Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Yarn Fun for Kids!

“Mom, I’m bored!” Heard this line one too many times already this summer? Surprise your kids with a bag of yarn and these wacky ideas, sure to get them excited, creative and out of your hair:

Don’t toss that popsicle stick! This video turns summer snacking into summer crafting:

Visit this easy how-to site for tons of simple designs to keep little hands busy!

What better way to share your child’s craft than to hang it up as wall art? The geniuses at The Crafty Crow help your kids make a hang-worthy craft.

Be sure to reward and refresh your kids with a big glass of lemonade and a hug.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bags Galore!

This month, we are bursting at the seams (literally) with beautiful tote and project bags to suit every crafter. These originals, handmade by local artists, come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate any project you can dream up!

Searching for Spring birthday gifts? Why not surprise the gardener in your life with this stunning Oriental Art Bag bag by Janice Bourret?

In LOVE with COLOR? Grab an adorable pouch from Happy Girl Studios.

Need a little structure? Look no further than these all-purpose totes from Designs by Lee. Each bag features inner pockets and a flat bottom to hold all your goodies in place.

And coming soon . . .

                                                  A foldout needle carrier from Chica!

Function and fashion? We're sold.

Come by today to see all of the above . . . and More!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Needle Felting for Last-Minute Easter Goodies!

With Easter coming this weekend, we know you are busy finishing up last-minute decorations and gifts for family and friends. How about an Easter basket stuffer for your little one that won't give you both a sugar crash? Needle felting is simple, quick, and oh-so-satisfying! Imagine a darling little sheep, fox, or even sock monkey peeking out of the plastic grass! Stop by and make up all these and more with our Woolpets Needle Felting Kits. Be sure to take pictures and share them on our Facebook page! Happy felting!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Yarn Durango Class Schedule

Feb. 2012

Thursday 9th  6pm -    $15 PER SESSION         First Sweater       Teacher    –    Maria Session #2: 16th @ 6pm     Session #3: 23th @6pm          Session #4: March 1st @ 6pm Conquer  your first, big, scary  sweater - from the bottom up with reverse raglan shaping, that looks good on everyone. This is a 4 Session class, starting with gauge, casting on and knitting from the bottom hem, upward. As each session progresses and you will leave with “homework” to have ready for each following session.                                                                                          Materials: Viking Balder or other bulky yarn, 675-10501 yds depending on sz made.                  Also, 20” or larger circular needle AND DPN’s in US  sz#10.5                                                                             Skill Level : Advanced beginner – must be proficient in knit, purl, tension/gauge. You should be comfortable knitting at a reasonable pace and able to recognize your stitches. These techniques as well as increases and decreases, picking up and other techniques will be covered in class.               

Tuesday 14th, 21st, 28th,   4pm -    Leg Warmers for Teens     $15           Teacher    –    Maria Learn to calculate gauge according to your yarn & needles AND knit on Double Pointed Needles! In this class all students will come with yarn and needles and learn to calculate how many stitches to cast on to make their legwarmers fit. Proficiency in gauge is the first step to inventing your own patterns and altering existing patterns for a better fit. Students will have a lot of freedom in designing their legwarmers. This class is open to high school students only.                     Materials: A set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles that match your yarn’s suggested gauge and approximately 2 balls or skeins in the yarn of your choice. No pattern is needed for this class.   This class is open to High School Students ONLY.                                                      Wedenesday 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th    6pm -    Leg Warmers for  Adults   $15              Teacher - Maria -       Same class as listed above for teens – However - This class is open to adults only.                                                                                                                          Materials: yarn and needle of choice and a gauge swatch, which may be knit in class. No pattern is needed for this class.                                                                                                              Skill level: Advanced beginner – Students should be proficient in knit and purl, casting on, and binding off. These techniques will be covered in class, along with using DPN’s to knit in the round. You will learn to calculate your gauge according to the materials you bring.

Saturday 11th    3pm -    BabyMeBoo Cowl   $15              Teacher    –    Brandy                            Cowls have remained steadily popular and functional. Learn to make the cowl featured in the shop using 1 skein of soft & special BabyMeBoo yarn! Techniques covered include crocheted cast on, knit, purl, cables and 3 needle bind off.                                                                                                        Skill Level: Advanced beginner + Intermediate – Students should be confident in beginning knitting skills and able to knit or purl independently. You will be working techniques mentioned, including crochet cast on. Those not comfortable holding yarn or hook as to crochet should practice making a crochet chain AT THE LEAST, so you are warmed up when class starts. Materials: Scrap yarn (about a yard), 1 skein Misti Baby Me Boo, Size 10.5 needle (May be substituted for #9, 10), Cable Needle, Crochet hook. Any similar yarn may be substituted, gauge is not critical, however your finished cowl may be slightly larger, smaller or have more/less drape depending on the yarn you choose. Be creative!!! Sub yarn may include, 2 skeins Misti Alpaca, 1 Eco Duo, 2 Cascade BabyAlpaca, or any Aran to Chunky wt yarn.

Sunday 12th  4-6 pm – OR      Friday 17th  6-8 pm McTwist Hat            $15                    Teacher    –    Teraissa                    Knit the McTwist hat featured at the store, in beautiful Lofty by Kollage.Single, 2 hour session.                                                                                                            Materials:  Yarn and kits ONLY available TOGETHER at the shop! Please choose your kit and come with needles listed, and gauge determined. If help is needed please see Teraissa or ask a staff member for assistance!                                                                                                            Skill Level= Advanced beginner +Intermediate: Great for someone who wants to step out of a plain, boring beanie. Students should be able to work in the round, knit, purl, recognize stitches and be prepared to use DPN’s for closing up the top of the hat.

NOTICE: We have put a policy for classes into effect, and thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!                                                                                         *** If you are unsure about your skill level ask an employee for assistance. Please pay for your class in advance, and have your materials ready. Classes are limited to a maximum of 5 attendees per session, with no minimum.                                                        If a class is full, you may be put on waiting list and also be called to fill an empty space, if you desire – or – To hold your slot in advance, for a repeat class, as most classes will be scheduled again. If you are unsure if you can attend, we will hold your slot until 24hrs before the class, without taking a payment. We ask that you pay for your slot within 24hrs of a class, unless otherwise arranged with the teacher or shop owner.                                           Anyone who pays for a class and cannot attend will be re-scheduled for a private session or may take a different class in lieu of the one that was purchased. No refunds are issued for classes, only a replacement session of an equal time frame.