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2535-A Madison Street Clarksville, TN 37043      931-919-k1p1 (5171)

Please note our hours have changed!

Visiting Hours

Sunday and Monday - Closed
Tuesday through Thursday - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
 
It is hard to believe that it has been a year since we opened the doors to Yarn Asylum and flipped on the OPEN sign.  It has been exciting to see the store evolve each and every day.  

I have watched as beginners have become accomplished knitters and crocheters.  I have witnessed the growth of experienced crafters as they reach out and expand their skills. I have observed new friendships form and old ones being rekindled.  

I have learned so much about people as individuals and as a group.  I think I will leave it at that.  I have had some bad days along the way, but the good ones far outnumber the crummy ones.  

Special thanks to all of you.  For helping me to realize my vision of providing a safe, positive place for crafters to come together to learn, share and grow.  And, of course, to have a good time while doing so.  

Until next time...

            ~ Penny
Yarn Asylum is a year old!  

Come on out and celebrate with us.  

On Saturday, October 18th we are planning a day filled with special sales, door prizes, refreshments and fun!
 
Bring in your Yarn Asylum tote bag and stuff it full.  You will receive 25% off everything you can fit in the bag!  If you don't have your tote bag yet, be sure to pick one up soon.  We have a limited quantity left for just $14.99 each.  (small print:  This sale can not be combined with any other discount and Yarn Asylum Support Program cards will not be stamped.)

For every purchase made during the week of October 12th through October 18th, you will receive an entry for our Grand Prize.  Don't pass up this opportunity to win a basket filled with fiber goodness!

We will also have prizes to be given away during the day on Saturday, October 18th. You never know what could trigger a win!  

As always, the tables will be open for knitting, crocheting, laughter and sharing.

Snacks and drinks will be on hand as well.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

Put down your knitting and crocheting for a few moments and call to schedule your mammogram.  

Okay, I waited a couple minutes.  Now, pick up your knitting or crocheting and make a chemo hat!  Yarn Asylum is continuing to accept donations of chemo caps through the month of October.  As of today, we have 6 clothes lines spread across the store with over 150 hats hanging from them!  

The hats will all be donated to Tennessee Oncology at St. Thomas Hospital for them to distribute to patients undergoing chemotherapy.  

For each hat that you bring in, you will receive a chance to win one of three gift certificates for Yarn Asylum.  You will receive two chances to win for every hat knitted or crocheted with yarn purchased from Yarn Asylum.  (Each person can only win 1 gift certificate, so there will be 3 different winners.) The drawing will be held at the end of October and the hats will all be delivered in November.

Hats of all sizes, colors and patterns are welcome.  

Let's show these warriors some love as they battle the tough fight!
October KAL

Our October Knit-a-Long is this cozy Shoulder Cowl.  This easy to knit project is designed to slip down over your shoulders for keeping you warm and snug on chilly evenings or in cooler offices/yarn stores!  This would also make a stylish and quick knit for someone on your gift list for the holidays!
This cowl is shown here knitted up with Plymouth Yarn's Spago.  Spago is a brand new bulky weight yarn available in 8 colors.
Other great yarn choices would be Plymouth's Baby Grande Alpaca or Berroco's new Brio.  It could also be made smaller for a child using Cascade's Swaddle.
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)
October Classes


Yarn Asylum is pleased to offer our October 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:  Students choose between a simple washcloth or an easy scarf pattern.

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:  Copycat Dishcloth or Nurse Kratchet's Scarf.  A copy will be provided to all students.

Supplies Needed:  

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

Scarf:
1 skein Cascade Big Wheel yarn
Size 10 knitting needles
Darning/Tapestry Needle

Cost:  $20 for two 2-hour sessions

Dates & Times:
To Be Determined

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Socks on Two Circular Needles – 3 Sessions - Intermediate

Learn how to knit basic ribbed socks using circular needles. This is an excellent class for a beginning sock knitter or someone who wants to try their hand at using circular needles.  Students will make a pair of socks knitted from the cuff down.

Techniques:  Learn to knit socks in the round on two circular needles, and the kitchener stitch.

Skills required:  Students should be familiar with casting on and knit & purl stitches, increases, decreases and picking up stitches.

Pattern:  Basic ribbed sock.  A copy will be provided to all students

Supplies Needed:
Fingering weight/Sock weight yarn
2 pair 16” or 24” size 3 circular needles
Stitch markers
Darning/tapestry needle

Cost:  $35 for three 2-hour sessions

Dates and Times:
To Be Determined

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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 and an elastic 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 or 8 circular needles with a 40" or 47" cable
Stitch markers
Darning/tapestry needle

Cost:  $45 for three 2-hour sessions

Dates and Times:
October 18, 25 and November 1 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Cosima Sweater Class - 4 Sessions - Intermediate

Learn to knit a sweater from beginning to end!  

Techniques:  In this class, the student will be taught how to construct a garment by completing a gauge swatch, reading charts, shaping, blocking and seaming.  

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

Pattern:  Cosima by Berroco  (a copy will be provided to all students)

Supplies Needed:
6-9 hanks of Berroco Vintage Chunky (depending on size)
Size 8 and size 10 knitting needles
2 - 1" buttons

Cost:  $45 for 4 - two hour sessions

Dates and Times: 

October 15th and 22nd, November 12th, and December 3rd
Please note there is time between each class to complete knitting homework to prepare for the next lesson.
 

Crochet Classes

 
 
Crocheted Witch/Doll – 2 Sessions - Intermediate
 

Project:  A crocheted Witch with attitude!  

Techniques:  Students will create a witch using a basic doll pattern.  Once you have mastered the pattern - the possibilities for embellishing and dressing this doll are endless.

Skills Necessary:  Basic knowledge of crochet

Pattern:  Witchy Lily - Pattern will be provide to all students

Supplies Needed:  
Worsted weight yarn in choice of colors
Crochet hook
Darning/tapestry Needle
Fiberfil (supplied by Yarn Asylum)

Cost:  $30.00 for 2 two hour sessions

Dates and Times:
October 15 and 22 - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
 

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Crochet Vest - 3 Sessions - Intermediate
This class is for the more advanced crocheter who would like to construct a unique vest.

Techniques:  Students will crochet a versatile lacy vest.  Sizes included range from small to 2 X-large.
 
Skills Necessary:   A solid basic understanding of crocheting.

Supplies Needed:  
DK weight yarn - 660 to 1320 yards (depending on size)
Crochet hook

Pattern:  Draped in Lace Vest by Doris Chan

Cost:  $35.00 for 3 two hour sessions

Dates and Times:
October 14, 21 & 28 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 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. 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
220 Superwash® Care Instructions from Cascade Yarns

 

220 Superwash® is designed to be used for no-fuss garments that are washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer.  The fibers of our 220 Superwash® have been descaled and then sealed with a thin polymer, which prevents them from gripping each other, especially when wet.  You may find that when you pull your piece out of the washer, it looks like it grew.  No worries, put it in the dryer and it will spring back into shape! 


Suppose your piece has texture elements like lace or ribbing that need to be opened up after washing and drying.  You can block  220 Superwash® to accomplish this.  There are three common ways that most people block knitwear:  steaming, soak and pin, and pin and spritz.  Because  220 Superwash® tends to grow when saturated with water and needs to be put in the dryer to resume its original size, we do not recommend soaking your piece for blocking.  Instead, pin your piece into shape on a blocking board and either spritz until damp or steam with an iron.  Graze the steaming iron over your piece to allow it to inundate with steam. Never press the iron down into the pieces.  


Spritzing is the safest way to go because you cannot burn your garment.  Steaming is faster, however, we recommend you practice your technique on an old sweater or swatch to perfect your technique before steaming your new piece.

 

While our yarn is washable, your detergent may not be wool-friendly.  Most commercial detergents have enzymes that dissolve protein: wool is a protein fiber.  Most detergents have a very high pH (alkaline) which is hard on wool.  Using the wrong detergent will cause increased wear.  For best results when washing your projects use a detergent formulated to wash wool, and use an adequate amount of water.  Insufficiently filling your washing machine can lead to the garment rubbing on itself, potentially causing it to show signs of wear.


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:

Gradient Entrelac Cowl
Lantern Lights - Hat Season
Pumpkin Patch Booties
Diamond Twist - Crochet Scarf
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