Friday, June 26, 2009

World Wide Knit in Public Photos

Our Knit in Public event at Barnes & Noble was a great success and BN was the perfect venue. The Yarn Nookers met many knitters and crocheters who will no doubt become regulars at the shop. Our group also sparked the interest of non-knitters who stopped by to chat and ask questions about knitting!

We look forward to many opportunities to knit in public during the next year and to spending World Wide Knit in Public Day at Barnes & Noble next June. Thank you to everyone at Barnes & Noble who helped make our day so enjoyable!

Thank you Kitty for taking great pictures for us!

Sorry it took me so long to post the photos!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Yarn Nooker Spotlight #3

Welcome to our Yarn Nooker Spotlight created to help us to get to know each other better.

Amy Ducote

Amy is the self-employed owner of Temporary Pharmacy Solutions, LLC , a temporary pharmacist staffing company. Her job keeps her extremely busy, but allows her the flexibility to enjoy time with her two furry children, her wonderful supportive husband, and her knitting hobby.

Amy has been knitting for 3.5 years, but if you look at the complexity of her projects and the wide range of skills she has acquired in such a short time, you would think she has been knitting all her life! Amy began knitting right after hurricane Katrina struck. She and her sister were looking for something to do to kill time while they waited for life to become somewhat normal again. Amy's mother taught her the thumb cast-on she had learned in her high school home-ec class and the rest was “knitting history” for our friend.

Amy knitted English style for about a year and then switched to Continental which she prefers. She has taught herself how to do lace, shaping techniques, toe-up, top-down, garments, and felting among other things. Amy likes the discipline and challenge of knitting and enjoys the quiet of her mind while she is knitting. She has begun designing garments for herself and other types of patterns for classes that she has taught at Yarn Nook over the past couple of years. Amy is a talented knitting instructor who enjoys sharing knowledge with others and watching new knitters get inspired with the passion of knitting. "Knitting has opened up a new community for me to be involved in and has brought me a whole new group of friends that share a common interest."

Past Yarn Nooker Spotlights:
Jill Lyons
Suzette Bienvenu

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New arrivals at the shop!

Kim has received lots of new and fun yarns, needles, notions, books, and patterns at Yarn Nook in the past couple of weeks. Here are two of the most recent arrivals:

Hiya Hiya Sock Kits
Each kit contains 9 inch circular knitting needles in sizes 1, 2, and 3, a bag for the needles, stitch markers, and a Hiya Hiya sock pattern.

Patterns from Two Old Bags including the ever-popular Lucy Bag pattern.

Come by the shop to get yours today!

Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needle Sets are also on order and should be arriving soon!

World Wide Knit in Public Day!!!

The Yarn Nookers and Barnes & Noble will be hosting a great Knit Out to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day. The knit out will take place this Saturday, June 13th from 10am until 6pm (or know how we are when we get together, we never want to leave!!). Kim will be at the bookstore the entire day, so look for her when you arrive.

As I have said before, this will be a great way for all of us to share the knitting and crocheting love with the public and inspire others to begin knitting and crocheting themselves! So, please come by Barnes and Noble Saturday and plan to hang out for as long as you would like ~ bring a couple of your current works in progress and/or completed projects to show off and to work on!

Yarn Nook will be open Saturday, so you can stop by the shop to pick up anything you may need on your way to the bookstore.

We want to extend a great big THANK YOU to Barnes & Noble for hosting this event at their store!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

June Classes and Workshops

Beginning Knitting Class
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience and can be scheduled at your leisure. If you would like to schedule a beginner class for yourself or for a group of friends, just call the shop to set up a time and date.

Knitting Classes for Kids, Pre-teens and Teens
Call the shop to schedule individual or small group knitting classes for your child or for a group of your child's friends. Knitting classes will be a fun summer diversion and a great gift from you....a terrific lifelong hobby! Call the shop to set up times and dates.

Intermediate Knitting Class, Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm.
This class is offered every Tuesday. Students will work with Kim to choose an appropriate project they would like to work on in this class. Those who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Each of the following 4 projects will be taught as a series of classes. You may begin the project on any of the four dates listed for the class, and you may attend as many of the classes as you like.

Clapotis Wrap, Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23, 10am - 12pm, $40 class fee
The Clapotis is a very popular pattern. It is a fun, beautiful way to learn shaping techniques and why you would want to drop stitches on purpose!

Autumn Tam, Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23, 1pm - 3pm, $40 class fee
In this series, you will knit a beautiful fair isle tam. You will learn the following techniques: Fair Isle knitting, working in the round, increasing, decreasing, and reading a chart.

Loafers, Wednesdays, June 10, 17, 24, 1pm - 3pm, $40 class fee
In the Loafer series, you will learn short rows, wraps and turns, hiding wraps and turns, picking up stitches, and decreasing.

Swirl Shawl, Fridays, June 12, 19, 26, 1pm - 3pm, $40 class fee
While knitting the beautiful Swirl Shawl you will learn to use 2 sets of circulars to work in the round, decrease and pick up stitches.

Sock and Lace Workshop Days, Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 10am - 4pm.
Sock and Lace workshops will be held every Wednesday. If you would like to begin a pair of socks or a lace project, or if you need help with any aspect of knitting socks or lace, you are welcome to join the workshop at any time. You may choose to knit your socks Cuff-down or Toe-up.

Weekly Yarn Tasting, Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 11am
Each participant will receive lunch, a “taste” of a fun yarn, and a technique class during which you will tryout your new yarn.