Knitapestry Newsletter Mid-April, 2023

Hi all -

Warm weather and the Spring Holidays have shifted the energy into summer knitting rather quickly! Many of you long-time NJ Knitters will know that this is the season of the NJ Wool Walk. For those who don't know, the NJ Wool Walk (April 26-30) is the yarny equivalent of a statewide pub crawl. If a passport is purchased for $6, the holder participates in discounts on yarn in all participating shops (and $1 of each passport goes to the Community Food bank of NJ). The 22 shops statewide will host trunk shows and have all sorts of promotions. You do not have to make a purchase at a store to get your passport stamped, and when the Wool Walk is over, drop your finished passport off at a participating store so it can be entered into more prize giveaways!

We'll have a bunch of giveaways, and also are thrilled to host Liz Capik, dyer extraordinaire of Wull Studios! She'll be at the store on Friday, April 28th.

As Liz says: "We are a small fiber arts business bringing you beautiful, hand dyed yarn from our little studio in the woods of rural NJ, USA. We focus on eco-friendly and organic fibers, sustainable and low-impact dyeing, and transcendently beautiful color. Enjoy luxurious yarn that's better for you and better for the earth!"

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.

***For the month of April, however, we're skipping the first Wednesday Zoom entirely, and the only Knit night will be on Wednesday, April 12th, in-store. April 19th and 26th are also cancelled for vacation and for the NJ Wool Walk.***

Fiberside Chats' next guest, Justyna Lorkowska, is on deck for Sunday, April 16th, at 1PM EST.

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

  • Friday, April 14th: Store open 10AM-1PM.
  • Saturday, April 15th: Store open 10AM-4PM; PCH 4:30-6:30PM.
  • Sunday, April 16th: Store closed; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM.
  • Monday, April 17th: Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Tuesday, April 18th: PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7 PM.
  • Wednesday, April 19th: Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Thursday, April 20th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM.
  • Friday, April 21st: Store open 10AM-1PM.
  • Saturday, April 22nd: Store closed.
  • Sunday, April 23rd: Store closed; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; Beginning Crochet 1-2:30PM.
  • Monday, April 24th: Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Tuesday, April 25th: Store 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.
  • Wednesday, April 26th: NJWOOL WALK Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Thursday, April 27th: NJWOOL WALK; Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Friday, April 28th: NJWOOL WALK; Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Saturday, April 29th: NJWOOL WALK; Store open 10AM-5PM.
  • Sunday, April 30th: NJWOOL WALK; Store open 10AM-4PM.

We look forward to seeing you!

Anna, Charmaine, Fran, Gemma, Nancy & Noa

Knit the Little Coffee Bean Sweater with Gemma 9-10:30AM April 22nd 9-10AM. Cost is $40 in-person, $35 on Zoom.

The Little Coffee Bean sweater by Elizabeth Smith is an easy, cute baby cardigan designed in 3 sizes. Top-down raglan construction makes this a completely seamless design, perfect for your first sweater project. You should know how to knit and purl; we'll help with the rest!

AGAIN! Beginning crochet-learn the basics with MaryAnn Gebhardt Sunday, April 23rd, 1-2:30PM. Cost is $45.

Join Maryann in a small group setting to learn crochet by creating a one-color Granny Square. You'll need yarn, and a matching hook, which can be purchased in-store. Class limited to five students. Call the store to register. You must pay to secure your spot and no refunds will be given.

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:

Apri 16th: Justyna Lorkowska-Knitted on Borders
April 30th: Anna Hrachovec-Mochi Mochi
May 21st: Ann Budd-Adjusting for a Different Gauge
June 4th: Mountain Meadow Wool Mill

This Sunday, we feature Justyna Lorkowska:

Knitted-On Borders - A Perfect Finish!

They can be simple or intricate, lacy or cabled—your choice—one thing is sure: knitted-on borders give a unique touch to a shawl. This Chat with Justyna Lorkowska will focus on how to attach knitted-on borders to a variety of shawl types (and garments!), how to create your own border pattern, and how to determine the amount of yarn you’ll need. Learn how to make your shawl one of a kind!

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, April 16th 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.

The New Jersey Wool Walk 2023 is coming April 26th-30th!

22 stores across the state will participate in a yarn crawl. Stores will have passports available for $6 ($5 for the Passport, and $1 goes to the Center for Food Action). There will be giveaways, and discounts, and trunk shows-general merriment statewide. All stores will be open at least 10AM-5PM Wednesday-Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-4PM. The full details will be available shortly on the NJWW website. There are also 10" x 7" project bags available for preorder at $15 (passport + bag are $20 together). Call the store to preorder yours.

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.