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2535-A Madison Street Clarksville, TN 37043      931-919-k1p1 (5171)
Visiting Hours
Monday - Closed
Tuesday through Friday - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday - 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

July?!  2014 is flying by. I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  Many of you are taking vacations, spending time at the pool & beach and getting in some relaxation time.  Don't forget to pack a little project to work on while you are resting your mind, spirit and body! 

It is not too early to start thinking about knitting and crocheting projects for Holiday gifts.  At Yarn Asylum, we are going to be helping you with those endeavors.  We are planning monthly FREE knitting and crochet make & takes for Christmas ornaments. Our KAL's will also be geared towards projects that will make nice gifts for those special people on your list.  

I know that many of you have already met Lola - our new shop pup.  She is a very happy and welcome addition to the store. Ed and I found her at a shelter when her previous owner had to go into a nursing home and could no longer care for her. She is a 9 year old Pomeranian who is completely deaf and blind in one eye.  She is also very friendly and spends most of her day sleeping under the table or looking out the window.  Because of her slight imperfections, she fits right in at Yarn Asylum!  She also startles easily.  We just ask that you watch small children around her so that she doesn't get startled and nip.  Starting next month, she will have her own column in the newsletter!

We have a winning name for our shop cat.  Sigmund!  The name was suggested by Cindy Smith and we love it!  It was hard picking from all the great names in the jar - so we will have to knit up some more cats to use up some of the other names!

Watch our Facebook page as I will be posting pictures and descriptions of the new Fall yarns as they arrive at the Asylum.  Our UPS and FedEx delivery folks are already carrying big boxes in the front door!  I am excited to fill the pegs, bins and cubes with lots of new fibers!

Have a great summer!

Until next time...

            ~ Penny
New yarns and accessories are arriving at the Asylum every week.  My personal favorite is the new canvas tote bag with the Yarn Asylum logo on it.  I am sure you can understand why!

These spacious bags are large enough to accommodate several projects - because who really only travels with one?! There is even space left over for small children, pets, and your medications.  

Carry one with you wherever you go - take a picture that includes the bag and something to identify where you are. Be creative!  It doesn't have to be the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon.  Send it to us and we will post our favorites on Facebook.   Who knows - you might even win a prize!

We are planning special sales with this roomy tote bag.  You will want to have one when those sales are announced!  

Stop by and pick up yours today.  Priced at just $14.99, it is a real steal.  Okay, maybe a bargain.  If you walk out without paying for it - then it is a steal.  Not to mention bad kismet.  

Yarn Asylum was happy to participate in our first World Wide Knit In Public (WWKIP) Day on Thursday, June 19th.  

The purpose of this event is to bring fiber fanatics together to show their love of knitting (and crocheting).  We do this all the time at Yarn Asylum.  The difference on this occasion was moving the fun outside so everyone passing by could get a glimpse of what goes on inside the store!

Thank you to everyone who came and braved the heat to knit and crochet with us.  We are looking forward to hosting more events like this in the future!
July KAL

Our July KAL is Striped Trap by Andra Asars.   This is a simple knit using the stockinette stitch and two colors of coordinating yarn.  

The pattern calls for 2 skeins of Berroco Folio and 1 skein of Berroco Boboli Lace.  Both of these yarns are in stock at Yarn Asylum and many color combinations are available for each.

It knits up so soft and light!  A very easy and relaxing knit for vacation travels, sitting next to the pool or curled up in your favorite chair.

There is also a Garter Trap version for those who don't like to purl.

The pattern is free on Ravelry or you can pick up a printed copy at Yarn Asylum with the purchase of your yarn!
Sit, Sip & Knit
On Monday, July 7th - SSK will take on a new meaning!  Yarn Asylum will host our first Sit, Sip & Knit.  Although normally closed on Mondays, the store will be open from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for this special social event.  

Bring in your knitting or crochet project, your favorite beverage and an appetizer or finger food to share.  

Special rules for this evening:
You must be at least 21 years old to attend.  
Yarn Asylum is not responsible for any mistakes (i.e. dropped stitches, misplaced yarn overs, twisted stitches) that occur during the Sit, Sip & Knit.
Unless you are comfortable drinking from Solo cups, foam coffee cups, Addi's sippy cup or Owen's bottle, please bring your own flask, canteen, glass or jug.
Drink and knit responsibly.
Christmas in July

Starting this month, we will have FREE Make & Take workshops featuring a Christmas ornament for your tree. Each month will be a different ornament.   

For July, we have chosen this miniature knitted piece with a tiny skein of yarn and toothpick knitting needles.   We don't want to exclude our crocheters, so we are going to do a crochet version of this ornament too!  

Join us on Saturday, July 19th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm or Sunday July 20th from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

All supplies are included in the FREE price.  Just bring your needles or hooks and join the fun!
July Classes

Yarn Asylum is pleased to offer our July 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 ($20)
This class is for the absolute beginner who would like to start with a small project. This is also a perfect project for someone who would like to brush up on their fundamental knitting skills.

Project:  Basic knitted washcloth

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 (available free on A copy will be provided to all students.

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

Cost:  $20 for two 2-hour sessions

Dates & Times:
July 5 and July 12 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm             Kathy
July 15 and July 22 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm           Kathy
July 16 and July 23 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm              Kathy
July 29 and Aug 5 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm            Kathy

Socks using Magic Loop– 3 Sessions ($35) - Intermediate

Learn how to knit basic ribbed socks using 1 circular needle.  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 one 40” inch needle and the kitchener stitch.

Skills required:  Students should be familiar with casting on, 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
1 size 3 circular needle with 40" cable
Stitch markers
Darning/tapestry needle

Cost:  $35 for three 2-hour sessions

Dates and Times:
July 16, July 23 and July 30 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Mary         

Baby Surprise Jacket - 2 Sessions

From the genius of Elizabeth Zimmerman, some say this jacket is essentially a rectangle with shaping. It will not look like a sweater while you’re knitting it, but be assured that it does, indeed, fold up into a jacket! You will learn simple shaping (with increases and decreases), picking up stitches, and sewing seams. Sizing is determined by the yarn and needles chosen.  

Techniques:  You will learn simple shaping (with increases and decreases), picking up stitches, and sewing seams. Sizing is determined by the yarn and needles chosen.  

Skills Required:  Students should be familiar with casting on and knit stitch.

Pattern:  Elizabeth Zimmermann's A-B-C-SJ Pattern
This pattern is available for $12 and includes line by line instructions for knitting this sweater/jacket in all sizes.

Supplies Needed:
  • Yarn recommended for class – 350 yards of fingering-weight yarn to fit newborn (up to 3 mos).
  • Needle: US 3 or US 4
  • Stitch markers

Sizing options:
Sport-weight yarn, US 3 or US 4 to fit 6 mos-1 year.
DK-weight yarn, US 5 or US 6 to fit toddler (1-2 years).
Worsted-weight yarn, US 7 or US 9 to fit small child (2-4 years).

Cost:  $42.00 (includes pattern)

Dates and Times:  
July 12 & July 19 - 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm    Mary


Crochet Classes

Crochet 100 – 3 Sessions ($35)

A beginning crochet course for the absolute novice.

Lesson 1: Holding crochet hook/yarn and Chain Stitch
Lesson 2: Single crochet and half double crochet
Lesson 3: Double crochet and triple crochet

Skills Necessary:  
A desire to learn something new!

Our Crochet 101 class is being completely revamped. Cindy Smith is developing a detailed curriculum that will walk the beginner through all the steps necessary to become an accomplished crocheter.

More details on this program - including project and necessary supplies - will be available soon!

Dates & Times:
July 12, July 19 and July 26 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm     Cindy


How to Read A Crochet Pattern –  Sessions ($25)

Project:  Market Bag

Techniques:  Students will learn how to read a crochet pattern from start to finish.  You will also learn common crochet abbreviations.

Skills Necessary:  Students should know the chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet.  

Pattern:  Carry Me Away Market Bag
This pattern is available through Ravelry in store sales at Yarn Asylum for $3.99.

Supplies Needed:  
Medium or Worsted Weight Cotton - 400 meters
Size H Crochet Hook
Stitch Counter
Darning/Tapestry Needle
Paper for taking notes

Cost:  $25 for two 2-hour sessions

Dates & Times:
July 15 and July 23 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm     Anna

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.   

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!

Just a sampling of patterns available:

Orange Creme Tunic Top

My Twisted Mind Cardigan


Mariposa Pinafore

UFO Sightings

Join us for UFO Group Therapy!
While you are welcome to come in and work on your projects at any time - we are setting aside times every Friday specifically for conquering our UFOs.

 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We will all be cheerleaders for each other.  We will encourage and inspire!  We will feel a sense of accomplishment when we finally cast off that neglected project that has been hidden too long.  Think about the excitement of freeing up a set of needles to start another project!  
If you don't have any UFOs, join us anyway!  We will enable you to start some!
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