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Marion Square Plaza,
1123 7th Ave., Marion, Iowa

Next to the Marion Square

Classic Elite's Spring Knit-a-Long
Leader: Joan

Select a project from Classic Elite’s Portraits or Silhouettes using at least 3 balls of Classic Elite yarn. If we get at least 5 participants to finish their project by July 31 the participants will be in a drawing for a $100 prize basket from Classic Elite. Pictures of completed project and online posting permission for Classic Elite required.

Special Event: Book Signing with Betty Salpekar
Leader: Joan Ackerman

Thursday May 8 6-8pm

We are fortunate to have Betty Salpekar be in the Marion area who will be signing copies of her newest book, Solefull Socks Knitting from the Ground Up. Betty Salpekar, originally from Iowa, currently lives and knits in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area. Her explorations of sock-knitting have made her a winner in two sock contests, both sponsored by XRX, Inc. She won with the miniature Christmas stockings, published in Socks, Socks, Socks in 1999, then later with the Leopard Spot socks, published in Think Outside the Sox in 2010. ! !

When the Leopard Spot socks were finished she had an inspiration for a new sock architecture After four years of developmental work she published a book about it in January 2014: Solefull Socks — Knitting from the Ground Up, with a foreword by Cat Bordhi. The eighteen designs in it are all knitted with that new architecture, which not only allows the full sole to be easily reinforced and cushioned, but makes stitch patterns merge and diverge in intriguing new ways.

Beginning Knitting
Leader: Joan Ackerman

When: Mon April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9 Classes at 10am – noon or 5:30pm – 7:30

Cost: $60 plus $25 kit fee for 2 projects

Learn a new skill or refresh your knitting skills. This is a four-session class. Students will learn to cast on & off, knit, purl, yarn over, increase & decrease. Then you can pick a beginning level pattern and receive assistance in starting the project.

Wingspan Shawl
Leader: Staff

When: Wednesday May 1 & 15 10am – noon

Cost: $45 plus cost of yarn you choose

Spring Blossom Babies
Leader: Staff

When: Saturday May 3 10 – noon

Cost: $15 plus supplies

Knit these adorable stuffed animals as seen in the Spring issue of Love of Knitting.

Anamosa Quilt Club Crazy Quilts
Leader: Staff

Joan will be presenting a program on threads and stitches for crazy quilt for the Anamosa Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Club.

Monday May 5 7-9 pm
Lawrence Community center

Knitted Socks
Leader: Joan

When: Tuesday, May 6, 20, June 3 & 17 1pm - 3

Cost: $60 (plus $25 kit fee)

Skill Level: Knowledge of basic knitting

Never end with 2 socks of a different size again. This is a four-session class where you will learn to knit both socks at a time. You will also learn how to knit them to fit your foot and make a smooth, invisible toe.

Beginning Crochet
Leader: Joan Ackerman

When: Thursday, May 8, 22, June 5, 19 10am - noon
or Saturday May 24, June 7, 21 & 28 10am - noon

Cost: $60 (plus $25 kit fee for 2 projects)

Learn a new skill or refresh your crochet skills. This is a four-session class. While working on the first 2 projects, students will learn about threads/yarns and crochet hooks and learn the basic stitches including: chain, single & double crochet, clusters, shells, in-crease & decrease, and v-stitch. Then you can pick a beginning level pattern and receive assistance in starting the project.

Beginning Shuttle Tatting
Leader: Staff

When: Saturday May 10 & 17, 10am – noon

Cost: $60 including kit with shuttle & practice threads

Learn to make beautiful lace with the classic art of shuttle tatting. In this 2 session class you will learn the basic steps to create rings and chains used in tatting.

Intermediate Crochet
Leader: Joan

When: Monthly on the 4th Tuesday 1pm – 3, May - November

Cost $60 (plus supplies)

Skill Level: basics of beginning course
Are you ready to take on a more advanced crochet project or just want to learn some additional stitches? This class is for you. You will be encouraged to choose an intermediate pattern and work on during class. Part of the class time will be used to learn new stitches and techniques.

Serendipity Poncho
Leader: Staff

When: Thursday May 29, 5:30 pm – 7:30

Cost: $15 plus supplies

Knit this easy poncho as seen in the Spring issue of Creative Knitting Magazine.

Classic Elite Yarn Sampling
Leader: Staff

When: Wednesday June 11, 1-3pm

Cost: $10

Get hands-on chance to use these yarns. If you have not used Classic Elite Yarns yet, you will fall in love with their soft easy to use yarns. Suitable for both knitting and crochet you can receive sample skeins of Seedling from the Verde Collection, Canyon from MountainTop, Chateau, Sanibel, and Firefly yarns to try and use as you like.

Lattice Lace Shawl
Leader: Staff

When: Thursday June 26, 1-3pm

Cost: $15 plus supplies

Create this beautiful easy to crochet lace shawl. This is a beginner project with expert results uses size 3 yarn with chains and the single crochet stitch.

Knit Happy Club - 2nd Wednesday
Leader: Staff


The Knit Happy Knitting Club is receiving rave reviews!

Monthly on the 2nd Wednesday 10am - noon

Cost: $5 for each monthly session

Learn a new technique each month and try out a new yarn. Bring your knitting needles, scissors, etc. On the day of the Club meeting you can also receive a 10% discount on yarns and supplies. No need to register.

Weekly Open Knitting - Wednesdays
Leader: Staff

When: Wednesday 10 am - noon

Cost: none

Bring your knitting project for open knitting. Share your experiences and learn from each other. This is for all skill levels and there is no cost to attend.

Skill Level: All

Monthly Canvas Group
Leader: Staff

Monthly on 2nd Sat, 1-4pm or 4th Thurs 1-4pm

This is a year-round group which is for new and existing group members. We are starting a second group. Bring your own project or in the project selected by the group.

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