If you would like to knit but are a novice or not very confident of your skills, then our 'Learn the Basics' courses would be ideal for you.
These courses are aimed at knitters who know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off. We offer two, three week courses, Foundations and Building Blocks
Each course is made up of three sessions and cost £40.00 per set of three.
Each level has an optional materials pack to use during the course (£15.00) or you can bring your own.
knitting and purling technique check
increase and decreasing techniques and when to use them
Tension, pattern reading, mini-project to complete at home
Optional pack comprises: two sizes of zing 25cm straight knitting needles; a pair of snips; pins, sewing up needles, tape measure and one ball of Stylecraft Special DK yarn.
Working in the round using double pointed needles and circular needles
Colourwork -- intarsia and stranded
Lace & cables
Optional pack comprises: one set of double pointed needles and a circular needle; cable needle and two colours of Mambo DK.
At the end of each session we will give suggestions for patterns and yarns which use the skills learned that week to produce a small project.
If you would like to join our courses but have never knitted, we also offer a stand-alone session (Basics) which teaches how to cast-on, knit, purl and cast-off.
Optional pack as for the Building Blocks course.
Tuesday afternoons 1-3pm
Basic 10 September 2019
Foundations 01, 08, 15 October 2019
Building Blocks 05, 12 & 19 November 2019
Tuesday evenings 6.30—8.30pm
Basic 04 February 2020
Foundations 11 & 25 February and 03 March 2020
Building Blocks 17, 24 & 31 March 2020
Booking is recommended as numbers are restricted to five per course.
Learn the Basics Knitting Courses
One of the things that Ruth and I hark on about all the time is tension. Always do a tension square! These pictures show that we don't always take our own advice and why tension matters!
We decided to crochet up lots of hexagons from the Honeycomb Blanket pattern so that customers can use them to help create their own colourways for the throw. Some hexagons were made during drop-ins when we were feeling relaxed (the larger ones in the picture) some when we were feeling a bit tense (the smaller ones!) and some by Ruth (generally the larger, neater ones) and some by me (generally small and messy) together with a couple by Gaelle (small and neat). It just goes to show that we don't all knit or crochet the same as each other or the same as the pattern, so a little time spent checking goes a long way!
We have the blanket pattern in stock together with all the colours pictured and limited stock of the Honeycomb bag and stitch markers. If you would like the entire kit (pattern, yarn, bag, stitch-marker) then just click on the link to go to the shop page. The pack is no longer at the Wonderwool show price but it is still amazing value at only £35.00. Pattern and yarn is available to buy separately too but who could turn down our lovely buzzy bee bags and markers!
Honeycomb Blanket Pack with exclusive, hand finished bag and stitch marker
Have you seen this yet?
We are delighted to be supporting Giselle and Number 63 with their Crochet Confidence Weekend – 21 – 23 June 2019. .
During the weekend you will be able to build your skill and confidence in crochet and will come away with at least one project finished. You will begin Giselle's exclusive 'From Sand to Sea' blanket (pictured) which will help you to learn various different techniques and the yarn pack supplied will enable you to finish the blanket at home.
The weekend begins at 6 pm on Friday 21 June and finished around noon on Sunday 23 June and costs from £330/night inclusive (further pricing details are listed below). The venue is the wonderful hotel Number 63 located just off Kensington Gardens in Bayswater. I've already stayed at the hotel and Greg has been using it as his base while working in London so we can both attest to it's wonderful location and calm atmosphere. The hotel It is a short walk from Paddington Station and an even shorter walk to Lancaster Gate tube so is easy to get to by public transport and makes a perfect base for visiting London.
What the workshop includes:
The weekend comprises two nights dinner, bed and breakfast, Saturday lunch, refreshment breaks, plus all the yarn you will need for the weekend and to finish the projects at home, plus the support of experienced crochet tutors and designers.
What you need to bring:
The only materials you will need to bring with you will be your favourite hooks (3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5mm are likely to be needed), darning needle, scissors and a measuring tape (optional).
Accommodation and prices:
All rooms are ensuite. Weekend places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. A limited number of day passes for Saturday are available. Maximum group numbers including any Saturday Day passes will be 24.
Double occupancy of a twin room/triple in suite – £330 per person
Single room – £345
Single occupancy of a twin room/double in suite – £395 per person
Single occupancy of Suite – £415
Saturday Day passes:
A limited number of Saturday Day passes (which include the two Saturday day workshops, yarn for these, lunch and two refreshment breaks) will also be available at a cost of £80. Please contact Reception on +44 (0) 20 7723 8575 or e mail email@example.com
Booking is through Number 63
Terms and conditions:
Full payment will be required on booking, but cancellation will be possible on the following terms:
From 22 May to 7 June – Refund of 25%
After 7 June no refunds are possible.
As this is a special event weekend, Number 63 must have the whole payment on booking and not just a 20% deposit as per their standard online booking system (which unfortunately does not allow the flexibility to make individual adjustments). Therefore once you have booked your place on line please telephone to pay the balance by card. If Number 63 does not receive the full balance within 7 days, the reservation will be cancelled in line with the Special Terms and Conditions applying to this event.
Qualifying shareholders of Number 63 (Soroptimist) Ltd are entitled to their normal 5% discount on accommodation only.
TO BOOK SIMPLY CLICK BOOK ACCOMMODATION HERE AND SELECT FRIDAY 21 JUNE AS YOUR CHECK IN DATE
Ruth and I are heading off to the Smallholder's Festival at the Royal Welsh Showground tomorrow. The show runs over Saturday and Sunday and we are joining the Cows on Tour Stand with Prudence our knitted cow. We'll also be offering mini-workshops making felted bits and pieces so if you are at the show come along and say hello and join in.
As we will be out, Greg is looking forward to running the shop on Saturday morning so if you drop in, please be patient because he's not as familiar with our systems as we are.
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Here we will share our experiences of running a local yarn shop in South Wales.