Not really, but Christmas comes early for knitters, given that it’s hard to start knitting your Christmas gifts on December 24th. Not that many knitters haven’t tried. To help you get an early start, A Great Yarn has knitted up a couple of terrific garments for children of every age that are certain to produce squeals of joy when they are discovered under the Christmas tree.
To help you get a quick start, A Great Yarn will hold a class in October for a great Christmas gift: the Mermaid Lapaghan. And if you’re stuck for a last-minute gift, in December we’re holding classes for two quick knit-ups: the Stranded Cowl and the Tree Hugger Mittens.
Here are the details.
The Mermaid Lapaghan (Saturday, October 14st)
Last year more than a hundred youngsters awoke on Christmas morning to find a hand-knitted Mermaid Lapaghan under the Christmas tree, and this year there doesn’t appear to be any let-up. Everyone keeps coming up with new color combinations, in within the past couple of weeks we’ve see a gold fist (using gold, yellow and orange Encore Worsted), and a sparkly pink mermaid (using a combination of pink Encore Colorspun and pink Encore Starz.)
If you haven’t made Angie Hartley’s mermaid lapaghan yet, give it a try. It’s easy, and guaranteed to be an instant hit. And a keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
The Mermaid Lapaghan class will be taught by Mary Weishaar on Saturday, October 14th, from 1-4 PM. The cost for the class is $30, and does not include yarn, needles or the pattern. Class size will be limited to 10 students, and payment in advance is required to hold your spot. Some minor, advance knitting would be helpful to maximize your class time, and just give us a call and we’ll tell you how to get started.
The Stranded Cowl (Saturday, November 4th)
The quick-knits start in November, with Julie Weisenberg’s Stranded Cowl. It’s a very simple two-skein project (one skein of a soft, bulky-weight yarn, and one skein of a soft worsted-weight yarn), and can easily be “mass-produced” if you have a lot of people on your Christmas list looking for something unique, stylish and hand-made from their favorite knitter.
The Stranded Cowl class will be taught by Mary Weishaar on Saturday, November 4th, from 1-4 PM. The cost for the class is $30, and does not include yarn, needles or the pattern. Class size will be limited to 10 students, and payment in advance is required to hold your spot.
The Tree Hugger Mittens (Saturday, November 11th)
The quick-knits conclude with The Tree Hugger Mittens by A Great Yarn’s great friend, Amy Small from Boston. Talk about a fast knit! Our whirling dervish knitter Antonia DaSilva knitted up Amy’s mittens (as well as Amy’s “Ribby Turban Headband”) in just a couple of days using a single skein of Knit Collage’s cotton candy-like “Sister” yarn. And the color selection is fantastic. If you’re down to the wire on Christmas knitting, this is definitely the project for you.
The Tree Hugger Mitten class will be taught by Jean Williams on Saturday, Saturday, November 11th, from 1-4 PM. The cost for the class is $30, and does not include yarn, needles or the pattern. Class size will be limited to 10 students, and payment in advance is required to hold your spot.