A New Class Schedule for the New Year!
We do have some fun things planned for the new year! Our new class schedule is out!! Of course, we always have our Beginning Knitting classes on saturdays. These classes are for beginners, but they can be tailor-made to suit the individual depending on what they would like to learn. I do only teach 2 people a at time in our beginning classes to ensure each student has all the help they need to succeed with their knitting or crocheting (yes I can teach crochet too!)
We also have our ever-popular Fixing Boo-boos class. Learn extremely useful techniques that will help you gain confidence in your knitting! Our Finishing class is also back on the schedule. This class will give you many helpful tips on seaming, blocking and other hints to make your projects come out looking professional!
There are 2 new classes on our schedule as well, taught by the famous June McKnight! The first is a Bead Embellishment class, where you learn many creative ways to use beads in many different projects, whether it be on your needlepoint, sewing, or knitting! I will be there to share 2 different ways you can add beads to your knitting.
The 2nd class is Silk Ribbon Embroidery. This one I am so excited for! I might need to sit in on this one ;) This class you will learn how easy it is to embellish your quilting, sewing, knitting, or crochet projects with little flowers, leaves, or other details using beautiful silk ribbons!
Speaking of beautiful silk ribbons....we have just what you need! It's by a company out of Canada called Treenway Silks. We already carry some of their beautiful hand dyed silk fibers for spinning/embellishment. The silk ribbon is hand dyed and sold in small amounts (little 5 yard cards) and are available in 7mm thickness, and 3.5mm thickness. Just look at the color selection.....
So pretty! I can't wait to play with it! I just imagine a pair of hand knitted gloves or a hat with little embroidered silk flowers on them!!
All of us here at Monarch are also participating in Laura Nelkin's Kinetic Mystery KAL (knit-a-long). This Mystery KAL uses approx. 420 yards of a fingering weight yarn. There is going to be a beaded option for this, either some beads or lots of beads (or no beads). There will be lace knitting involved. Thats about all we know......it is a mystery after all ;) To find out more information, or to download the pattern to participate, you can click here. It will start January 13th with the first clue! We will be having a launching party for the KAL that day from 5:30 to 7pm. We will also have process gatherings for anyone who needs help with this Jan. 21st, 28th, Feb 4th, and 25th at 11:00am. I myself have never done a mystery knit along....I've always been a bit of a control freak with my knitting. This will be very exciting!! Can't wait to start! All of the staff here at Monarch will be participating. We have already picked out our yarns & beads! This is what Diane, Joan, and I have picked....
Joan hand-dyed hers out of Dye For Me "Happy Feet", it's so gorgeous! (the one on the top right) Can't wait to see that knit up!!
There is a new kit we got in this week. Its a gorgeous, hand-painted kit by Blue Heron. The kit makes either a vest, short sleeved tee, or a shawl! You can choose to add beads to it as well. The beads are not included, but we do have a nice selection of beads to choose from. Here is what the vest looks like. I love the beaded version! It looks so pretty fastened with one of our shawl pins too!
The kit includes the all 3 pattern options, and 2 big beautiful skeins of yarn! One of the yarns is a Rayon Metallic, the other a fine wool. The 2 yarns are alternated throughout the project. Here are some of my favorite colorways this kit is available in...
Soooo pretty!!! Love it!
That's all I have to share for now. We have alot to look forward to in the new year! New classes, new projects, and MORE YARN!! From all of us at Monarch, we wish all of you Happy Holidays! :)