A N a u t i c a l Ya r n Fall 2013 TO REMEMBER Vogue Knitting LIVE! Chicago is scheduled for Friday through Nautical Yarn Classes 2 & 3 Sunday, November 1—3. This great knitting event is being held in the historic Palmer House Hilton. We hope some of you have the Hats for Helmets and More 4 chance to attend. Bob and I went last year and it was great! Learn more at: www.vogueknittinglive.com. Monday Night Knit and Crochet Each Monday evening we meet in our Studio from 6—8 PM for a FREE knitting/crochet/help class. Please join us for an evening of socializing even if you do not need any help. Thursday Afternoon Knitting and Crochet Each Thursday afternoon from 2—5 PM, we meet in our Studio for an afternoon of needlework and fun. Please join us for this social knit and crochet time. Knitter’s and Crocheter’s Boot Camps Knitter’s and Crocheter’s Boot Camp classes are continuing throughout the remainder of 2013. We meet the 3rd Saturday of each month—Knitting in the morning (class from 9:30 AM—noon) and crochet in the afternoon (class from 1—3:30 PM). You may attend just one or all Boot Camp sessions. They are just $5 each month. Knitter’s Boot Camp Crocheter’s Boot Camp September 21—Beginning Lace September 21—Chevron Crochet October 19—Advanced Beginner Lace October 19—Crocodile Crochet November 16—Intermediate Lace November 16—Vintage Slipper Inside this issue: Fall Events 1 DATES Great NORTH American Afghan In the past we offered free classes in the Great American Afghan and the Great American Aran Afghan. In these classes, participants knit 20-25 squares and assembled the squares into beautiful heirloom quality afghans. Each square of the Great American afghans is unique and requires different skills to complete. We each enhanced our knitting skills a great deal from this experience, so we have decided to have a year-long experience knitting the Great NORTH American Afghan (GNAA) The GNAA consists of 24 squares (we will do 20 squares in the class at the rate of 2 each month). The squares introduce cables, lace, colorwork, and many different knitting techniques. During the summer of 2013 the classes are offered in July and August. Throughout the year, we will have classes in September, October, and November and, then, take December off for the holidays. Next year, classes will resume in January, and continue through April. Yarn requirements are 6-7 colors of worsted weight yarn and size 6, 7, and 8 needles. With this afghan the yarn can be purchased as you go, because dye lot is not a consideration. We hope you can attend some or all of these free classes. Please RSVP (231-845-9868) and stop in and purchase your copy of the pattern booklet ($12.95). KALs (Knit Alongs) for Fall 2013 Knit, Swirl Sweater Jacket Author and designer Sandra McIver presents Uniquely Flattering, One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jackets. Her book contains 18 designs that flatter all figures, each based on the innovative one piece, one seam circular construction she calls a "Swirl". Using simple knitting techniques, she creates elegant sweater jackets in four dramatic silhouettes and three flexible sizes. Clear step-by-step pattern instructions and detailed schematics make knitting a Swirl a simple pleasure. Try one on during our Knit, Swirl Trunk show during the last 2 weeks of August. www.nauticalyarn.com Skill Levels N a u t i c a l Y a r n — P a g e 2 ALL All skill levels, B Beginner, AB Advanced Beginner BOOT CAMP SCHEDULES You may attend any or all sessions of Knitter‘s Boot Camp or Crocheter‘s Boot Camp. For Knitter‘s Boot Camp, you should know how to knit and purl. For Crocheter‘s Boot Camp, you should know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet. Come to our Monday Night sessions to get brought up to speed on your knitting or crochet skills. KNITTER’S BOOT CAMP CROCHETER’S BOOT CAMP THIRD Saturday of each month from 9:30 AM - Noon THIRD Saturday of each month from 1 PM - 3:30 PM September 21 October 19 November 16 September 21—Chevron Crochet October 19—Crocodile Crochet November 16—Vintage Slipper Beginning Lace Advanced Beginner Lace Intermediate Lace Nautical Yarn Class SCHEDULE As you read through the class descriptions for this fall, you may note some recurring themes. One theme is Knit-A-Longs. We have 2 KALs; The Knit, Swirl Jacket and The Great North American Afghan. Another theme is Gifts. We have several classes with gift-giving in mind. Check out the mitts, leggings, and boot toppers for kids; the Ushya Cowl, the Beaded Amulet Bag and Chevron Mitts, Cowl and Boot toppers for girls and women. For men, we are featuring designs from Stephen West, including the Windschief hat and cowl. Some other gifts are the Vintage Crochet Slippers and Seamless Salomas Slippers (knitted). People in these parts need warm, comfy footwear in the winter. Other lacy gift items will be discussed in the three lace classes offered as part of knitter’s boot camp. That leads us to a couple more themes. One, of course, is the lace theme. Learn to knit lace (September), improve your lace knitting skills (October), and try out some more advanced lace techniques (November). Our final theme is CHEVRONS: We have four classes that incorporate chevron knitting and crocheting techniques including Knitted Chevron Mitts, Knitted Chevron Cowl, Knitted Chevron Boot Toppers, and Crocheted Chevrons which is a great technique for crocheted afghans. Nautical Yarn Class SCHEDULE MONDAY NIGHT KNIT AND CROCHET Pam FREE! 6:00—8:00 PM These 2 hour sessions are great if you need a little help or if you want to knit or crochet and chat with others. Bring your project and questions, or get help picking a new project. Thursday Sip & Stitch FREE! 2:00—5:00 PM Each Thursday Afternoon All are welcome as we meet EACH THURSDAY afternoon. Enjoy a cuppa tea with friends, old and new. 3rd Saturday of Month– Knitter’s Boot Camp (Carole) September 21 Beginning Lace October 19 Advanced Beginner Lace November 16 Intermediate Lace 3rd Saturday of Month– Crocheters Boot Camp (Staff) September 21 Chevron Crochet (Shelly) October 19 Crocodile Crochet (Carole) November 16 Vintage Slipper (Shelly) $5 $5 9:30 AM — Noon 1 PM — 3:30 PM Class participants will earn credits toward “MerryTime Academy” discounts. Become an ENSIGN, LIEUTENANT, CAPTAIN, or ADMIRAL at the Nautical Yarn Merrytime Academy. Nautical Yarn Class SCHEDULE Saturday, August 31—Knit, Swirl Trunk Show $FREE All Day Come in for a fitting to determine which Knit, Swirl design you wish to knit during our 3 month long KAL. Get help making yarn choices. Bring items from your stash, if you like. September 7 – Kid’s Fingerless Mitts (Pam) $10 10 AM — Noon Make these adorable fingerless mitts for kids (just like Mom’s). Class includes pattern. DK or worsted weight yarn and size 4/5 (DK) and 6/7 (Worsted) needles. Oct 5 – Seamless Salomas Slippers (Staff) $15 1 PM — 3 PM Use worsted weight yarn and size 6 needles to create these comfy slippers. Class includes pattern. Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9—Knit, Swirl KAL $50 (includes book) 10 AM — Noon Carole will be teaching this 3 sessions class that show you how to create the beautiful, flattering Knit, Swirl design. Bring your stash (worsted or DK weight yarn, depending upon style choosen. Session 1—Getting started, casting on 600+ stitches, hints and tricks. Session 2—Sleeves Session 3—Finishing tips and tricks Sept 14 – Chevron Mitts (Carole) $10 1 PM — 3 PM Make these pretty chevron (think zig-zag) fingerless mitts. Pattern works great with striping or solid color worsted weight yarn. Size 6, 7, or 8 needles and stitch markers. Class includes pattern. Sept 21– Boot Camp (Carole/Shelly) September 21 Beginning Lace $5 9:30 — Noon/1-3:30 PM September 21 Chevron Crochet (Shelly) Sept 28– Great NORTH American Afghan (Pam/Maryann) $FREE Learn the ins and outs of two more squares. 9 — Noon Oct 5 – Windschief Cowl & Hat (Pam) $15 10 AM — Noon Make this iconic cowl using Stephen West’s famous pattern. Great for men or women, but a guy favorite. The pattern (included in the class) works well with striping or solid color worsted weight yarn. Size 6 and 7 DPNs. You may use a 16” circular for much of the project. Class includes pattern. Oct 5 – Beaded Amulet Bag (Shelly) $25 1 PM — 3 PM Make this small, beaded purse using techniques learned in Shelly’s Knitting with Beads class. The pattern (included in the class) requires tiny needles (0 or smaller). Class includes pattern. Oct 12—Knit, Swirl KAL Session 2—Sleeves Session 3—Finishing tips and tricks $50 (includes book) 10 AM — Noon Oct 12 – Chevron Cowl (Carole) $10 1 PM — 3 PM Make this pretty chevron (zig-zag) cowl. Pattern works great with striping or solid color worsted weight yarn. Size 6, 7, or 8 needles and stitch markers. Class includes pattern. Oct 19– Boot Camp (Carole) October 19 Advanced Beginner Lace $5 October 19 Oct 26– Great NORTH American Afghan (Carole/Shelly) $FREE Learn the ins and outs of two more squares. 9:30 — Noon/1-3:30 PM Crocodile Crochet 9 — Noon November 2 – Ushuaia Cowl (Maryann) $10 1 PM — 3 PM Make this stunning thick and thin cowl. Class includes pattern. One skein of Ushuaia yarn and size 13 needles. Nov 9—Knit, Swirl KAL Session 3—Finishing tips and tricks $50 (includes book) 10 AM — Noon Nov 9 – Chevron Boot Toppers (Carole) $10 1 PM — 3 PM Make these trendy boot toppers. Pattern works great with striping or solid color worsted weight yarn. Size 6, 7, or 8 needles and stitch markers. Class includes pattern. Nov 16– Knitter’s Boot Camp (Carole/Shelly) $5 Nov 16 Intermediate Lace Nov 23– Great NORTH American Afghan (TBA) $FREE Learn the ins and outs of two more squares. Nov 16 9:30 — Noon/1-3:30 PM Vintage Crochet Slipper 9 — Noon Please RSVP for classes soon. (231-845-9868) Nautical Yarn—Page 4 HATS FOR HELMETS The United States is in Afghanistan for one more winter. The army does not supply warm hats for our troops when they are off duty. Consequently, the men and women are cold. We are being asked to donate warm hats to our troops. Hats for Helmets is creating one great knitting circle of people who are willing to to knit a hat for a soldier far away. The hats will be collected, sorted for size, and boxed. They will be given to /Yellow Ribbon Guard/, a Michigan group that ships donated items to deployed soldiers throughout the year. In November, they will be looking not only for personal toiletries, but warm caps. This will get the needed caps to the troops at the right time of year. Nautical Yarn is supporting the Michigan Yellow Ribbon Guard in their request for hats for our men and women stationed in Afghanistan for one more winter. The "Hats for Helmets" organization has certain requirements for the hats. The yarn must be 100% WASHABLE worsted weight wool in black, brown or dark green. The hats must be knit to a tight gauge for worsted weight yarn (5-5.5 stitches per inch on a size 5/6 rather than a 7/8). The finished hat should contain the yarn label for fiber verification. You may include a note, if you like, and small toiletries, such as lip balm, lip gloss, toothpaste, or Wet Ones. Plymouth Yarn has graciously donated 30 skeins of worsted weight washable Merino wool for this endeavor. Thanks, Paul, and everyone at Plymouth Yarn. We also have the same yarn available for purchase, as well as other suitable yarns. We will make the pattern available to all who request it. The yarn will distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The hats must be received at Nautical Yarn by October 15th so we can get them to the Yellow Ribbon Guard by their due date. SUNDAY SUPPER CLUB We all enjoyed our Supper Club events last winter. The food was delicious, but better yet, was the fun and laughter on those cold winter afternoons. We usually had about 25 people attend and the variety of food was amazing. We hope to see you at one or all of our Supper Clubs (and bring a friend, we have lots of room.) We have planned Sunday Supper Club for this fall between 2 and 4 PM on the following dates (the first Sunday of the month): Sunday, 10/6 and 11/3. The yarn shop will be open from noon until 4 on those dates. We will provide beverages, water, soda pop, coffee, cocoa, etc. and paper products including plates, napkins, and plastic ware. We ask that everyone brings a dish to pass that serves 6—8 people. You may bring salad, bread, casserole, dessert, vegetables, fruit. We will make a meal from whatever your favorites may be. Please bring any necessary serving utensils and a “to go” container in case there are leftovers to take home. We also ask that all food and dishes be taken home after supper. Feel free to bring a project to work on after our meal. No reservations are required. ON & OFF THE NEEDLES Off the Needles I have completed several squares for The Great North American Afghan. I also completed the Last Minute Baby Sweater and several variations of hats and shrugs. Some of the hats and shrugs were done, in part, on the knitting machine. On the Needles: I am about half done with a Knit, Swirl Jacket in alternating bands of Interlacements Irish Jig, and Rowans Kidsilk Haze. The colorway is emerald green, and it is beautiful. I have begun a Hat for Helmet project as well as some Christmas gift items for the men in my family. (Maybe you can guess what they are when you look at the class schedule. Hint: October 5.
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