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What's new at the Asylum?  

New teachers!  I am really excited to have a new crochet instructor - Xenia - and new knit instructor - Chris - to join us at Yarn Asylum!  They will be joining the teachers already in place and will add fresh new classes to our lineup!

New Yarn!  New Spring yarns are arriving now.  We also have new lines coming in each month through April.  We also just added Cascade Cherub yarn in Aran and Chunky weights.  It is available in a variety of colors and is perfect for the budget minded knitter or crocheter looking for quality yarn.

Now that the frantic holiday knitting and crocheting is behind us, it is time to focus on some relaxing projects.  Perhaps a selfish knit for yourself?  Or take the time to finish up some of the lingering projects from 2014?  (or earlier!)  I know some fiber fanatics have already started planning and working on their holiday gifts for 2015.  You know the overachievers in the crowd!  Yes, I am just jealous.

Personally, I decided to break down my knitting goals by month rather than try to establish goals for the whole year.  I have already finished 3 knitting UFOs in January that were cast on years ago.  It sure felt good to have them off the needles!  

Smaller accomplishments add up to larger ones and seem much less daunting.  This is true in more than just knitting projects. I love the quote by John Bytheway - 'Inch by inch, life's a cinch.  Yard by yard, life's hard.'  Take time to enjoy life one inch at a time.

Until next time...

            ~ Penny
Super Bowl Sunday Sale!

Join us on Sunday, February 1st for our Super Bowl Sale!

Due to the controversy concerning UNDER inflated footballs during the playoffs, all BULKY weight yarns will be marked down 25%.

Any customer willing to admit they are a New England Patriots fan will receive an UNDER inflated discount of 24%!

(Deflated print:  Sale is for all yarns classified as Bulky or Chunky.  Sale is not valid with any other discount or offer.  Offer not valid in states where prohibited by law or states of confusion.)
February KAL

Our February Knit-a-Long is an open, lacy cowl that knits up quickly in super bulky weight yarn.

The pattern is Peacock Lace Cowl by Shannon Dunbabin and is available free on Cascade Yarn's website.  A printed copy is available with purchase of yarn at Yarn Asylum.

This cowl is shown here knitted up with Cascade's Kenai yarn.  Kenai is a brand new super bulky weight yarn available in 5 colors.

Yarn Asylum Birthday Club
At Yarn Asylum, we like to celebrate.  
We will celebrate anything!  New yarn!  New Grandbabies!  Completed projects! New projects!  New friends!  Old friends!

Now it is time to celebrate YOU!

Announcing the Yarn Asylum Birthday Club.

Come in anytime during the week of your birthday and receive 15% off your total purchase!
It is a great time to treat yourself.

(Small print:  You must show proof of your birthday and it must be during the week of your visit.  You may use your birthday discount one time during your birthday week.  Discount not valid with any other coupon or discount offers or on class fees.)
We have a new Doctor at Yarn Asylum!  
I am really excited that Knitter Extraordinaire - Chris Engels - has agreed to partner with Yarn Asylum to establish a new program for helping knitters diagnose and cure ailments in their knitting projects.
As many of you know, Chris is amazing at fixing mistakes and getting knitters back on track with their projects.  Whether it is dropped stitches, missed stitches or just determining where you are in a UFO pattern, she is quick to figure it out and then show you how to correct it.   

When you are looking at your knitting and saying "what have I done and how do I fix it?" - schedule some time with Chris to get your answers!  With her help, you will have those needles clicking again in no time!
Dr. appointments are available and the co-pay is just $15/hour.  (one hour minimum)
February Classes

Yarn Asylum is pleased to offer our February lineup of Knitting and Crochet classes.

Class Policies:

Registration is highly recommended for all classes.  Class sizes are limited and we want to make sure there is space for you.  If a class fills up,  we will schedule another as soon as possible.

Payment for classes is due at the time of registration. Refunds will only be issued in the event a class is cancelled.  If you are unable to attend a class that you have registered and paid for, your registration fee can be transferred to another class held in the future.  (This option is only valid with 2 days notice before the class.)

We ask that you purchase your yarn for all classes at Yarn Asylum.

If you have any questions about weights or quantities, please feel free to ask us.  We carry a wide variety of yarns for all budget levels that are appropriate for classes offered.  

Knitting 101 – 2 Sessions - Beginner

This class is for the absolute beginner who would like to start with a easy project. This is also a perfect class for someone who would like to brush up on their fundamental knitting skills.

Project:  Spa/Dish/Wash Cloth

Techniques:  Students will learn the long tail cast on, knit & purl stitches and then learn to bind off.  These techniques are the building blocks for all knitting projects.

Skills Necessary:  A desire to learn something new!

Pattern:  Knitting 101 Washcloth.  A copy will be provided to all students.

Supplies Needed:  

1 skein Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Size 8 knitting needles
Darning/Tapestry Needle

Cost:  $25 for two 2-hour sessions

Dates & Times:
There is currently a wait list for our Knitting 101 Class.  Please call or drop by to add your name to the list.  We will let you know as soon as we have an open class.  


Knitting 102 - Beginner

This class is the next step after our Knitting 101 class.  

Techniques:  In this class, students will learn several new technique stitches - including k2tog, ssk and yo.  You will also learn more about reading patterns.

Skills Required:  Students should be familiar with casting on and the knit & purl stitches.

Pattern:  Big Diamond Washcloth - a copy will be provided to all students.

Supplies Needed:

1 skein of Bernat cotton yarn
Size 7 knitting needles - circular or straight

Stitch markers
Darning/tapestry needle

Cost:  $25 for 2 sessions

Dates and Times: 
February 21 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and February 28 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Please note the first session is 2 hours and the second session is 1 hour.


Easy Knit Hat - Beginner

Cold weather is still here.  Take this opportunity to quickly knit fun hats for the entire family.  The hat is knitted flat and then seamed to finish.

Techniques:  This class is for the beginning knitter who would like to expand their knitting knowledge.  Students will learn 2 x 2 ribbing, decreases and how to seam a finished project.

Skills required:  Students should be familiar with casting on and the knit & purl stitches.

Pattern:  Easy Knit Hat - pattern will be provided to all students.

Supplies Needed:
1 skein worsted weight yarn
Size 6 & 8 knitting needles
Darning/tapestry needle
Stitch markers
Pom-pom maker (optional)

Cost:  $25 for two 2-hour sessions

Dates and Times:
February 7 and 14 - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon


Socks - Toe Up - 2 At A Time – 3 Sessions - Intermediate

This method of knitting socks will cure the affliction known as SSS - Second Sock Syndrome.  If you make them both at the same time, there is no need to worry about when the second one will get finished!

Techniques:  Students will be taught how to knit socks two at a time and toe up with worsted weight yarn using Judy's Magic Cast On, Magic Loop Techniques, increases (M1R & M1L) and a stretchy bind off. At the end of the class, you will have completed both socks!

Skills required:  This is an intermediate class - students should be familiar with knit and purl stitches.

Pattern:  Knit Freedom - Toe Up for Worsted Weight Socks.  A copy will be provided to all students

Supplies Needed:
180 yards of worsted weight yarn - in two balls
Size 7 circular needles with a 40" or 47" cable
Stitch markers
Darning/tapestry needle

Cost:  $45 for three 2-hour sessions

Dates and Times:
February 18, 25 & March 4 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Harvest Cardigan Sweater - Intermediate

Knit a beautiful Spring cardigan just in time for Easter.

Techniques:  This is an easy cardigan that is knit seamlessly from collar to cuffs.  Students will be instructed on the provisional cast on, picking up stitches, increases, placing and retrieving stitches from waste yarn.

Skills required:  This is an intermediate class - students should be familiar with knit and purl stitches.

Pattern:  Harvest Sweater from Tin Can Knits.  A copy will be provided to all students.

Supplies Needed:
Worsted weight yarn - yardage determined by size.
Size 6 and size 8 circular needles with 32" cables
Size 6 and size 8 DPNs  (double point needles)
Stitch markers
Darning/tapestry needle

Cost:  $45 for four 2-hour sessions
(note:  a 5th session will be scheduled if necessary)

Dates and Times:
February 21 and February 28, March 7 and March 14 - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
(March 21 - if necessary)


Basic Shawl - Advanced Beginner

Create a beautiful heirloom shawl just in time for Spring.

Techniques:   Students will be instructed on the basic construction of this top down triangle shaped shawl.  Increasing and decreasing techniques will be taught using yarn overs (yo) and two two together (k2tog).  The course will also include discussion on blocking techniques.

Skills required:  This is an advanced beginner class - students should be familiar with knit and purl stitches.

Pattern: Pretty Basic Shawl by Janina Kallio.   A copy will be provided to all students.

Supplies Needed:
Approx. 430 yards fingering weight yarn
Size 4 to 6 knitting needle with 24" or 32" cable  (needle size based on gauge)
Stitch markers
Darning/tapestry needle

Cost:  $30 for three 2-hour sessions
Dates and Times:
March 11, 18 and 25  - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Crochet Classes

Crochet 101 - Beginner
This class is for the absolute beginner who would like to learn basic crochet skills and terminology.

Project:  A crocheted dish/wash cloth 

Techniques:  Students will learn single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, foundation chain, front loop/back loop and practice reading a pattern.

Skills Necessary:  Just a desire to learn something new!

Pattern:  Easy Crochet Dishcloth by Cheri Mancini - a copy will be provided to all students.

Supplies Needed:  
one ball of cotton yarn
Crochet hook - size H
Darning/tapestry Needle

Cost:  $25.00 for 2 two hour sessions

Dates and Times:
February 21 and February 28 - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Tunisian Crochet - Advanced Beginner
Tunisian crochet is a fun technique that looks a lot like knitting.  Also known as afghan crochet, it produces a beautiful textured fabric that is dense and soft.

Project:  Tunisian Crocheted Cowl 

Techniques:  In this class, the student will learn two Tunisian stitches - the simple stitch and the purl stitch. 

Skills Necessary:  A basic understanding of crochet.

Pattern:  Tunisian Rainbow Cowl by Lynn Sibley - a copy will be provided to all students.

Supplies Needed:  
400 yards of sock weight yarn
Tunisian Crochet hook - 4 mm
Darning/tapestry Needle

Cost:  $35.00 for 3 two hour sessions

Dates and Times:
February 14, 21, and 28 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Yarn Asylum Group Therapy

If you are seeking a fun, friendly spot to hang out and knit or crochet - Yarn Asylum Group Therapy is just what the Doctor ordered!

Come sit around our big table and join other fiber fanatics as you work on your current project or get inspired to start another. The talk is lively and the enthusiasm is motivating.  

Drop in and meet new friends.  Bring in your problem projects and get advice from other knitters and crocheters.  Show off your finished designs and let us all envy your accomplishments!   Learn some new techniques as we share and enjoy the social aspect of our hobby!

Group Therapy meets each Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm.  

Remember that the table at the Asylum is always open for you to come in and enjoy some time to knit or crochet. Spend your lunch time getting in a few rows on that scarf or stop by on your way home from work to unwind for a bit.   Free WiFi is also available if you are having a momentary Ravelry withdrawal.   
Fiber Facts

Yarn Asylum is happy to announce that we are now able to provide you with in store pattern sales from Ravelry!  If there is a pattern that you must have, you can purchase it at Yarn Asylum and it will be delivered right into your personal library.  

Perfect for when you are visiting the Asylum and need a quick fix from our favorite website!

Some of the ones we like this month:

Heart Ribbon Lace Socks
Cascading Hearts Baby Blanket
Julia Boot Cuff
Crocodile Stitch Boots - Crochet
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