We're delighted to offer a full schedule of project and technique classes as well as knitalongs and ongoing group classes. See below for more information on our current schedule of classes and call the shop to sign up or to find out about availability.
SPRING 2018 KNIT-ALONGS
Participation in our knitalongs is free. We do ask that you purchase materials for the knitalong from the Warm Ewe.
Yoke Sweaters Knit-Along
Starting Saturday, March 3rd, 10:30am-12:30pm OR
SUNDAY MARCH 4TH, 12:30PM - 2:30 PM
Vogue Knitting, in its Winter 2017/2018 issue, declared the Yoke Sweater the "It" sweater for this season. Rather than choose a single pattern for the knit-along, we thought it would be fun to let you choose. Yoke sweaters can be knitted either from the bottom up or top down, with a Fair Isle or other color work yoke or one in a pattern stitch, or just plain with a single color or variegated yarn. In addition to Ravelry, good sources for pattern ideas are Schoolhouse Press, Tin Can Knits (look for the e-book) as well as Vogue Knitting and Top Down, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd.
We'll kick off the knit-along with a class to explore the construction of seamless yoke sweaters, based on EPS (Elizabeth's Percentage System), devised by Elizabeth Zimmerman and updated by her daughter, Meg Swansen. With this information, you can even design your own sweaters.
What to Bring to Class: If you have chosen a pattern, bring those. If you haven't decided, stop by the store before March 3rd and we can help you with some options for you to consider.
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sheep carousel tea cozy knitalong
starting saturday, may 19th, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm
This adorable tea cozy, designed by Kate Davies, is a lot of fun to knit. The techniques used include provisional cast-on, corrugated rib, 2-color stranded knitting following a chart, vikkel braids, I-cord, centered double decreases and crocheting a steek.
What You Will Need to Bring: yarn and crochet hook for provisional cast on, Sheep Carousel pattern by Kate Davies (available in the store as a Ravelry In-Store pattern), one skein each of Pip Colourwork in Coal and White Rose, appropriate size knitting needles, and notions.
While we don't charge for Knit-Along sessions, we do ask that you purchase the pattern and yarn from The Warm Ewe.
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spring 2018 cLASSES
Classes will take place on Saturdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm unless otherwise noted. Shop opens at 10am on Saturdays in case you want to arrive early and pick out materials for class.
Class size is limited to 6 but if more are interested, we will consider scheduling an additional session. We reserve the right to cancel a class if less than 3 people register.
learn to steek COST:$20
saturday, may 5th, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm
Teacher: ANNE MCDERMOTT
Steeks - a technique that both mystifies and frightens knitters. But there is no need to be either once you have taken this class. A steek is a "bed" of stitches that is cut, after reinforcing, enabling you to knit an entire garment in the round. It is not as scary as it sounds. Steeks are used to make a cardigan and to open up armholes to add sleeves to knitting in the round. It is seen most often in Fair Isle and Norwegian knitting, making it much easier to execute a stranded color pattern.
In this class, we will learn the crochet method of steeking, thereby eliminating the need for a sewing machine. Don't worry, we will have plenty of cold compresses handy in case the experience of cutting your knitting leaves you weak in the knees.
Homework: Using a size 10 needles and chunky yarn in a light color, knit in the round to make a tube measuring 6 to 8-inches wide by 4 inches high and bind off loosely. Bring a lighter weight, contrasting color yarn with the appropriate size crochet hook and a tapestry needle. No class time is allotted to knit the swatch.
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TWO-HANDED KNITTING & VIKKEL BRAID Cost: $20.00
saturday may 12TH, 2018 10:30pM - 12:30PM
Teacher: Tempe croke
There are a number of different ways to hold your yarn when knitting what is commonly known as Fair-Isle or stranded knitting. Come try your hand at two-handed knitting, where you hold one strand in your left hand and the other in your right. We'll go over how to carry the non-working yarn behind, how to catch "floats", and how to read a colorwork chart.
The other technique we'll learn is a Vikkel or Latvian braid. This technique looks much harder than it is and results in a lovely two-color horizontal braid.
Homework: Using a size 10, 16" circular needle and a light colored, chunky weight yarn, cast on for knitting in the round and work ribbing for about 1 inch. Leave on the needles and bring to class, along with a second light colored chunky yarn and stitch markers. We'll use this "swatch" to play with two handed, two color knitting as well as the braid.
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Ongoing Group Classes
We also offer ongoing group help classes. In these classes, participants bring whatever project they are working on and get help in whatever areas they need. This is a great way to learn from an instructor, get individual attention, as well as learn from what other participants are asking about. You never know what tips and tricks you'll learn! These classes run in six-week sessions. These are not drop-in classes, so please call the shop for availability. Each class is offered in a six-week session at $50 per session. Instructor: Tempe Croke
Tempe Croke needs no introduction. She is a fearless knitter, extremely creative and knowledgeable, and a talented designer. She is able to explain complicated stitches and concepts in clear and concise terms. She finds knitting and crochet endlessly fascinating because there is always something new to learn and share.
Susan Haviland has worked in the knitting and crochet field professionally for about 20 years, including over 10 years of yarn store experience at The Yarn Connection and Knitty City in New York City. Her teaching experience is extensive, including classes at those stores, The Big Apple Knitters Guild, The Westchester Knitters Guild, and the Museum of American Folk Art as well as private instruction. She has worked with the design departments at Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karen, DKNY, TommyHilfiger and others. She created first samples for runway shows and product development swatches and samples. She has designed for Vogue Knitting, Tahki Stacey Charles, and Lion Brand Yarn and is currently Design Editor at Lion Brand.
Anne McDermott has been knitting for some time. She loves to tweak patterns as she goes along and is intrigued by garments knitted in different directions. She is an avid fan of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen as well as different knitting styles and working with color.
Sue Spring comes by her knitting ability in a natural way... She’s Tempe Croke’s mom! Truth be told they’re more like “knitting twins” in their ability to knit skillfully and communicate effectively in teaching the fine art of knitting to others. Over the years, Sue has become a devoted fan of circular needles, using them handily to knit socks in the round... At age 65, Sue knitted several pairs of socks as she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 6 months.
General Class Information
All classes must be paid in advance to save a place. Please register in person, by phone or via the website. Class size is limited to a maximum of 6 students. If more than 6 are interested, we will make every effort to schedule an additional session. There will be no refund unless the class is cancelled by the store or the instructor. We reserve the right to cancel a class if less than 3 students register.
Class fees do not include materials. Please be sure to have all required class materials ahead of time, including yarn that needs to be wound. We open at 10am, so if you need to purchase materials for the class, you can do that before class begins. Basic supplies that you might need, in addition to required materials include scissors, tape measure, tapestry needle, crochet hook, stitch markers, gauge check, pencil, paper and calculator.
If there is homework, please complete prior to the class. Time to complete homework is not included in the allotted time for the class.