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May Knit (and Crochet) Alongs

May Crochet Along

This summer we’ll be hosting several knit alongs and crochet alongs in the shop.  These are fun group classes that are free to join!  All you have to buy is your yarn.

If you’re not local, you can participate virtually as well.  We’ll be posting pictures of everyone’s creations as they are finished and submitted.  I’ll start a thread in our Ravelry group where everyone can post their finished projects for the various knit alongs throughout the summer.

The first one is actually a Crochet Along.  We’ll be making the Angel Wings Pinafore in the shop on May 13 and 20 using Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton.

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Angel Wings Pinafore shop sample.

The Angel Wings Pinafore is a sweet little dress for the new little girl in your life.  The pattern comes in newborn and 3 month sizes, and is an intermediate pattern.  It’s a great pattern for both the experienced crocheter and the confident beginner who is ready to expand their skills.  Baby things are great for first garments, because they’re small and much quicker than making a full sized adult sweater.  If you don’t know anyone having a little girl right now, you can always make it and save it as a gift for someone in the future.

May Knit Along

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Image from official pattern page.
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Store sample of Bishi

We’ll also be working on Bishi.  It’s a quick knit, and would be a great first project for knitting in the round.  It’s useful for anyone who likes to carry a water bottle, but without the bulk of carrying a bag or purse.  The Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton is a great choice for the water bottle holder, too, because of cotton’s low elasticity.

These are just the first two in our summer of knit and crochet alongs.  We hope you’ll join us in some fun projects.  They’re small and won’t make you too hot during the summer months.

Recent FOs

We have an active knitting group in our shop that meets on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.  We always like when people get to show off the things we’ve seen them working on.  Here are a few recent finished projects from our group!

Teri finished her poncho. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios Sunset.
Angie made these heirloom baby gifts – Hearts and Bows hat in Royal Alpaca Petite and In 3’s baby sweater in Cobasi Plus.
Debbie made this hoodie for her grandson. The pattern is called Moera.
Debbie made this hoodie for her grandson. The pattern is called Moera.
Sue finished her first pair of socks in the Begin to Knit Socks class. She's only been knitting since this last fall, so this is a big accomplishment. Great job, Sue!
Sue finished her first pair of socks in the Begin to Knit Socks class. She’s only been knitting since this last fall, so this is a big accomplishment. Great job, Sue!

Want to have your finished project featured on the blog?  Email info@alpacadirect.com with pictures, the details of your project, who you are, and where you’re from.  We want our blog to feel like a virtual extension of our in shop knitting groups.  Even if you’re not local, feel free to submit your work, especially if it’s made from yarn or fiber from Alpaca Direct!

We look forward to seeing what you’ve been working on!

Beyond The Basics

Beyond The Basics Knitting Class

Take your knitting skills to the next level with our “Beyond The Basics” set of knitting classes!

Alpaca Direct is currently offering a special price for instructor led classes…  Intermediate Knitting Class on Groupon! Knitting is one of civilizations oldest skills, but has seen a resurgence in popularity the past several years. Come meet the friendly team at Alpaca Direct and rekindle your love of knitting!   You will start with the basic stitches as a refresher and quickly transition into shaping techniques like increases, decreases and yarn-overs while making a beautiful hat you’ll be proud to wear at your next outdoor event.

Kelley with a hand knit hat
Kelley with a hand knit hat

Over 2 classes, we will cover intermediate  “Beyond the basics”  techniques – increases, decreases and shaping to create that custom knitwear for your head.   We will also cover the things you need to know to plan your own knitted masterpiece.  We’ll revisit what is gauge and why does it matter when knitting your hat?  Why is yarn divided into different weights and how do I recognize the difference? We will review the shaping techniques in hat patterns, explain common knitting abbreviations and terms, and equip you to knit your project from a written pattern.

This exclusive Groupon offer includes 2 weeks of instruction, 1 Circular needle, and 1 skein of Alpaca Yarn in your choice of color (take it from me , the colors are beautiful and this yarn is luxuriously soft!)  Keep in mind that alpaca fiber is one of the warmest fibers on earth, rivals cashmere for softness and almost never causes the skin irritation that those sensitive to wool experience.

Enrollment Fee: $60 for both both sessions – includes yarn, needles and pattern.

Please bring the following materials:

Notepad with pen/pencil

Blunt tip tapestry needle

Small (4″) sharp pointed scissors

 

Optional items (Available in our store) will help make learning to knit a little easier :)

Locking stitch markers

Crochet hook- size G or H

Tape measure – (We have really cute ones!)

Stitch Gauge/needle & hook measurement guide

 

Class Dates:

March 19th and 26th (Saturday) – 10:30am – 12:30pm

April 15th and 22nd (Friday) – 10:30am – 12:30pm

May 20th and 27th (Friday)  – 10:30am – 12:30pm

More classes will be posted soon!

Feel free to email or call us if you’d like to sign up for this class.  Our store phone is 208-209-7079 10am-6pm M-F and 10-3 on Saturdays.

 

 
Sign up today and learn a skill you will enjoy the rest of your life.

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit,

and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”

Elizabeth Zimmerman

Master Knitter

 

Free Knitting Wisdom & Comedy Show

What a week! Was it just me or was everybodies life just upside down and inside out this past week? I seemed to be chasing my tail before I ever got outta bed in the morning :) I thank my lucky stars for the friends and fellow fiber junkies at the Tuesday evening open knitting group. They keep me sane when all else fails. Or maybe they just put it all in to perspective. I don’t know. What I do know is this is the best show in town!

This fine group of women bless us each week with knitting wisdom and raucous laughter! Oh my, it really is a sort of therapy when you get a bunch of fiber enthusiast together.

 

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This is our Yolanda modeling her lovely top down sweater made with Malibrigo for us.

 

 

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A cute little Cascade Fixation Baby Sock is the handiwork of Jan. Just adorable!

 

And now I proudly present The Alpaca Direct Tuesday Evening Open Knitting Group…

 

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Misty joined us last winter in Knitting 101 & Barcley is a recent graduate of our Groupon Classes.
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Kelley’s designing wheels are turning (can you see them?) while Tina teaches Crochet 101 to newbie Sandy.
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                                   “Say Yarn Over”

 

There were stories and laughter! Instruction and more laughter! It was a mess. We even did a bit of fashion watching. Barcley wore these awesome shoes. I gotta get a pair. Seriously.

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If you haven’t been to our open knitting groups yet I am encouraging you
to try one out. It really is informative and entertaining. See you soon :)

Knitting Bliss With Our Groupon Students

All of us here at Alpaca Direct have been thrilled with the overwhelming response to our Groupon Deal and the promise of new knitters overtaking the Inland Northwest! These knitting classes and students are near and dear to our hearts. Tina, our chief organizer, has registration and class student packets down to a science and we are so grateful for her. She keeps us running smoothly group after group.


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Kelley is our lead instructor in the classes. She is patient and generous, encouraging students all the way.

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Our student to teacher ratio in these classes averages 2.5 students per instructor, making it possible to provide detailed, one on one instruction.

We expect to continue our Groupon Deal well into the summer so if you missed out on the last one, don’t dismay. You will get another opportunity! And of course we always offer our regular beginning knitting classes. Email us at info@alpacadirect.com, give us a call at 208-209-7079  or drop by the shop if you want more information.

 

Come One, Come All to the Greatest Deal of All!

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Cascade Pure Alpaca Yarn

 

Alpaca Direct is currently offering a special price for instructor led classes…  Knitting 101 on Groupon! Knitting is one of civilizations oldest skills, but has seen a resurgence in popularity the past several years. Come meet the friendly team at Alpaca Direct and find out why knitting is so popular…fun…and addictive! You will start with the very basics and work your way up to something you will be proud to wear.

Over 2 classes, we will cover the most basic steps – casting on, knitting and purling and binding off. Did you know all knitting is based on these two stitches? It’s how they are used that adds texture and variety.  By the time you leave you will know what stockinette stitch is, what garter stitch is, and the difference between the two. We will also cover the things you need to know to plan your own knitted masterpiece. What is gauge  and why does it matter? Why is yarn divided into different weights and how can I recognize the difference? We will simplify the mystery of patterns, explain common knitting abbreviations and terms, and equip you to knit a project from a written pattern.

This exclusive Groupon offer includes 2 weeks of instruction, 1 set of straight Brittany knitting needles, and 1 skein of Cascade Pure Alpaca Yarn in your choice of color (take it from me , the colors are beautiful and this yarn is luxuriously soft!)  Keep in mind that alpaca fiber is one of the warmest fibers on earth, rivals cashmere for softness and almost never causes the skin irritation that those sensitive to wool experience.

Enrollment Fee: $60 for both both sessions – includes yarn, needles and pattern.

Please bring the following materials:

Notepad with pen/pencil

Blunt tip tapestry needle

Small (4″) sharp pointed scissors

 

Optional items (Available in our store) will help make learning to knit a little easier :)

Locking stitch markers

Crochet hook- size G or H

Tape measure – (We have really cute ones!)

Stitch Gauge/needle & hook measurement guide

 

Class Dates:

* = New class times added! 

Feb 15th and 22nd, (Sat) 9-11am

March 12th and 19th, (Wed) 11am-1pm pm

March 21st and 28th, (Friday) 3-5pm

April 19th and 26th, (Saturday) 9:30-11:30am

April 23rd and 30th, (Wed) 12-2pm

May 10th and 17th (Saturday) 11am-1pm

May 14th and 21st (Wed) 10am-12pm

More classes coming soon!

 Feel free to email or call us if you’d like to sign up for this class.  Our store phone is 208-209-7079 10am-6pm M-F and 10-3 on Saturdays.

 
Sign up today and learn a skill you will enjoy the rest of your life.

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit,

and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”

Elizabeth Zimmerman

Master Knitter

New Knitting and Crochet Classes For 2011

These classes are taught in our retail location by Expert Knitters
 
Location: 
Alpaca Direct
144 Continente Ave, Suite 170
Brentwood, CA 94513
Signup in store or contact us:
(925) 237-2575
info@alpacadirect.com

Knit 101

Skill level: Novice

Fee:  $20, supplies additional

This class will be offered the first Thursday of every month, starting Jan 6,2011

Time: 7pm to 9pm

This one-session class is for new and beginning knitters. New knitters will learn to knit, purl, cast on and bind off. Beginning knitters will learn how knit and purl stitches work together to create interesting patterns.

This class is just the basics. Supplies: size 10 needles and 2 skeins of bulky weight yarn.

Registered students will receive 10% off class materials.

2 Socks At A Time On 1 Circular Needle

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $35, supplies additional

Jan. 20, 2011 & Jan. 27, 2011

Time: 7pm to 9pm

In this two-session class you will learn how to make 2 top-down using the magic loop method.

Supplies: Size 1 – 3, 40″-47″ circular needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle, sock yarn.

Registered students will receive 10% off class materials.

Learn to Fix Knitting Mistakes

Fee: $20, supplies additional

Feb. 3, 2011

Time: 7pm to 9pm

In Fixing Mistakes Class, you’ll learn to unknit your work and to drop down in stockinette, garter stitch, and ribbing, to pick up a dropped stitch or to change a knit to a purl or vice verse. These skills are invaluable; especially when you’re knitting late at night or on vacation and you know something’s wrong but you don’t know what to do to correct it, so you have to stop knitting.

The Fixing Mistakes class has a little homework. You need to knit three small swatches, one each in garter, stockinette, and rib, and put them on holders instead of binding off.

Registered students will receive 10% off class materials.

How to Read Knitting Patterns and Charts

Feb. 10, 2011

Fee $20, supplies additional

Time: 7pm to 9pm

In this class, you will learn to read and understand the common abbreviations used in knitting patterns. Also, we will cover how to read charts. Many new pattern designers are using charts and this class will explore why designers are using this method.

Registered students will receive 10% off class materials.

Project Workshop

Fee $20, supplies additional

Feb. 24, 2011

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Each session is a personalized knitting class. Bring an idea for what you want to make, or a project you need help with, and get personalized help. Examples include sweaters, ponchos, shawls, socks, blankets, etc.

Registered students will receive 10% off class materials.

Learn to Knit (offer once per month)

1st Thursday of each month

Mar. 3, 2011

Fee $20, supplies additional

Registered students will receive 10% off class materials.

Toe-Up Sock Class

Mar. 10, 2011 & Mar. 17, 2011

Fee $35, supplies additional

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Double pointed needles got you down? Learn how to make socks from the toe up, using one long circular needle.

If you are intimidated by doing 2 socks at once, you can still do this class working one sock at a time to learn the method.

Skills you need to have to do this class: cast on, knit, purl, comfortable using fine gauge yarns

Materials needed: 40″-47″ US2 circular needle or size to obtain gauge; 2 skeins of sock weight yarn or 1 skein divided into 2 smaller balls.

Registered students will receive 10% off class materials.

ArtFelt Felting Class

Mar. 24, 2011

Fee $25

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Class will include a kit containing all the supplies you’ll need to create a felted purse or scarf.

Learn to Knit (offer once per month)

1st Thursday of each month

Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr. 7, May 5, 2011

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Fee $20, supplies additional

Registered students will receive 10% off class materials.

Summer Knitting Classes – Sign Up Now!

NEW SUMMER CLASSES AT ALPACA DIRECT

All classes will be
taught on Thursday evenings from 7-9PM.

Our store is located
at 144 Continente Ave, Suite 170, Brentwood, Ca 94513, PH-925-237-2575

Knit 101
Skill level:
Novice

Fee:  $20, supplies additional
Date:  July
15, 2010

This one-session class is for new and
beginning knitters. New knitters will learn to knit, purl, cast on and
bind off. Beginning knitters will learn how knit and purl stitches work
together to create interesting patterns. Your instructor will provide
instructions and pattern to create a  Scarf for your first project. No
experience required.  This class is just the basics.

Registered
students will receive 10% off class materials.

Knit 102
Skill level:
Beginner

Fee:  $20, supplies additional
Date:  July
22, 2010

This one-session class is for knitters
who know the basics (cast on, knit, purl, cast off) and who are ready
for their first project. In this class, you learn increases, decreases,
fixing twisted and dropped stitches, reading a pattern and start a
project of your choice. This is the recommended next class after Knit
101. Bring light colored yarn and appropriate needles. If you want to
use the yarn and needles you purchased for Knit 101, Alpaca Direct staff
can help you find an appropriate pattern and yarn.

Registered
students will receive 10% off class materials.

Crochet 101
Skill Level:
Novice

Fee: $20, supplies additional
Date:  July 29
2010

Crochet is
fast and fun.  During this one-session class students will learn all the
basic stitches of crochet (single, half-double, double and treble
crochet), joining new yarn, increasing and decreasing.  

Registered
students will receive 10% off class materials.

Crochet 102
Skill Level:
Beginner

Fee: $20, supplies additional
Date:  August
5, 2010

This class is for those who know the
crochet basics (chain, single, half-double, double and treble crochet).
In this class, you learn increases, decreases and how to read a
pattern.  You will start a project of your choice.  Alpaca Direct staff
can help you find an appropriate pattern and yarn for your project.

Registered
students will receive 10% off class materials.

Neck Warmer Hat
Skill Level:
Intermediate

Fee:  $20, supplies
additional

Date:  August 12, 2010

This is a fun and easy
class that will use your knit and purl skills, then finish off with an
I-cord.

Sample
made with Suri Merino Paint yarn. Circular needle size US 5.  We will
be using the pattern from Knitted Gifts by Ann Budd.

Registered students
will receive 10% off class materials.

Disclaimer: Enroll early as class size
is limited.  Although we anticipate full registration for all classes,
we reserve the right to cancel a class due to poor enrollment.  In this
circumstance your fee will be refunded in full.  If you are not able to
make your class, we will need 24 hours notice for a full refund.  Fewer
than 24 hours notice or No Show = no refund.  Fees listed are for the
complete class, including all sessions and unless noted do not include
materials or patterns. Missed classes may be made up at a later session.
Please bring basic accessories to all classes:  scissors, stitch
markers, yarn needles, etc

Sign up for Fall Classes at Alpaca Direct

We’re offering a nice array of knitting, crochet, spinning and felting classes this fall.  All classes will be taught on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm.

 

 

Alpaca Direct Class Schedule

Classes are Thursday evenings 7-9pm  

Felting with Artfelt –  $25 – Thursday Oct 8th  (Sign up for this class)

Class will include a kit containing all the supplies you’ll need to create a felted scarf project.

 

Learn to spin fiber with a drop spindle $25 – Oct 15th  (Sign up for this class)

Learn the basics of the drop spindle and now to spin your own yarn.

Materials needed: Drop spindle, 1 or more oz of fiber

Learn to knit $30 – Oct 22nd  (Sign up for this class)

Learn step by step how to cast on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, bind off. Create the beginning of your own knitted scarf.

Materials needed:  1 Skein of chunky weight yarn,  #10 knitting needles

 

Learn to crochet $30 – Oct 29th (Sign up for this class)

Take your crochet skills up a notch as you learn 4 versatile pattern stitches that will bring pizzazz to your afghans, fashions, and other projects. Learn the chain stitch, single, double and treble stitches.

Materials needed: 1 skein of worsted weight yarn, One large G or H crochet hook

 

Knit a Scarf $30 – Nov 5th  (Sign up for this class)

Learn to knit a cool patterned scarf 

Materials needed: 2 skeins of yarn, 1 set #10 needles

 

Knit a  Hat $30 – Nov 12th (Sign up for this class)

Here’s a fun project to knit a fun winter hat or tam to match the scarf from the prior lesson.

Materials needed: 1 Skein of chunky weight yarn,  #10 knitting needles

 

Knit Socks on Circular Needles $30  – Nov 19th (Sign up for this class)

Learn how to knit socks on a set of circular needles. This class is designed for knitters who are familiar with circular needles, increases and decreases. We will cover the heel and gusset.

Materials needed:  1 Skein of worsted weight yarn,  1 set of #10 circular knitting needles 

 

Class Location:

Our Store is located at 144 Continente Ave, Suite 170, Brentwood, CA 94513  PH:925-237-2575

Supplies are available at our store.  10% discount on items purchased the day of the class!