YarnCon, Chicago’s yarn and fiber festival, is this Saturday, September 24th from 11-6pm at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse in Wicker Park. I’ll be there teaching free workshops like crochet for knitters and Hello Sailor Knot Necklace, that you can register for on YarnCon’s website.

And The Sweatshop is diversifying! I’m adding a new beginner embroidery class this fall, taught by embroidery expert Katie Canavan. Beginner Embroidery is Monday, October 24th from 7-9pm at The Perfect Cup on Damen and Lawrence. Email me for details!

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



Beginner Embroidery

Beginner Embroidery, taught by Katie Canavan: Learn to embroider and get a head start on holiday gifts, or embellish your sewn and knit projects! In this two hour class, we’ll cover all the hand sewing basics, learn six stitches including the french knot, and finish a 4″ sampler. Monday, October 24th from 7pm-9pm. $25, and add $6 for materials.

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 onWednesday October 5th from 7-9pm. $25

*3 SPOTS LEFT!* 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 (<- 3 Spots Left!) or Wednesday October 12th from 7-9pm. $25

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

*2 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 (3 SPOTS LEFT!)

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: This month we are reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant! We’ll be meeting Monday, October 3rd at 7pm at New Wave Coffee. 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!