Boy, did I mis-judge the kind of classes to offer in October, November, and December. How do I know? Very few of you signed up!!
So, we’ve re-thought our class offerings. New short classes start next week (October 22) and continue in a staggered way through the second week in December. You’ll find evening classes on both Wednesday and Thursdays during this time.
Through late October and all of November, we are exploring some of our great recent print-exclusive patterns from independent designers. All our December classes (and some in October and November) are based on free Ravelry patterns. We’ll be using lots of the wonderful new yarns we’ve recently introduced to Millicent’s. Can’t be better than that! Lots and lots of ideas for holiday gifts.
Remember, all classes at Millicent’s Yarns & More are
FREE! We now have them listed on our
website: please see the Calendar Page for a chronological listing and the
Classes Page for an alphabetical listing with photos.
YOU CHOOSE CLASSES:
(These classes has no photos in the Classes Page, so you will find them here.)
"You Choose: for Women" and "You Choose: for Men" are four week classes during which you knit a hat and mitts, using one of several "print exclusive" patterns we have brought in from Knitspot. The idea is that you select the pattern you prefer and that is best suited to your skills, and we will help you with the new skills you need to make these great gift ensembles.
CHOICES FOR MEN AND BOYS:
Oktober Zest for Men and Boys include a cable and ribbed hat, scarf and fingerless mitts. This stitch pattern is more demanding than the next two choices. Newer knitters look further:
Creel hat and mitts is just right for newer knitters. The pattern is straight-forward (remember the basketweave pattern in the intro scarf?)
Slofock (make of that name what you will) is a slouch hat and mitts for men. All three patterns are knit in a DK or light worsted weight yarn.
CHOICES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS:
The pattern Tabata has a pattern for a ribbed shaped headband and stockinette stitch mitts with a cuff rib that matches the headband. This is a terrific pattern for newer knitters.
Hot Waffles Hat and Mitts has an interesting textured rib pattern. The fingerless mitts has a long ribbed cuff and a comfortable thumb gusset.
Lacunae (or holes) pattern has a travelling or staggered rib that gives it a really interesting texture. This is really nothing more than a K2P2 rib that shifts every 5 - 6 rows. Again, you have a hat and matching mitts to knit.
Cornrows Hat and Mittens sport a cable and rib pattern and great structure to both pieces. This is a more complex pattern with a chart. I love the shaping at the top of the hat.
Fallberry has a hat, scarf and mitt pattern with a really pretty cable and lace pattern. You need to read a chart to execute this pattern. The mitts have a comfortable thumb gusset. And the scarf pattern is a bonus!
MILLICENT'S NEW WEBSITE DESIGN
You are now on our new website. Hurrah!
You will find larger pictures for yarn and patterns in your search. Drop-downs give you choices for exploring yarns by weight, color or brand and for exploring patterns by brand and project. We are also labeling some of our patterns "vintage." Think of them as classic patterns: while they may be more than 10 years old, these patterns give the best of the past.
Our classes are listed in calendar form on our Calender Page (hover your cursor over the lowest line of the class title and, voila!, a class description pops up!). Classes are listed alphabetically on our Classes Page. So between the two, you have easy access.
We are still uploading new patterns and yarns and are working madly to make this as helpful for you as possible. Please enjoy Millicent's new website.
Here's some feedback from a customer who has already explored our new website.
Website new look: I love the new look of the website, it is absolutely
fabulous!!! I am inspired to try everything, there is so much to offer anyone
who wants to knit, crochet, and to even do tatting. If I only had the time. I guess
I will have to squeeze in a couple more classes. Thanks for offering more
options for those of us who work during the day! Love it! Love it! Love it!
A fan of Millicents forever!
OUR 2014 KNIT-ALONGWe've really enjoyed the year-long knit-alongs (KALs) at Millicent's. We've done several afghan block-of-the-month knit-alongs (including the Building Blocks afghan which is almost at an end now), a hat knit-along, a sock knit-along, and now the lace sample scarf knit-along for more advanced knitters that has just begun.
Our goal for the monthly KALs is to give those knitters who can meet only occasionally a fun chance to try new projects, to support a larger effort, to build new skills. We have many knitters who come from far-afield to our KALs: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Winchester, Romney. Trips to Millicent's for weekly classes just doesn't work for these knitters, but a once-per-month journey is feasible.
Here is one thoughts for our 2014 Knit-Along:
THEME: EXPLORING COLORWORK
I. FAIR ISLE or STRANDED COLOR WORK : four projects (pillow cover, hat, mittens, Christmas stocking)
II. RIPPLE PATTERN : two patterns (self-striping scarf, sock)
III. INTARSIA : two projects (felted pillow cover, felted bag)
IV. ENTRELAC: three patterns (bag with flap, scarf, beret)
V. MOSAIC KNITTING: two patterns (hat, fingerless mitts) -- although this photo is of neither a hat nor mitts, it does show great examples of mosaic knitting
There are twelve projects listed here. We can do one per month. Or, as suggested by one customer, we could meet for two sessions on each project. In that way, you'd have two months to complete each project. I'd love some feedback on the schedule that you would prefer. Some projects I know could use a follow-up class, like the Fair Isle Christmas Stocking, the entrelac bag, the ripple sock. The other projects are ones we can start together in class and you can then finish on your own with your new skills.
THEME: KNITTING SWEATERS
We can use the year to knit four sweaters. We could do one from the bottom up, another from the top-down. We do one Fair Isle sweater. And we could do one light weight summer sweater (maybe one in Habu Textiles fine yarns). Believe me, knitting one sweater every three months is do-able: I once knit four sweaters in that time.
What ideas would you like to propose?
Please let me know what your thoughts are. I would appreciate any feedback you can give me. Let's make this a fun new year of knitting for us all! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
10 WEEKS TO CHRISTMASNot that we want you to panic, but we are in the homestretch for the pre-Christmas knitting season. What to do as the time ticks down: lots of small projects. Hats, mitts. Consider projects with a heavy weight yarn (or a project with a light weight yarn on large needles).
Will knitting or crocheting gifts save you money? Probably not. But your gift will be from your hands and your heart and will be better than any gift made by child labor in Indochina.
Millicent's is here to help you with your knitting and crochet projects as best we can. Come in any time for help. You may need to wait a bit for us to finish with another customer or finish teaching a class, but we will get to you and your questions as soon as we possibly can. You can trust that about us at Millicent's.