Mid-June, 2023 Knitapestry newsletter

Hi all-

Summer is not a time to give up your knits! Think of breezy tees, socks, or those gifts that will be appreciated in the fall or for the holidays. We're loving Marie Greene's "4-day" Knitalong (still time to join) which starts over 4th of July weekend, and continues through the month of July. You know it's summer when we go to our annual trade show (yes, it's a thing) to suss out new yarns and gadgetry for fall! We'll be open, but the online store will delay shipping for a couple of days next weekend.

And yes, crochet is on the menu with Mary Ann Gebhardt teaching a class in Granny Squares and Clayton Leadbetter kicking off an ongoing crochet workshop.

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!

The next knit night will be Wednesday, June 14th from 7-9PM in the store. There will be NO Knit Night on June 21st.

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. 



Knit Night-Zoom 1st Wednesday, next 2 Wednesdays in person.
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 http://www.knitapestry.com  

Wednesday, June 14th: Store open 10AM-5PM; Punch Card 5:30-6:30PM; Knit Night 7-9PM.
Thursday,  June 15th: Store open 10AM-4PM;
Knitting with Anna 4-5PM.

Friday, June 16th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, June 17th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Sunday, June 18th: Store Closed; 
Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; Punch Card 4-6PM

Monday, June 19th: Crochet Workshop 9-10:30AM; Store open 10AM-5PM.
Tuesday, June 20th:  PCH 9-10AM; Punch Card 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7 PM.
Wednesday, June 21st: Store open 10AM-5PM; Punch Card 5:30-6:30PM; 
Thursday, June 22nd: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM.
Friday, June 23rd: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, June 24th:  Store open 11AM-3PM; 
Punch Card 4:30-6:30PM.

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

Monday, June 26th:  Crochet Workshop 9-10:30AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Granny Square Crochet with MaryAnn Gebhardt 6-7:30PM.
Tuesday, June 27th: Store open 10AM-5PM; 
Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.
Wednesday, June 28th: Store open 10AM-5PM;
Punch Card 5:30-6:30PM.
Thursday,  June 29th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM.
Friday, June 30th: Store open 10AM-4PM.  
Saturday, July 1st: Cast-on Party for 4-day KAL 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-4PM.  


We look forward to seeing you!

Anna, Charmaine, Fran, Gemma, Nancy & Noa

Crochet a Granny Square with Mary Ann Gebhardt-3 classes in June or July. $90 for three classes, includes 10% off for supplies purchased in-store. For crocheters with some experience.

Mary Ann will teach you to construct and join the versatile and popular Granny Square.  You'll learn increasing, working around the block as well as joining blocks together and you'll be introduced to reading a crochet pattern. You'll need to know how to make a slip knot, how to chain and do a double crochet. First Session ends: June 26th at 6PM; second session is July 10th, 17th and 24th at 1PM.
We're going to participate in Marie Greene's annual 4-day Knitalong!

Marie Green (Olive Knits) has hosted a "4-day" knitalong over the 4th of July weekend for years, to rave reviews. This year's starts with the pattern teaser,  released last week. The knitalong will take place over the month of July (NOT REALLY 4 days). We'll meet in-store and on Zoom (hybrid) on Saturday, July 1st, 9-10 AM and Thursdays at 7-8PM on 
If you buy the yarn and pattern from us you'll join the Knitalong for free. You will be able to use stash yarn and participate, but for a $25 fee. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST PURCHASE THE PATTERN FROM US TO JOIN THE GROUP, since the full pattern won't even be released until later in the month. You can purchase it by calling the store, stopping by, or by purchasing on our website.  The knitalong features prizes, and treats-we'll send out more details shortly !
Crochet Workshop with Clayton Leadbetter-Monday mornings from 9-10:30 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.

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.
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