Thursday, May 7, 2009

New Classes Added to Schedule

We have added the following classes:

Come join your knitting friends for a great time! Everyone has a ball trying to learn the opposite technique. If you know Continental you will learn English and visa-versa. Having both types at your disposal will make Fair Isle knitting so much easier. Also, if one hand gets tired or sore you can switch to the other.
Date: Tuesday, May 12
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fee: $11.oo plus materials
Instructor: Meg Smith

Liz is not able to teach for us for a little while so we now have Mark, our newest dyer extraordinaire to teach you a new technique. You will be able to dye wool, mohair, nylon, silk and any other animal fiber. Each dye pot will accommodate one person only so we have to limit the class to 4 students.
Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Fee: $44.00 plus materials
Instructor: Mark Guardado

A lovely seed stitch background with easy lace medallions makes for a stunning scarf. This is a good way to take the next step in your knitting journey. It's not hard, it just looks like it!
Date: Tuesday, May 26
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fee: $22.00 plus materials
Instructor: Meg Smith

Entrelac knitting gives you a cool woven look in your regular stockinette knitting. It is an intriguing technique and a great way to advance your knitting skills. You need to know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease for this technique. We will teach you the rest!
Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 11:30am - 1:30am
Fee: $22.00 plus materials
Instructor: Meg Smith

Put you new found entrelec skills to work to make this cute purse. Using seed stitch and garter stitch and starting from the top down, you will learn a new way of shaping in entrelac. You can adjust the size of the purse by the size of the yarn used. One great button is used for the flap closure.
Date: Tuesdays, June 2, 9
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fee: $44.00 plus materials
Instructor: Meg Smith

It's time for an intermediate Moebius class! This one includes lace sections and then some easy garter stitch sections. It can be made in one yarn as in the original pattern or two or more yarns like Meg's. You will need Cat Bordhi's book, A Treasury of Magical Knitting for this project.
Date: Thursdays, June 4, 11
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fee: $44.00 plus materials
Instructor: Meg Smith


This is a really fun baby sweater. You start knitting at one cuff and knit across to the center, then knit another side and graft them together. The sweater size is determined by your yarn size; sport weight yarn will make a 0-6 month, worsted weight yarn can make anything from a 6-18 month size depending on needle size and bulky weight yarn will make a 24-36 month size.

Date: Saturdays, June 6, 13, 27

Time: 9:00am - 11:00am

Fee: $66.00 plus materials

Instructor: Meg Smith

This is a lovely scarf from Vogue Knitting Magazine's Spring/Summer 20009. “Laura Bryant’s summer scarf, in Prism Arts’ ‘Saki,’ is lighter than air in a dropped-stitch reversible basketweave. The multidirectional scheme relies on ladders created by dropped stitches, as well as on rows worked with extra wraps that are dropped on the way back.” You can use any sport or worsted weight yarn you would like but we will be ordering Prism Arts' Saki and Art Yarns Regal Silk for this project.
Date: Tuesdays, June 16, 23
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fee: $44.00 plus materials
Instructor: Meg Smith

"A simple wedge of 12 or 16 short rows sends your knitting off in a new direction. Use the wedges in multiples for a U-turn curve, or separate them with an odd number of complete rows to for a wave design." Excerpted from Scarves - A Knitters Dozen.
Date: Thursdays, June 18, 25
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fee: $44.00 plus materials
Instructor: Meg Smith

Please email us at or call 559-264-1874 to reserve your space.

May 2009 Updates

Just in time for last minute Mother's Day shopping, we have another great Trunk Show of handwoven baskets from Ghana. The show will be here until Saturday, May 26 but you will want to come in early as they go fast.

We will be open during Taste of the Tower so come on by and visit. It is happening on Thursday, May 14. More details are available at the Tower District website.

Join us on Friday, May 22 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. We will be having a potluck and knitting, crocheting and spinning night. There will be a potluck on the 4th Friday of every month, so add it to your schedule and plan on a great time.

Please bring your favorite dish, one or several projects and your fun attitude. We will eat until we can't see straight and then knit the night away.

Our night at the ballpark is coming soon. Stitch.'n Pitch with the Fresno Grizzlies is Saturday, May 16 and the game starts at 7:05pm. You can contact Freddie Dominguez at 559-320-2536 to reserve your seats.

Remember, we want to have a Magic Ball Exchange at the game. Everyone is welcome to play, not just Ancient Pathways customers. It takes approximately 400 yards of worsted weight yarn and you wind into this any treats that a fiber person might enjoy. Some examples of treats are buttons, tea bags, stitch markers, sticky notes, beads, needle tips or point protectors or tape measures. The only thing we think shouldn't be included are any edibles. (Chocolate in the summer with yarn...Not good.) Everyone who brings a ball will get a ball. The previous exchange was loads of fun; we couldn't wait to see what the next treat was going to be. None of us have finished a project faster.

Anyone who has had trouble finishing that pesky second sock will find this club helpful. Bring your lonely socks to work on; if you're lucky someone else might have a sock to match and a pair is born! Come by on Wednesdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm to get some second sock syndrome support. All support club meetings are free so come on in and play.

Meg has to crazy desire to knit a pair of socks on small needles! Come on Friday mornings from 11:00am to 1:00pm and knit along with us. The sock choice this time around is Polly Jean by MJ Kim. It is one of those "looks hard but not really" kind of projects. After Polly Jean is finished we will be working on Pomatomas Socks by Cookie A.

Come to the dark side, we have cookies.

Ancient Pathways now has a presence on a couple of the social networking sites. We are now on Twitter as ancientpathways and Facebook as Ancient Pathways. Join us and be a part of the fun!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Watch Cap

100 yds worsted weight yarn

Size 6 16” circular needles
Size 8 16” circular needles and double point needles

Small fits 21”-22” large fits 22”-23” Large is in parenthesis.

Gauge: 4.5sts and 7 rows = 1 inch in circular stockinette stitch on size 8 needles.

With size 6 circular needles, cast on 88,(96)sts and join into a round. Knit 2, purl 2 for 1 1/2 inches. Change to larger needles and work in stockinette stitch, (knit every round) for 6” total from beginning.

Begin decreases: Change to double point needles when necessary.
*K9, (14), k2tog*, rep between *'s, 8(6) times.
*K8, (13), k2tog*, rep between *'s, 8(6) times.
*K7, (12) k2tog*, rep between *'s, 8(6) times.
Repeat having 1 less st each round until you have 8(6) sts left.

Cut thread and weave through remaining stitches.
Weave in ends. Wear with joy!