Mid-October Knitapestry Newsletter

Hi all-

You'd think we'd be all set up for cooler weather, but new yarn continues to arrive! We just got in some yarn from Copenhagen including beautiful gradients and a DK/Worsted Wool + Silk blend. 


Fiberside Chats' next chat is with Caroline Sommerfeld on October 22nd at 1PM.  

The next knit night will be Wednesday, October 18th from 7-9PM in-store.

We're happy to share that Knit the Rainbow will have its second annual Purl Awards Ceremony! Here's the Link to the Virtual event signup: https://www.knittherainbow.org

Charmaine's Thanksgiving Mystery takes place on Mondays in November! Details for this year's sessions are below. Her focus on this year is not a finished project, but learning important skills. Do not fear-we promise there will be fun and giveaways involved!

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

Knit the Rainbow-drop off completed donations at the shop.

Ridgecrest donations-yes, but needles, no.

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

Tuesday, October 17th:  Store open 10AM-5PM;  Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM. 
Wednesday, October 18th: Store open 10AM-5PM; PCH 5:30-6:30 PM; Knit Night In-store 7-9PM.
Thursday, October 19th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM. 
Friday, October 20th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, October 21st Store open 10AM-4PM; 
PCH 4:30-6:30PM
Sunday, October 22nd: Store closed;  
Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; 
PCH 4-6PM.

Monday, October 23rd: Crochet Workshop 10-11:30AM; Store open 10AM-4PM. 
Tuesday, October 24th:  PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM. 
Wednesday, October 25th: Store open 10AM-5PM; PCH 5:30-6:30 PM.
Thursday, October 26th: Store open 10AM-4PM; Knitting with Anna 4-5PM. 
Friday, October 27th Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, October 28th: Store open
Store open 10AM-4PM.
Sunday, October 29th: Store closed;  Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM; PCH 12-2PM. 

Monday, October 30th: Crochet Workshop 10-11:30AM; Store open 10AM-4PM. 
Tuesday, October 31st: 👻 🎃 Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Anna, Charmaine, Fran, Gemma, Nancy & Noa

The Mystery of Mistakes with Charmaine-3 Monday evenings in November
Choose your time 5:30-6:45pm OR 7-8:15pm

Sure, you can knit, but can you UN-knit?  In place of her usual Mystery Knit-a-Long, Charmaine will be tackling the biggest mysteries of knitting--UN-Knitting.  Unknitting and fixing mistakes is such a valuable skill!  It will set you free and relieve stress (which is what knitting is supposed to help with in the first place!) And it is a skill most will use over and over.  Charmaine will show techniques and helpful tips to decipher what went wrong and how to approach the fix.  Choose your weeks. Mistakes get more complicated as we go. 

Class 1 - November 6th - Basic knits & purls, dropping a stitch, taking out a kfp & k2tog, ripping out rows and getting back on the needle
Class 2 - November 13th - Fixing all kinds of the slightly more complicated---YO's, Ktbl, ssk, skpo, s2kpo & Garter.
Class 3 - November 20th - The black diamond of fixing - Cables, lace and a mystery ending.

Take 1 class -$35
Take 2 classes $60
Take all 3 for $80 and the initial swatch is knit for you!

Call the store to reserve your spot!
Our next Thursday night selection is the Eun Sweater by November Knits. 

Join Nancy for a Zoom knitalong of the Eun Sweater on Thursday nights from 7-8PM. You must register to receive the Zoom link, and there is no charge. You'll need to buy the pattern directly on Ravelry. (We'd love it if you bought the yarn from us!) The remaining date is November 2nd. Register by emailing or calling the shop.
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.
Coming up:

Caroline Sommerfeld 10/22
Andrea Rangel 11/5
Gudrun Johnston & Mary Jane Mucklestone 11/19


Caroline Sommerfeld

Yarn! Making the world a better place with Caroline Sommerfeld

The intriguing journey of yarn production spans centuries. But what happens behind the scenes today? Join us as Caroline Sommerfeld uncovers the captivating tale of how wool and fibers traverse the globe to become the yarns we adore. This talk reveals the meticulous planning and partnership that goes into producing local and commercial yarns.
Moreover, let's explore the astounding variety of sheep breeds beyond the renowned Merino wool. Delving into heritage breeds and sustainable fibers, we unravel the rich histories and cultural significance they offer. As many of these breeds face endangerment, we, as knitters, crocheters, weavers, and more, possess the power to make a remarkable difference in the world through our craft!

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, October 22nd at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific


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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