Sweet Fiber Classes & Events at 88 Stitches!

I'm so excited to be back at 88 Stitches for another season of Sweet Fiber classes and special events. The ladies at the shop have informed me many of the classes are almost full, so be sure to stop by soon to sign up if you'd like to join me! Events are free to attend, no registration required. For more information, please visit 88stitches.com.

Sweet Fiber Trunk Show

Thursday, October 22 – 7-9pm

Melissa Thomson of Sweet Fiber Yarns will be joining 88 Stitches this evening with a trunk show of her new designs and best selling favourites. Here’s your chance to see her gorgeous designs in person and try them on.

Sweet Fiber Cashmere Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, November 21 – 10am-5pm

Join us at 88 Stitches this Saturday for a selection of Sweet Fiber’s most coveted cashmere yarns. It’s the perfect time to pick out something special for yourself! Melissa will be bringing a selection of cashmere yarns that will available in-store for one day only. Sorry, no phone orders or holds will be accepted.

Blocking Your Finished Knits

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

one class, maximum 8 students

Sunday, November 29 – 1:00 to 3:30pm

Blocking is an essential step in finishing your hand knits, helping to even out your stitches, soften your wool and adjust the shape or fit of a project. We’ll go over the basics of blocking natural fibres, including how to wet block and steam block your knits in this two hour hands on course. Bring along some swatches, a newly finished small project or a well loved accessory and we’ll block it together in class! Skill Level: Beginner (we won’t be knitting in this class, but you’ll need a few of your own projects or swatches knit up in natural fibres to practice blocking with)

Intro to Cabling: Greystone Hat

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

one class, maximum 6 students

Sunday, October 25 – 1:00 to 3:30pm

Learn to knit cables in the round with confidence! This two and a half hour class will get you started on your cabled hat, covering the basics of cable knitting and how to read both written and charted cable instructions. Skill level: Intermediate (can cast on, knit in the round, and have knit a plain hat before)

Jason’s Tweed Hat

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

two classes, maximum 6 students

Sundays, November 22 & 29 – 9:00 to 11:30am

With almost 1000 projects knit on Ravelry, Jason’s Tweed Hat will surely be a favourite among the men (and women) in your life! In this two part class we’ll cover gauge, sizing, knitting in the round and finishing. By the end, you’ll have a cozy new hat to keep for yourself or to pass on to a loved one. Skill Level: All levels welcome (can knit, purl, cast-on and cast-off)

Salt Spray Cowl

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

one class, maximum 6 students

Sunday, October 18 – 1:00 to 3:30pm

Salt Spray is a cozy, quick knit cowl that features a simple lace pattern reminiscent of waves and sails. Easily completed in a few days, Salt Spray makes for a great gift or last minute accessory! In this class we will learn how to knit lace in the round, read lace charts, and go over how to properly block your finished cowl. Skill level: Intermediate (can cast on, knit in the round, cast off)

 Semi Circle Worsted Weight Shawl

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

two classes, maximum 5 students

Sundays, October 18 & 25 – 9:00 to 11:30am

Learn to knit a semi-circle shawl with your favourite worsted weight yarn in this two part class. First, we master the shape of the semi circle shawl with increases, next we add new colours and play with easy lace for a cool, rippled effect. We’ll also go over how to read lace charts! Skill Level: Beginner (can knit, purl, cast-on and cast-off, experience with increases and decreases recommended but not required)

 Twisted Stitches: Thurlow Hat

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

one class, maximum 6 students

Sunday, November 22 – 1:00 to 3:30pm

Usually we want to avoid twisting stitches in our knitting, but this two and a half hour class will help you master twisting stitches on purpose. I’ll get you on your way to creating a beautiful, twisted stitch hat! Skill level: Intermediate (can cast on, knit in the round)

Class Policies for 88 Stitches Yarn Shop

Classes fill up quickly, please register early to avoid disappointment. Pre-registration is required for all classes and registration is on a first come, first serve basis, no exceptions. Payment for classes must be received at time of registration in order to secure a seat in the class and must be paid in full at that time. We do not accept deposits or partial payments for classes. Method of payment for all classes is either cash or a cheque made out to the Instructor. Please note that we do not accept debit or credit card payments for class fees, only for class supplies. Call or email us at the shop for more information about our classes and class fees - the88stitches@shaw.ca

You will be issued a full refund if your class is cancelled due to insufficient registration. If you need to cancel a class you must advise the shop a minimum of 14 days prior to the first day of the class in order to receive a full refund.  If we are given less than 14 days notice, we will only issue a refund if we are able to fill your spot in the class. No refunds are issued for no-shows or last-minute cancellations. Unfortunately, no make-up classes are available.

Please obtain a supply list prior to each class and read it completely to see what supplies are needed. A 10% discount will be applied for all class supplies purchased at 88 Stitches.


Fall in Love with Sweater Knitting #88SFKAL

Let’s Get Knitting! 

88 Stitches and Sweet Fiber Yarns have teamed up to host the Fall in Love with Sweater Knitting Knit-A-Long! Want to join us on our quest to knit ourselves the perfect Fall sweater? It’s easy! Sign up in-store or online via the 88 Stitches Ravelry group. Adult sweaters knit with yarn purchased from 88 Stitches or Sweet Fiber Yarns are eligible to join this KAL. 88 Stitches and Sweet Fiber Yarns have put together some fabulous prizes with more on the way soon! Be sure to take note of the start date, deadline, rules and eligibility to make sure you qualify to enter this epic prize draw.


Put a Hashtag on it! #88SFKAL 

Social media connects knitters around the world every day and we’ll be using it to share our KAL progress along the way. Be sure to include the hashtag #88SFKAL on all KAL related posts to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Ravelry Projects. We’ll be able to find, share and link to your pictures when you include #88sfkal in your posts!


Prizes Galore 

We’ve already got lots of prizes lined up for the Wrap-up Party prize draw with more on the way! 88 Stitches is donating 8 skeins of Studio Donegal Soft Donegal in the colour of your choice along with one skein of Turtlepurls Striped Turtle Toes in the limited edition 88 Stitches custom colourway. Sweet Fiber Yarns will be offering 4 skeins of Cashmerino 20 and 4 skeins of Sweet Merino Lite in the colourways of your choice. Tin Can Knits has donated a signed copy of their new book, Road Trip, along with a signed copy of the very popular Pacific Knits. Be sure to the check out the prize thread on the 88 Stitches’ Ravlery forum for more prizes as they’re announced!


Cast-on Party

 The cast-on party begins on Thursday, September 25 2014! Please join us at 88 Stitches from 7-9pm for an evening of sweater planning, plotting, swatching and casting on for our fall sweaters. Attendees will receive 20% off their yarn purchase for their chosen sweater this evening only. Can’t be there in person? Join us on the 88 Stitches Ravelry forum to chat, discuss patterns & share pictures!


Wrap-up Party 

The wrap-up party will be held at 88 Stitches on Thursday, November 27 2014 from 7-9pm. Bring along your finished sweater projects for show and tell and enjoy some tasty treats. We’ll be holding a random prize draw for participants who completed the knit-along! For those of your who are participating online via our Ravelry group, be sure to provide photo evidence and project specifics in the forum by 7pm pst on Thursday, November 27 to be eligible for the prize draw!


Rules & Eligibility 
You must officially enter the sweater challenge in person at the shop or by entering and participating via our 88 Stitches forum on Ravelry. Please provide us with the specifics of your sweater project when you register. 
You may cast on or after September 25 2014, but not before. 
You are not required to attend our cast-on party to participate. However, this event must be attended in person to receive the one-night-only 20% off yarn discount. The discount cannot be applied to previously made purchases. 
The prize draw entry deadline is the evening of Thursday, November 27 2014. If you are unable to attend our wrap up party, or are participating online via our Ravelry group, be sure to provide photo evidence and project specifics in the forum by 7pm pst on Thursday, November 27. Late entries will not be accepted. 
You may enter this KAL using your stashed yarn, provided that yarn was originally purchased from either 88 Stitches or from Sweet Fiber Yarns (proof of purchase may be required). Your sweater pattern does not need to be purchased from the shop and can be as easy or as complicated as you wish it to be. Your sweater must be an adult cardigan or adult pullover with sleeves. Three-quarter length or full-length sleeves are acceptable. The sweater can be for you or for an adult loved one. You may complete more than one sweater during the time of this challenge. 
88 Stitches staff members are welcome to participate for the fun and challenge, but are exempt from prizes. Rules & eligibility are not binding and may change at anytime.