Thursday, July 3, 2008

Help, help!

Some of the new members who RSVP'd for the new member knit-in asked about knit help. We all have moments when we wonder, "What have I done?" or "What have I gotten myself into?" And then we end up with the dreaded UnFinished Object. Shudder. I e-mailed the member shops about what sorts of knit help they offer. I've posted the responses below by location. So if you get stuck, know that there are several area shops that have specific times when someone knowledgeable is available to devote time, patience, and thought into making your knitting aspirations become reality.

Silver Threads & Golden Needles, Franklin NC:
Offers free help if it’s just a quick few minutes, otherwise $15 per hour for help with any project.

Yes Yarn, Anderson SC:
Margaret is happy to help with short problems/questions without cost whenever the shop is open (assuming a class is not going on). Also, private lessons can be arranged at $20 per hour.

Mountain Yarn, Blairsville GA:
When AKG members are traveling or vacationing in the mountains we will be happy to help with any knitting problems. There is no fee for help as long as they purchased their yarn at a knit shop and not at a discounter.

The Whole Nine Yarns, Woodstock GA:
Free knit help for any project is Thursdays 6-8 PM. Listed on the calendar section of the website.

Only Ewe & Cotton Too, Alpharetta GA:
Sunday - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday - 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
These are "sit and knit" type groups and there is help available, but it is not an actual class time. It's more of a time to get help if someone is stuck on a project. Continuing Knitting is Tuesdays - 10:30 am – 12:30 PM, $20. These are personal help session with Brian. This is a class for whatever the person wants to do or learn. Listed on the class section of the website.
We also will help if a person is stuck on a project and they just need a quick answer (15 minutes or so). They can just come to the shop and take the chance that we will have that kind of time. Or they can make an appointment.

Many of the remaining shops will gladly help knitters when they drop in, provided that the shop personnel aren't too busy.

And a final reminder about manners: ideally, you should go to the shop where you bought the yarn and pattern if you need help. If you can't or don't want to do that, then it would be polite to purchase something in the shop that is giving you free help as a way to say, "Thank you." It's just a way to indicate that you were raised right.

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