Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Fall Classes at Hooked


Cooler weather is coming!  Check out my new fall classes at Hooked.  These classes are perfect if you're thinking of handmade gift giving this holiday season!

Washcloth of the Month
September Pattern: Lacy Mock Cable Cloth by Vaunda Rae Giberson
September 25, 2016, Sunday, 1:30 to 3:00 pm, $20.00

Don't be fooled by how challenging this piece looks. As long as you know how to do yarn overs and decreases, you can make this lovely washcloth.

Materials: Your choice cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); knitting needles to attain gauge (this pattern recommends a US6 or US7.  Click here to visit the Ravelry project page and pattern source.

Second Saturday Project Class
Begins September 10, 2016 and continues every second Saturday of the month
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $30.00/session
Get help with any project you are working on!  We’ll even help you choose and start a new project. Any level of knitter’s welcome. No need to sign up for a whole season, come as often as you like, and just pay per class.

Learn to Knit Socks
Rye Socks by Tin Can Knits
4 sessions, $80.00

Tuesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1; 6:30-8:00 pm

A great beginner sock, knit with worsted or aran weight yarn, making it a quick knit as well, not like traditional socks.  This pattern is also a good project to try knitting socks on magic loop, (double point needles work too). Sizes available from baby all the way to an adult man!

Materials: The Rye sock pattern (which is free on Ravelry) ,150 to 350 yards of a worsted or Aran weight yarn. Size 3 and 5, 32in or 40 inch circulars or size 3 and 5 DPNs, (or size needed to obtain gauge), and stitch markers.

Learn to Knit Mittens
Maize Mitts by Tin Can Knits
3 sessions, $60.00
Tuesdays, November 8, 15, 22; 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Another great option for progressing from your knitting basics.  These quick knits are made with worsted or aran weight yarn on double-pointed needles or on circulars (using the Magic Loop method).  Choose to make fingerless mitts or cozy full mittens in sizes for children to adults. 

Materials: The Maize Mitts pattern (which is free on Ravelry) , 50 to 200 yards of a worsted or Aran weight yarn. Size 6, 32in or 40 inch circulars or size 3 DPNs, (or size needed to obtain gauge), and stitch markers

*Photos courtesy of Tin Can Knits

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August Washcloth of the Month

The next Washcloth of the Month at Hooked is on

Sunday, August 28, 2016
1:30 to 3:00 pm.


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This month's washcloth is the "Grandmother's Waffle Washcloth" by Rachelle Corry.  An easy and quick washcloth knitted on the bias.  This pattern is a FREE Ravelry download - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grandmothers-waffle-washcloth

Washcloth-of-the-Month
$20/session
Sundays -August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20; 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Join the washcloth revolution. These easy and quick handcrafted items are great to use around the house, and make thoughtful gifts - heirlooms even.  Practice your knit and purl stitches, lace, and even cables, with a new pattern every month. 

Materials:  Your choice of cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); US 8 knitting needles or size to make gauge; Tulips pattern (to be provided at the beginning of the class).

This class is for knitters with novice to intermediate skill.

Please visit the shop to pay for your class(es) and purchase your yarn and supplies no later that the day prior to the class.

Don't forget, the Annual Summer Sidewalk sale is this week - August 4 to 7!  This weekend would be a great time to pay for your class and pick your yarn. We have a lot of yarns perfect for washcloths on sale.

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Friday, July 8, 2016

July Washcloth of the Month at Hooked


This month's washcloth is called "Tulips".  A simple, classic washcloth with dainty eyelets in a repeating tulip pattern. It's a great introduction to lace knitting. I wrote this pattern with a little help from some vintage pattern books I've had since I first started knitting.


The next Washcloth-of-the-Month class at Hooked is on
Sunday, July 24, 2016
1:30 to 3:00 pm.  
Please scroll down further for details on these project classes and how to enroll.  The pattern for this class will be provided during the session.


Washcloth-of-the-Month
$20/session
Sundays -July 24, August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20; 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Join the washcloth revolution. These easy and quick handcrafted items are great to use around the house, and make thoughtful gifts - heirlooms even.  Practice your knit and purl stitches, lace, and even cables, with a new pattern every month. 

Materials:  Your choice of cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); US 6 knitting needles or size to make gauge; Tulips pattern (to be provided at the beginning of the class).

This class is for knitters with novice to intermediate skill.


Please visit the shop to pay for your class(es) and purchase your yarn and supplies prior to the beginning of the class. You can also call to reserve our spot beforehand.  There are several yarn options for the projects at the store.

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When Creativity Strikes

I am on a creative streak right now.

I'm knitting stuff like crazy.

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I've even ventured in to Bullet Journaling which I've taken to quite naturally given my propensity to organize, containerize, and systematize all things in my life - as well as my love for notebooks and pretty fonts.
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As anyone who lives a creative life can attest, there are just some days that the energy flows and you're making something left and right.  These days can get pretty overwhelming, wanting to make something - anything - everything. On days like this, I tell myself to do one thing at a time - breaking each project into little chunks so that I can actually "touch" each project for a portion of the day.  I am certainly not complaining about this overflowing season. I've been in a drought for a while.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Washcloth-of-the-Month at Hooked

I have a new class forming at Hooked. I just love making washcloths! They're easy, quick, and very practical.  They make lovely gifts and are a perfect way to try out new stitches.  And when you use good quality cotton or linen, they are simply a joy to make and use.

Here are the details:

Washcloth-of-the-Month
6 sessions - $20/session
Sundays - June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20; 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Join the washcloth revolution. These easy and quick handcrafted items are great to use around the house, and make thoughtful gifts - heirlooms even.  Practice your knit and purl stitches, lace, and even cables, with a new pattern every month.  Attend all six sessions or drop-in.  The month's pattern will be announced at the beginning of the month.

Materials:  Your choice of cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); knitting needles to make gauge; pattern

This class is for knitters with novice to intermediate skill.

The June Washcloth-of-the-Month is the Boxy Dishcloth by Michelle Krause. (Free Ravelry Download - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boxy-dishcloth) An easy and functional waffle stitch washcloth with an attractive slipped stitch edge.




There are several yarn options for the projects at the store. Please visit the shop to purchase your yarn and supplies prior to the beginning of the class.

Call or visit the store to sign up for one, or all six once-a-month class.  Class runs until November.

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Monday, May 2, 2016

Summer Lace Shawl Project Class @ Hooked

As some of you know, I have joined the teaching staff of my favorite local yarn store (LYS), Hooked, in Haddonfield, NJ.  As my first project class for the year, please join me in creating a beautiful lace shawl for this summer.  The class is timed perfectly for you to debut your new memory piece on the 4th of July.

Summer Lace Shawl Project Class
Fee: $80 (for all 4 sessions)
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2016 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Spring has sprung, and soon summer will be upon us. A lace shawl makes a perfect summer cover up or layer while walking along the shore or boardwalk at sunset. Let's create that memory piece together every Tuesday night from a pattern of your choice or from the following recommended patterns (available on Ravelry):


"Imagine When" by Joji Locatelli,
"Haruni" by Emily Ross,
"Pebble Beach Shawl" by Helen Stewart,
"Pretty Basic" by Janina Kallio,
"Iron Maiden" by Marissa Hernandez,
"Summit" by Mandie Harrington.

Materials: Circular needles required to make gauge; Yarn and notions recommended by pattern.

If the recommended yarn is not in stock at the shop, we will assist you with identifying a appropriate available alternative.  Please visit the shop to purchase your yarn and supplies prior to the beginning of the class. This class is for knitters with intermediate to advanced skill.

Book now at the store or here!

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tacloban Project Update

Life has certainly been like a whirlwind and roller coaster lately.

I just wanted to share with all of you that the box containing all the donated items for the survivor women of Tacloban shipped in mid-March.


To all those who supported my Tacloban project, thank you very much. This box is headed to the women survivors of...
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Thank you to following fabulous folks who donated their yarn, needles, tools, and books:

Anne DeGroot
Sarah Hawkins Miduski
Ellen Melcher
Crawford & McElhatton Law
Gina Moskal
Sara Stopek and her knitting circle

We received enough to fill a "balikbayan" (repatriates) box. Thank you again for supporting this project.