We love our customers! Feel free to visit us anytime the shop is open. Bring your projects, sit down, have some coffee or tea.
Sometimes we even have some home made treats.
Better yet. Come See Us In Person!
Tuesdays: 10am - 7pm (Stitch 'N Bitch from 5pm - 7pm)
Wednesdays - Saturdays: 10am - 5pm
Sundays & Mondays: Closed
Finally, September is getting closer and Beth Brown-Reinsel is joining us this week (September 8th & 9th) to teach some fantastic workshops at Yarn Rhapsody!
I cannot tell you how excited I am to host her in September.Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching historic knitting workshops for over 25 years both in the United States and abroad. Her love of traditional methods and her skill in imparting that information to others is well known. She shares her passion through her traditional patterns, workshops, and Knit-Along (KAL) classes. Her workshops are known for the little sweaters which are the class samplers. These small garments teach construction techniques in context rather than through meaningless swatches. Beth wrote the classic book Knitting Ganseys and has produced three DVDs. Her warm and supportive teaching style and her generous and thorough handouts have made her a favorite with guilds, shops, and all the national conferences.
We were very fortune to secure her and her talent for teaching us some wonderful new techniques. Beth just came back from New Zealand where she spent teaching workshops during the summer.
Please sign up as soon as possible! Space is limited and her workshops fill up very quickly! For these classes you will either have to come to the shop or call to sign up. And here are her workshops:
Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
Class Fee: $50 plus materials
Level: Intermediate (Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars or magic loop)
Using wristers as a template, learn the following Latvian techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the wrister, as well as a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques: knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colors.
Friday, September 8, 2017, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Class Fee: $50 plus materials
Level: Intermediate (Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars or magic loop)
Curious about the 400 year-old Swedish technique of Twined Knitting? In this three hour class, knit one of a pair of wristers while learning a traditional cast-on, howto read a twined knitting chart, twined knitting, twined purling, and patterning (the “O” stitch, the Crook stitch, the Chain Path, and half braids).
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:30am-12:30pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm
Class Fee: $100 plus materials
Level: Intermediate to advanced
This unusual type of Aran construction is controversial as to its historic authenticity. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating concept, which results in a stunning garment that is fun to knit. While knitting a small sampler sweater from the neck down, traditional pattern motifs will be worked, including bobbles, traveling stitches, knit/purl motifs, baby cables, background stitches, and more! The neckline studied will be shaped for a comfortable fit by utilizing increases and casting on extra stitches.
Over the past several months we've had some questions about our skill level definitions for classes and knitalongs and have found it easier to simplify them.
The new terms for Yarn Rhapsody are:
You picked up needles and yarn recently, know knit and purl, and you're ready to add more skills to that knitting toolbox.
You're confident with knit, purl, basic increases/decreases, and have likely begun adventuring into knitting in the round, and have begun to create shapes other than long scarf like rectangles.
You're confident in your abilities and are looking for challenges, unique projects, and new tricks. There isn't much out there that you would shy away from trying as long as you were in love with that pattern teasing you on Raverly.
You are a knitting master, nothing stops you, not even a bad pattern. You're looking for a challenge, continuing to learn new techniques, and love projects with very complex construction and stitch work.
September is here! Cooler weather is on the way, and hints of gold of red have begun to appear on the landscape. It's time to start working on warmer projects and goodies for halloween.
9 Sessions for $45
It's not to late to join this amazing knitalong that began in August! Building with Lace is a fantastic project for first time lace knitters as well as experienced ones. At the end of this project you'll have a shawl with 9 different lace styles and bead work for cooler days ahead. Sign up for 9 session and feel free to drop in. Session Dates: September 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 - October 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 25 Saturday Sessions: Noon - 1pm Wednesday Sessions 6pm - 7pm
Hat season starts up towards the end of October in the south, mid-September virtually anywhere else, so it is time to start WIPing some up. The Corkscrew Hat by Michelle Hunter, uses an interesting, yet easy to grasp two color technique that creates an almost braided appearance and unisex design. This pattern adapts to fit baby, child, and adult. Session dates: Sept. 16, 30 Oct. 14 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Oh wait! Glove and mitten season is coming up too! The second of Michelle Hunter's offerings this month are the Reciprocation Fingerless Gloves. These fingerless gloves will keep your hands warm and you fingers free for chilly weather knitting. Session Dates: Sept. 23 Oct. 7, 21 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Halloween is right around the corner and these spider socks are going to be a blast. These will look great in a sold, or subtly variegated yarn, you'll really want your handiwork to show through on these. Class Dates: Sept 16, 30 Oct. 14 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm Skill Level Needed: Intermediate
These Counting Crows mittens will fit the bill for chilly, late October evenings with a few hidden secrets inside. These are a great challenge for someone wanting to increase their color work skills. Class Dates: Sept 23 Oct 7, 21 1:30pm-2:30pm
It's also time to start working on those statement pieces for fall and winter. This is the first of many showstoppers we hope to offer over the next several months. Inspired by Mesoamerican deity Kulkulkan this scarf is striking and will have people asking "where did you get that" and then it's up to you how you spill the beans about being an accomplished knitter. Class Dates: Sept 23 Oct 7, 21 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meet Claudia Purgason, the owner of Yarn Rhapsody and Gunnar, her son and shop mascot.
Yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, gadgets, project bags, organizers, gift cards.
Classes, KALs, CALs, private lessons, help, finishing services.
It's Fiber Cafe time! Come in and bring your project. For $10 you can join our Fiber Cafe for two hours every day. We have coffee, tea, water and cookies waiting for you, as well as one of our knitting/crocheting professionals to make sure you get help with your project! It's dedicated to any kind of projects we currently don't have a class, KAL or CAL for. Come join us! We have a dedicated time for Fiber Cafe every day! The Fiber Cafe is located in the back of the shop, not at the big central table.
Social knitting, when you come in and just sit and knit, happens at the same time.
When I was 10 years old, my mom taught me how to knit. I will never forget my first knitting project. It was garter stitch bag in yellow and burgundy red, very 70s. The bag was a simple rectangle, folded and seamed together on the sides, garter stitch in yellow and the handle was a twisted cord in the burgundy with huge tassels.
As I said, very 70s. From the very beginning, my mom taught me how important it is to fix your mistakes. I would go to school and when I come home my knitting project was smaller. She would take out the rows that had a mistake and let me start over. At some point I started hiding my knitting, without much luck because I shared a room with my sister and we lived in a small apartment. But I am thankful today because she made me a better knitter by showing me how to fix my mistakes and teach me all she knows about knitting. She is my Elizabeth Zimmermann. "Practice makes perfect."
I was born and raised in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany, about thirty minutes from the Austrian border. A place where you would have snow for six months from October to March, sometimes up to eight feet. As you can imagine, my sister, my brother and I had a lot of knitted items in our closets - sweater, hats, scarves, mittens, socks. My dad is a tailor and we also had a lot of hand sewn clothes.Since I grew up in a very crafty household, we kids kept busy with knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, weaving, beading, woodcarving and we spent a lot of time outdoors.
In 2000 I followed one of my dreams and moved to the United States, to the Northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA. Living in the U.S., my knitting has taken on new dimensions. In Germany knitting has always been very utilitarian, you need socks, you knit socks. In the U.S., knitting is very social, you go out to knit, to a coffee shop, to a yarn shop, you travel to knitting conventions, like the Sock Summit, Stitches South, Vogue Knitting LIVE.
Techniques such as felting and lace have joined my old favorites, and a few years ago I added spinning and dying yarn to my repertoire.
I teach knitting and crocheting at my shop, I design my own patterns and I have a pattern published in “Son of Stitch ’N Bitch” by Debbie Stoller. My pattern is a sock classic called “Tubey”.
At the beginning of 2013, my two biggest dreams - having a baby and owning a yarn store - became reality. Gunnar Lang Purgason was born on August 3, 2013 and has been our shop mascot and model extra-ordinaire ever since.
We carry a variety of different yarns from the following companies:
We carry the following knitting needle and crochet hook brands in straight, circular and interchangeables. We specual order any kits.
Besides the KAL/CALs and classes, we also offer private lessons for knitting and crocheting.
Each session is $40 for an hour. The topic, time and date is up to you and you don't have to share the teacher with anyone else.
Please call or come by at least 48 hours before you would like to schedule a private lesson. Payment for the lesson is due when you make the appointment. Of course, you can cancel your lesson and reschedule it any time. Lesson fees are non-refundable.
We offer finishing services for your knitting and crocheting projects. We charges $20 per hour, with a minimum of one hour.
Finishing services include: Blocking, weaving in ends, seaming, mending holes in garments, etc.
We teach a variety of classes. The basic fee is $20 per hour. At least two students must be signed up for each class.
Please check our Event Calendar for further details!
The pattern and yarn for each class need to purchased at Yarn Rhapsody. If you would like to participate, but want to use yarn you bought somewhere else, that's ok too. The class fee is then $30 per hour.
Please call us or come in at least 48 hours before the project starts to sign up and save your seat! We are looking forward to having you!
We host a number of knit-a-longs (KAL) and crochet-a-longs (CAL) each month. Please check our Event Calendar for all the details.
The fee for each KAL/CAL is $30 for 6 sessions, each session is an hour long. We will provide you with a "KAL/CAL Card".
The fee for each KAL is $30 for 6 sessions, each session is an hour long. We will provide you with a "KAL Card". Check out the dates and times below. The pattern and yarn for each project need to purchased at Yarn Rhapsody. If you would like to participate, but want to use yarn you bought somewhere else, that's ok too. The fee for the KAL is then $60 for 6 sessions. Please call us or come in at least 48 hours before the project starts to sign up and save your seat! We are looking forward to having you!
We are happy to help you with any problem in your project and encourage you to drop in to our daily Fiber Cafe if you need a hand.
If you need a more individualized experience with a complex issue or technique we can still assist you! If it's just a quick fix that only takes a couple of minutes, we appreciate a tip for the help you get. We have a little sheep sitting on the table for that. The tip money is used to buy lunch for the staff and coffee and cookies.
If you need more than 10 minutes of assistance during your entire stay at the shop that day, we will charge you for the service accordingly. ($20 for an hour, $10 for 30 minutes, $5 for 15 minutes).
If you know you need help with your project that will take longer than an hour, give us a call ahead of time to make an appointment.
Items on hold, special orders, classes, KAL/CALs, services and online patterns are excluded from any sale.
Items from the sales corner cannot be put on hold or returned.
Yarn may be returned for store credit equal to the amount paid within 45 days of original purchase, and in original condition. Tools can only be exchanged if found to be defective.
Books, patterns, needles, hooks, accessories and clothing cannot be returned. Thank you for understanding!
For further details, please refer to the "Shop Rules" displayed at the cash register.
Yarn Rhapsody is proud to offer a special discount of 10% for the following groups:
A valid ID or current membership card must be present at the time of purchase.
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On the blog, you will find helpful tips and tricks, interesting fiber news we saw somewhere and our current special events and class info.
We try to post several times a week.
Also, through the blog, you can register for our classes, KALs and CALs via PayPal, easy and quick! When you register through PayPal, we will send you an email confirmation within 24 hours. The email will give information about the class materials and possible homework.
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We're not just a yarn store, we have a lot going on! Check back often for new events.