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I'm looking for a great, patient knitter to help me get back in
the swing of things with my knitting. I would call myself an
advanced beginner - can do the basics, but want to be able to
tackle patterns on my own. Mom is too far away to help out
here, and I have 2 children under the age of 2, so Iím looking
for a patient knitter who can help. I would probably need a
dozen or so one-on-one sessions and am flexible with
times/days. Would be happy to either barter (cooking,
babysitting, petsitting, or another creative idea?) or pay for
your help. Also looking for a one-time beginner's knit scarf
class to be taught to a group of friends, all first-time
knitters. Because of my crazy life, regularly scheduled
classes at a shop won't work out.
One option that may work for you is to go to a few of the
unstructured classes that are out there. Knitting Basket in
Montclair has a class on Wednesdays where you pay for 4 sessions
and then just call or sign up for which ones you want to
attend. It's a kind of ''pay ahead'' and then go when you can. It's Wednesdays from 6-8pm.
I also wanted to recommend one other knitting store in SF that I
did not see mentioned on the website. Our knitting group went
there for a ''field trip'' last week, and it was WONDERFUL. It's
called Imagi Knit. It's at 3897 18th St. @ Sanchez, website is
www.imagiknit.com. It's even open 7 days / wk.
Lastly you might check out the many, many knitting groups that
meet informally all over. Look on the web, craigslist, etc. Many welcome new knitters, beginners too, and there is no fee to
belong. While you say that you can't do a structured class
commitment, you might be able to patch together a set of visits
that would get you going.
I'd offer to teach you, but I'm really just an intermediate
knitter so would not presume. (Unless you want to do socks. I
Greg Soltys in my knitting circle is a master knitter and has been
teaching for some time. He teaches at stores all over the East Bay. His
work is featured in Lily Chin's books. He's also funny and I hear he is a
great teacher. He charges $12.00/hour per person and can teach up to
8 people. He's worth it.
If you take a beginning class, he prefers not to teach scarves because
he thinks it's a waste of your money. You will learn two-color knitting,
knitting in the round, and you will most likely knit an actually wearable
hat. Moreover, you will have learned enough skills to make a sweater,
a vest, or if you really want... a scarf. I'm sure, however, that he'll do the
scarf thing if you like.
You can email him to set up a time that is convenient to you at
bitterknitter AT earthlink.net. Cash and checks are his preferred currency
(not into the barter thing).
Hi--I would be happy to help you get back on track with
knitting. I am available evenings and Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays anytime, at your home or mine. I would also be pleased
to assist your group in a scarf project. We recently taought
everyone in our office to knit and all completed scarves--it was
a lot of fun!! No reimbursement necessary--just a lot of
I might be able to help you. I am no master knitter, but have made some more
complicated things, like socks, a sweater and some baby blankets. I am also a
mom of 2 under 2, so either it would be a perfect match or a terrible disaster
*grin*. Email me if you want to see what might work out.
I'd like to know about more yarn shops, knitting classes, online
knit shops, as well as knitting groups in the bay area, from east
bay to SF and nearby. I've already consulted the archives which
mostly mentions Skein Lane repeatedly. The link to Big Sky Studio
is broken, if anyone knows of the working URL.
What are your favorite yarn shops, classes, workshops, and
resources around? Let's make a great lists for all of us
fiberarts people! thanks!
I have shopped and taken a class at the Knitting Basket in Montclair. Judy was
my instructor and I found her very helpful. I have also taken my mistakes in
for assistance on occasion and always found the ladies there willing to help
me understand what I did wrong and how to fix them.
I also like Artfibers in San Francisco. They stock all kinds of unusual yarns. I
don't buy much there (I knit pretty conventional stuff), but I love to walk
around and touch all those beautiful yarns!
Skein Lane is a nice store, although I have found their staff weak on follow-
through. Twice, they have offered to look into something for me and I never
heard anything back from them.
And I have to mention Stitches West, the knitting convention held Februarys in
Oakland. Their marketplace is *torture* in the most pleasant way. There are a
myriad of classes offered, although I haven't taken any yet, so I can't comment
Luvs to Knit
Try Article Pract at 5010 Telegraph (near 51st) in Oakland.
They sell yarn and supplies, have classes and knitting
groups meet there, including the Bay Area Knit and Crochet
Guild. The website is www.articlepract.com.
Yarn! in alameda on Santa Clara opened a while back and is a
great resource for yarn, advice & classes. My favorite class
is called a ''project'' class - everyone makes the same item -
and you meet monthly for help. In Jan the project is a
fabulous jacket. She has great yarns & great teachers.
Love to knit
I am REALLY new to knitting and have checked out several stores
and am signed up to take several classes. I LOVE the people at
Tuscany Yarn in Alameda on the 1900 block of Encinal. I can't
remember the exact address or their phone number, but the
owner, Chris Anderson, and her staff are SO warm, helpful and
just plain nice! They've got some beautiful yarn, and a pretty
wide selection as well. Plus, they'll sit with you and help you
if you get stuck or just can't figure out something (as with me
since I am so new to knitting).
I've also really liked the feel inside Yarn! in Alameda on
Santa Clara Avenue. Again, I don't have their phone number,
but the propriator's name is Janice, and she's really kind and
knws her stuff. They've got classes as well, and I think they
do some sort of knitter's group once a week in the evenings as
well. I'm pretty sure that Tuscany has the same sort of
knitter's group too. Yarn! has a wide variety of yarns and a
really helpful group of gals there as well.
Both are lised with information, which is how I got their phone
numbers. Good Luck and happy knitting!
I haven't knitted for a while, but I took a few classes at the
Knitting Basket in Oakland near Park Ave. I can't remember
the street name, but I'm sure they are listed. The yarn is a
bit more high end than some places, but good quality, and
comparable in price to Skein Lane. The knitters there know
Another good place is Dharma in San Rafael. They also
have classes, but I've never taken them, so I can't vouch for
Finally, I saw a fancy knitting store in SF near Gough.
Looked very pricey, but they had some gorgeous yarn. Sigh.
Lauri Goldman, who's been knitting since childhood,
teaches a knitting class Tuesday evening from 7 to 9pm in the fiber studio
behind her house in the Rockridge area. She is warm patient and encouraging.
There were about 3 other students when I was going, all beginners, but she
could teach at any level. Her classes have a 'tea party' quality since she always
has a tray of tea and tasty tidbits in the middle of the table.
Lauri Goldman- phone# 510/652-0883
While I certainly enjoy rifling through the piles of yarn at Skein Lane, it's
not the only game in town. If you like a more subdued place, there's the
Knitting Basket in Montclair. The yarn is more organized and the folks
are pretty helpful.
Skein Lane and Knitting Basket are your more mainstream knitting
places. There are also a couple of funky places in the East Bay. On
Telegraph Avenue, there's a cozy knitting place called Article Pract (it's
1/2 block down from 51st). The crowd seems to be quite youngish and
they are friendly and nice. Not a huge yarn selection, but you can get
information on lessons there. In Kensington, you can find hand dyed
yarns at a place called Deep Color. Not for the inquisitive, the owner is
nice but does not suffer beginners gladly. A great place for interesting
yarn; not so great for lessons or for getting beginner-type questions
Yarn! Alameda in Alameda is a good place for lessons (or was; I don't
get out there too often). They have a good selection of yarn and are
very kind toward beginners.
In San Francisco, there is a place called Artfibers (they are also on the
web). I find that they don't have a lot of sale yarns, but they do offer
lessons. Artfibers is particularly good if you happen to want to knit
things like wallhangings or other objects d'art.
If you prefer to shop at home, you can order a catalog from
PATTERWORKS (you can get to them on the web). The catalog is quite
comprehensive and they have good deals and all the mainstream yarns.
For knitting circles, I suggest you check with each yarn store -- they all
have them. They are all different and it really depends on your
personality and what you want. For instance, I don't go to the ones with
beginners at them, because I can't get any knitting done. I prefer the
bees with more working folks (rather than stay-at-homers) because I can
relate to the conversations better. In the end, many women and men
create their own circle, and that's what I would suggest ultimately.
Finally, you may be aware that ''STITCHES WEST'' comes to Oakland
every year. I'd mark my calendar for Feb 19-22nd. You can sign up for
tons of classes, you can meet bay area knitters, and you will be able to
browse through thousands of yarns, including hand-made artisan yarn.
Best of luck.
We knitters have a wealth of resources here in the Bay Area.
Most local yarn shops offer classes. Skein Lane in El Cerrito
has an updated list of classes on its website, www.skeinlane.com
A new and very friendly yarn store is Article Pract on Telegraph
Avenue in Oakland, right off 51st St. The inventory keeps
improving and you can get on their email list to find out about
their monthly offerings of classes.
Big Sky Studio in Lafayette is half yarn shop, half knitting
studio.I believe you need to buy a membership to have access to
the studio services, i.e. technical assistance. Check the
website ( www.bigskystudio.com ) for updated hours and info.
In San Francisco, I really love ArtFibers. It is a one-of-a-kind
yarn store which only sells its own brand, yarns originating
with ready-to-wear manufacturers. It is a walk-up store located
in the 200 block of Sutter Street.The schedule of classes as
well as an online catalogue are available on the store's website.
I know of two knitting groups outside of the stores. The East
Bay knitters meet every Monday night at the Jack London Square
Barnes and Noble store. The East Bay Knitting guild meets one
Thursday a month at a member's home. Both groups have set up
mailing lists through Yahoo Groups, so it should be easy enough
to search for their respective email addys through the
YahooGroups site if you want to be notified of meeting dates.
Finally, once a year a fantastic yarn market and convention
rolls into town, to the Oakland Convention Center. The event,
Stitches West,is sponsored by Knitters' Magazine and offers
exceptional opportunities to take classes with superlative
teachers. No affiliation,I am just a devoted fan! The event
includes a huge, almost overwhelming market and daily free Learn
to Knit classes. Next year's Stitches Event will take place
Feb.19-22. Online registration for classes just started this
week. More info at www.knittinguniverse.com
Back to my needles,
Hi there, I am so interested in learning how to knit and want to learn in a
fun social environment with other women. I want a weekly outing (with
out kids) where I can learn something new and meet new people. Any
Why don't you try Skein Lane on Fairmount in El Cerrito?
Try Piedmont Adult School. Teri Barr teaches a Knitting Class
Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. A seven-meeting class started on March
24. Phone: 510-594-8173 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My best friend and I joined a knitting class for the exact same
reasons almost 3 years ago and have been going ever since. We
go to Skein Lane on Fairmount Ave. in El Cerrito (near El
Cerrito Plaza), #525-1828. I believe they offer classes on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. The groups
are very friendly, the staff helpful, and the yarn selection is
better than any other shop I've visited.
Their is a place in Oakland called Article Pract on 5010
Telegraph Ave, 510-652-7435. I've been inside once to buy yarn
and I think they offer classes. I am a beginner myself and I
contemplated taking lessons once or twice. You might want to
call and see what they offer. Maybe they can point you towards
a knitting group as well.
Most knitting stores offer classes. I have taken classes at
three places- Dharma in San Rafael, Skein Lane in El
Cerrito, and the Knitting Basket in Oakland. My favorite were
the Knitting Basket classes, and I know they fill up fast, so
you may want to check with them and see when the next
class is available. I adore knitting, and have found it to be
very soothing and creative. Have fun releasing your inner
Skein Lane in El Cerrito has knitting classes which sound like
what you are looking for.I just started one and it's relaxing
Can anyone recommend a great place for knitting classes for adults in the
Lamorinda area? I used to take classes in SF when I lived there, but I
of any places out here (I'm in Walnut Creek). Thanks!
There is a knitting store in Lafayette, Big Sky Studio &
Gallery, 961 'C' Moraga Road. Their website is
Also, I work at a yarn store in Oakland, very near to Highway 24
and Children's Hospital (so it's not as far a schlep through the
tunnel as SF). The name of the store is Article Pract and the
address is 5010 Telegraph Avenue (at 51st) and the website is
There is a place in Montclair (I know you asked for Lamorinda,
but if you don't find any place...) right in the village. I
think it's called the knitting basket. It is right across the
Starbucks. I took lessons there a few years ago. They also
have beautiful yarns and always still help me when I get stuck
on a project. Good Luck
I am interested in joining a knitting class in the East Bay and would
appreciate any information on such a class (for beginners). Many thanks.
Try Skein Lane in El Cerrito. Also, sometimes Albany Adult
School has knitting classes.
There is a new knitting store on Telegraph Ave. at 51st St. in Oakland next
to Dona Tomas/across from Walgreens. It's called Article Pract and they
offer knitting classes various evenings for different levels. I don't have
the schedule, but you could drop by for more info. It's a great store!
There's a knitting store on the east side of Telegraph just
south of 51st in Oakland called Article Pract. They have
knitting lessons there. Call the knitting store closest to you,
they usually have lessons.
I recently learned to knit with some friends at work, then
discovered I live very near the wonderful Skein Lane in El
Cerrito and signed up for their group. It is the best!! The
woman who owns and runs the place, Carolyn, is a wonderful
teacher and very nice person. I highly recommend learning to
knit at Skein Lane, where they will help you through every
aspect of the process and make it lots of fun, as well!
Try Skein Lane at 7512 Fairmount Avenue in El Cerrito. I do not have the
phone number on hand, but the website is www.skeinlane.com. I have never
taken lessons there, but whenever I go to check out the yarns, I always see
congregations of knitters working at the spacious tables. They seem to
range from super-beginner to advanced. I have also noticed schedules for
lessons at the front counter, so it must be pretty well-organized.
Anyone has suggestions for knitting classes. My 15 year old
daughter wants to take lessons.
The Knitting Basket in Montclair has summer knitting classes. Try Skein Lane
in El Cerrito as well. They may have summer classes for teens.
Try the knitting store Skein Lane on Fairmount Ave. in El Cerrito
(across from Fat Apple's). I took my daughter there a year ago or so. We
bought some yarn and needles and the owner got her started with a quick
lesson on the spot. I believe they also have regular classes. The store
had a nice friendly atmosphere, with several people sitting around
knitting sociably as we browsed.
Skein Lane, a needlework store located on Fairmount Avenue in El Cerrito,
right across from Fat Apple restaurant, offers knitting classes, either
individually or in small groups. The phone number is 525-1828.
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