Mid-February Knitapestry newsletter

Mid-February, 2024

Dear Nancy,

it's still chilly, but this was a sweet surprise under the snow.

It does remind us to get us ready with spring/summer yarns. For example, we introduced a new organic cotton, Sami XL from Amano. it's a soft and fluffy worsted weight, and we're imagining it in everything from tees to baby blankets. And we've brought in Puno, a light, chunky alpaca/Merino in a "tube," 
perfect for three-season garments that can be worn next to the skin. And we've got the perfect project for it! Charmaine is going to host a class in the Nola sweater, beginning in April on Monday evenings. You'll learn some intarsia, and work on raglan construction. 

The next Fiberside Chats will be with Kerry Lord on Sunday, February 18th at 1PM EST.

The next knit night will be in person on Wednesday, February 21st.

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  

Wednesday, February 21st: Store open 10AM-5PM; PCH 5:30-6:30PM; Knit Night in-store 7-9PM.
Thursday, February 22nd: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM. 
Friday, February 23rd: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, February 24th: Store open 10AM-4PM.

Sunday, February 25th:  Store closed;  Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM. 

Monday, February 26th: Store open 10AM-5PM; Crochet Workshop 10-11:30AM.  
Tuesday, February 27th: 
 PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.
Wednesday, February 28th: Store open 10AM-5PM; PCH 5:30-6:30PM.

Thursday, February 29th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Friday, March 1st: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, March 2nd: 
Store open 10AM-4PM.
Sunday, March 3rd: Store closed; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; PCH 12-2PM;

Monday, March 4th: Store open 10AM-5PM; Crochet Workshop 10-11:30AM.  
Tuesday, March 5th:  PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; 
Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM; Tunisian Crochet 7:15-8PM.
Wednesday, March 6th: Store open 10AM-5PM; PCH 5:30-6:30PM; Knit Night Zoom.

Thursday, March 7th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM.
Friday, March 8th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, March 9th: 
Store open 10AM-4PM.
Sunday, March 10th: Store closed; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; PCH 12-2PM.

We look forward to seeing you!

Anna, Charmaine, Fran, Gemma, Nancy & Noa

Nola Sweater with Charmaine
4 Mondays in April from 6-7:30PM. Cost of class will be $65, and does not include the pattern.
Charmaine is knitting up the adorable Nola sweater in our new puffy Puno yarn.  It can be knit with a choice of sleeves (pic 1-wide sleeve & cropped body or pic 2-reg sleeve and longer body), and with or without buttons. The class will meet April 1, 8, 15 and 29, 
You'll work on interesting construction and unique intarsia. You'll need to know increases and decreases. You'll need to buy the pattern on Ravelry and can do so here.  Call the store to sign up, and please email with any questions.  All classes are in-person.
Clayton Leadbetter will host a Tunisian Crochet Class on Tuesday evenings!
Clayton has designed a Tunisian Sampler Scarf for a brand-new class, with several different stitches. It'll meet three times on February 6th, 20th and March 5th from 7:15-8:15PM. The cost is $50 and will include instructional handouts and a 10% discount for all supplies purchased in-store. You'll need basic crochet skills for this, such as knowing how to chain, single and double crochet. Register by emailing or calling the shop.
Our next Thursday night selection is a Knit-your-own-adventure with the patterns of Lene Holme Samsoe. Last session: March 14th, 7-8PM. 

Join Nancy for a Zoom knitalong of any pattern you choose by Lene Holme Samsoe, Thursday nights from 7-8PM. This is a social group where there is no instruction. You must register to receive the Zoom link, and since we don't provide help, there is no charge. You'll need to buy Samsoe's pattern directly on Ravelry. (We'd love it if you bought the yarn from us!)  Register by emailing or calling the shop.
Learn or improve your Lace Knitting with Gemma! Building with Lace will meet on Saturday mornings from 9-10AM on 3/9, 3/23, 4/13 and 4/27.Come see the sample in the store-you'll be hooked!

Gemma will guide you through a sampler wrap with progressively more difficult lace stitches, and include her video tutorials.

"Building with Lace is the third publication from renowned knitter and teacher, Michelle Hunter. It is a carefully designed sequence of stitch patterns that introduce knitters to lace work starting with the basics and working towards more difficult stitch patterns to make one elegant shawl."

This pattern is supported by Michelle’s excellent, and free, online video instruction."

Once the wrap is broken down into simple blocks, you'll take your knitting to the next level. Don't be daunted by the project-it's like knitting a cowl every couple of weeks. You'll need to have a Ravelry account to use the pattern-we won't be able to print the book. Also, you'll need to have mastered knitting, purling, use of stitch markers and be familiar with increasing and decreasing.
Crochet Workshop with Clayton Leadbetter-Monday mornings from 10-11:30 AM. 10% discount for supplies purchased in-store for his workshop.

We're excited to share: Clayton is going to offer 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, though. 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:

Kerry Lord-March 3rd, Edward's Menagerie/Toft crochet
Summer Lee-March 17th, the Magic of Socks
Mary Martin-April 7th, Discover Fusion and Fission
Carson Demers-April 21st, Knitting Setting Goals for Improving our Knitting and Crochet Techniques 

Next up: Kerry Lord/Edward's Menagerie

Join Kerry Lord as she introduces the exciting TOFT yarn brand and her latest book, Edward’s Menagerie, the New Edition. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this special edition features 17 new patterns not found in the original book, as well as 13 revised and perfected patterns. It also includes expanded step-by-step techniques and full lists of yarn colours and quantities. Like her crochet kits, the patterns split into three skill levels, with online video tutorials available for all the techniques used.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, March 3rd at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific, 6:00pm GMT


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.

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.
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