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Summer is Almost Here

The temperatures are rising outside, but its cool at Knitting Fairy. This time of year is perfect for kicking back and relaxing in the air conditioning and getting caught up on all those projects. You are always welcome around the table at Knitting Fairy while you do - and enjoy the company and air.

There are a few dates where the store will be closed over the next months, so please make note we will be CLOSED on the following dates:

Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016
Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day, Monday, Sept 5, 2016

The rest of the time, we will be open for our regular hours:

Monday - 10am - 5pm
Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - 10am - 5pm
Thursday - 10am - 9pm
Friday - 10am - 5pm
Saturday - 10am - 5pm
Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Continental Knitting
Ever wonder just how they knit so fast? Come learn how the other half knits! 
This is your last opportunity to take advantage of this popular class for a while, if you've missed the last two offerings you will want to sign up quickly - spaces are limited!
Sunday May 15, 1-3pm  $15

Materials Needed:
Worsted weight yarn in a light color
US #8, 16” circ (or a size appropriate for your yarn)

Call the shop at 214-412-2889 to sign up.
Drop Spinning with Butterfly Girl Designs
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 10am - noon
Beginning Drop Spinning ,  class limit 5
  • Beginner level
  • Have you ever wondered how yarn was made?  Have you ever wanted to try spinning it yourself?  Come to this class and learn the basics of spinning yarn with a drop spindle.
  • Cost $20
  • (optional) Kit fee $30:  (includes drop spindle and 4 ounces of fiber) – If you don’t wish to purchase the kit, you may bring  drop spindle weighing more than an ounce and 4 ounces of wool to class
Spinning Silk Hankies with Butterfly Girl Designs
Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 10am to Noon,

Wheel or Drop Spindle,  class limit 10
  • Beginner, should be able to spin a single that holds together and be familiar with your wheel or spindle.
  • Spinning Silk hankies is super fun, not stressful and produces a gorgeous yarn in very little time. Enjoy learning how to spin one of the oldest luxury fibers around.
  • Students will need to bring a drop spindle or wheel.  Silk hankies are available for purchase or you are welcome to bring your own.  You will need only one package.
  • Cost $20
Call the shop at 214-412-2889 to sign up for either class or both.
Taste of Art Yarn
Saturday, June 18, 1-4
A Taste of Art Yarn -wheels only – class limit 5
  • Intermediate – Must know how to use your wheel and must have some experience with spinning and plying
  • This class will give you a taste of how to spin art yarns based upon a “Thick and Thin” technique.  Remember your first yarn, how it was lumpy bumpy and had big fat parts and tiny thin parts with lots of character and texture?  In this class you will learn how to spin that type of yarn deliberately and then we will look at ways to ply a thick and thin yarn to achieve various textures and effects.
  • Would be best if student has jumbo flyer with a large orifice for one of the techniques (however, there are workarounds that we can do if necessary, so don’t let this keep you from taking the class)
  • Student should bring 6-8 ounces of fiber to class.  Students will need to bring a heavy thread/laceweight yarn to class (no fuzzy yarns or sewing thread)
  • Student will need to have enough empty bobbins to spin and ply or be able to quickly wind off or skein completed yarns.  Student will need to bring lazy kate  and niddy noddy if available(We will have some lazy kates available, but if you have one, please bring it as we may not have enough for the whole class).  
  • Cost $30
Call the shop at 214-412-2889 to sign up.
July Trunk Show
LaurieBea Designs and Dye2Spin will be joining us for a weekend show of their original designs and beautiful yarns with which to knit them.  Make plans now to join us on Saturday, July 23 for a "Meet the Artist" event.  Look for more details in the June newsletter.

Community Events
There are lots of exciting things happening in the DFW area coming this year!

DFW Yarn Crawl - August 19 - 28 - Visit shops all over DFW to collect stamps in your passport. This event just gets better every year! Grab some friends and make some plans to make your way from store to store, checking out all the fun stuff on your way.  We have already chosen some fantastic trunk shows to tempt you and come up with new stuff all the time.  Look for a schedule of Knitting Fairy events as the dates draw closer.

Winter Fiber Fun Retreat with Fancy Fibers and Knitting Fairy - February 16-19, 2017
Radisson Hotel in South Ft. Worth

Theodora's Pearls Trunk Show
Just in time for the heat of summer, this special show of Theodora's Pearls Auxanometer is here for a limited time (through June 7th).  This amazing yarn is spun right here in North Texas and dyed by hand by Jennifer Thompson Miller at her studio in Colorado.  This yarn makes fabulous summer sweaters and shawls!  400 yds/115grams, 100% bamboo, $29/skein.

Toe Up Socks with Gusseted Heel
Thursdays, June 2, 9, and 23, 2016 -1-3pm
Start with the toe and work up towards the cuff commonly means using an afterthought or short-row heel.  Not this time! Learn to work your socks from the toe up with a heel flap and gusset for the ultimate fit.

Call the shop at 214-412-2889 to sign up.

Is learning  how to  spin or just getting more time to yourself to spin on your resolution list? The first Thursday of the month (the next one is June 2)  is our Spin-in. Everyone is welcome to bring their spindles and wheels and join us- regardless of your ability to spin. We love to see what everyone is working on and our spinning community welcomes new spinners too. Don't be shy!
Entrelac Scarf
One of our most popular patterns of all times, Natalie's Scarf isn't nearly as difficult as it looks (once you know the tricks!)
Saturday, June 11  1-3pm  $20 (includes pattern)

Call the shop at 214-412-2889 to sign up.
Colorwork Socks Class
Last chance to take our colorwork socks class
Thursday, June 16, June 30, July 21 1-3pm  $45 (includes pattern)
Spinning on a Supported Spindle with Butterfly Girl Designs
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10am to Noon
This is an introduction to spinning on a supported spindle. We will mainly be using Russian spindles in class, but I will have various other types of supported spindles that students can experiment with in the last part of the class. (The students do NOT get to keep the spindles and bowls used in the class, but some may be available for purchase at end of class)
Skills Required: must have experience spinning and drafting fiber
Supplies Instructor Will Bring: Russian spindles and other spindles and bowls for use in class; fiber to spin with in class
Supplies Student Needs to Bring: If you have a supported spindle you would like to use in class, bring it!
Length of Class: 2 hours
Class Fee: $20
Supply Fee: $10 (fiber only, does not include spindle)

Call the shop at 214-412-2889 to sign up.
Don't Despair, Repair!
Saturday, June 25, 1-4pm  $30, call for supplies and homework
Our ever popular class on fixing mistakes in your knitting returns.  What do you do when you find a dropped stitch, a whole or if the whole darned project just goes wrong? Alissa will help you sort through the options and maybe just save what you thought was totally hopeless.  HOMEWORK REQUIRED

Call the shop at 214-412-2889 to sign up.
Two at a Time Socks
Sunday, June 26, July 17, July 31, 1-3pm
$45, includes pattern.  Once you know how to knit a basic sock, learning the trick of working both socks at the same time on the same set of needle will put a permanent end to "Second Sock Syndrome" forever!  No homework, call for supplies list.

Call the shop at 214-412-2889 to sign up.
Do you need help in meeting a crafting resolution. We are happy to help. Just let us know what you want us to teach and we will get it onto the schedule. It's that easy! Call 214-412-2889 to request a class.


Are  you, or someone you know, wanting to learn HOW to knit or crochet? Did you know that our How-to beginners classes are FREE? Just come in any day we are open and we would love to get you started knitting or crocheting. All we ask is that you purchase your supplies from us. 


We know that you have a choice in where you purchase your crafting supplies and we are deeply honored that you choose to shop with us. Thank you.

2100 North State Highway 360 #1904
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
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