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 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.



Edison Shawl Summer Knit-along (KAL)
June 1 - ­ August 14, 2015
Pizza Party & Prize Drawings on August 15, 2015, 11:30am-1:00pm

Our KAL will be the Edison Shawl by Lynn Di Cristina, a free pattern available on Ravelry.  Prizes will be awarded based on completed projects linked in the Finished Objects (FO) thread in our Ravelry group.  Don’t worry, your work will not be judged; the computer picks the winners, and there's no prize for finishing first.  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, 11:30am-1:00pm, we'll have a pizza party and award the prizes! Bring your project to the party for "shawl­ and ­tell".

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY:  All finished projects posted in the Finished Object thread by August 14, 2015, will be eligible for the prize drawings. 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 and linked in the FO thread by 11:59pm on August 14.  First prize is a $25 In A Yarn Basket gift certificate and second prize is a $10 In A Yarn Basket gift certificate.  BREAKING NEWS -- Additional Prize Added:  The designer has graciously offered a single pattern from her Ravelry store to one KAL finisher, to be chosen by Random Number Generator.  Wow!

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.

For more details, see the KAL Discussion thread in our In A Yarn Basket Ravelry group and if you are not comfortable with that, don’t worry, our techie Erin is the moderator and will talk you through it.

Child for All Seasons Mystery KAL (MKAL) Reception -- Meet the Designers!
August 15, 11:30am-1:00pm

Over the course of the next year (August 2015-June 2016), local designers Lisa Ross and Stephanie Lotven will publish twelve seasonal children's patterns as a mystery knit-along (MKAL). The Child for All Seasons collection is available for pre-order directly through Ravelry or via In A Yarn Basket.  The cost of the collection increases as each new pattern is released, so we recommend pre-ordering now to get the best deal.

We will be hosting a meet-and-greet with Lisa and Stephanie on August 15.  There is no cost to attend this event, but please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.



Top-Down Socks -- $49
three Saturdays: August 8, 22 & 29, 10:30am-12:30pm

Knit socks from the cuff down on two circular needles.  This is not a beginner class; some knowledge of sock knitting is necessary.  Class fee includes a handout.  Instructor:  Kathy Shewmaker

Materials needed:  approx. 200yds worsted-weight yarn; two sets of circular needles (US 4-6 recommended). 10% discount on materials purchased for class.


Beginning Knitting -- $35
Daytime Class -- two Mondays: August 10 & 17, 12:30-2:30pm
Evening Class -- two Wednesdays, August 19 & 26, 5:45-7:45pm

If you have never knitted -- or if you knitted years ago and need a review of the basics -- this is the class for you.  Learn to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.  This is not a project class; rather, we will learn and practice the basics on which all knitting is built.  By the time your four hours of class time are finished, you will be ready to start a scarf or washcloth or to enroll in one of our beginner-friendly knitting classes.  Class fee includes a handout.    Instructor:  Kathy Shewmaker.

Materials needed:  approx. 200yds worsted weight yarn; US 7 or 8 needles (straight or circular).  10% discount on materials purchased for class.


Kool-Aid Dyeing for Adults -- $20
Date TBD
Pre-registration required; only 8 spots available

The kids had so much fun dyeing their own yarn at our recent Fiber Frolic that the adults decided they wanted to play too!  Dye yarn just the way you want it with the cheapest food-safe dye around -- Kool-Aid.  (The citric acid sets the color immediately; no harsh chemicals or special equipment required.)  The class fee includes a variety of Kool-Aid colors and two different types of undyed yarn.  Kool-Aid can stain clothing, so wear something you don't mind getting a bit of dye on and/or bring a smock or apron.  We'll provide lots of soap to get the dye off your hands.



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, 5:30-7:30pm
Get 15% off all regular-priced sock yarn!

Join us for two hours of nothing but socks and/or anything knitted or crocheted with sock-weight yarn.  This is not an opportunity to learn how to make socks, but questions are welcome -- and so are snacks!


Second Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm

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.


(adults only, please)

Every Tuesday, 11:30am-1:30pm

Lunch Bunch -- because you need an excuse to leave work for lunch and craft with friends for a while!  If driving at night isn't your thing, join us during the day for crafting and lunch.  Sometimes we also have charity projects you can work on. (Please don't arrive too early -- we don't open until 11:00am!)

Starting in August, the first Lunch Bunch of each month will be an optional pitch-in / pot-luck.  Secret family recipes and store-bought chips are equally welcome.  We'll provide drinks and plates/plasticware/napkins.


(adults only, please)

Every Thursday, 6-8pm

Knit Night is FREE and open to all fiber addicts.  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 a few hours, and enjoy some uninterrupted knitting/crocheting.

Starting in August, the first Thursday Night Knit/Crochet of each month will be an optional pitch-in / pot-luck.  Secret family recipes and store-bought chips are equally welcome.  We'll provide drinks and plates/plasticware/napkins.

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!



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:  $18 first hour for beginning knit or crochet; $15 subsequent hours.  10% discount on materials required for classes.  Call us for more information: 812-330-5394, or email us at  


We love parties why not let us be your entertainment? Birthdays, holidays or Friends' 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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