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  • THURSDAY, February 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm with Joanna Elsas


 Ravelry 101 Class


Most knitters and crocheters have heard of Ravelry and might even use it occassionally to find patterns, but do you know how to make the most of its feature-rich pattern database? Join more than five million yarn enthusiasts on this revolutionary social networking site and maximize your yarncrafting experience with inspiration and information. Joanna will discuss the most popular ways people use Ravelry and lead you through exercises to apply your new knowledge!
Learn about the following:

    • navigating the pattern database
    • how to upload your own projects
    • how to upload your yarn stash
    • how to engage with other Ravelers on forums/groups

Did you know Ravelry can:

    • create a queue of your next projects
    • suggest yarns from your stash as you are browsing patterns
    • keep track of what needles you own
    • let your friends know what yarns you’d be willing to trade or sell
    • notify you of any updates to patterns you have purchased


Please bring a fully charged Wifi or data-enabled laptop or tablet. The Ravelry experience is limited on mobile phones, so tablets or laptops are strongly preferred.

Cost: $15/ 1 group class, pre-registration is required.


  • SATURDAY, March 4th & 11th from 1:00-3:00pm with Vanessa Picard

 Two-at-a-Time Socks


Do you struggle making your second sock match your first one? Are you guilty of knitting one sock and never finishing the second one?  Have you tried to convince yourself that the one sock you did knit really does look better as an old fashioned (okay maybe a little small) Christmas stocking?  Yup.  I have been there, too.  Two-at-a-time socks to the rescue!  In this class, you will learn how to knit two socks on one long needle from the cuff down, using the magic loop method.  You can use the snuggly sleeping sock pattern or bring your own.  The first class will focus on casting on and knitting two separate things on one needle. (By the way, this is a very handy technique for more than just socks -- your sweater sleeves will always be a perfect match when you use this technique.)  The second class* will tackle turning the heel.  You will then have all the tools you need to finish your first pair of two at a time socks at your leisure.  Get ready for warm-weather knitting.  Socks are portable, light, and, depending on your yarn choice, can be knit for every season.  Best of all, you will never suffer from the dreaded second-sock syndrome again!

*In order to be ready for the second class, you will have to do your knitting homework and finish the legs of your socks at home --  knee socks would be very ambitious, so we suggest you keep the leg short.
Materials needed:

For students knitting snuggly sock pattern:

• One size 7 circular needle at least 40" (preferably 47") long
• Stitch Markers
• Yarn needle
• One skein Malabrigo Mecha, or similar heavy worsted to light bulky yarn, for snuggly sock
• Snuggly sock pattern will be provided

For students knitting from personal sock pattern:

• One circular needle at least 40" (preferably 47") long
• Stitch Markers
• Yarn needle
• Yarn
• Sock pattern (after thought heels are easier than flap heels, but both types of heel will be taught)

Cost: $50/ 2 group classes, pre-registration is required.


  • THURSDAY, March 9th from 10:30-12:00pm with Joanna Elsas


 Sev[en]Circle Necklace

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This fun necklace class is back by popular demand! This neckpiece is sure to add style and colour to your outfit; or is an ideal handmade gift. Designed to work with the natural properties of handknitting, you can add a colour zing or use a treasured remnant.

Once you’ve mastered your first sev[en]circle necklace, try using different numbers of loops and sizes to create your own interpretation. Or add some embellishments to personalise your creation.


Sev[en]Circle Necklace

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• It can be knit in any weight yarn but is especially fun in Habu Cotton Gima using a size (US3) 24" / 60cm circular needle.

Cost: $20/ 1 group class, pre-registration is required.

 STRANDED COLORWORK: Balamara Cowl, Headband or Hat Pattern

  • SATURDAY, March 11th from 1:00-3:00pm with Joanna Elsas


 Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles

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 Choose to make a cowl, headband or a hat in this class. We will learn to work with 2 colors at a time, reading a basic chart, to create the diamonds. This pattern calls for fingering weight yarn and our new mini skeins of Hedgehog Skinny Singles will be perfect!


Stranded Colorwork Headband

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• Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles
• Circular needles

Cost: $25/ 1 group class, pre-registration is required.





  • THURSDAY 6:00-8:00 pm with Edye, classes are held the second Thursday of the month
  • SATURDAY 12:00-2:00 pm with Edye, classes are held the first and third Saturday of the month

Interested in knitting? Here is a beginner course just for you. Not only is this class great for the newbies, but perfect for someone who needs a refresher. Throughout the two-hour class, you will learn basic knitting stitches and techniques while working on a swatch or individual project, preparing you for more challenging patterns.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


  • THURSDAY 6:00-8:00pm with Edye, classes are held the third Thursday of the month
  • SATURDAY 2:00-4:00pm with Edye, classes are held the first and third Saturday of the month

For knitters who have tried scarves and other fairly easy projects, here is your opportunity to advance your level of knitting.  We are offering an intermediate class that will focus on additional techniques.  Knowing these techniques will enable a beginner knitter or even a "returning" knitter to try projects that are 'show stoppers’!

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


  • SATURDAY 12:00-2:00pm with Tammy (beginning), classes are held on the second week of the month
  • SATURDAY 2:00-4:00pm with Tammy (intermediate), classes are held on the second week of the month

(Beginning Crochet I): A 2 hour introductory class designed to learn about the crochet tools used, preparing your yarn,  the basic crochet stitches and finishing techniques following the Churchmouse Crochet Companion booklet (available for purchase).    

(Beginning Crochet II): Once you have learned the basics this 2 hour class is designed to help you  conquer your first project.  Select one of the available three simple project patterns from the Churchmouse  series: Beanie & Cowl, Handwarmers 1 stitch 3 ways, Sampler Scarf & Handwarmers (available for purchase) or one of your own. 

(INTERMEDIATE) Skills taught: Increasing, Decreasing, Joining yarns and working with color, Two methods of crocheting in the round (chain and magic loop). Skills Needed:  Must be comfortable with basic crochet skills (foundation chain, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet).

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


These informal circles are a quick way to get help on your project. Why continue to waste time by ripping out and getting frustrated with your project? Whether you are stuck or want to make certain you get started correctly, our staff is here to help. Circle maximum is six (6) students. Students must already know the basics to knit and crochet. This is NOT a beginning knit/crochet class - a help session only. Pre-Registration is required.
Cost: $20 per session / $100 for a card of 10 prepaid Circle hours.


CHILDREN Knitting/Crochet: 1 hour

Kids can knit/crochet, too! Meet new friends and learn the basic stitches and how to begin and finish. Homeschoolers and children 6-12 years (tying their shoes) welcome!

Cost: $15/ 1 group class or $25/ 1 private class. 


In the 1980s, Elizabeth Zimmermann publicized continental knitting which helped its resurgence. During this one-session class, you will learn the knit and purl stitch while holding the working yarn in your left hand and discuss easy beginner projects. This method allows for a smooth and fast knitting. Two types of cast on, Long-Tail and Cable, will be taught.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


This 1.5-hour finishing class will cover three techniques. They are invisible seaming, 3 needle bind off and duplicate stitching.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


Needle felting is another very creative outlet for fiber artists. The student will learn the proper way to use the felting needles to felt wool roving into a 3-D animal. The basic shapes including rolls or tubes, balls, folds and cones will be demonstrated.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


This class will discuss commonly used symbols & help translate patterns into simple words, removing the intimidation factor from the project you’d like to begin.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


PRIVATE OR GROUP PARTY: weekdays, weekends or evenings by appointment

At YBD we offer private, one-on-one lessons. Whether you are Interested in a class but the day and time does not work with your schedule. Or, you need some focused, one-on-one time with one of our experienced teachers. Contact YBD and let us arrange your own private class with one of our skillful teachers. Private: $25/1.0 hour, $35/1.5 hours and $45/2.0 hours.

Want to do something different and creative with your friends? Why not host a knit or crochet party at the YBD boutique or your home? An experienced teacher from YBD will come to you. Contact the boutique for details. Two-week advance notice and non-refunable deposit of $60 is required at booking. From 4-10 people, cost: $60/ hour plus cost of materials.


REGISTRATION: All classes must be pre-registered and paid in full at least 72 hours in advance. Class fees do not include the cost of yarn, which must be purchased at YBD. Please do not bring in supplies from other retailers, everything you need is available at the YBD boutique. Students registered for a class will receive a 10% discount on supplies needed for that class.

CLASS MINIMUMS: Private = 1 student, Group = 2 or more.

CANCELLATIONS: Registrants may cancel up to 24 hours before the scheduled class (via email:, subject: class cancellation) and have two (2) months to reschedule. All late cancellations result in a forfeit of the scheduled class. If YBD must cancel a class, we will either reschedule the class or issue a refund.

PROMPTNESS: We do not make up any time lost for tardiness, please arrive promptly. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you forfeit the class and fees. If you need to purchase materials on the day of the class, please arrive early to shop before the scheduled class time.

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