Thursday, November 19, 2015

Farewell from Kristin

My Dearest Knitters and Crocheters,
I am both sad and excited to tell you that after 10 (TEN!) years, I will be stepping down from my prestigious post as Head Purl Girl at The Naked Sheep. As many of you know, my kids are teenagers now and incurring expenses at an alarming rate! So, it's time for me to make room in my life to pursue more full-time endeavors. An exciting new chapter is about to begin!
I have been incredibly lucky to work at The Naked Sheep. To come in contact with all of you amazing, creative crafters has certainly enriched my life! I can't overstate how much I've enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you. You are like family to me. I've often said that every day is a good day when you work at a knit shop. It's lovely to walk into such a warm and colorful environment filled with loving and cheerful people.
Cheri and Brad have succeeded in their dream of making a fun and friendly knit shop. They are wonderful people to work for and dear, dear friends. I am honored to have been a part of something so precious to them. To be sure, I have learned SO MUCH from Cheri. When I started working here, I wasn't really certain I could distinguish a DK weight from a worsted weight in a line-up.... She had faith that I would get it. I've enjoyed our collaborations, breakfast meetings, and especially our friendship. That will never change, no matter where I work! So. Much. Gratitude.
I will continue to teach some classes, though not quite as many. All classes that are currently on the schedule will remain there through the end of the year. And there will be a new Square of the Month series starting in 2016 (sign up early!). I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!
PLEASE come visit me during my final days behind the counter. My last day will be Sunday, November 29.
With love,

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2016 Square of the Month

The Square of the Month Afghan series begins its 9th year on January 10th! Don’t miss this opportunity to join in the fun.

What:  The Square of the Month class is a great way to learn many techniques, tricks, and skills. This class meets just once per month. In each 2-hour class you will learn one new knitting technique in the form of an afghan square lovingly designed by Kristin Kelly. She will instruct you on the technique, help you get started, provide you with a pattern, and send you on your way to knit two 10” x10” afghan squares. At the end of the year you will have enough squares to make a 40” x60” afghan. You will also be invited to a fun and celebratory Assembly Party at the end of the year, during which Kristin will have a mini-workshop on assembly techniques!

When: The class meets on the second Sunday of every month. 12:30 – 2:30pm, beginning January 10, 2016.

Cost: The class is $60/quarter.

Approx. 650 yards each x 4 colors worsted weight yarn
Size US 7 needles – 24” circular, DPNs, 16” circular
Size 7 or H crochet hook
Cable needle
Stitch markers

Here’s what people are saying about the Square of the Month:

“Confidence! Wow, I am far more confident in my knitting skills after completing this class.”
“Every single month I surprised myself with my own abilities.”
“Kristin is a patient and skilled teacher. I totally appreciate her range of knowledge.”
“Even though I’ve been knitting for years, I learned lots of great little tricks from Kristin. This class is for knitters of all levels.”

Class size is limited, so sign up early. Come into the shop to pick out your colors and order your yarn today!

Some skills we will cover include:

Log Cabin Knitting
Relief Knitting
Knitting In the Round
Mosaic Knitting
Short Rows
Stranded Knitting
Granny Squares (Yes, crochet!)
Shadow Knitting