Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Part I:  Simple Repairs

Where is the yarn going?
Duplicate stitch
Repairing pulls
Repairing a single strand break in stockinette stitch: knit side, purl side.
Bring to Class - a knit swatch

Use worsted weight yarn in a light color for your learning swatch.  This is so you can see what you are doing.  Knit on needle size 6, 7 or 8.  If you are a tight knitter, use 8’s.  Bring a small amount of dark colored yarn.
Cast on 30 stitches with the light colored yarn.  Garter stitch (knit every row) 4 rows to stabilize the edge.  Then change to stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) and knit about 4 inches.  Bind off loosely. 

Part II: Darning Knitted Fabric: for Large Holes

Stabilizing the edges of the hole.
Setting up a grid along the length of the fabric
Stabilizing the sides
Weaving in new fabric
Bring to Class:  The swatch you used for the first class OR a knitted garment that needs darning with, if possible, matching yarn OR both.
Date: Wednesday, January  18 &  25, 2012
Time:  6:30 - 8:00 pm
Teacher: Susan C. Stewart, MD - a.k.a. The Sweater Doctor

Price: $65.00

Call to reserve your space.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Mitered Border
Happy Holidays --

Please join me on this Thursday night for a toast in celebration of the holidays and happiness in the coming new year.
This is the first in a series of wine & yarn pairings at Stitch Therapy, I just received a shipment of a special hand painted alpaca from the state of Missouri, named for famous operas, the colors are spectacular and the fiber is soft to the touch.

The project choices are endless including this mitered scarf out of one hank every row is knit. Or the lace triangular shawl made from two hanks.  Crocheters I have a few stitches that are easy to commit to memory to make a scarf, shawl or blanket.  The gauge of this yarn ranges from a DK to an Aran I would recommend a 7 (H) to a 10 (J) for your knitting needle or (crochet Hook).


HPKY  - Hand Painted Knitting Yarns

- 100%  Alpaca
- In 15 different Hand-painted and tonal colors
- 500 yards per hank - hand dyed in Missouri
- Projects - dress Kit, mitered scarf with picot edge


Domaine des Nugues "Made by G" Sparkling Gamay
Beaujolais, France, Gamay

Made by G is a sparkling red wine, produced from 25 year old Gamay vines.
This fruity, floral and fresh style of sparkling wine is a true delight!

Our local wine shop: Picada Y Vino carries the featured wine just three doors down from Stitch Therapy.


Date: Thursday, December 15th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Guest Hostess: Kim Anthony Davis
Hope you can make it.

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Friday, December 9, 2011


Today Shalimar is the yarn company behind lovely yarns like "Breathless" and "Honey" two yarns that just arrived today at Stitch Therapy. The yardage on both is plentyful and fiber is soft to the touch.

Breathless: merino, cashmere and silk
Breathless, our newest yarn offering, is a stunning 3-ply superwash blend of Merino, cashmere and silk.

With a generous 420 yards, Breathless is wonderful for any one-skein project, small sweaters or a large pair of socks.
100% Superwash Australian Merino

With it's scrumptious hand, sheen and drape, Breathless is the perfect choice.

FREE PATTERN: Fingerless Gloves in Honey
Honey Worsted is our superwash worsted with a generous 250 yards.  Machine washable with a soft and sqooshy hand, Honey Worsted is a versatile yarn for sweaters, accessories and afghans.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


200 Crotchet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton

On a beautiful spring day about 5 ½ years ago I walked into Stitch Therapy in Park Slope Brooklyn – the yarns in the window were beautiful and the store’s name called out to me. I have always appreciated handmade crafts and my home is filled with handblown glass and ceramic objects, art and textiles. Perhaps I was ready to try my hand. The store's owner, Maxcine encouraged me to begin.

In the store I was drawn to the Interweave Crochet magazine.  As I thumbed through the magazine I came upon a photo of a young girl wrapped in a fabulous afghan the Babette Blanket.  I bought the magazine and starting thinking. The afghan had an intricate pattern that required 17 different colors and 150 different sized squares. Since I don’t like to follow instructions I decided to choose my own colors. Little did I know that the pattern called for a sport/sock weight yarn and I chose bulky Manos de Uruguay yarns. I started crocheting and my afghan grew and became a bedspread for my daughter to take to college!!  After that I learned more about yarn – the different weights and textures.
Touching the yarn, choosing colors and textures, and watching them weave together to make beautiful afghans was so much fun that I made many more Babette Blankets and happily gave them as gifts. Before I started each blanket I determined the color wave and then shopped for yarn. During my visits to Stitch Therapy I chose yarn for their color and weight, and sought out yarns that would add texture to my life. Maxcine always carried great options.
I started weaving, and stopped crocheting for awhile.  Again, watching the colors and textures of yarn create patterns and fabrics was thrilling.

Six months ago I got itchy to crochet again.  I needed a new project and new direction. I sat with the book 200 Crotchet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton and decided to design my own afghan using 5-6 different square patterns and focusing of a color wave. My quest for yarns began. 

My first project would be colors that I adore - fuscia, chartreuse and purple. On my travels to Stitch Therapy I’d pick up both solid and variegated yarns within the basic colorwave. The variegated yarns that I chose turned out to be my favorites and I bought every color by a very special manufacturer that Stitch Therapy stocked.  I’d also look for unusual textures to add to the depth of the project. Many of the yarns were DK or sock weight.  I created a pattern starting from the middle and working rounds with a common theme – the centers and edges would all be the same color. What tied the rows together was that the same yarns were used (but in different orders) inside the square. As the afghan grew I was mesmerized by its beauty and very proud that I could make such a wonderful work of art.

I was then on a roll.  It was so much fun working with sock weight yarn, and the afghans felt so soft and light, that weight became my medium. Onward to my next project – pinks, oranges and purple.  Then blues, greens and purples. Always, I insert a few different colors that pop out to add interest and fun.

What these projects give me is a chance to play with colors - connect them and have them speak in different ways. They also enable me to have a quest – finding new and unusual yarn. Before I travel I look online for the local yarn stores and poke around because surely other communities have a fiber artist's treasure trove just like we have in Brooklyn.

I have now come full circle. Maxcine has asked me to facilitate a crocheting circle next year to work with crotchers to explore their creative side, by creating and designing projects using patterns and yarns of their choice.  What fun! 

Crochet Motif workshop led by Evy Leonard January 21th 1:30-4:30pm - call to reserve a space.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

BE PART OF THE CURE: Light the Night Walk

My long time friend Suzanne Donaldson is walking for the cause --

EVERY FOUR MINUTES—yes it's a cancer letter!—someone is diagnosed and every 10 minutes someone passes from blood cancer. As many of you know, I happen to be the one in that equation who wasdiagnosed 5 years ago and faced it again this Christmas. Is there an oddersaying than Christmas chemo? I don't think so. In addition, I just successfullyfinished an 8 week protocol that has me feeling better, stronger, and happierthan I have been in years!

So then I got home to get in bed and read thepaper the other night, it became very clear to me that I need to throw myselfback into an effort that is near and dear to me. I was in the obit section,grieving over two people I don't know. Dr. Bruce Dan, who so brilliantly madethe public aware of toxic shock syndrome, died at age 64 after a brilliantcareer of research and awareness, from a complication from a bone marrowtransplant for leukemia. The other brave soul, Andy Whitfield, only 39, Australianand super hot (think of TV show Spartacus; he was the lead), died ofnon-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Two out of the three obits on page were fromblood cancers. I was stunned and realized I cannot wait any longer to fundraisefor my walk, Light the Night, which will talk place on 0ctober 14th.
Help me do something about it.

Walk with me across a bridge on October 5th,2011 in LLS’s annual Light the Night walk. If you live in Brooklyn, I won'ttell that you carry on and get yourselves home that night. But the other lotwill walk proudly with me supporting a cause that impacts my life in so manyways. Visit here to join us:

If you're afraid of heights, just donate.

For those of you who know me well, I am not aquitter. I now embrace the needles and the reminder in my bod that life is soincredibly wonderful.

So walk, read this article in NY Times, “An Immune System Trained the Kill Cancer” (, donate, spread the word, and most of allhelp me raise awareness. Get your blood checked yearly and call me if you needreminding.
Donate now!!!

If you are a Glamour staffer we are teaming upwith SELF, Teen Vogue, and Vanity Fair for one big team! Should be super fun!

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Dad budding plants -
Irene is forcing me to take a day of rest so I will be closed on Sunday. 

  This leads me to my vacation, as you know Stitch Therapy is usually closed on Mondays this week the shop will also
  be closed on Tuesday - Thursday. 

  If Irene allows my flight to depart on Tuesday I will fly to the lovely Island of Jamaica to bake my father a cake for his 92nd birthday.

Composting --

           Stitch Therapy will re-open for Labor Day Weekend, lucky you The Yarn Monkey will be man-ning the shop,please stop by Tony knits, crochets and designs. Some new yarns have arrived and there are many more to come. 

"Hey folks, next week I'll be running the shop from Friday to Sunday (Sept. 2 to 4) at Stitch Therapy, A Fine Yarn Shop,
while Maxcine takes a well deserved trip to Jamaica. Drop in and say hello, get some basic knitting advice, check out
the fine selection of yarn, hooks and needles." To

Ten minutes from the house -
See you when I return -

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I am thrilled to announce that members of the Green Lotus Project will be playing live to my film works this coming Thursday, August 25 at Baluchi's Park Slope!

The event is also being promoted on the neighborhood blogs: All About Fifth Avenue and Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID! And a small raffle is in the works...stay tuned!

Thank you for your RSVP's --- this is a friendly update!

For those who are in Brooklyn this coming Thursday please make it out --- don't let the SUGGESTED donation keep you from supporting & enjoying a lovely evening of exchange!

For those who can't make it but want to share their generous spirit --- go to my FUNDRAISER ONLINE!

Celebration & Cultural Exchange

Please join us outside on the lovely patio at Baluchi’s Park Slope to celebrate & experience some cultural exchange in support of an international artist exchange in India this Fall!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
6:00 to 9:00 pm  Patio at Baluchi’s Indian Food Park Slope -- 310 5th Avenue between 2nd & 3rd Sts.
A special thank you to Baluchi’s and Arthur for their sponsorship of this evening, facebook likeBaluchi’s Park Slope! The evening is also kindly co-sponsored by Artists on the Brink.
Suggested donation at door, $30 ~ Kids $10 ~
donations made in advance through the Fundraiser page automatically adds you to the guest list!
6:00pm exotic pass around appetizers & discounted cocktails begins
7:00pm screening of works in process by Shannon Brunette with a few of the amazing members of the Green Lotus Project!
7:30pm classical Indian Odissi dance performance by Mala Desai
Children & friends welcomed!
Please see fundraising page for details on how your support will be utilized, I am ever so grateful for all the support of friends, family & strangers alike. Thank you all in advance for this exciting evening in support of an exceptional opportunity to participate in The Raghurajpur International Art/Craft Exchange.
About Mala Desai: The divinity of being – is dance…An Indian classical dancer who believes that dance nurtures the soul and leads you to experience ultimate freedom. Mala has performed at innumerable events in India and America. Most recently Mala was presented to a packed audience in “Om Namo” by Professor Kathryn Posin at The Gallatin School of NYU in NEW unique Odissi-Ballet-Modern dance technique fusion choreography to music from the 2011 Grammy-Nominated album “Soul Call” by Chandrika Krishnamurhty Tandon.
Original Lakshmi drawing: created by artist Nicole S. Fernandez for this special event.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

BOOK READING/TRUNK SHOW: "Hastings & Flitt Detective Agency"

"Hastings & Flitt Detective Agency"

Coming in Sunday, October 23rd, The Adventures of Miss Flitt's final book, Vol. I, Chapter IV, "Hastings & Flitt Detective Agency"
Join us at Stitch Therapy for the book reading and a trunk show of knit designs from the final chapter.

The Adventures of Miss Flitt's final book, "Hastings & Flitt Detective Agency," finds Emma and Amity back at home, but when Emma receives an odd letter, Emma and Amity again find themselves embroiled in mystery. Enjoy over twenty full-color watercolors and a set of knitwear designs by Beth Hahn. Knit the organic Branches & Leaves Shawl or the soft and flowing Aeolian Harp Wrap. Begin your holiday gift knitting with Emma's City Beret, a simple lace hat with a decorative cast-on, or prepare for winter's cold evenings by knitting the sparkling Nocturne Hat. Create an everyday classic with the Gretel Sweater--originally released in winter, 2010--Gretel is a vintage-inspired pullover with a mock honeycomb yoke and slip stitch detailing," finds Emma and Amity back at home, but when Emma receives an odd letter, Emma and Amity again find themselves embroiled in mystery. Enjoy over twenty full-color watercolors and a set of knitwear designs by Beth Hahn. Knit the organic Branches & Leaves Shawl or the soft and flowing Aeolian Harp Wrap. Begin your holiday gift knitting with Emma's City Beret, a simple lace hat with a decorative cast-on, or prepare for winter's cold evenings by knitting the sparkling Nocturne Hat. Create an everyday classic with the Gretel Sweater--originally released in winter, 2010--Gretel is a vintage-inspired pullover with a mock honeycomb yoke and slip stitch detailing.

LOCATION: Stitch Therapy, 335 5th Avenue bet. 3rd and 4th Street
DATE:  Sunday, October 23rd
TIME: 3:00 - 7:00pm

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Ruth Marshal at work
Some of the most beautiful and complex patterns are found in the natural world. Artist Ruth Marshall will teach students how to translate intricate patterns in nature onto a design chart, which they will create a piece of colorful, knitted art. The goal of the workshop is to teach participants the skill of visually interpreting an image, so that they can leave with the knowledge of how to knit creative patterns of their own design. This workshop and art exhibit, scheduled for October 30th from 1:30 - 4:30pm at Stitch Therapy in Park Slope Brooklyn, is inspired by Ruth Marshall's message of wildlife conservation and her fascination with the intricate designs on the coats of spotted and striped cats such as the ocelot, leopard, and tiger.  Samples of the knitted pelts will be exhibited October 30 - November 9, 2011

Knit from the chart.
By studying photographs of these exotic cats, the artist will demonstrate how to draw a design onto a grid layout, which will serve as your knitting chart. This chart will help you to envision your four-inch knitted square, which you will then complete during the course of the workshop. Using two contrasting colors you will see how beautiful the coats of these animals are and also how knitting is a fantastic medium with which to translate nature. Students should know how to knit and purl.

To view more of Ruth Marshal's work.

Stitch Therapy workshop
Sunday, October 30, 2011
TIME:  1:30 - 4:30pm
335 5th Avenue
Between (3rd - 4th streets)
Park Slope Brooklyn, NY

PRICE: $95.00

Call to reserve a seat

Sunday, July 31, 2011


Learn to knit
Are you available on Thrsday August 4th at 2:00pm. How would you like to win a free lesson in Continental Knitting with knitting needles and yarn included.

The rules:  Must be at least 18 years old and have the desire to knit, and also mention this raffle when you call.  There are seats available for two lucky winners all you have to do is call the Stitch Therapy @ 718-/398-2020 on Tuesday August 2nd between the hours of 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

This is a random opportunity for caller number 10 and caller number 25  - these two callers will each be awarded one seat.

GOOD LUCK - If you are already a knitter please forward this message to a friend.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011


LANA GROSSA Ibiza Self Stiping Ribbon
These are the days for creativity with just the simplest of effort no matter your choice of yarn or tool, either a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook.

Lana Grossa offers just that in it's self stripping ribbon in a cotton blend "Ibiza".  As you knit or crochet "Ibiza" it develops into
a light texture while the color change before your eyes with gradations of either gray, apricot, rose, yellow or grape.

If you knit then 20 stitches in "garter" will do on a size 11us, if you crochet "the bushy" stitch on a size "k" us, this stitch is a two row repeat that self scallops on three edges, the foundation row is done once and the second row is repeated for the desired length. I recommend an eternity scarf - two balls will do either, perfect for the early days of fall.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Garter stitch cabled cowl
People if it is too hot to knit or crochet I have attached a few links to alternative craft ideas to entertain you through the end of the summer.  The first is cardboard weaving (Woven Place Mats Pattern Number: L0676) and the second is a pom pom rug (Pom-Pom Rug Pattern Number: L0081) bOth made with yarn.

I just finished my second cowl in this beautiful garter stitch cable stitch, the space in-between each cable act as a buttonhole.  Yarn is a worsted weight this sample is in Lana Grossa Alta Moda Alpaca - charcoal with black buttons. A quick and chic accessory for the coming season.

Magic Loop Samples Fall 2011
These fingerless glove samples just arrived from Maine where Kris Percival test knit the projects for the next round of Magic Loop classes. If you use go to Pumpkinbutter's projects and click the "magic loop" tab for a link to the patterns.  At the end of September the Magic Loop class will run every other week on Sunday's check in the next few weeks for the new schedule.

Vintage Onsie
Did you see this cute onsie knit in Schulana Merino Cotton 135
the  pattern is written in three sizes from the neck-down.

Check Stitch Therapy out online:

Knit-Along Blog

@stitchtherapy on Twitter!/pages/Stitch-Therapy-A-Fine-Yarn-Shop/66119433941

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Triangular Shawls by Evelyn Clark

Saturday Sureka came in from the state of Virginia,the last time she was in the shop I recommended Evelyn Clark's book on triangular shawls. That was about three months ago -one phone call later Sureka has two beautiful shawls. The red is the hand-painted EuroFlax from Louet Sale and the magenta is Karabella Yarns Super Platinum. And one is a gift for a very lucky person, Sureka is visiting NYC with her husband for the 4th of July weekend.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011


A Mystery Stitch

Learn the meaning of all the abbreviations and symbols that make up the intricate patterns of cable and lace.  Starting with Volume One of the Mystery Stitch –Along you will interpret and execute step by step instructions that reveal a pattern with each row repeat. At the end of each session you will understand the meaning of:  k4, *yo, skp, p1, k2tog, yo, k8; repeat from* end last repeat k4.

Price:  $30 per session

Time:  7 - 9pm

Dates:  July 13, 20, 27 – Wednesday nights

Pre-Reqiusite: must be able to cast-on, knit and purl independently.

Bushy Stitch Crocheted

Learn the meaning of all the abbreviations and symbols that make up the intricate patterns of Basic, chevron and lace.  I have chosen a few stitches to take you beyond the single crochet stitch. Interpret and execute step by step instructions that reveal a pattern with each row repeat. At the end of each session you will be able to understand the meaning of:  1sc into first st, *5ch, 1sc into next 5ch arch, 5ch, 1sc into 3rd dc of next 5dc; rep from * ending last rep with 1sc into top of ch, turn.

Price:  $30 per session

Time:  7 – 9pm

Dates:  July 14, 21, 28 – Thursday nights

Pre-Reqiusite: must be able to chain and do a single crochet stitch independently.

Call to reserve a seat.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

This is a Great jacket for any fall season!  working link
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Back view: in the round knit from the bottom up.

Front View: with a cable twist.
Just finished -  Karabella Yarns Silk Organznia Hand Painted

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Bulky Cowl
Tunisian crochet is on the rise again, this time novel techniques such as lace patterns and working in the round are allowing for a greater variation in designs. The test piece for this class is a two colored cowl, worked in the round, using a hand crafted oversized Tunisian crochet hook with a long flexible cord. Participants will get an insight into the possibilities of using Tunisian crochet as design elements in knitting projects.

Techniques covered: casting on, estimating size, Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian purl stitch, seed stitch pattern, working in the round with one or two colors, increases, decreases and binding off.

Ragga (raggaknits on Ravelry) is an Icelandic knitting instructor, designer, entrepreneur and the CEO of KNITTING ICELAND.  Ragga’s classes are creative and fun and enlightening. Her firm belief is that knowledge liberates you and enables her/him to think outside the charts and beyond the patterns.

Tunisian crochet hook with a long flexible cord
Materials:  Knitting Iceland has recently put on the market an oversized hook for Tunisian crochet. Mr. Jumbo is both suitable for working on flat pieces and in the round and opens up many exciting possibilities for fiber enthusiasts.

Dates:  June 22nd 6:30-9:30 pm  Wednesday evening.

Material not included in the class fee: tool $28.00 yarn cost is separate.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Lana Grossa Ibiza Cotton Blend Ribbon
When you walk into a yarn shop these days the yarns sometimes call to you before you can decide on your next creation. All the pure, bright and clear colors reach in and pull on the pleasure strings drawing on memories from your past. Have you ever considrered why you like or choose a color.

Traditionally we all have our own personal color pallette, if you look though your yarn stash and seperate each yarn by color group you will find that within your stash each color might have an intimate relationship with the next. Why does this mean anything to you, well that would be up to you what are you going to make with the yarn in your basket full hanks or scraps that are leftover. First seperate by gauge and then by color this is an opportunity to see what yarns you own, it is also fun.

Sarah's Rambling Rows Blanket
What do you have and what will you be able to make think about how you can create a new fabric. Will you put two or three strands of yarn together creating a larger gauge and a tweedy texture for a chunky cowl or will you stripe a group of colors together for a neckdown button up?    My friend Sarah made a beautiful Rambling Rows baby blanket out of scrap yarns left over from a few years of earlier knit and crochet projects.  Rambling Rows is a modular knit, no sewing knit one square at a time all attached as you go.  Worked in five color and all mapped out -- you can create the palette using as many colors as you like and wherever you see the colors fitting in.
Sarah makes many baby gifts, however after gifting the blanket she later told me that she wished she had kept that one.
Susan's Rambling Rows in Zitron Opus 1

The gem tones that Sarah chooses with each project somehow came together to create a lovely piece of comfort for a beautiful baby. When I saw it each little parcel of color worked to enhance another Sarah was the designer. This is whereyou come in, the secret is that you have already begon the design process when you chose your colors.

Neckdown Stripes.
When I choose the yarn for Stitch Therapy I sometimes hold my head because it is the most nerve racking thing that I have to do. Selecting color involves so many elements come it is not just the colors that are in my personal palette I have to envision how the colors that I don't like enhance the ones that I do like. Then I have to remember the colors that you like and the colors that you pair together. And last do I have a full range from yellow to black.
Crocheted Stripes.

  All you have to do is choose the colors you like!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Wollack from

Kaffekaren from

Lovely photo!
The Mystery is still growing while a number of blankets are being complete.

This stitch-along will continue throughout the summer and beyond.  The true stitch names are still a mystery so join in.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Join Beth Hahn in June for a Shawl Knit-Along.  The designer will guide and advise you through The Seance Shawl Saturday June 4, 11, and 18th 1:30pm - 3:00pm. Take one or all three sessions.

 Pattern is available in Volume 1, Chapter III - The Adventures of Miss Flitt or by single sheet pattern -
Yarn must be purchased from Stitch Therapy.

June 4, 11, & 18th get started with one or attend all three.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Double knit ribbing and Traveling Vine lace stitch.
 The first in a series of new hat patterns is now available for download from Stitch Therapy via
Designed by Maxcine DeGouttes, owner of Stitch Therapy, a fine yarn shop in Park Slope Brooklyn, New York the I. R. T. Beret is a quick knit that is perfect for a day when a sweet little chapeau is all you need.

Individual pattern price is $5.00

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Make this cowl or you select the project - Mieko has designed the cowl to teach you how to knit while reading a Japanese knitting chart.  Nice a lofty this piece is knit in the round with Granite by Loop-d-Loop on a size 17 US knitting needle.  Or pick your ouwn project - The Japanese book shop Kinokuniya locatedat 1073 Avenue of the Americas (212) 869-1700 has a selection of knitting books.
 Pick a knitting project and our instructor will help you translate the chart to help you through the project.
Teacher - Mieko Takahashi; Date: January 9, 16, and 23, 2011; Time: 2:30-4:30 pm; Cost: $75.00

Prerequisites: Must knit & purl independently