Fall Events: Yarn Tasting & Classes

This Fall I am excited to be teaching and hosting an assortment of classes and events at 88 Stitches in Walnut Grove, Langley. Our Fall Sweater KAL is already underway, but it's not too late to join in! I also have a special yarn tasting event coming up next week with a few spots still left, be sure to give the shop a call if you'd like to join us. And lastly, I'll be teaching some old favourites as well as some new designs from my e-book collection - Sweet Fiber Accessories! A number of classes are already full, with a few at about half capacity. If the class you're interested in is already full be sure to leave your name and number on the wait list, if we gather enough I'll likely run a second class early in the New Year. 

If you have any questions about the classes or events please don't hesitate to send me an email.

Happy Knitting!

Melissa


Location

All classes & events take place at 88 Stitches Yarn Shop in Walnut Grove, Langley. Pre-registration is required for classes and must be done in person at 88 Stitches. Cheque or cash is required at the time of registration. For more information about our class policies please visit 88stitches.com

88 Stitches   |   #602-21183 88th Ave Langley, BC V1M 2G5   |   604.888.6689  


Events


Fall in Love With Sweater Knitting!  

September 25 to November 27

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. 


Sweet Fiber Yarn Tasting   

Thursday, October 23  7-9 pm

You’re invited to join Melissa of Sweet Fiber Yarns for a special yarn tasting event. Here’s your opportunity to sample many of the luxury hand-dyed yarn bases from the local hand-dyer and designer of Sweet Fiber Yarns. Registration (by phone or in person) is required for this free event. Please bring an assortment of your own knitting needles. 


Wrap-up Party - Fall in Love With Sweater Knitting!  

Thursday, November 27  7-9 pm

A Fall knit-along hosted by 88 Stitches & Sweet Fiber Yarns.

It’s the wrap-up party for our Fall sweater knit-along that began on September 25. Bring along your finished sweater projects for show and tell. We’re holding a random prize draw tonight for participants who completed the knit-along! You’re welcome to join us tonight for tea and inspiration, even if you didn’t participate in this KAL.



Classes



 

Cabled Cowl - Mavis

(FULL - wait listed)

 two classes, maximum 5 students

Sundays, November 9 & 23  10am-12pm

Learn to knit cables in the round with confidence! This cozy cowl uses cleverly placed decreases for an invisible, tapered fit. We’ll cover the basics of cable knitting, reading cable charts and how to properly block your finished cowl. Skill Level: Intermediate (can knit, purl, cast-on, cast-off and knit in the round)

 

 

Intro to Colourwork: Golden Pear Hat

(FULL - wait listed)

one class, maximum 5 students

Sunday, November 23  1-3pm

Join us for this quick introduction to colour work. We’ll go over the basics of stranded knitting, including how to pick colours, working with two colours at once and adjusting your gauge. Skill level: Intermediate (can cast on, knit in the round, and have knit a hat before)


 

Jason’s Tweed Hat

two classes, maximum 5 students

Sundays, November 2 & 16  10am-12pm

With over 600 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)


 

Worsted Weight Lace Shawl - Endsleigh

three classes, maximum 4 students

Sundays, November 2, 9 & 16  1-3pm

Learn to knit lace and read charts with confidence in this 3 part class. We’ll be going over the basics of lace - how to read a chart, how to keep track of where you are, lifelines and how to read your knitting. The shawl is knit asymmetrically from one point outwards to the lace border in a worsted weight yarn, making for a relatively quick lace project. Skill Level: Intermediate (can knit, purl, cast-on and cast-off, experience with yarn overs and decreases recommended)

 

 

Stitches West 2013: Recap

A big thank you is in order to all of the wonderful knitters who took the time to visit the Sweet Fiber booth this year at Stitches West. It was great meeting many of our customers in person, as well as meeting and chatting with many new ones throughout the weekend. Below you will find the list of yarns, samples and books we had at the show, along with links to their Ravelry pages. We may not have taken as many pictures as we would have liked (it was just too darn busy!) but we did manage to sneak in a couple before opening night.

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Y A R N S 

Avery Sport - 50% Merino, 50% Silk (sport)

Cashmerino Skinny - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (lace/light fingering)

Cashmerino Sock - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (fingering)

Cashmerino Worsted - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (worsted/aran)

Haven - 50% Merino, 50% Silk (aran)

Heirloom - 70% Silk, 30% Cashmere (fingering)

Merino Twist Worsted - 100% Superwash Merino (worsted)

Silk Cashmere Aran - 55% Silk, 45% Cashmere (aran)

Silk Cashmere Lace - 55% Silk, 45% Cashmere (lace/light fingering)

Sweet Merino Lite - 100% Superwash Merino (fingering)

S H O W   S A M P L E S

Annis by Susanna IC (free) - shown in Cashmerino Sock, Luna

Autumn Bloom by Melissa Thomson - shown in Silk Cashmere Aran, Spiced Pumpkin

Caramel Slouch by Alexa Ludeman - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spiced Pumpkin

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert (free) - shown in Avery Sport, Hippolyta

Courtyard by Melissa Thomson - shown in Merino Twist Worsted, Temperate & Smoke

Golden Pear by Melissa Thomson (free) - shown above in Cashmerino Worsted, various colours

Louise by Aurore (free) - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Envy

Magpie Cowl by Judy Marples - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Ina’s Red

Rathtrevor by Jane Richmond from Island - shown above in Cashmerino Worsted, Moss

Rivercat Sock by Brenda Patipa (free) - shown in Cashmerino Sock, Spanish Coin

Secret of Change by Veera Valimaki - shown in Heirloom, Envy

Thurlow by Melissa Thomson - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spanish Coin

Wellington by Jane Richmond - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spirit

Woodstack by Melissa Thomson - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Denim

Yorkshire Shawl by Judy Marples - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Tea Leaves

B O O K S

9 months of knitting by Alexa Ludeman and Emily Wessel

ISLAND by Jane Richmond

Stitches West 2013 - 3 Exclusive Patterns

Next week we will be debuting three new designs by three Canadian designers at our Stitches West booth (#1041 & 1041). Each design will be a pre-release available for purchase exclusively at our booth (while supplies last). The patterns won't be available elsewhere until April 1st 2013.

 

Caramel Slouch by Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits

 

"Just like pumpkin pie means a sweet treat and a gathering of family, this slouchy confection combines two of my favorite things: cables and lace! Once the brim is complete it is smooth sailing, just some simple stockinette to keep you cozy."

 

Sizing: Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S/M, Adult L)

Yarn: 1 skein of Cashmerino Worsted - shown in Spiced Pumpkin

Needles: US #7 / 4.5 mm (any type) and US #9 / 5.5 mm 16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 18 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch using larger needles

At the show we'll also have copies of Tin Can Knit's first published book - 9 Months of Knitting available for purchase.

For more information about Tin Can Knits' designs and books check them out on Ravelry or visit their website here.

 

 

Wellington by Jane Richmond

 

"This textural hat features a simple repeating pattern reminiscent of raindrops. Using a unique combination of stitches to mimic the look of a cabled honey comb stitch without the need of a cable needle, this stitch pattern only looks difficult. Inspired by the rainy weather indicative of west coast winters, this hat satisfies both form and function."

 

Sizing: Adult S/M (Adult M/L)

Yarn: 1 skein of Merino Twist Worsted - shown in Worn Denim

Needles: US #6 / 4 mm  16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 19 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch

At the show we'll also have copies of Jane Richmond's first published book - ISLAND available for purchase.

For more information about Jane Richmond's designs and book you can find her on Ravelry or visit her website here.

 

 

Thurlow by Melissa Thomson

 

Sizing: One size, to fit 20-23 in / 51-58 cm circumference

Yarn: 1 skein of Cashmerino Worsted - shown in Spanish Coin

Needles: US #6 / 4 mm  16 inch circular, US #7 / 4.5mm 16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 20 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch

For more information about Melissa Thomson's designs you can find her on Ravelry or visit her blog here.