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Three classes for only $12 each — today only!

Learn New Skills

Occasionally, Craftsy will put on a heck of sale and as an affiliate, I can’t help but promote it. Here’s my top three class choices on sale today only for $12 each:

Colorwork
Stripes, Slip-stitch olorwork, Colorwork cables, intarsia and stranded knitting. All good tools for your hand knitting arsenal, but did you know I can help you interpret these techniques on the machine within ClubKnit? Take Melissa Leapman’s Colorwork Made Easy class to get started.

Crochet
What’s that? Eeek!! I think Crochet Toolkit might be the class I need:

“Better crochet fabric doesn’t have to mean big changes! In fact, you’re probably just a set of simple tips, tricks and techniques away from the results you want. Join designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby as he guides you through it all, starting with an easier way to read charts. Moving on, you’ll discover new stitches you can substitute for tidier edges or foundation chains. Dreaming of smooth, drapey fabric? Find out how linked stitches can close the gaps and make it happen. Then, add some “wow” techniques to your toolkit, such as crochet I-cord. Shannon will also guide you through some must-have math shortcuts for getting the perfect fit, and you’ll even end class with new takes on popular stitch patterns.”

Secrets of Gluten Free Baking
Non-fiber related, well sort of, hah hah — What about gluten free baking? I’ve been gluten-intolerant for a couple years now. Instead of avoiding it, I think I’ll learn how to make pie crusts, pancakes, and quick breads. Shoot, two loaves of GF bread is the cost of the class!

Will you join me on CRAFTSY and buy a class?

 

 

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Friday, 11/21, open knitting

Friday, 11/21, noon – 5, bring your knitting and join us for an afternoon of friends and fun. In-store specials on patterns, books, and accessories. Now taking orders for a new yarn, toybox, too!!

A couple weeks ago we had the opportunity to see some of Sue’s finished projects. I’m sorry i don’t recall the book the shawl came from, but the yarn was a cone of superwash merino she snagged out of the backroom sale. And she made the hat too match.  Aren’t they lovely?

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And since the cold weather but, grandson Evan has been making good use of some hand knits.

 

How are you staying warm?

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Knit club: Friday, October 17, noon to 9pm

When: Friday, October 17, noon to 9pm
Where: Knitting Today
What: bring your knitting, a comfie chair, a snack if you wish. I’ll have the cider hot and coffee in the pot.

While you are there, look over the hundreds of patterns and books. Plan your next project and order the yarn. We have several ideas to share and will be announcing some November make-it, take-it classes perfect for holiday gift

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Looking forward to knitting with you!! Lea-Ann

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Enchantment Shawl Kit/KAL starts soon!

Plan now to join the Enchantment Shawl KAL starting Friday, June 27, 6-? at Knitting Today. Keep reading for the details!

Enchantment Shawl closeup

 

Perfect for a special dinner in the cold a/c, this wide, shallow shawl begins with a charted lace border that’s knit sideways, then bands of bobble and leaf stitch patterns are worked from stitches picked up along the top edge. Three short-row sections finish off the top. Available in your choice of sixteen colorways, this kit includes one skein each of Crock-O-Dye (superwash wool/nylon/silk) and Kettle Tweed (merino wool/baby llama/bamboo/donegal) fingering-weight yarns, plus the pattern. 
Knit on US Size 5 straight and 32″ circular needles. 
Finished size 46″ x 15″. 
Recommended for intermediate knitters. 

 

Enchantment Shawl Full

 

Download the color .pdf: Enchantment shawl Colorways

Place your order online: Order Enchantment Shawl by June 15

Pick up:  Friday, June 27, 10-4 OR join the KAL Friday night, 6-?, (tentatively).

Mail order available for an additional $3 fee.

Ready for a fun knit??

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KnittingU March: blocking

Its time to give it a go for KnittingU. We’ve been snowed out the past two months. I’m anxious to see what everyone has been working on and if they’ve been using the lessons learned in our previous knittingU classes. Here’s the details:

Saturday, March 1, 10-12
Tuesday March 4, 2-4
Thursday March 6, 6-8

Did you know there are four methods of blocking?  How about tools to use? Learn and try the different methods and tools in this hands-on class. Bring scrap yarn and needles two sizes too big for that yarn to practice. $20. let us know your are coming please by leaving a message at 260-351-2260.

April will be steeking
May will be increasing

Onward! Lea-Ann

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Stellanti Siting, hopscotch software, good food and friends

Just slowly wandering the show floor trying not to be overwhelmed and excited and look what I found!

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The beautiful Laura Nelkin modeled Stellanti for me. Only a few more weeks until the fibrofibers yarn arrives and I’m getting everything in place for the KAL. Laura talked with me about construction, beads, and placement. I also bought some bracelet kits, a nice lace and bead combo which will make a great class. It sure was nice seeing these projects in person! Can’t wait to get going on them.

Another stop on day 2 was the Visionary Authors booth where I was able to talk Knit Swirl! and see them all in person once again. We talked about methods for shortening sleeves in particular. I feel so much more confident about helping customers choose yarn, style and fit now. The combinations of colors and fibers used is fantastic!

And, I also spent time learning about the new Hopscotch website CMS from Benjamin Levisay and Brent. I have a couple new ventures in mind and this might be the tool to help.

New yarn ideas? Well, I have those too. I have new choices in superwash, new hand-dyers, and some restocks of existing yarns in new colors. There is so much to do but all so exciting!

At the end of the day, Haley and I had some great Italian food (yesterday was Greek) and visited with Cari Clement and Susan Levine. Their experience and information about yarns, retail, wholesale and publishing is invaluable and I’m so thankful to know them and spend time picking their brains.

Reflecting back over the course of the day I had the opportunity to meet and talk with many people who will be instrumental in my business plans the next several years (ravelry, craftsy, spinrite for the USM, various yarn companies, to name a few). I can’t wait for this next season! Hard to believe it’s been twenty years and I’m still excited!

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Lorna Miser: new look for hand dyed yarns

Lorna Miser returns to Knitting Today to teach a whole new way of working with hand dyed yarns. Join us on Wednesday, June 26, Saturday, June 29, 10-4 to learn how this special technique makes your knitting look as if it is painted in vertical stripes with brush strokes. Here’s Lorna’s description about the class:

Here’s a fun technique to use with hand dyed yarns that will make your knitting look as if it is painted in vertical stripes with brush strokes. The colors will align and flow like a gentle watercolor. And all of those individual colors in that skein you love will all be seen separately, not get blended nor pool unattractively. It’s magical!

Other things you will like about this workshop:

  1. No gauge swatch required.
  2. It’s easy and fun!
  3. Project is a scarf or cowl. Very quick knit and will fit anyone.
  4. No counting required. You may never need to know how many stitches you cast on!
  5. It’s a whole new look for hand dyed yarns!

Odd rules about this class:

  1. You may not knit this in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  2. You may consume adult beverages while doing this technique if you are inclined (meaning it is not difficult).
  3. If you own a interchangeable knitting needle set, this is the time to use it!
  4. You won’t get bored.
  5. If you do get bored, we can make it more interesting by adding lace or stitch patterns.

To register online: https://knittingtoday.com/product/class/lorna2013.html

Questions: call Lea-Ann at 260-351-2260 or via email lea-ann@knittingtoday.com

faux painted knitting swatch

 

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Mystery Yarn Club – special, surprise, and summer fun!

20130323-082318.jpgDo you like surprises? Judging by the number of people who have previously joined our Dream Club and the Knit Happy Club, you do. So what is Lea-Ann cooking up for some summer knitting fun? A “Mystery Yarn Club”!

What: Six months of unique, special, luxurious, and fun yarns. Each yarn will have a pattern or two and we will be doing a KAL in store and online. We have other fun specials and events planned for club members as well.

When: Starts May 1.

How much: for the best price, register by April1 for $180 plus shipping and Indiana sales tax. Afterward, the price goes up to $198. There is also a month-by-month option available.

Register now!