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August, 2011

Chicago Knitting Classes Start in Two Short Weeks!

I can’t wait to start knitting with everyone again, so it’s a good thing classes are starting so soon!

Mary Jane Slippers filled up fast, and the next on the chopping block is Holiday Present Prep, with only two spots left, both in Sunday’s morning class, and Entrelac Beret, with only three spots left.

As always, email me at allyson [at] thesweatshopoflove [dot] com with questions or to sign up.

THE SWEATSHOP OF LOVE FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

*THURS – FULL! SUN – 2 SPOTS LEFT!* Holiday Present Prep: It’s that time of year again! Time to start planning the hand knit presents everyone is getting this season. And not only planning, but starting and finishing them! Signing up for this class gets you one class per week over the course of ten weeks. We’ll write a list of everything you want to knit and make a knitting plan for how you can get it all finished by Thanksgiving. Holiday Present Prep starts Thursday, September 15th or Sunday, September 18th. Holiday Present Prep continues every Thursday night 7-9 and Sunday morning 10-12 until Thursday, November 17th or Sunday, November 20st. One class per week for 10 weeks costs $95. Email me at allyson [at] thesweatshopoflove [dot] com if you have any questions or to sign up for this class!

*3 SPOTS LEFT!* Beginner Knitting: Learn to knit early so you can knit some presents for your friends and family this season! Sign up for this beginner knitting class and learn how to cast on, bind off, and knit and purl. One two hour class on either Tuesday September 13th from 7-9pm (<- 3 SPOTS LEFT!) or Wednesday October 5th from 7-9pm. $25

Beginner Crochet: This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of crocheting! In this class we will learn to make a chain, single, half double, double, and treble crochet stitches, and how to crochet in the round. Use these skills in Mary Jane Slippers and Aaahh Real Monster’s Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy classes. One two hour class on either Tuesday September 27th from 7-9pm or Wednesday October 12th from 7-9pm. $25

Hipster Tea Pot Cozy

Hipster Tea Pot Cozy: If you are going to make one of the most cliched knitting and crochet projects ever, you might as well make it as hilarious as possible, right?! In this two part class we’ll be talking striping, shaping, using wire or pipe cleaners, attaching pockets, and duplicate stitching. This tea pot cozy is sure to make an amazing gift (or look great in your own kitchen!). Hipster Tea Pot Cozy is two parts: Part 1 on Monday, September 19th and Part 2 on Monday, September 26th, both from 7-9pm. $40

Baby Sheeps!

Sheep Yoke Baby Sweater: Not for the knitting faint of heart, this class is tackling a charted colorwork yolk, including stranded and intarsia colorwork! We’ll be starting at the neckline and following a chart to increase out for shoulders, working stranded flowers, garter stitch intarsia sheep, and a stranded checkerboard stripe before separating for the sleeves. But Jen Little at Looking Glass Knit’s Sheep Yoke Baby Sweater pattern is worth it, don’t you think? Sheep Yoke Baby Sweater is two parts: Part 1 on Tuesday, October 4th and Part 2 on Tuesday, October 11th, both from 7-9pm. $40

Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel

Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel: In this fun beginner project you’ll learn four different stitch patterns, and in the end you’ll have a one of the most ridiculous knitted kitchen gifts ever – a hanging dish towel, perfect for hanging over your oven door. These also make hilariously fantastic gifts. This Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel class is one night, on Wednesday, September 21st from 7-9pm. $25 – but take both Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel and Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dish Cloth for $40!

Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth

Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth: Worked corner to corner, this dish cloth has a lot going on. Learn how to follow shaping directions while working stitch patterns and striping at the same time. Dish cloths make fantastic gifts, and when they’re this hot they’re sure to be displayed and used by everyone! This Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth class is one night, on Monday, October 17th from 7-9pm. $25 – but take both Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth and Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel for $40

Aaahh!! Real Mosters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy: If you’re going to make a toilet paper cozy, you might as well make the most amazing toilet paper cozy ever, right? Help your bathroom celebrate the 90s with this hilarious Nickelodeon cartoon character sitting on your toilet. Learn crochet pattern reading, seaming, assembly, back stitching, and armpit hair! Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy class is two parts: Part 1 on Wednesday, November 9th and Part 2 on Wednesday, November 16th, both classes from 7-9pm. $40

Entrelac Beret

*3 SPOTS LEFT!* Entrelac Beret: This slouchy hat is a showstopper! A thick ribbed band makes it comfortable and warm, and all that entrelac goodness is too hot for words. Learn entrelac in the round, changing colors within entrelac, and a TON of picking up stitches. Whether this hat turns into a gift or is meant for your own head, I know you’ll love knitting it as much as wearing it. Entrelac Beret is two parts: Part 1 on Tuesday, October 25th and Part 2 on Tuesday, November 1st, both classes are 7-9pm. $40

Group Knitting and Crochet: Come get help starting a project, finishing a project, picking a project, picking materials, or learning something new! These classes are here for you to make up class time with, including missed Holiday Present Prep classes and any project classes you can’t make. 2 hours, $15

Monday October 10, 7-9pm

Tuesday October 18, 7-9pm

Wednesday November 2, 7-9pm

Tuesday November 15, 7-9pm

Tuesday December 6, 7-9pm

Thursday December 8, 7-9pm

Finishing School: Need help getting those presents finished? Of course you do! No matter how early we get started we are always scrambling in December. Use these classes to seam, zipper, stuff, button, duplicate stitch, or embroider your hand knit and crocheted presents to make sure they are done in time for your holiday parties. (Good for knitting time, too!) 2 hours, only $5 or FREE if you are in Holiday Present Prep!

Tuesday December 13, 7-9pm

Wednesday December 14, 7-9pm

Thursday December 15, 7-9pm

One on One Classes: Is there something you are interested in knitting that you don’t see listed here? Pick a project or a new skill and email me to set up a one on one class! I generally schedule classes weekday nights 7-9pm and weekend days in two hour blocks between 10am-4pm. Send me a few dates and times that work for you. I will match our schedules, pick a time that works for both of us, and give you a class outline. One on one classes are $20 per hour; most classes are two hours long.

Knitting Book Club: Our first knitting book club of the fall will be meeting Monday, October 3rd, and we’ll have a vote for that book in early September. If you are interested in joining the book club, send me an email. Please don’t come with knitting questions as I won’t be teaching anything (so the book club can be free of course), just come to knit and chat about our book!

Minnesota State Fair and Target Field Means I Had the Best Weekend Ever!

And then, magically, my summer in Minneapolis was over. It hardly feels like three months ago that I got here, and here I’m already packing up to leave. But before I head back to Chicago Friday, we knew we had to have the weekend to end all weekends. And we surely did, starting Friday with a trip to Target Field.

WAAAAAAAAY Up THERE!

See those people WAY up at the top there? That is where we usually sit. But Friday? Ohh no! Friday PT got CHAMPIONS CLUB tickets for the game, which meant that we got all you can eat and drink free food, and our view for the game was this:

WHOA!

I was so happy during this game tears were shed. The food was amazing, getting to drink all I wanted to was amazing, not waiting in line to pee was amazing! But the baseball. It was RIGHT THERE! It was almost scary how close we were.

Ohh HOLLA!

And then there was the fair. This is me, trying to eat a deep fried Reeses Peanut Butter Cup covered in powdered sugar. Because there isn’t enough sugar on the inside of that thing that it needed more. And yeah. It was good. Because EVERYTHING IS AMAZING AT THE FAIR!

Beer on a Stick!

This is my third Minnesota State Fair, and I think ever time gets better. It’s Tuesday and I’m still recovering from this trip. It’s just that glorious.

Bunny!

I love that I take the same pictures every year. In 2009 it was food, bunnies, crop art, and baby sheep. In 2010 it was food, baby sheep, and crop art.

Baby Sheep!

This year is shaping up to be food, bunnies, baby sheep, and crop art again!

Crop Art!

And, of course, the underwhelming shots of knitting.

Knitting, Just Hanging Around

We were at the fair for 11 hours, so it’s really no wonder that I’m still recovering. I could barely walk yesterday! I’m already excited for next year.

And I’m already excited to come back to Minneapolis! I kinda love this place. I’m Chicago bound Friday, which means I’m frantically packing up my life and finishing all my unfinished projects before I’ll be away from them. Why does leaving always sneak up on me?!

But we went out with a bang, Minnesota. And those 5 deep fried pounds around my middle will be with me for a long time.

10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitter Giveaway WINNER!

Easily the most popular giveaway I’ve ever held, you all wanted to get your hands on this book! But sadly I’ve only got one copy to give away, and the winner is…

NUMBER THREE!

Comment #3, left by Ms Dani Berman Arnold! Congrats, Dani! Please email me your address and I’ll have 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitter out to you ASAP.

A HUGE thank you again to everyone that commented and shared.

The Knitting Football League

So I’m kinda into sports. If you’ve been around here for long, if you follow me on twitter, or if you have taken one of my classes (which are routinely interrupted by me screaming at my score updater and fantasy football stat tracker), you might have noticed.

But GUESS WHAT?! I’m not alone! There are tons of knitters out there that love football just as much as I do. You need proof? I started The Knitting Football League group on ravelry and it’s already got over 140 members! And how awesome is the banner I made for it on Microsoft Paint?!

KFL!

The Knitting Football League works a lot like the Ravelympics – knitters will set goals for themselves and all cast on together on September 8th – the first game of the season! But because the football season is so long, we are splitting the goal setting and achieving into three parts – the first half of the season, the second half of the season, and the playoffs.

Rib Yoke Topper

I haven’t even gotten my hands on the Vogue Knitting Fall 2011 issue yet, but when the preview came out I instantly fell in love with the #25 Rib Yoke Topper. I love the collar, I love the sleeves, I love the pockets. I just picture throwing it over long sleeved tees all Fall long. I’ll be casting this bad boy on during that first game for sure!

Wool of the Andes Tweed Flagstone Heather

I’m putting in a HUGE Knit Picks order very soon! ALL of the yarn I need for my holiday knitting will be in it, and also this fantastic new Wool of the Andes Tweed in Flagstone Heather for my Vogue sweater. Is that hot or what?!

I’ve got a LOT more planned for The Knitting Football League knitting, including ALL of my holiday knitting and our next knit along sweater! But more about all of that soon.

If you are into football get your butt over to The Knitting Football League and start setting yourself football knitting goals! It’s going to be a fun season and a great way for you to stay on top of your holiday knitting.

Chicago Knitting Classes: It’s Almost Knittin’ Time!

You guys seem just as excited as I am to get knitting again this fall! Classes are filling up already and I’m answering more and more emails about knitting every day.

Have your eye on a class this fall? Get on it! Mary Jane Slippers is already full. Holiday Present Prep only has four spots left! And if you are a beginner, those spots are dwindling fast.

As always, email me at allyson [at] thesweatshopoflove [dot] com with questions or to sign up.

THE SWEATSHOP OF LOVE FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

*THURS – 2 SPOTS LEFT! SUN – 2 SPOTS LEFT!* Holiday Present Prep: It’s that time of year again! Time to start planning the hand knit presents everyone is getting this season. And not only planning, but starting and finishing them! Signing up for this class gets you one class per week over the course of ten weeks. We’ll write a list of everything you want to knit and make a knitting plan for how you can get it all finished by Thanksgiving. Holiday Present Prep starts Thursday, September 15th or Sunday, September 18th. Holiday Present Prep continues every Thursday night 7-9 and Sunday morning 10-12 until Thursday, November 17th or Sunday, November 20st. One class per week for 10 weeks costs $95. Email me at allyson [at] thesweatshopoflove [dot] com if you have any questions or to sign up for this class!

*3 SPOTS LEFT!* Beginner Knitting: Learn to knit early so you can knit some presents for your friends and family this season! Sign up for this beginner knitting class and learn how to cast on, bind off, and knit and purl. One two hour class on either Tuesday September 13th from 7-9pm (<- 3 SPOTS LEFT!) or Wednesday October 5th from 7-9pm. $25

Beginner Crochet: This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of crocheting! In this class we will learn to make a chain, single, half double, double, and treble crochet stitches, and how to crochet in the round. Use these skills in Mary Jane Slippers and Aaahh Real Monster’s Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy classes. One two hour class on either Tuesday September 27th from 7-9pm or Wednesday October 12th from 7-9pm. $25

Hipster Tea Pot Cozy

Hipster Tea Pot Cozy: If you are going to make one of the most cliched knitting and crochet projects ever, you might as well make it as hilarious as possible, right?! In this two part class we’ll be talking striping, shaping, using wire or pipe cleaners, attaching pockets, and duplicate stitching. This tea pot cozy is sure to make an amazing gift (or look great in your own kitchen!). Hipster Tea Pot Cozy is two parts: Part 1 on Monday, September 19th and Part 2 on Monday, September 26th, both from 7-9pm. $40

Baby Sheeps!

Sheep Yoke Baby Sweater: Not for the knitting faint of heart, this class is tackling a charted colorwork yolk, including stranded and intarsia colorwork! We’ll be starting at the neckline and following a chart to increase out for shoulders, working stranded flowers, garter stitch intarsia sheep, and a stranded checkerboard stripe before separating for the sleeves. But Jen Little at Looking Glass Knit’s Sheep Yoke Baby Sweater pattern is worth it, don’t you think? Sheep Yoke Baby Sweater is two parts: Part 1 on Tuesday, October 4th and Part 2 on Tuesday, October 11th, both from 7-9pm. $40

Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel

Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel: In this fun beginner project you’ll learn four different stitch patterns, and in the end you’ll have a one of the most ridiculous knitted kitchen gifts ever – a hanging dish towel, perfect for hanging over your oven door. These also make hilariously fantastic gifts. This Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel class is one night, on Wednesday, September 21st from 7-9pm. $25 – but take both Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel and Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dish Cloth for $40!

Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth

Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth: Worked corner to corner, this dish cloth has a lot going on. Learn how to follow shaping directions while working stitch patterns and striping at the same time. Dish cloths make fantastic gifts, and when they’re this hot they’re sure to be displayed and used by everyone! This Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth class is one night, on Monday, October 17th from 7-9pm. $25 – but take both Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth and Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel for $40!

Mary Jane Slippers

*FULL!* Mary Jane Slippers: These slippers are fast, adorable, and guaranteed to make all the ladies on your holiday list really happy! Crocheted in one piece and finished with a single crochet border, learn magic ring, crocheting in the round, crocheting straight, crochet edge, changing colors, and we’ll even throw in a fabric covered button tutorial! Mary Jane Slippers are a perfect project for the beginner crocheter. Mary Jane Slippers by Lisa Gutierrez at GoodKnits is a two part class: Part 1 on Wednesday, October 19th and Part 2 on Wednesday, October 26th, both classes are 7-9pm. $40

Aaahh!! Real Mosters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy: If you’re going to make a toilet paper cozy, you might as well make the most amazing toilet paper cozy ever, right? Help your bathroom celebrate the 90s with this hilarious Nickelodeon cartoon character sitting on your toilet. Learn crochet pattern reading, seaming, assembly, back stitching, and armpit hair! Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy class is two parts: Part 1 on Wednesday, November 9th and Part 2 on Wednesday, November 16th, both classes from 7-9pm. $40

Entrelac Beret

*4 SPOTS LEFT!* Entrelac Beret: This slouchy hat is a showstopper! A thick ribbed band makes it comfortable and warm, and all that entrelac goodness is too hot for words. Learn entrelac in the round, changing colors within entrelac, and a TON of picking up stitches. Whether this hat turns into a gift or is meant for your own head, I know you’ll love knitting it as much as wearing it. Entrelac Beret is two parts: Part 1 on Tuesday, October 25th and Part 2 on Tuesday, November 1st, both classes are 7-9pm. $40

Group Knitting and Crochet: Come get help starting a project, finishing a project, picking a project, picking materials, or learning something new! These classes are here for you to make up class time with, including missed Holiday Present Prep classes and any project classes you can’t make. 2 hours, $15

Monday October 10, 7-9pm

Tuesday October 18, 7-9pm

Wednesday November 2, 7-9pm

Tuesday November 15, 7-9pm

Tuesday December 6, 7-9pm

Thursday December 8, 7-9pm

Finishing School: Need help getting those presents finished? Of course you do! No matter how early we get started we are always scrambling in December. Use these classes to seam, zipper, stuff, button, duplicate stitch, or embroider your hand knit and crocheted presents to make sure they are done in time for your holiday parties. (Good for knitting time, too!) 2 hours, only $5 or FREE if you are in Holiday Present Prep!

Tuesday December 13, 7-9pm

Wednesday December 14, 7-9pm

Thursday December 15, 7-9pm

One on One Classes: Is there something you are interested in knitting that you don’t see listed here? Pick a project or a new skill and email me to set up a one on one class! I generally schedule classes weekday nights 7-9pm and weekend days in two hour blocks between 10am-4pm. Send me a few dates and times that work for you. I will match our schedules, pick a time that works for both of us, and give you a class outline. One on one classes are $20 per hour; most classes are two hours long.

Knitting Book Club: Our first knitting book club of the fall will be meeting Monday, October 3rd, and we’ll have a vote for that book in early September. If you are interested in joining the book club, send me an email. Please don’t come with knitting questions as I won’t be teaching anything (so the book club can be free of course), just come to knit and chat about our book!