Our schedule of fall classes is truly a “September Issue” this year, with more variety and opportunities to knit, crochet and weave than ever. Fall is the best time to pick up your favorite tools and play with yarn, starting this evening with the return of Open Knit Night, now every Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.m. Please join me tonight for friendly social knitting, or for some of the exciting new classes listed below. To register for any class, just drop by the shop or give us a call: (650) 941-1815.
Go with the Grain
Whether you’re new to weaving or ready to pick up more advanced tips and techniques, Laura will teach you the “ins and outs” of weaving on a portable rigid heddle loom. With basic skills you can create a beautiful scarf or table runner; pattern and texture add depth to your creativity. Take a fresh look at your yarn stash and imagine the possibilities!
Take a peek at this boho-chic Vintage Bullion scarf from Pom Pom Quarterly Fall 2013:
That’s just one example of the ever-growing collection of stunning crochet patterns available, so it’s time to get in on the fun! Join me for the Learn to Crochet Class, or explore different crochet textures with Jorel using cowls as your canvas. Feeling adventurous? Mix it up with Tunisian, a technique that combines aspects of knitting and crochet. The versatile Tunisian stitches are traditionally popular for blankets and afghans, but you can make them work for almost any project. (Below: Learn to Crochet class project hat; Golden Sparkle Cowl from Quick & Easy Crochet Cowls; Tunisian Chevron Cowl by Sheryl Ties.)
Embrace the Hook: Learn to Crochet / Wednesdays, September 17 & 24
Crochet Cowls / Tuesdays, September 23 & 30
Crochet Footwarmers / Tuesday, October 7
Intro to Tunisian / Tuesday, October 14
Tunisian Chevron Cowl / Tuesdays, October 21 & 28
Small and Sweet
Small projects are like bite-size chocolates: a delicious indulgence to enjoy without stress. They’re perfect for trying new techniques and the ultimate go-to for gift-giving (not that we’re watching the calendar… yet.) And when you’re on the go with your other fall activities, a cowl, sock or baby sweater is easy to tuck into your bag for knitting during spare moments. (Below: Birthday Cowl by Nova Seals; Basic Sock from Handwerks; Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman.)
I’m beyond thrilled to welcome the charming and unbelievably talented Brandon Mably of the Kaffe Fassett Design Studio back to Uncommon Threads. His one-day workshop will challenge the way you look at color and inspire you to think creatively about your color choices. His exuberant approach to color can be summed up in a piece of advice he gave in a workshop I took years ago: “If you don’t like how the colors are working together, add more.” Once your imagination has been sparked, keep the momentum going with Darcie and a dazzling colorwork project of your choice. (Below: Brandon Mably; his Striped Wrap from Vogue Holiday 2003 and Brilliant Color; Daisy Shawl by Ruth Sorenson.)
Get Your Bead On
You don’t have to be a Downton Abbey devotee to appreciate perfectly placed beads in your knitwear! Find the beading technique that’s right for you as you work a quick fingerless mitt with our resident expert Sherri, then join her beaded shawl KAL to knit yourself a new fall statement piece. (Below: Beaded Lace Wrist Warmers by Cris Reeser; Racing Raindrops Scarf from Churchmouse Classics.)
Long-standing favorite classes are still around to get you started and keep you going on your knitting journey. Sydney and Shellye have the right advice at the right time, as well as nearly infinite patience, to make your knitting experience successful and satisfying.
New Shop Hours
When you’re planning a visit to the shop, please remember that we have new business hours:
Sunday : 12 - 5 p.m.
Monday : CLOSED
Tuesday : 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday – Friday : 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday : 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Drop-in Knitting Help has moved to Wednesdays from 3 – 4 p.m.; Drop-in Crochet Help continues on the first and second Wednesday of the month from 2 – 3 p.m.