A Glimpse of Early 2019

We’re closing in on Christmas, and following that, the end of 2018. With that in mind, we'd like to focus on a few things in the works for 2019.

Firstly, starting on January 8th, we’ll be open until 7 pm on Tuesdays as well as Thursdays. The spark for this change is twofold.

We would like to offer more evening hours, but often we struggle with them. As often as evening hours and classes are requested, we rarely see visitors after 4 pm on Thursday evenings (excluding our Thursday Evening Group attendees) and our evening classes are frequently the ones with empty rosters! But that doesn’t stop us from wanting to offer these hours for those of you who are employed outside of the home or have conflicting schedules for day time visits.

And then there seems to be quite a few beginner crocheters and knitters out there that express their reluctance to attend a group. They feel like they need more guidance but are not yet comfortable showing up for groups. No matter how often we tell them that crocheting and knitting take practice, and that every stitcher starts as a beginner, new stitchers often feel intimidated by those who are more confident in their skills.

We wanted to do something about both of these issues. When we came up with the idea of using the Tin Can Knits Simple Series as a skill building workshop, we started looking at the calendar and trying to schedule this as a monthly workshop. One thought kept surfacing, “What about making Tuesday evening an evening just for beginners? What if we did this informally by scheduling the workshops then?". So that’s what we did. This way, we’ll see a few people on most Tuesday evenings. After all, it can get quite lonely if we don’t see anyone for hours (Lisa starts talking to the Gnome).

Don’t worry, though, If evening classes don’t work for you, and you are interested in the skill building workshops, we also scheduled them for Wednesday mornings.

These workshops will start with the simplest of the Simple Series patterns (a scarf and shawl) and we’ll work our way through all 9 patterns over the course of the year - skipping July and stretching the bigger projects out over 2 months. All of the patterns are free and can be found on Ravelry or the Tin Can Knits Website.

You must already know how to knit to attend, but for the first few workshops, that’s about it! Registration is required, but you don’t need to register for all the workshops; so if you’re an adventurous beginner and the first (or two or three) project seems easy for you, skip it! Or, if you’re an experienced knitter, but have never made a sweater, feel free to register for just the sweater workshop - or which ever workshop covers skills you'd like to learn. (Don’t panic newbies! The sweater workshop is one of the last workshops, you’ll get there!)

The first workshop will be on Tuesday Jan. 22 and 29th at 5:30 pm or Wednesday Jan. 23rd and 30th at 10:30 am. We’ll be working on the “Wheat” scarf (pictured above, (c) Tin Can Knits). You’ll learn how to use both the knit and purl stitches to create patterns. The workshop is $10 and registration is required. You’ll need worsted weight yarn and US 8 knitting needles. For information on any of the other classes, or February’s skill building workshop, visit the classes page.

There’s a Winter themed tapestry weaving class scheduled for January 8th and 15th at 3 pm OR 6 pm. Registration is required and the $85 fee includes a 8” tapestry loom that’s yours to keep! Pictured is a sample from the Fall themed class. The winter version will have more blues and greys.

We’re still going to offer our Secret Sunday Spin-Ins on the FOURTH Sunday of the month (dates subject to change based on how holidays fall) and we are considering adding weaving to this event - making it a Secret Sunday Spin/Weave - In. Because even though spinners and weavers are welcome to attend any of our weekly groups, we often hear that they don’t feel comfortable attending a “knitting group”.

As for the rest of 2019, we’re already looking at the calendar and trying to keep a full schedule. So far we’ve got ideas for C/KALs (crochet/knit a longs), projects related to events or holidays, Yarn of the Month ideas, and we’re trying to bump up our weaving and spinning options.

While we often find it difficult to look so far ahead, we deliberately try to stay one step ahead so that there is a full roster of happenings at Darn Yarn. If you need a way to keep up with all of these upcoming events, you have a number of options; join our group on Ravelry; follow us on Facebook, where we try to keep the “events” current and use it as a running events calendar; check our website listing occasionally; sign up for our monthly e-mail, or pick up a flyer the next time you’re in the shop, they’re usually near the door.

In the meantime, hope your holiday celebrations are joyous, merry, safe, and happy; and that your 2019 brings good things (and lots of yarn) your way.

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