We've said it before, and we'll say it again: learning is growing. If you want to stay vibrant in your craft, you have to keep moving ahead, absorbing new ideas, learning new skills. It's what keeps us connected to our joy.

We have plenty of joy in this fall's offerings at the shop. We have Melissa Leapman, bringing us the secret of two-sided double knitting. We have shawls and cowls, needle felting--even a chance to resurrect a work-in-progress that might have you stymied. Hang on to your hats, it's going to be fun!

Needless to say, we also we have new yarns, new patterns, new energy for the season. We're happy, we're lucky, we're raring to go. Come see us!

Julia, June, and Linda

ALL the Cuteness!

Needle Felted Gnomes!

Needle Felted Gnomes!Welcome to the fantastical forest world of our friends at Going Gnome. Melissa and Jennifer make sweet kits for needle felting all sorts of forest creatures--we carry them in the shop! In this class, they'll bring wool, felting pads, and all the tools you need to make their current fave, Gnome of the Year (see large photo above). We'll talk, we'll learn, and we'll each craft a gnome to take home. The class is a great way to pick up the basic skills you need to make any of their kits, or to strike out on your own with wool and ideas. Your class fee includes all materials, and a needle to take home. Join us for a fun afternoon--and maybe a jump start on your holiday crafting list!

pssssssst!!! we just got a trunk show of these adorable felted fuzzies--come see!

Sunday, October 8th

Designer Workshop

Easy Two Color Brioche with Bruce Weinstein

easy two color briocheImagine brioche knitting without any yarnovers, barks, or burps. In this one day workshop you'll learn how to create a rich, thick and warm textured two-color brioche scarf without any of those annoying brioche techniques that get in the way. Along the way, you'll learn Italian Tubular cast-on and a neat sewn bind-off that will amaze you. And because Bruce is, well, AMAZING, he will also bring lunch, included in the cost of the class.

Sunday, October 15th

Designer Newsflash

Melissa Leapman is Coming

Melissa LeapmanIs there anything that Melissa Leapman can't do? We don't think so; she's one of the knitting world's most original, prolific, thoughtful designers, and we always love her work. Which is why we are THRILLED to host her at the shop, for an all-day, two-color double knitting intensive (whew, that was a mouthful!). Students will spend the morning learning the ins and outs of knitting completely reversible, two-color fabric--a knitting miracle! We'll lunch together, then use our new skills to construct a double-knit hat, adding two-color shaping to our skills and leaving class with an adorable (and reversible!) sample.

note: early signup is essential for Melissa's workshop! Final deadline for enrollment is October 20th--no kidding!

Sunday, November 5th
$125 (includes lunch)

Learn To Knit!

Learn to knitWe want YOU to join us on the great adventure that is knitting. We like to say that knitting is a house with many doors. Maybe you love color, and the way one tone mingles with another in a handknitted piece. Maybe you love texture, and the feel of soofffffffft against your skin. Maybe you're in it for fashion, and creating the look you love. Or maybe you're curious about a traditional craft that has its own ethnic, regional, or family history. Whatever door you choose, there's a place for you in the house of knitting! Come join us for a relaxed introduction among friends. We'll take two Saturday mornings to teach you the basics: knit, purl, casting on, and binding off. You'll start a scarf of your own--and the creative journey of a lifetime!

Saturdays, October 7th and 14th

Unfinished Business

Bring us Your WIPs!

WIPsWe all have a knitting work-in-progress that has us stuck. Maybe it's been on the back burner for too long and we just lost our mojo. Maybe we made a mistake and we can't fix it. Maybe we went back to an old charted project and couldn't remember where we were. It happens! Whatever has you tangled up in your knitting, come in and let Chloe get you straightened out. As long as you have a pattern and the supplies you started with, we should be able to help diagnose the problem, troubleshoot a solution, and cheer you back towards the finish line. C'mon, reclaim your knitting--you'll feel great!

Skills needed:

Thursday, October 19th

We're Throwing A Tea Party

Par Avoin TeaWe know, we know, we're a yarn shop. But we love a good cuppa tea, and when you taste the delicious blends from Par Avoin Teas, you'll understand why we've brought them to the Knit New Haven. We'll have a selection of tea for your enjoyment, and because we are ALSO a yarn shop we'll have a basket of sample skeins from our newest offerings for you to sample. Tea and knitting: a match made in heaven, no?

There is no charge for this event; just call (or reply to this email) to register so that we can count cups. Seating is limited, so do let us know. We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, October 28th

Color Delight

The Seussical Cowl

The Seussical CowlTime to get into your colorful accessory groove! We love this playful, wearable piece, a round-necked cowl that combines a sampler's worth of stitches in one project. Chloe will take two sessions to walk you through ribbing, twisted stitches, slipped stitch, stranded colorwork--even a little bit of LACE! You'll know so much when you're done, and along the way we guarantee you'll never be bored. This is a perfect class for anyone with basic knitting skills who is looking for a way to step up to the next level. Linda used Carol Feller's lovely Nua, and we can think of all sorts of other DK-weight options to make this cowl sing!

Sundays, Oct. 29th and Nov. 12th

Calling All Crocheters

The Luteola Shawl

The Luteola ShawlLuteola, a delicate design by the folks at Quince & Co., is everything: elegant, drapey, and a joy to crochet. This intermediate class will focus on interpreting charts and learning the "architecture" of increases and decreases. It's a perfect way to expand your skills as well as your awareness of just what crochet can do. Rachel has whipped up a gorgeous shop sample Quince & Co.'s Tern, a luscious, merino/silk blend. Come see--you'll be hooked (see what we did there?).

Saturday, November 11th

The Fine Print:
for the sake of our teachers and their preparation, we require that you pre-register for our classes. We occasionally have same-day space available--but we urge you to call ahead!
- many classes require "basic knitting skills." By these we mean comfort with knitting, purling, casting on and binding off.
- all classes require payment in full at the time of registration.
- if we cancel a class, we give you store credit.
- if you cancel your registration with 72 hours notice, we give you store credit.
- late cancellations are not refundable.
- we ask that you purchase all class-related patterns and fiber from Knit New Haven.

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