SUMMER 2015


Summer in Bloomington is slower and the living is easy, to coin a phrase! Our regular schedule of classes will resume in September but we are always available to teach private or semi-private lessons for whatever technique you desire.  Call us to arrange a time that fits your schedule.  Our monthly groups will continue to meet as will our Tuesday Lunch Bunch and Thursday Knit Night.

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.

Kid’s Fiber Frolic

Saturday, June 6th, 12—1:30 PM


Register by May 23 to receive a free T-shirt!

(Pre-registered attendees only)

                   ¨ Youngsters must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult.

                   ¨ Meet Hombre the Alpaca and learn about Alpaca fiber.

                   ¨ Meet Bilbo the Great Pyrenees Guard Dog (but kid friendly)!

                   ¨ Make and Take Kool Aid Dying

                   ¨ Have a fun and soapy time with wet felting.

For the Adult Chaperones

                    ¨ Charity knitting & crocheting: Knitted Knockers, Knit-A-Square or the project of your choice.


June 1, 2015 ­ August 14, 2015.


Our KAL will be the Edison Shawl by Lynn Di Cristina, a free pattern on Ravelry.  Prizes will be awarded based on completed projects in the Finished Objects thread of Raverly.  Don’t worry, there is no judging, the computer picks the winners.

To be eligible for prizes, do not begin knitting before June 1! Do feel free to choose yarn, needles, and notions ahead of time so that you're ready to begin on June 1. Shawls using yarn purchased at In A Yarn Basket will be entered an additional time.  For your shawl to be considered "finished", you must create a project page that lists the yarn and needles you used as well as the dates you started and finished. Ends must be woven in, but blocking is not necessary. Project pages must be completely filled out by 11:59pm on August 14.  First prize is a $25 gift certificate and second prize is a $10 gift certificate.

We will meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month (5:30-­7:30pm) in June, July and August to work on our shawls together. Attendance is not required. You can also bring your project to Tuesday Lunch Bunch and Thursday Knit Night or, as always, stop by the shop anytime if you have questions. On Saturday, August 15, bring your project to the shop for "shawl­ and ­tell".

MATERIALS: The pattern calls for US 8 needles and 550-­650yds DK weight yarn -- ­­ i.e., three skeins of approximately 225yds each in complementary colors. Any fiber can be used. The designer recommends wool, but several of the Yarn Basket staff are planning to use more summery cotton or bamboo blends.

There will be a thread on Ravelry and if you are not comfortable with that, don’t worry, our techie Erin will be the moderator and will talk you through it.


Learn to Knit (101)

2 Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

 Class Fee $42

This is a basic, generic, no-frills just learn how to knit class.  And you will succeed!  All you need is a pair of scissors and your positive attitudes (but chocolate to share never hurts)!  By the time your four hours of class time are finished, you will be ready to start a scarf, washcloth or enroll in one of our many beginning knitting classes.  Class fee includes yarn, needles and our favorite “How to Knit” books. Instructor:  Kathy Shewmaker


Learn to Crochet
Call and schedule your private lesson!
Class Fee: $24 or bring a friend and pay $20 each!


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 Tuesday of every month 5:30 - 7:30 PM


Do you have a rigid heddle loom that you need to dust off and get warped? We hear you and are ready to help!  This "club" is a support group to help you warp that loom, encourage your creative side and get you weaving! 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.

  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.


Sometimes group lessons don’t fit the busy lives of our customers and no one should miss out on the fun.  Getting personalized, individual attention means no down time so you will be sailing along very quickly.  We offer private lessons for beginning knitting and crochet, socks and just about any project or technique you can think of.  Fee: $26 first hour for Beginning knit or crochet and supplies are included;  $20 first hour for any other technique and $15 subsequent hours.  Call us for more information: 330-5394, or email us at  


We love parties so why not let us be your entertainment? Birthdays, holidays or Friend’s Night Out, we specialize in youth to adults and will build a class for whatever your group would like to do — crochet, knit, needle felt or wet felt.  Some classes will include materials so the cost will vary.  Call or email for more information.


¨ Several of our customers and staff are highly sensitive to fragrances so we ask that you PLEASE refrain from wearing fragrances to classes. 

¨ During classes please be courteous and silence your cell phones. 




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