Knitnews #12: Clever Knits updates for August 2010

Clever Knitters,

July was an awesome and exciting month, and I owe a HUGE thanks to each and every one of you who came out for our anniversary sale. THANK YOU. It was amazing and super great fun - I love yarn birthdays!

In the heat of summer, we continue our shawl KAL and are holding LOADS of awesome classes to get those creative juices flowing. It's also the time of year to get started on holiday knitting! I can hardly believe it, but it's true. So, think about felted slippers, amigurumi toys, chunky hats and scarves. These compact projects make great lunchtime-knitting in overly air-conditioned offices, or here in our nice cool shop.

Contents of this message:

1. Vote fur us! - It's time for the 10news A-List!
2. Classes - LOTS of new classes in August & September
3. Shawl KAL - Klamath (crochet) & Springtime Bandit (knit)

1. Vote for Clever Knits! 
- Make us #1 on the 10news A-List


The 10-news A-List is open for votes! Please take a moment and vote your favourite LYS into the #1 Craft Store position! Last year we were the top-ranked yarn store and ranked #3 overall in the 'Arts & Crafts' category. This year, I think we can be the NUMBER ONE craft store in San Diego County! Please encourage your friends and family to vote, too. It only takes a moment and means a lot to us.

Here's the link:

2. TONS of Classes in August & September

Magic-Loop, Toe-up, Knit Socks
taught by Rhonda Monarque
$56 for three 2hr sessions ($78 if yarn is purchased elsewhere)
Magic Loop knowledge required ($10 discount on this class if you take ‘The Magic Loop’)
Saturdays from 12:30-2:30pm:
Aug 28: Cast-on, toe increases
*no class Labor Day Weekend (Sept 4)
Sept 11: Gusset, heel-turn
Sept 18: Bind-off, start 2nd sock
Materials: 100g sock yarn, size 1 or 2 circular needle 32” or 40”, darning needle

The Magic Loop
knit hat in-the-round using magic loop
taught by Rhonda Monarque

$12 for the 3hr session
Sat, Aug 21, 12:30-3:30pm
Materials: 100g (1 skein) Cascade 220, Size 7 or 8 circular needle 40” or 47”, darning needle

Getting A-Round Crochet
crocheted in-the-round hat
taught by Karen Prante Callahan
$24 for both sessions ($35 if materials purchased elsewhere)
Wed, Aug 25 & Sat, Aug 28, 5:30-7pm
Materials: 50g (1 skein) Colinette Cadenza, Size G hook, darning needle

NEW! Knitting Skillstaught by Cheryl Aitken
$27 per session
1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, 4:30-6:30pm starting Aug 15
sign up for one or many / different skills covered each session / great follow-up to Knit 101
Aug 15: Cast-ons
Sept 5: Reading patterns, basic corrections
Sept 19: Increases & decreases
Future topics TBA
Mateirals: Yarn, knitting needles, swatch still on needles, crochet hook, darning needle, notebook & pencil

OOPS class (fixing knit mistakes)
taught by Helena Bristow
$24 for the 2-hr session
Sun, Sept 26, 4-6pm
Materials: bring a 4x4" swatch STILL ON NEEDLES (first 2" garter stitch, next 2" stocking stitch), and a crochet hook 1-2 sizes smaller than your needle size

NEW! Beginning Knit Shawl
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$36 for both sessions ($58 if materials purchased elsewhere)
Mon, Aug 16 & 30, 5-7pm
Materials: 100g fingering-weight yarn, size 5, 6, or 7 circular needle 32” or longer, darning needle
Shawl-Blocking Workshop
taught by Helena Bristow
4828007974_24abe58422_m_d.jpg$24 for both sessions
Sat, Sept 11, 5:30-7pm /
Sun, Sept 12, 12-12:30pm
Materials (optional): bring blocking wires & a completed shawl to block (soaking supplies, blocking mats & pins provided)

Knit 101 taught by Helena
Sunday, August 22nd, 4-6pm
or Saturday, September 11th, 3-5pm
Saturday, August 21st, 3-5pm
or Saturday, September 25th, 1:30-3:30pm

3. Shawl KAL for August - Klamath (crochet) and Springtime Bandit (knit)

Double the shawly goodness in August! We're featuring TWO different projects this month, so it truly is a CAKAL. Both patterns are FREE on Ravelry, linked below.

For those of you who crochet, our Crochet Socks teacher, Sarah Kukuchek, wrote a pattern for a sister-shawl to the Multnomah ('Mulblahblah' was our KAL a few months back). I am pleased to feature Sarah's lovely pattern as our Crochet-a-Long for August.
Ravelry link:

This month's Knit-a-Long will be the Springtime Bandit. This pattern recommends using 400yds of Aran-weight yarn and size 8 needles, but I'll be making mine on size 5 needles with fingering weight yarn (still just 400yds). This is why shawls are so awesome: they are SUPER versatile.
Ravelry link:

As a reminder, our CAKAL groups meet Sundays from 1-4pm, though of course you're welcome to bring your project in on Tuesdays or Fridays (or any time at all).

Warm (& sweatery) regards,
Helena (& Karen, & Lexi)

Clever Knits
214 S. Indiana Ave, Vista CA 92084

Sat & Sun 12-7pm
Mon, Wed, & Thurs 12-6pm
Tues 12-10pm
Fri 12-8pm

FREE social knitting events:
Tues 6-10pm, Fri 5-8pm, Sun 1-4pm
phone: 760.806.6744
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