Mid-May, 2024 Newsletter

Mid-May, 2024

Happy Mothers' Day to all the women who have nurtured us-grandmothers, aunties, sisters, besties-we are grateful and we are better because of them.
As we look towards summer, we have all kinds of stuff to share. First-we had A BLAST at the trade show, and were unchaperoned...so you know what that means.
There are new yarns coming, new crochet/knit kits, new project bags, new gadgetry-they'll be showing up gradually and you better believe we won't be shy about sharing.

Hot on the heels of the convention was the announcement of Marie Greene's latest "4-day" KAL, with this year's theme of "Spill the Tea."  Marie started this as a challenge to knit a sweater over a July 4th weekend and now thousands of knitters internationally participate in this KAL.  We tried it out quite successfully last summer and will give you the basics here:
No-it's not expected you will knit a sweater in 4 days. We're planning on a month-long KAL, and will offer hybrid options from July 4th through August 1. The pattern outlines will drop on May 23rd and we'll have yarn suggestions for you so you can begin on Wednesday, July 3rd when the pattern drops. There will be a group on Facebook sponsored by Olive Knits as well as our group, so lots of opportunities to join the fun!

We'll begin our summer hours on Monday, May 7th-we will be closed Mondays during the summer through Labor Day.

The next Fiberside Chats will be with Yumiko Alexander of DanDoh on Sunday, June 2nd at 1PM EST.

The next knit night will be in-store on Wednesday, May 15th from 7-9PM.

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  

Monday, May 13th: Store open 10AM-5PM; Crochet Workshop 10-11:30AM. 
Tuesday, May 14th:  PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.

Wednesday, May 15th Store open 10AM-5PM; PCH 5:30-6:30PM; Knit 
Night in-store 7-9PM.
Thursday, May 16th Store open 10AM-4PM; Anna's lessons 4-5PM.
Friday, May 17th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, May 18th Store open 10AM-4PM.

Sunday, May 19th Store closed; PCH 12:30-2:30PM; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM.

Monday, May 20th: Store open 10AM-5PM; Crochet Workshop 10-11:30AM. 
Tuesday, May 21st:  PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.

Wednesday, May 22nd: Store open 10AM-5PM;
PCH 5:30-6:30PM.
Thursday, May 23rd: Store open 10AM-4PM;
Anna's lessons 4-5PM.
Friday, May 24th: Store open 10AM-4PM.
Saturday, May 25th Store open 10AM-4PM.

Sunday, May 26th Store closed; 
PCH 12:30-2:30PM; Next Steps with Gemma 10-11AM;

Monday, May 27th: Store closed for Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 28th:  PCH 9-10AM; Store open 10AM-5PM; Next Steps with Gemma 6-7PM.

Wednesday, May 29th: Store open 10AM-5PM;
PCH 5:30-6:30PM.
Thursday, May 30th Store open 10AM-4PM;
Anna's lessons 4-5PM.
Friday, May 31st: Store open 10AM-4PM.

We look forward to seeing you!

Anna, Charmaine, Clayton, Fran, Gemma, Nancy & Noa

Our next Thursday night selection is a spring sweater, the Knus Light by Elisabeth Judith.  

Join Nancy for a Zoom knitalong of the Knus Light Sweater, Thursday nights April 11th, and May 9th and 30th from 7-8PM.
"knus light is a thinner version of Sommerknus/Knus worked with fingering weight yarn.
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 pattern from Ravelry-we can do that for you!  (We'd love it if you bought the yarn from us!)  Register by emailing or calling the shop.
Spill the Tea is coming! Marie Greene's latest Olive Knits 4-Day Sweater KAL begins again May 23rd.
Join Nancy and Fran for a Hybrid knitalong of the newest Marie Greene KAL, "Spill the Tea." We'll meet on Saturday morning, July 6th from 9-10AM and Thursday evenings  July 11th, 18th and August 1st from 7-8PM. There will be little treats and an all-around good time, as expected from an Olive Knits KAL! Marie Greene will continue her own Facebook group which is active and has loads of helpful conversation.  To sign up, you must buy the pattern from us. It'll be available for preorder at a slight discount from May 23rd, and be available at full price on Ravelry as of July 6th when it becomes public and the Knitalong begins (for Olive Knits). You can use stash yarn and pay $25. We will offer virtual and in-person options. If you buy the yarn from us, you get the KAL for free! If you want to preorder the pattern, you can do it online or by calling the shop.  ***In-store attendance will be limited to 12 participants.***
Crochet workshop for Clayton's new pattern, the Double Dutch Tote. Two sessions in June June 3rd/17th daytime or evenings, June 10th/24th.

Clayton has designed a new tote! made with cleverly joined asymmetrical diamonds and an adjustable-length strap, Clayton's tote can be constructed in a variety of materials such as cotton (like the original) or linen, or raffia. The classes will meet June 3rd and 17th from 3-4PM and on June 10th and 24th from 7-8PM, and cost $40. Pattern will be included.
Crochet Workshop with Clayton Leadbetter-Monday mornings from 10-11:30 AM. 10% discount for supplies purchased in-store for his workshop.

Clayton is offering 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:

Yumiko Alexander-Experience the Graceful World of DanDoh June 2nd at 1PM EST
Jennifer Daley-Fair Isle Knitting!

Next up: Yumiko Alexander

Experience the Graceful World of DanDoh

Join us this spring as we welcome Yumiko Alexander, the innovative mind behind DanDoh. Discover the story of her journey to becoming a renowned designer and the inspiration behind her exclusive line of Japanese-crafted yarns. Yumiko's designs are a harmonious blend of simple shapes, rich textures, and unique stitch patterns that cater to all body types. Each piece from DanDoh will become your go-to signature wardrobe garment that effortlessly combines simplicity and elegance. Yumiko's creativity doesn't stop there - she aims to unite the knitting community through knit-alongs and intimate retreats, transforming each crafting experience into an enriching artistic journey for all participants. Join us in celebrating artistry, creativity, and community with Yumiko of DanDoh.

I am Yumiko Alexander, founder of DanDoh. I was born and raised in Japan.  I got married and moved to America in my late 20’s.  I have really enjoyed my time in the US and I am so happy I have been able to share my knitting and crochet designs through individual patterns and books. I have enjoyed communicating with people and expressing myself through my design work, and I have met many wonderful friends through knitting and crochet.  Knitting and crochet have made my life in the U.S. very beautiful.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, June 2nd at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific

This Fiberside Chat will be recorded - a link to the recording will be available for one week and shared with registered attendees only. 


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 : )
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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