Knitapestry Newsletter Early May, 2023

Hi all -

Another NJ Wool Walk is in the books and we can ease into our spring and summer projects. We're up and running for those of you who need to wind those purchases from last week! Also, bring in those passports by May 6th so we can mail them in for you to participate in even more prize drawings!

Charmaine will be shifting some of her Punch Card Hours to her home(s)...see below to sign up for her newsletter through the Groupspot App for the latest info!

Our Knit Nights continue. Our next Knit Night will be via Zoom on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 7-8:30PM.
Join the Meeting:

We'll begin our summer hours at the end of the month: as usual, we close on Mondays in the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

A bit of housekeeping here-Knit the Rainbow has suspended its garment collection for the season-they'll start collecting again after the summer. So hold on to those generous gifts for now.


Masks-encouraged (but required if you're not fully vaccinated).
Knit Night-Zoom 1st Wednesday, next 2 Wednesdays in person.
Sitting at tables if FULLY vaxxed-okay!
Food or drink-no
Knit the Rainbow-**Donations closed through summer**
Ridgecrest donations-yes, but needles-no
Please check out our website for the latest projects and offerings at

  • Wednesday, May 3rd: Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Thursday, May 4th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM.
  • Friday, May 5th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
  • Saturday, May 6th: Oh Happy Wrap zoom 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-4PM; PCH 4:30-6:30PM.
  • Sunday, May 7th: Store closed; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM.
  • Monday, May 8th: Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Tuesday, May 9th: PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7 PM.
  • Wednesday, May 10th: Store open 10AM-5PM; PCH 5:30-6:30PM.
  • Thursday, May 11th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM.
  • Friday, May 12: Store open 10AM-4PM.
  • Saturday, May 13th: Oh Happy Wrap zoom 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-4PM.
  • Sunday, May 14th: Store closed; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; PCH 4-6PM.
  • Monday, May 15th: Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Tuesday, May 16th: PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.
  • Wednesday, May 17th: Store open 10AM-5PM; PCH 5:30-6:30PM.
  • Thursday, May 18th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM.
  • Friday, May 19th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
  • Saturday, May 20th: Oh Happy Wrap zoom 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-4PM.
  • Sunday, May 21st: Store closed; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; PCH 4-6PM.

We look forward to seeing you!

Anna, Charmaine, Fran, Gemma, Nancy & Noa

Our Oh Happy Wrap KAL is here with Gemma Sogabe, Saturday Mornings in May.

The kits we sold last week were a huge success! We're about to start the Zoom calls for you who either purchased the kits or who have separately joined the KAL. This fun wrap takes two full (100gram) skeins plus 6 30gram mini skeins of fingering weight yarn. The Knitalong begins Saturday morning, May 6th, from 9-10AM, and continues on Saturday mornings in May. If you have stash and want to join, call the store and join for $15 plus your purchase of the pattern.

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!

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.

Upcoming guests:

May 7th: Aimee Gille
May 21st: Ann Budd-Adjusting for a Different Gauge
June 4th: Mountain Meadow Wool Mill

This Sunday, we feature Aimee Gille of La Bien Aimee!

Aimee will take us on a tour of her second book, Neons & Neutrals, A Knitwear Collection Curated by Aimée Gille of La Bien Aimée. This eclectic collection features 16 patterns by 16 talented designers, including Brandi Cheyenne Harper, Inese Sang, Layla Yang, Julia Wilkens, and more... This book is a reflection of Aimée’s desire to showcase talented people in the community through collaboration. She will present each design individually and talk about the different designers and their inspirations. Aimée will also talk about the varied yarn producers and dyers she selected for this project. She will share how her former days as a yarn shop owner, and the joy she experienced knitting other people’s patterns with other people’s yarns, inspired her to create a book all about combining yarns across bases and brands.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, May 7th at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific, 7:00pm CEST


Your ZOOM Link will be sent the evening before and about 1 hour before the event. Check your spam filter if you do not see it.

Knits for the 2022 Thanksgiving MKAL are available in limited quantities in-store.

You asked and Charmaine listened! She's made a small number of kits for her latest Mystery Knitalong complete with yarn and pattern. It'll include Knitting for Olive Heavy Merino and Soft Silk Mohair as well as all charts and a tutorial. Kits are $110 and only available in-store for now.

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 : )

Sock Knitting with Anna-Thursdays, after the store closes at 4PM; sign up for 3 sessions for $50. Supplies for class purchased in store get a 10% discount.

Anna will add traditional sock knitting to her Thursday afternoon rotation. The three sessions will cover casting on/different methods of small circumference knitting; knitting around the heel, and finishing the toe. With class sizes so small, this is the perfect time to add to your sock knowledge!

Preregistration required-YOU MUST CALL BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO MAKE SURE THERE'S ROOM IN THE ONGOING CLASS. Please don't just stop in : )

My First Sweater with Anna

4-class sessions, Thursdays, also after the store closes at 4PM. Take your four classes when convenient! $65 per series. You'll get a 10% discount on all supplies purchased for the class.

These basic project classes are designed to help you to finally tackle a sweater! Find that simple pattern you've always wanted to try. There's a lot of knitting in a sweater, but a lot of reward, too. Work on the basics of gauge, pattern/yarn selection, deciphering a pattern. These techniques should be in your toolbox and none of them is particularly hard. Each knitter will choose their own sweater project and get the help they need. So if you've been unsatisfied with your previous attempts, or really have never done a project like this before, join in! You must call in advance.

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.