Newsletter 403

by Jeremy Lehmann

Summer has arrived! and we've been busy bees, plotting and planning events and classes for you! It's been beyond difficult to not share all that we've been dreaming and planning, but over the last week, all the stars aligned and all that dreaming finally came true. So it's time to share the news!

In addition to a full roster of class offerings from our own very talented in-house teachers -- Sandra, Shayron, Julie, Leah and Sue -- we'll be offering classes with Laura Linneman, Mercedes Tarasovich, and Romi Hill! And if that isn't enough to have you woot-wooting at your computer screen right now, how about a few trunk shows featuring some indie makers? Still not woot-wooting? Then what about participating in The Longest Day fundraiser that benefits the Alzheimer's Association or World Wide Knit in Public Day? Grab your calendar and a cup of coffee; we've got a lot to share!



Maker Trunk Shows & Events

Maria Elena Bliss Trunk Show, Wednesday, June 15th, 10 am until 2 pm Maria lives in Florida and makes the most incredible project bag we've seen. The seams are sewn not once, not twice, but three, sometimes four times to ensure a product that will stand the test of time. Lisa came home with one after attending a knitting retreat in Georgia...Meg saw it and ordered one up immediately...then Kelley saw it and ordered up one for herself! We reached out to Maria to see if she was interested in sending us some of her bags for a trunk show. Not only did she say yes, she surprised us by agreeing to drive up for it. So she'll be here if you want to meet the maker behind these beautiful bags! She'll be bringing different sizes and colors in a beyond beautiful sheep-motif canvas fabric from Kokka. And if that isn't enough, we'll be serving mimosas and baked goodies!

World Wide Knit in Public Day
, Saturday, June 18th, 10 am until 4 pm Join us on our porch for this annual event! People all across the globe will be gathering in different spots for no other reasons than to knit in public (thus raising knitting awareness!) and to enjoy each other's company. If the weather proves to be anything like last year, it'll be hot! We'll have plenty of water, tea and baked goods on hand, so we promise: no fainting!

The Longest Day fundraiser
, Monday, June 20th, sunrise until sunset The Longest Day is a team event that raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Do you think we can raise $1600? We think so! Go here and pledge! The shop will be open from 5:30 am until 8:08 pm, where we will be sittin' and stitchin' in an activity we love, to honor someone facing the disease. Join us! We'll have donuts and coffee for the early birds.

Strands by Sallie Trunk Show
, Saturday, August 13th, 11 am until 4 pm Meg was helping a client one day and complimented her on the necklace she was wearing. It turned out to be made by Sallie Swor, a longtime customer of the shop! A procurement phone call was made on the spot! Using Austrian crystals, Swarovski pearls and semi-precious gemstones, each Strand is hand beaded and knotted using a trademarked stitch on nylon and silk cording in a variety of colors. The result is a 46" to 52" long Strand of stunning jewels! Wear it wrapped triple for a necklace, doubled for a lariat, wrap it seven times for a bracelet or try four to five wraps to create a lovely ankle bracelet! We'll be serving mimosas and snacks...hope you can make it!

Neeley's Knits Trunk Show
, Saturday, September 10th, 10 am until 4 pm Ashley is an indie dyer from Kentucky and specializes in beautiful hand-dyed yarns inspired by movies, television and pop culture. She'll be bringing all sorts of her beautiful yarns including this Wizard of Oz/Wicked Witch inspired colorway. Her self-striping yarns usually include a sidekick skein for the toes, heels and cuff. Word on the street is that she is working on dying a custom color just for us...inspired by our sweet baby boy shop dog, STANLEY! Let's have a collective awwwwwwww!




We do limit our class sizes so if you see something that interests you, check your calendar for availability and call quickly to reserve your spot! 615-354-1007


Continental Knitting with Sue, starts June 9th. More offerings listed on our Knitting Class page. $35

Already fluent in the English style of knitting (tensioning your yarn with your right hand)? Then you may be asking yourself "why would I want to learn another method?" Well, having a working knowledge of both the English and Continental style will make colorwork knitting all the easier. C'mon, you know you want to!


Haus of Yarn Yearlong Knitalong (May/June), Monday, June 13th from 11-noon, free. 

Join us as we continue to work on the Meet Me at the Ryman Shawl. We'll be demonstrating and sharing blocking tips!


Haus of Yarn Yearlong Knitalong (July), Tuesday, July 5th from 11-noon, free.

Join us as we kick off another installment of our ongoing knitalong, this time we'll be knitting and then felting slippers!


Wool and the Gang clutch with Julie, Saturday, July 16th from 12-4, $60 (includes all materials!)

Crocheted in the round using just single crochet, this project is great for beginners. The finished piece could be used as an iPad pouch or a clutch! You'll finish it off by attaching the leather flap and strap to ensure your belongings are safe and secure. You'll have three color combinations to select from; red jersey yarn with red leather flap, grey jersey yarn with black leather flap or white jersey yarn with brown leather flap.


Silvermist Bath Set with Romi Hill, Sunday, July 24th from 10-1, $45

Not only is this a great little gift, but it's also a fantastic way to practice lace techniques and cast-ons. The washcloth is knitted from the center out to the edge, and the soap sack is knitted from the bottom up. You'll learn two different methods of casting on (center cast-on and an invisible (figure 8) cast an introduction on lace knitting skills.


Lace Trunk Show & Discussion with Romi Hill, Sunday, July 24th from 2-5, $45

A meet and greet presentation of Romi's lace project samples along with a discussion of techniques, design inspiration and process.


Short Row Shaping with Mercedes Tarasovich, Sunday, July 24th from 10-1, $45

You'll learn four short row methods: classic wrap and turn, Japanese, shadow, and the yarnover method, and how to use these techniques to create shaping and pattern in your knitted projects.


Pick Your Project with Shayron, Monday, August 1st from 9-11! More options listed on our Knitting Class page. $50

Ready to knit your first sweater? Or challenge yourself with a new-to-you technique? Shayron will guide you step-by-step!


Beginning Knitting with Sandra, starts Tuesday, August 2nd from More options listed on our Knitting Class page. $50

Learn all of the necessary basics and become a knitter! We rule!


Afterthought Heels with Laura Linneman, Saturday, September 17th from 2-5, $45

Learn how to make toe-up socks using afterthought heels! Techniques learned include Judy's Magic cast-on, increasing for toes, a waste-yarn version of an afterthought heel, a stretchy bind-off, and how to complete an afterthought heel.


Making the Best Yarn Choice with Laura Linneman Saturday, September 17th from 10-1,$45

Learn how fiber content and construction of yarn can affect your knitting. Topics covered in class include making the correct fiber choice for your project, how spinning and plying of the yarn affect your finished product, questions to ask yourself when choosing yarn for a project, and how best to use technology to your advantage when selecting yarn. This is a really educational, fascinating class.

Haus of Yarn Summer Sockalong
, June-September

Join Kelley, Lisa, Vicki and Meg as they attempt to make four pairs of socks in four months! Share your progress in our Ravelry group and on social media using #supersummersockalong


Yarn Bus