September - October 2014

To register for classes call or stop by the shop.  Payment is requested at the time of registration to guarantee your spot.  All class supplies are available at In a Yarn Basket and will be discounted 10%.  PLEASE bring your “doodads” to all classes!  This is your tool box of supplies; scissors, stitch markers, pencil, tape measure, tapestry needles and crochet hooks.

Parking is economical down here on South Walnut Street —- as in FREE!  Our well lit, clean, flat and convenient parking lot makes us very accessible.  For those with handicap challenges, the designated parking places are close to our door.  If you have a driver, have them pull up at the fire lane for easy drop off and pick up. 

 Many of our customers and employees are highly sensitive to fragrances so we ask that you please refrain from wearing personal body fragrances to class.  We very much appreciate this.

Beginning Knitting: The Classic Slipper

3 Mondays:  September 8, 15 & 22, 5:45—7:45   (Waiting list as of 8/26)   OR

3 Fridays  October 3, 10, &17,  5:45—7:45

 Class Fee $52

 This class is for the Ultimate Beginner or the I-Haven’t-Knit-In-Years knitter.  All you need is a pair of scissors and your positive attitudes (but chocolate to share never hurts)!  You will learn to “speak” knitting lingo as the techniques transform into this adorable, useful house slipper.  Class fee includes 3 sessions (6 hours total), one of our favorite How-To-Knit books, yarn and needles.  Instructor:  Kathy Shewmaker

   KNITTING 202: Intermediate Knitting

2 Fridays: September 12 & 19,  12:30—2:30 PM

Class Fee: $32

You know how to do the basics —- maybe —- with a little help from the Internet or books.  If you need to polish your techniques and learn some new ones, this is the class for you!  Kathy will cover everything from how to fix mistakes to reading a pattern.  Bring worsted weight yarn, your needles, doodads and questions.  If  you have a project you want to start, bring your pattern.  Instructor:  Kathy Shewmaker


Tuesday: September 16, 5:30—8:30 PM   OR

Thursday: September 18, 12:30—3:30 PM

  Class Fee: $26

As a knitter you are confident with the basics, but now its time to have a bit more fun and adventure! In this one session technique class you will learn basic increasing and decreasing, the ability to work from both ends of the needle and joining two colors in the center to make a solid fabric.   Pattern is included in class fee. You will need worsted weight yarn, one ball each of two colors like Cascade 220, Encore or Superwash Merino and one circular needle, either 16 or 24 inch length, size 8 or 9.   Instructor: Kathy Shewmaker


2 Saturdays:  September 20 & October 4, 1:30—4:30 PM     OR

2 Fridays: October 10 & 24, 12:30—3:30  PM

  Class Fee: $45

This gorgeous cowl is highly textured and loaded with techniques that add to the knitting fun.  You will learn a provisional cast-on, hemmed edge, picking up stitches, horizontal pleats and dropped stitches.  After blocking the cowl becomes reversible with each textured side looking quite different.  Pattern included in class fee.  You will need at least a DK weight yarn, 250 yards.  The heavier the yarn, the larger the cowl.  Our sample is Cascade’s Eco Highland Duo (yummy).  You will need 24” circular needle in size to get a gauge of 5 stitches/inch, stitch markers, spare circular needle in same or smaller size as main needle, one short DPN in smaller size or a straight cable needle. This is an intermediate class and there are two weeks between sessions so you can complete your homework!   Pattern included in class fee.  Instructor: Kathy Shewmaker


3 Mondays:  October 6, 20 & 27,  6—7:30 PM

  Class Fee: $40

This adorable child’s vest is loaded with techniques that will broaden your knitting skill set.  If you are a beginning knitter, this is the perfect first garment project.  More experienced knitters will enjoy the color changes and may even learn a new technique like the Old Norwegian Cast On, joining and working in the round, changing colors so there is no jog (Jogless Stripe), decreasing, picking up and knitting, Twisted Stitch Stretchy Bind off and Seaming.  Materials needed: five different colors, 100 grams each, of worsted weight yarn, one 24” circular needle in the size to obtain the gauge of 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch, another 24” circular needle AND set of DPNs in a size smaller than main needle, 2 stitch markers, stitch holder and tapestry needle. Before the first class: knit a swatch with the correct gauge and bring to class.  There are two weeks between the first and second class to allow for homework.  Pattern included in the class fee.  Instructor: Lisa Ross


5 Tuesdays: October 7 & 21, November 11 & 25* and December 9,  6—8 PM

 Class Fee: $50

In May this class filled so quickly we promised those of you that were on a waiting this we would offer it again. TA DA!! Here you go.  This gorgeous sweater looks fabulous on all body types, is very doable, loaded with interesting techniques, striking design elements and constructed so you won’t need to take a seaming class!  Class times are spaced so homework will not be overwhelming and you WILL have a sweater in plenty of time for the holidays.  The yarn we used in the first class was Eco Wool by Cascade, an affordable lovely wool that is available in a wide range of colors but we have several other recommendations that will make the gauge of 4 stitches per inch.  The pattern, Katarina, by CocoKnits is included in the class fee. ($8 value).  The prerequisites: you must be able to read a pattern and cast on but this is an excellent first garment project. We will need to order your yarn so please enroll by September 17.  All yarn will discounted 10%.  Instructor: Julie Koeppen (* If you are out of town for Thanksgiving, this class will also be offered on Dec. 2.)


Saturday, October 11, 10:30-1:30

Class Fee: $22

Have you been a little skittish about adding color to your knitting?  This is the class for you!  Prerequisites for this class:  you must know how to cast on, knit a swatch to gauge and knit in the round.  Homework before class: choose 2 colors DK weight, knit a swatch to 6 stitches per inch, cast on and knit 2 rounds.  Pattern included with class fee.  Instructor: Julie Koeppen




3 Saturdays:  September 6, 13 & 20, 10:30—12:30    OR

3 Tuesdays:  September 23, 30 & Oct 7, 5:45—7:45 PM

Class Fee: $45

In a Yarn Basket’s sock guru will teach you Sock Anatomy, knitting in the round, knitting a heel flap, turning the heel, working a gusset and decreasing for the toe.  You choose how you want to knit your socks; double pointed needles or two circular needles. The only prerequisites are you must know how to cast on and knit.  This class uses worsted weight yarn and the appropriate sized needle to get a gauge of 6 stitches per inch, usually US # 4 or 5, which makes the project easier to see and faster to knit.  We have OODLES of worsted weight yarn and remember, all purchases for class materials are discounted 10%.    Pattern provided.  Instructor: Kathy Shewmaker



3 Wednesdays:  October 15, 22 & 29, 5:45– 7:45 PM

Class Fee: $45

If you know how to knit socks but want to add a bit more flare than the Basic Sock, this is your class! You will learn two color slip-stitch knitting, reading and following a chart and a short row heel.  It is top down so you will also get some Kitchener Stitch practice.  You will need 2 contrasting colors of sock yarn and appropriate sized needles either DPNs or two circulars.  Before the first class you will need to have swatched to gauge and finished 15 rounds of rib stitch.  Pattern included with the class:  Instructor: Kathy Shewmaker


Keep Calm and Cable On!

Friday, September 26 12:30—3:30   OR   Saturday, October 18, 10:30—1:30

Class Fee: $18

There isn’t anything scary about cables but many knitters shy away from this technique because it looks complicated.  In this class you were explore several different types of cables, learn the lingo and maybe even create your own design.  Bring three live swatches to class: using DK or worsted weight yarn, CO 20 stitches and knit 3 rows.  Instructor: Julie Koeppen

Let’s do the CONTINENTAL!

Wednesday, September 24, 12:30—2:30

Class Fee: $12

Learning the Continental style of knitting is efficient and once you master the technique, quicker than the English method of “throwing”.  If you want to learn to do color work it is a MUST.  Bring in whatever yarn you want to use for playing and practicing.  Instructor: Linda & Julie


2 Saturdays, October 18 & 25,  2—4 PM

Class Fee: Beginner (includes supplies) $34

Class Fee:  Intermediate $26 (Plus supplies)

This is a multi-level class.  If you are beginner your project will be an adorable bunny.  Those with experience and are comfortable with the fundamentals of knitting will have the option of a fashionable ruffle scarf OR a hat.  Beginning knitting sessions designed specifically for children 8 years and older, include all supplies.   Intermediate weavers might need to purchase appropriate yarn and needles in addition to class fee.  Class size limited.  Instructor: Donna Kinkead, .


ALL CROCHET CLASSES are private lessons, scheduled at your convenience.  Call or email to schedule whatever you would like to learn or skill you would like to improve.  We specialize in beginners to advanced!




Saturday, October 4, 10:30 AM—1 PM  OR

Thursday, October 16, 12:30—3 PM

Class Fee: FREE

This workshop is a GREAT way to play with color and learn the classic quilting pattern.  We will be knitting a place mat in class and once you get the hang of the ‘building’ technique you will be hooked! These make great holiday gifts and you can start stash busting like crazy.  Bring four or more colors of any worsted weight yarn, appropriate sized circular needles and let’s have fun!  Instructor: Karen White



You are welcome to join these events anytime.



First Wednesday of every month 5:30 - 7:30 PM


Join us for two hours of nothing but socks and/or all things knitted or crocheted with sock weight yarn. Are you confused yet?  Attendees will receive 15% OFF any of our sock yarn. This is not an opportunity to learn how to make socks but questions are encouraged and so are snacks!


Second Wednesday of every month 5:30 - 7:30 PM


Spinners unite! Grab your wheel or your drop spindles and join us for 2 hours of spinning.  Don’t know how and want to learn? No problem.  We can get you started on a drop spindle so don’t be shy — come on by!


  THURSDAY NIGHT KNIT / CROCHET (adults only, please)

6 - 8 PM

Knit Night is FREE and open to all fiber addicts.  As a courtesy to us and in the spirit of good manners, we ask that you work on projects with yarn you have purchased from our shop.  Some shops make this a requirement but we aren't that heavy handed.  We do like to see yarn you have purchased from yarn shops on your travels but box store and mail order yarn --- not so much!  If you are having problems with a project, need help with a technique or a bit of reassurance as you learn a new skill, this is the perfect forum.   Our staff and teachers are always available and eager to help.  If you don’t need any guidance, Knit Night is a great way to meet people in the fiber community, be inspired by what others are doing, get away from the family for few hours and enjoy some uninterrupted knitting/crocheting.


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