CLASSES FALL 2015


GINA BROWN'S CLASSES
FALL 2015


KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS 
Learn to knit! We'll cover all the basics such as: cast on, knit ,purl, increase and decrease, cast off and to sew a mattress seam. We will make several small fun projects.

Tuesday September 15-29                                                                 3 classes                    
Tuesday October 6-20                                                                        Fee $79                  
Tuesday October 27-November 10                                                    7.00 pm-9.00 pm
Tuesday November 17-December 1                            

PICK YOUR PROJECT 
We will help you choose your next knitting or crochet project in any technique. This class is for those with basic skills who want to learn more. This group has lots of fun!

Wednesday September 9-30                                                               4 classes
Wednesday October 7-28                                                                    Fee $99
Wednesday November 4-December 2 (no class November 11)          7.00 pm - 9.00 pm


CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS
Crochet is so much fun! Learn the basic crochet stitches and pattern reading. We will make a variety of small projects.

Monday November 2-16                                                                        3 classes
                                                                                                               Fee $79
                                                                                                               7.00 pm - 9.00 pm 
FIX THAT MISTAKE
Become a fearless knitter. Learn to pick up dropped stitches, reverse backward stitches, and recognize what mistakes look like and how to fix them.  

Monday November 30                                                                         1 Class
                                                                                                             Fee $29
                                                                                                             7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CROCHET SCRUBBIES
For those with basic skills, we will crochet a colorful dish scrubby. A perfect small gift.

Monday November 23                                                                         1 class
                                                                                                             Fee $29
                                                                                                             7.00 pm - 9.00 pm


TUNISIAN CROCHET  
This form of crochet uses an extra long crochet hook to create a knit like effect.  You will practice a variety of stitches and make a lacy scarf.

Monday December 7                                                                          1 class
                                                                                                            Fee $29
                                                                                                            7.00 pm: 9:00 pm
CROCHET GRANNY SQUARE
A retro look that can be a single pot holder or join them together for a blanket. Learn to change colours like a pro.

Monday December 14                                                                           1 class
                                                                                                               Fee $29
                                                                                                               7.00 pm-9.00 pm



MONDAY NIGHT SOCK CLUB
Join the fun on Monday evenings as we explore a variety of sock knitting techniques.

SOCK KNITTING 101
Learn the basics of sock knitting including how to knit on 4 needles and turn a heel. Hand knit socks are the ultimate luxury!

Monday September 21-October 5                                                         3 classes
                                                                                                               Fee $79
                                                                                                               7.00 - 9.00 pm

TOE-UP MAGIC LOOP SOCKS
These socks are  worked from the toe to the cuff, one at a time, on a long circular needle using the "magic loop" technique. You will love the easy wrap and turn heel! 

Monday October 19 &26                                                                       2 classes

                                                                                                              Fee $49

                                                                                                               7.00 pm - 9.00 pm


WEEKEND CLASSES

EASY CIRCULAR HAT
Learn to knit in the round on circular needles and sets of four or five. Our chunky hat can be made in any size from baby to adult. Discover the world of seamless knitting!
Sunday September 20        2.00 pm-4.00 pm          1 class                                        Fee $29


COWICHAN STYLE SWEATER
Make this Canadian classic with natural unspun wool. Learn to follow charts and knit with two or more colours using one of our vintage or new patterns. Very trendy again!

Sunday October 4 & 18                   
2 classes
Fee $49
2:00- 4:00 pm









FAIR ISLE HAT

Make this colorful hat with the two handed fair isle technique. You’ll learn how to knit in the round, to read charts and to carry your colours at the back. Here is your chance to learn the continental knitting technique.

Sunday October 25 & November                                               2 classes
                                                                                                   Fee $49
                                                                                                   2.00 pm - 4.00 pm


THRUM MITTENS
These cozy mitts are lined with wool thrums. A Canadian classic that’s super warm.

Sunday November 8 & 15                                                          2 classes
                                                                                                   Fee $49
                                                                                                   2:000 pm- 4:00 pm

Lace Knitting
Make a delicate lace scarf as you learn to read charts and insert that all important life line. Basic skills required. (It,s not as scary as it looks!)

Sunday November 22 &29                                                           2 classes
                                                                                                     Fee $49
                                                                                                     2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
                                                                                                                          
FINISHING TECHNIQUES
Bring in the pieces of a sweater ready to sew together.  We will show you how the pros do it.

Sunday December 6                                                                     1 Class
                                                                                                       Fee $29
                                                                                                       2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

                                                                                                    
FELTED CRITTERS
Learn to needle felt with raw wool and a felting needle. Lots of fun!

Sunday December 13                                                               1 Class
                                                                                                  Fee $29
                                                                                                  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 


HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN
a series of one night classes to make quick and easy gifts

OUTLANDISH COWL
Our stylish cowl is reminiscent of the rustic knitting on the Outlander series. Super easy on big needles. Beginners welcome.
Tuesday December 8                                                                  1 class
                                                                                                    Fee $29
                                                                                                     7.00 pm -9.00 pm

CHUNKY CABLE WRIST WARMERS
Learn to knit cables with this easy and stylish project.
Wednesday December 9                                                            1 class
                                                                                                    Fee $29
                                                                                                    7.00 pm-9.00 pm

CUSTOM LEG WARMERS
From baby size to adult, we will show you how to make this easy in any size. Bring your measurements, it's all about gauge.
Tuesday December 15                                                                  1 class
                                                                                                       Fee $29
                                                                                                       7.00 pm-9.00 pm

CHUNKY HEADBAND
Knit this with yummy yarn for the perfect quick gift. Add a decorative button for that special touch.
Wednesday December 16                                                             1 class
                                                                                                       Fee $29
                                                                                                       7.00 pm- 9.00 pm
                                 



PRIVATE LESSONS
For one on one attention, or help with outside yarns- these lessons can be booked during business hours.
Fee $45-1 ½ hrs

 CALL NOW TO REGISTER
CHARGE BY PHONE 403- 255-2200
 
- CLASSES ARE LIMITED IN SIZE SO REGISTER EARLY
- No cash refunds unless the class is canceled by Gina Brown’s.
- Store credits or transfers must be made one week prior to starting date
- Fees cover instruction only unless otherwise stated
- Please arrive on time and turn off your cell phone in consideration of
 teachers and class mates
- Sorry, we cannot do makeup classes
- No babies, children or non registered companions.
- ALL SUPPLIES USED IN OUR CLASSES MUST BE PURCHASED AT GINA BROWN’S
- Your purchases allow us to subsidize the cost of our classes, so that we can offer quality instruction, in small groups, at an affordable price.
107, 5718 1A Street SW Calgary AB T2H0E8
403-255-2200
www.ginabrowns.com

2014 Annual Day After Boxing Day Sale


This is our only store wide sale!
Save on everything in the shop- yarns, books and accessories!
Sale starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 27,with savings from 20-50% off. The sale continues on Sunday December 28, from 11am-5pm,  at 20-50% off.

Hope that you all have a great holiday, with time for eating,drinking and knitting. See you at the sale.

Holiday hours

December 24 10am - 1:00pm
December 25 Closed
December 26 Closed
December 27 9:00am-5:30pm
December 28 11:00am-5:00pm
December 29 10am- 5:30pm
December 3010am- 5:30pm
December 31 10am-2pm
January 1 Closed
January 2 10am - 5:30pm (Back to Regular Hours)

*Sorry- no returns or price adjustments during the sale

New Free Patterns To Knit Up Quick

Need some ASAP holiday gift idea? Want a project you can accomplish in one evening without giving yourself carpal tunnel?  Check out these quick knits:

Click here for the pattern for our new Lonely Cable Cowl




















Click here for the pattern for The Super Bulky Button Hat


















Click here for "Alfalfa" our free 2 needle superbulky hat pattern


Malabrigo Month!



This month we are celebrating Mal Month – the yearly celebration of all things Malabrigo. This time of year, tens of thousands of knitters cast on using the amazingly soft and delightfully handpainted yarns from Malabrigo. At Gina Brown’s, we love Malabrigo and carry almost all of their yarns – from their lace weight ; to their super bulky, Rasta.

Just in time for Malabrigo March, Sarah’s Hengpai – A Drop Stitch Slouch pattern was featured on the Malabrigo website as part of the Malabrigo Quickies Pattern Program. Well done Sarah!


 Here are a few of our favorite Malabrigo patterns designed by the staff at Gina Brown’s:

Birdie by Susan Morrell

This cute slouchy hat is knit from Rios in Arco Iris. This hat is perfect for the anticipation of Spring!





Ropes Cowl by Kristina Larson

This ever popular cowl is a great accessory for the transitition into warmer weather. Knit from Rasta in Piedras, this cowl knits up extra fast on 12mm double point needles!






Happy Valentine's Day!


Here's a quick little knit for your loved ones!
 
A Wee Bit of Love
by Sarah Grieve

Materials:

Katia Espiga – 1 Ball 50 % Cotton, 50% Acrylic, 121 meters/ 50 gram Ball
Or: Any Double Knit Cotton – 15 yards
3.5mm/US4 80 cm Circular Knitting Needle (for working magic loop)
                      
Gauge: 24 sts = 4"/10cm

Size: 1.5" tall x 2" wide

Instructions:

Cast on 4 sts. Join evenly in the round making sure not to twist stitches.
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2 (Increase Row): *K1, M1, knit to end of 1st needle.M1, K1. Repeat from * for second needle.
Round 3: Knit.
Repeat the last 2 rows until there are 32 sts total.

Next Row (Dividing Row): Knit 8 sts. Slide the next 16 sts onto waste yarn. Knit remaining last 8 sts. When working magic loop, each needle will have 8 sts.
Next Round: Knit.

Top of Right Heart Shaping:

Round 1: Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog.
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat Round 1 & 2, once more.
Using the kitchener stitch, fasten off.
Stuff heart with filling before starting to knit other side. 

Top of Left Heart Shaping: 

Redistribute 16 stitches from waste yarn onto needles. When working magic loop, each needle will have 8 sts.
Next Round: Knit.
Round 1: Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog.
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat Round 1 & 2, once more.
Using the kitchener stitch, fasten off.
Enjoy!