Snowflake Mitts
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Snowflake Mitts

Instructor - Jill Ramos

These mitts are as magical as a Christmas snow!  This class will teach you how to read a chart and knit using two colors of yarn.  Create your own magic this summer and be ready for the cooler weather.  They make great gifts, but be sure to make a pair for yourself as well!

Cost - $20

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Copy of Christmas in June!  Fabulous Fair Isle Christmas Stocking
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Copy of Christmas in June! Fabulous Fair Isle Christmas Stocking

Instructor - Carol Puntel

This classic Christmas stocking was inspired by the abundant evergreens of the Adirondack Mountains.  It is a great way to learn two hand/two color stranded knitting in the Fair Isle Style.  The cuff includes a simple panel in which a name and/or date may be added with duplicate stitch.  The stocking is done in the round with both circular and double pointed needles.  This is also a great way to learn to knit a sock.

Students should have some experience knitting in the round.  You will learn to use both hands and both American and Continental style knitting to create the color work.  You will also learn duplicate stitch.

This is the second of a two part class.   

Cost - $40

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2 Color Socks by Joji Locatelli
Jun
30
10:30 AM10:30

2 Color Socks by Joji Locatelli

Instructor - Cookie Hornung

Stripes, lace, and texture in 2 colors, knit cuff down with the heel of your choice in tradition method on double point needled or 2 socks on the two 20-in circular needles (available at Common Thread!).   Use two solid colors or a solid with a complimentary variegated yarn.

(Photo Credit: © Joji Locatelli)

Cost - $20

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Abundance KAL - Part 4
Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Abundance KAL - Part 4

Instructor - Jill Ramos

This skill building knit-along will introduce knitters to lace, short rows in one and two colors, and texture. Knitters already familiar with any or all of these concepts are welcome to join in the knit-along fun!

This KAL meets for 4 Saturdays:  May 5, 12, June 2, 16.  Cost covers the entire series.

Cost - $35

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Carol's Tips & Tricks
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Carol's Tips & Tricks

Instructor- Carol Puntel

It is often the little things that make knitting easier and/or more finished looking.  Over the years, I have learned many little tricks that would be fun to share:  tricks for counting stitches (or beads).  The way to make an ssk, the last bound off stitch and the first stitch in the row look neater.  How to use selvedge stitches.  How to block and finish. Weaving in ends. And lots more.  Come hear how some of these can make you a happier knitter.


Cost - $20

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Christmas in June! Needle Felted Ornament
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas in June! Needle Felted Ornament

Instructor: Leslie Scarborough

As part of our Christmas in June series of classes, you can make a unique ornament well in time for the gift giving season.

Needle-felting is the process of using a barbed needle to interlock wool fibers to form a dense material.  This class will teach the basics of needle-felting, including the use of core wool, fine surface work and, depending on design, use of a wire frame.  Students can make the ornaments shown or design their own using the examples as a template.  If you wish to create your own design (like a favorite pet), please bring a picture as a reference.

Beginner/Intermediate

 

Cost: $30

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Christmas in June!   Owl Ornament
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas in June! Owl Ornament

Instructor - Kristin Brenner

Owl cables are such great way to learn to cable!   You can learn to knit this adorable owl ornament in one night and have it to put on your tree or to give as a holiday gift.   In this class you will learn to read a cable chart and will learn a really handy magic loop cast-on that acts as a drawstring to pull closed.  This is a perfect way to use up scrap yarn or to have fun with our Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails or other fingering weight yarn.

Cost - $20

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Christmas in June!  Fabulous Fair Isle Christmas Stocking
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas in June! Fabulous Fair Isle Christmas Stocking

Instructor - Carol Puntel

This classic Christmas stocking was inspired by the abundant evergreens of the Adirondack Mountains.  It is a great way to learn two hand/two color stranded knitting in the Fair Isle Style.  The cuff includes a simple panel in which a name and/or date may be added with duplicate stitch.  The stocking is done in the round with both circular and double pointed needles.  This is also a great way to learn to knit a sock.

Students should have some experience knitting in the round.  You will learn to use both hands and both American and Continental style knitting to create the color work.  You will also learn duplicate stitch.

This is a two part class.   The second class will be held on Monday, June 25th, 6-8 pm.

Cost - $40

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Abundance KAL - Part 3
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Abundance KAL - Part 3

Instructor - Jill Ramos

This skill building knit-along will introduce knitters to lace, short rows in one and two colors, and texture. Knitters already familiar with any or all of these concepts are welcome to join in the knit-along fun!

This KAL meets for 4 Saturdays:  May 5, 12, June 2, 16. Cost covers the entire series.

Cost - $35

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Breakwater Shawl - Part 1
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Breakwater Shawl - Part 1

Instructor - Carol Puntel

This crescent shaped shawl begins with a double row of mitered squares and then uses short rows to create the body.  In this class, you will learn how to make and connect mitered squares.  You will see how the first square itself can be used as a gauge swatch.  We will weave in stitches as we go.  In the second class we will review how to pick up and knit stitches evenly while weaving in the remaining ends.  We will then use the specific short row technique of this pattern to finish off the body.  

Special Opportunity to customize your color combination for this project!   Local yarn company The Whole Knit N'Caboodle will hand-dye beautiful colors for you to choose from to make the Breakwater.  Talk to any of our staff members for further information.

This is the first of a 2-part class.   The second class takes place on Monday, June 18th.


Cost - $35

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2 Socks on 2 Circs - Part 2
May
20
1:30 PM13:30

2 Socks on 2 Circs - Part 2

Instructor - Cookie Hornung

Like to knit socks but always have trouble getting the second done?   Start two at once, work to the heel, make a cushy soft garter stitch heel using short rows, and continue to the toe.   Stripes are easy to match and they are always the same length.  Participants must have experience knitting socks.

This is the second of a two-part class.   The first part is on April 22nd.   The cost includes both classes.

Cost - $40

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Needle Felted Fairy
May
18
2:30 PM14:30

Needle Felted Fairy

Instructor - Leslie Scarborough

Needle-felting is the process of using a barbed needle to interlock wool fibers to form a dense material.  This class will introduce the use of a wire frame for a body and the creation of surface detail.  Due to the size of this piece, core wool will not be used in this project.  This class offers endless creative ways to make your fairy fit your unique personality.  Please bring any elements that you wish to use to embellish your fairy based on your personal concept.  For example, ribbons, natural elements, beads, buttons, lace for wings, etc.  Beginner/Intermediate level, prior experience helpful.


Cost - $30

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Abundance KAL - Part 2
May
12
10:30 AM10:30

Abundance KAL - Part 2

Instructor - Jill Ramos

This skill building knit-along will introduce knitters to lace, short rows in one and two colors, and texture. Knitters already familiar with any or all of these concepts are welcome to join in the knit-along fun!

This KAL meets for 4 Saturdays:  May 5, 12, June 2, 16.  Cost covers the entire series.

Cost - $35

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Twined Socks - Part 1
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Twined Socks - Part 1

Instructor - Susan Youngman

Level - Advanced:  Students must have taken the Half-Mitt Beginner class.

Continue working with an old historical knitting technique dating back to 1680 Sweden called Twined knitting.  Work up a pair of socks learning textural stitches and heel.  All students must have taken the half Mitt Beginner Class in the Twined Knitting technique.  This is a two-part class.

This is a two-part class.   The date of the second session will be discussed at the first class.  The cost includes both sessions.

Cost - $35

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Fix It
Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

Fix It

Instructor - Carol Puntel

Some of you know about humility stitches, but there are times when humble means actually having to fix something.  Do you want to learn how to pick up those pesky dropped stitches (even when you are working in pattern or they have dropped down more than one row)?  Do you want to learn about “frogging” and “tinking” and getting your stitches back on the needle with them all going in the right direction?  What happens if you finish the row and there are too many or too few stitches?   Are your yarn overs going in the correct direction?  How about your increases and decreases?  Is there a hole in your garment (or socks) that you want to repair?  What happens when you get all done and the sweater is too big or too small----is there a way to fix this other than giving it away?  Come to this class and learn these and other “Fix-It” techniques to help reduce your stress.

Cost - $35

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Short Rows Demystified
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Short Rows Demystified

Instructor - Jill Ramos

Level - Advanced Beginner

Do short rows have you stymied?   Know how to wrap and turn but interested in other short row methods?   This class will take away any short row mystery!   Wrap and Turn, German Japanese and Shadow Wrap methods will be explored, and various applications will be discussed.  

Cost - $20

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Rose City Rollers Socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Apr
12
10:30 AM10:30

Rose City Rollers Socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel

Instructor: Carol "Cookie" Hornung

Love the Rose City Rollers Socks for spring and summer? We are featuring the Fish Lips Kiss Heel in our sock. You will love this fast and easy heel construction. The fit is great. Try Regia Cotton Tutti Frutti or CoBaSi for a springy, stretchy fit. You must have basic sock experience for this class. There is homework so contact us for details.

Cost: $20

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Continental Knitting & Purling
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Continental Knitting & Purling

Instructor - Carol Puntel

Would you like to learn to knit a little faster and with less stress on your arms, elbows, and shoulders?  Continental knitting is the way that most Europeans knit and is sometimes described as “picking”, rather than “throwing” the yarn as in American or English style knitting.  In this class you will learn to do the knit stitch and two ways of doing the purl stitch.  We will also review increasing and decreasing using this style of knitting.


Cost - $20

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Beginner Chart Reading - The Guernsey Wrap
Apr
8
1:00 PM13:00

Beginner Chart Reading - The Guernsey Wrap

Instructor - Kristin Brenner

The Guernsey Wrap from Brooklyn Tweed is made using patterns found in classic fisherman sweaters.   The textures create an elegant and timeless knit wrap.  In this class, you will learn the basics of chart reading, learning how charts graphically illustrate a pattern to help you see what your project should look like.  You will end up with a beautiful, classic wrap.   There is homework for this class.

Cost - $20

 

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Making the Most of Ravelry
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Making the Most of Ravelry

Instructor - Kristin Brenner

If you love knitting and crocheting, you probably have a Ravelry account and have spent many hours exploring yarn and perusing projects.   This class will take you from using Ravelry as a time-waster to using it as a true resource!  We will explore keeping track of your needles and your stash by uploading photos so that when you are out and find the perfect pattern, you can see if you have the right yarn at home - stash management at its best! Learn how to compare yarn to help choose the best yarn for your project.   You will learn how to "cast-on" on Ravelry so people can fallowing along on the progress of your projects. We will look at how to use search parameters to narrow down your search results from a few thousand to a few hundred!  Bring a current WIP, as well as stash yarn (or just pictures loaded onto your device).  Learn how to make Ravelry work for you!


Cost - $20

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Copy of Granny Squares Afghan (Part 2)
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Copy of Granny Squares Afghan (Part 2)

Instructor - Annie Fitzgerald

Learn how to make granny squares and assemble them into an Afghan. You will have the time in this 2 hours to begin your squares.  In the second class you will learn how to assemble your Afghan and do a final border.

The cost of the class includes both sessions.  The first class takes place on Match 5th.

Cost - $40

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Cookie's Sock Workshop
Mar
24
10:30 AM10:30

Cookie's Sock Workshop

Instructor - Cookie Hornung

Coming soon to Saratoga Springs is the Woodworker’s show.   Some of the woodworker’s wives have requested a sock workshop with Cookie.   Any other sock knitters interested?   You will have the option of exploring the cable cast-on, two socks on two circulars, the Rose City Rollers in CoBaSi (not wool) Roll-Top Short Sock, and knitting socks with the new Flexi-Flips DPNs by Addi.

This class is limited to 6 participants.  Arrive at 10 am to choose a project and supplies.   Instruction begins promptly at 10:30. Break for lunch will be at 11:30.  Class resumes at 12:30 and meets until 2:30.

You will learn some blocking secrets and go home with new sock knitting skills.

Cost - $40

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Moebius
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

Moebius

Instructor - Carol Puntel

Spring is in the air!  The cotton blend yarn in this tri-color cowl/collar is a perfect transitional project.   In this class you will learn how to do the moebius cast on created by Cat Bordhi for her Treasury of Magical Knitting Books.  You’ll also learn how to calculate the number of stitches to get the length you want.  To keep things interesting, there are 3 different stitch patterns and a picot bind off.  We will review all of these.


Cost - $20

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Beginner Socks - Part 3
Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Beginner Socks - Part 3

Instructor - Carol "Cookie" Honung

Knitting socks is fun and addictive.  They are a perfect small project to carry around.  Once you have worn hand knitted socks, you won’t want anything else on your feet!  In this class you will learn the basics of sock construction.  We will be using double pointed needles to work in the round.

This is a 3- part class.   The cost includes all three sessions.

Cost - $55

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Beginner/Intermediate Needle Felting - Spring Basket
Mar
18
10:00 AM10:00

Beginner/Intermediate Needle Felting - Spring Basket

Instructor - Leslie Scarborough

Needle-felting is the process of using a barbed needle to interlock wool fibers to form a dense material.  This project, as shown, is an intermediate class, but it can be easily adapted for those who want to take it as a beginner class.  This class will introduce the use of core wool and fine needle work.  At the intermediate level, the basket weave technique will also be taught.  Beginner/Intermediate level.

 

Beginner/Intermediate - Teens and above

Cost - $30

 

 

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Felted Entrelac Easter Basket
Mar
17
10:30 AM10:30

Felted Entrelac Easter Basket

Instructor - Cookie Hornung

A cute, fast project, this charming Easter basket can be knit up in a few hours.   In this class, use your entrelac skills to make a felted basket to store your Easter eggs!   Choose from our new spring colors to create your basket.

Cost - $30

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Tunisian Crochet
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

Tunisian Crochet

Instructor - Annie Fitzgerald

Learn Tunisian Crochet (Afghan Stitch). Tunisian crochet is a type of crochet that holds multiple loops on the hook similar to what is done in knitting. It differs from knitting in that it uses a crochet hook. The result is a fabric that is textured using a technique that combines the best of knitting and crochet. In this class you will learn the basic stitches in Tunisian Crochet and how to begin a project.

Cost - $20

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Felted Bunny Basket - Part 2
Mar
11
1:00 PM13:00

Felted Bunny Basket - Part 2

Instructor - Kristin Brenner

This enchanting felted basket is adorable and fun to knit.   It can be left for the Easter Bunny to fill or used as a decorative accent.    In the first class, you will learn to pick up stitches.  You can go home and knit the body rows of the bunny on your own.   In the second class you will learn how to work short-rows for shaping the face, and how to bind-off and cast-on in the middle of the work for the ears.    We will discuss techniques of felting in the washing machine.   A fun project to expand your knitting skills!

This is a two-part class.   The first class takes place on March 10, 10-11 am.  The cost includes both classes.

Cost - $30

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Felted Bunny Basket - Part 1
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Felted Bunny Basket - Part 1

Instructor - Kristin Brenner

This enchanting felted basket is adorable and fun to knit.   It can be left for the Easter Bunny to fill or used as a decorative accent.    In the first class, you will learn to pick up stitches.  You can go home and knit the body rows of the bunny on your own.   In the second class you will learn how to work short-rows for shaping the face, and how to bind-off and cast-on in the middle of the work for the ears.    We will discuss techniques of felting in the washing machine.   A fun project to expand your knitting skills!

This is a two-part class.   The second class takes place on March 11, 1-3 pm.  The cost includes both classes

Cost - $30

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Granny Squares Afghan (Part 1)
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Granny Squares Afghan (Part 1)

Instructor - Annie Fitzgerald

Learn how to make granny squares and assemble them into an Afghan. You will have the time in this 2 hours to begin your squares.  In the second class you will learn how to assemble your Afghan and do a final border.

The cost of the class includes both sessions.  The second class takes place on Match 26th.

Cost - $40

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