and other fun surprises for those who join!

Fiberside Chats costs $20 to register. You can choose Knitapestry in the dropdown menu to assign your registration fee to us.
1) Pick your yarn store host
2) Choose how many spots you are reserving
3) Check out.
Coming up:

Jennifer Daley-June 30th-Fair Isle Knitting!

Join Jennifer Daley on an extraordinary adventure through the textile history and color of Fair Isle knitting. Jennifer will discuss her journey to Fair Isle, Scotland, the historic birthplace of Fair Isle knitting. She will unveil the evolution of Fair Isle knitting, Shetland wool, historic motifs or patterns, color theory, and knitting techniques specific to Fair Isle knitting. This fun and informative Fiberside Chat will integrate traditional Fair Isle knitted fisherman’s keps, designed by Jennifer as Knitting Jenny. Fisherman’s keps are caps or hats of conical shape and colourful design that were once considered a necessity for survival at sea for fishermen and sailors. Today they are an entertaining and interesting way to display the knitter’s skill for design and color. Please join us for this special presentation of Fair Isle knitting!

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, June 30th at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific

Register Here >


Beginning Knitting with Anna-Thursdays, after the store closes at 4PM; sign up for 8 sessions for $130. 

Anna will host beginning knitting classes weekly. You'll learn the skills so you can call yourself a knitter!  The package includes 8 hours of instruction. Classes do not have to be in sequential weeks and you can opt to take two hours in a row if you're rocking! (She will also make herself available on the same basis for her "My First Sweater" class. Supplies purchased in-store get a 10% discount.

Preregistration required-YOU MUST CALL BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO MAKE SURE THERE'S ROOM IN THE ONGOING CLASS. Please don't just stop in : )
Next Steps Knitting with Gemma Sogabe 
Tuesday evenings, 6-7 PM; Sundays at 10-11AM. $65 per 4-class session.  

Preregistration required; 10% discount on supplies purchased for class.

Gemma is once again offering her class, perfect for new knitters who want to build on their beginning skills. You don't have to attend sequential weeks, but this isn't a drop-in-you must let Gemma know you're coming in advance.
Knit Night -the first three Wednesday evenings of each month, 7-9PM.

This free get-together is hosted on Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month, and in-person at the store on the second and third Wednesdays of each month. No food or drink, and proof of vaccination required. Zoom codes will be posted in the newsletter as well as on social media.
Punch Card Hour is now on GroupSpot!

Charmaine is ready to help you tackle whatever is holding up your project----a dropped stitch? can't remember where you are? or maybe even deciphering the pattern.  PUNCH CARD is the place to figure it out so you can keep knitting.

You can join Charmaine's PCH Group on GroupSpot by clicking this link.

Sessions occur when the store is closed and follow the COVID policies of the store.  You can purchase a 5 or 10 punch card (get your 11th punch free) or simply drop in for $10.  No RSVP needed.  Feel free to contact Charmaine directly here, with any further questions.
Knit the Rainbow is a charity dedicated to helping at-risk LGBTQ youth. We'll be a drop-off location for garments for this group. (And no, items don't have to be rainbow-colored!) 

"Knit the Rainbow (KtR) was founded in April, 2020 after the Founder, Austin Rivers, discovered the housing disparities facing LGBTQ+ youth in New York City. Austin learned there were a few nonprofits dedicated to providing housing and/or shelter for this community; however, he knew there was still more to be done; this is where KtR was born. 

Austin learned to knit while performing on a tour in Japan and felt he could use these skills to provide warm protective winter garments for LGBTQ+ youth facing homelessness. KtR hopes to educate people across the country about the housing crisis these youth are facing and increase the number of youth served by asking volunteers to knit or crochet at home and donate the garments to KtR to be distributed in New York City and Chicago. 

KtR has big plans for the future. We hope to not only these cities, but to eventually provide winter protective garments to homeless LGBTQ+ youth across the country. In addition, we plan to partner with other nonprofits who provide shelter and housing to these youth and offer knit/crochet classes for their residents so they too can knit garments for themselves and the rest of the community facing this housing crisis."

Yarn Donations for Ridgecrest Senior Housing:
Help local residents make hats and clothing for a variety of charities. These knitters are motivated and prolific...we're happy to play our small part!  We'll take your CLEAN yarn and bring it to the senior center, where residents will work on their projects.  Your destash is ultimately comfort for a person in need, and there's the added piece where these knitters connect and are engaged not only with each other, but with the community. Please: no needle donations.
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