Ready to learn some new skills? We have the following classes coming up. Registration is necessary even for our free classes (unless otherwise noted), and classes usually fill fast, so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. To register, you can sign up in-store or click on the class name below to pay online. Payment will be required to hold your spot. Please let us know when you are purchasing yarn for a class you've paid for, and we will discount your yarn 15%. Class fees do not include HST.
Cancellation policy: If you have to cancel and you give us at least 48 hours' notice to fill your spot, we will reimburse the full class fee less any costs we've incurred (e.g., pattern purchase).
November 7 & 14, 4 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
Everyone needs a little cold weather pal. Explore the world of needle felting by making one of these adorable creatures!
You will learn basic needle felting techniques that can propel you into a wonderful world of creation using only raw wool and a special needle.
The workshop fee includes all materials to make a needle-felted penguin and polar bear, which can easily be made into hanging ornaments.
Come on out and see for yourself how fun this craft can be.
Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 to 6 p.m.
This tutorial offers a brief introduction to the world of Ravelry. You will learn how to search for projects to knit or crochet, how to determine if the patterns you like are worth the time investment to make, how to create projects and upload your own photos, and more!(Although this tutorial is free, we'd appreciate knowing how many will be there—even if you sign up at the last minute.)
Saturday, November 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This intermediate-level workshop will walk you through how to do the brioche knit stitch and brioche purl stitch and, just in case of an error, how to tink back brioche knitting.
You will need at least two colours of DK-weight yarn and 4 mm 24" circular needles. The pattern is included in the workshop price.
Saturday, November 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
Learn how to thrum while making a beautiful, warm headband perfect for the coldest winter months. Thrums (visible in green in photo—that's the inside of the headband) are bits of roving, or unspun fleece from sheep, used to line mittens, slippers, headbands, and nearly anything else you want to make extra toasty.
In this class, you will learn a thrumming technique that is less labour-intensive and uses less roving.
The pattern and the roving are included in the class fee. Knitters should be comfortable knitting in the round on either 16" circular needles or double-pointed needles.
Wednesdays, November 20 & 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Knit your first hat! In the first class, we'll teach you an appropriate cast-on method for a hat, how to join in the round, and how to knit through the back loop. And then when you return on the 27th with most of your hat knitted, you'll learn how to manipulate four needles as you decrease stitches to finish it off. If you know how to knit and purl, you can make this hat! (Knitters 13 and over are welcome!)
You will need a 4.5 mm 16" circular needle, a set of 4.5 mm double-pointed needles and 200 yards of worsted-weight yarn.
November 23 & December 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Overcome second-sock syndrome by learning to knit two socks at a time on one long circular needle using the magic loop knitting method! In the first session, you will learn Judy's magic cast-on, toe increases, and the magic-loop knitting method. In the second session, you will learn how to turn a heel using the Fish Lips Kiss heel turn. This class is appropriate for advanced beginners to intermediate knitters.
(Note that the pictured socks are fancier than done in class, but this is the FLK heel!)
Saturday, November 30, 2 to 4 p.m.
If you know the chain, single crochet, and double crochet stitches and want to take your crocheting to the next level, this is the class for you!
You will learn some new stitches, as well as how to read a simple crochet pattern. Before the class is over, you will start the Virus shawl/scarf.
Sunday, December 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Get your dog ready for winter! In this workshop, we will use your dog's measurements to create a custom sweater. Prep work will require you to wrangle your dog to get several measurements. You will also need to come prepared with the yarn and needles (preferably circular or double-pointed needles) you'd like to use, as well as paper, a pencil, a calculator and your mathiest brain. (Don't worry--we will help with the mathy part!) This workshop essentially teaches transferable skills for ensuring a garment will fit.