Summer is a busy time for all of us - kids are not in school, companies hold picnics or “outings”, families have reunions, there are fairs and festivals to attend, and let's not forget about the weddings and showers! It’s easy to get carried away and overbooked. I know I can get tired just looking at my calendar!
And part of the reason my calendar is so full is because of the many things happening at DYNT this summer, starting this month. There are the regular groups, of course (click here for more information about them). But there are a number of unique things happening - mostly classes - over the next few weeks.
If you’ve been meaning to learn to knit, there’s a 4 week class starting next week, on June 8th. If you already knit, but don’t know where to go after making your umpteenth scarf, there’s a Knitting 102 workshop titled “So you can knit, now what?” being held on two separate nights, one on Friday, June 10th and the other on Tuesday, June 14th. And if you are past that, but haven’t yet mastered socks, or you’re interested in learning to knit socks from the toe up rather than the cuff down, we have a two week class for that too! And, if you’re not a knitter, there’s a pin loom weaving workshop later in the month, and a Tunisian Crochet class!
All the information for these classes can be found on here, on the calendar page. You can also stop in at the shop if you have questions about any of them. Some of them have fees and registration requirements, and a few have prerequisites - like knowing how to knit in the round for the sock class.
In addition to the regular groups and the classes, Harmony starts to get active around this time of the year too. From now until December 31st, my schedule revolves around community events. SpringFest will be the 11th. There are free concerts on the square starting on the 30th, fleatiques are regularly scheduled, and we have a weekly Farmers’ Market at the Harmony/ Zelienople Park.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s get through June! SpringFest on Saturday June 11th is a town wide celebration of Spring and Summer. There will be a garden market at the Red Barn, sponsored by the Harmony Museum; a mini Fiber Festival in Stewart Hall, also sponsored by the Harmony Museum; a vendor market in the Opera Hall @ The Center of Harmony (the hall above DYNT) sponsored by The Center of Harmony; live music; artist demonstrations; and more. The event runs 9 am - 3pm, DYNT will be opening an hour early at 9 am for the festivities (we’ll be closing at 4 pm as usual).
The following Saturday is WWKIP, World Wide Knit in Public Day. We’ll be observing this fiber filled day by knitting, and crocheting, on the porches of participating businesses around town, weather permitting. There won’t be much fanfare, but it should be fun! Stop by and work all day, or just for few minutes. WWKIP is a day set aside as a way to simply make our artform a bit more visible. It’s a way show those who think it’s a dying art, or that only grannies knit anymore, that in fact, knitting and crocheting has a vibrant, growing community of participants. So let's get out en masse and share our love of yarn! Bring a chair, some water if you’re staying for a bit, and plan on answering questions. If it’s raining, there are still a number of covered porches, and a few locations where we might be able to move inside.
Also, the Steel Valley Yarn Crawl starts July 29th! That may seem a long way off right now, but it’ll be here soon. In the meantime, passports are on sale at DYNT. They are $10 and include a limited edition tote bag. If you aren’t sure what a yarn crawl is all about, it’s a shop hop that focuses on local yarn shops! There are 11 participating shops this year, you can visit, all, some, one, or none of them during the 10 days of the crawl. Each shop will have prize drawings and patterns for participants.
Phew! No wonder I get tired just looking at my schedule. Even though I’m busy looking ahead, l look forward to each of the classes, groups, and events, and many of these things aren’t possible without you! So stop in and register for a class or to pick up your Yarn Crawl Passport, let’s pencil that in!