Summer Classes 2018

Happy Hot Summer, Wichita!!

I just returned from a lovely 10 day trip out west to the mountains where I spent a lot of time with family, relaxing, and enjoying hilly grandeur with pine trees. If you get a chance, visit the Cache Valley mountain range at some point; Logan and Bear Lake, UT would be my recommendations.

Now, on to classes for this summer at Picket Fence Quilt Co!

Registration will open for classes July 1st. Details and pricing will be available prior to registration.

We are already so close to July, and the Fiber Fling Retreat, that classes will start at the end of July giving everyone plenty of time to prep and purchase supplies for class.

First up,  Beginning Knitting Classes
Four weekly, 1.5 hour lessons teaching all the basics of knitting to get you well on your way to creating beautiful hand knits.
Learn two cast-ons, the knit & purl stitches, seed stitch, three most common increases, two most common decreases, and the basic bind off.
You will leave with a finished project and a wealth of knitting knowledge.

Four, 1.5 hour sessions, Wednesdays July 18th, 25th, August 1st & 8th, 1-2:30pm

Next Step Brioche
This class is for those that have worked the basic brioche stitch, flat or in the round, single or two color, and are ready to learn to increase & decrease, creating shapes and patterns within the brioche fabric.

We will be using the Staghorn pattern from Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant (brioche guru), and worsted weight yarns.

Two, 3 hour sessions, Wednesday July 25th & Thursday July 26th from 6-9pm

Sipila Sweater design by Boylandknitworks
This sweater!! Swoon.

This class will be for advanced beginners/intermediate+ knitters, colorwork experience is not required.

I used yarns from Daisy Hill Yarns and Madelintosh, but any two contrasting fingering or sport weight yarns can be used to create this beauty. We are hoping to work with Tara of Daisy Hill Yarns to carry her yarns in the shop prior to this class starting in August.

The pattern includes instructions for both the short sleeve top and the long sleeved sweater.
Pattern available for purchase through me (Ravelry shop purchase, it will be emailed directly to you and saved in your Ravelry library).

Three or four, 2 hour sessions, depending on your choice of short or long sleeves, Saturdays August 4th, 18th, September 1st & 15th if you choose long sleeves, 10am-12pm


If you are interested in classes that are not on the schedule please contact me!
Private lessons are always available, and it only takes 3 people to get a class on the schedule!

I am really looking forward to this round of classes and hope you are too.



Fiber Retreat in July~ Only 6 Spots Open!

Only 6 spots left open! Don’t miss out, we always put on a fabulous weekend of fiber-Y goodness.

National Local Yarn Store Day 2018 ~Picket Fence Quilt Co, Wichita, KS


Calling all knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners and general crafters!
It’s our first annual National Local Yarn Store Day!!

Free knit and/or crochet pattern for the cutest market bags, with any yarn purchase.

Join us from Noon (12pm) – closing at 5pm
Demonstrations of Emily Ocker’s Circular Knit Cast On from 12:30-3pm.

Weather permitting we will have tables and chairs set out front to sit, socialize, knit, crochet, spin, etc. If we need, we’ll move inside to the classroom area for our social time.

We know yarn stimulates your senses, from feeling the fibers to seeing the variety of colors, but you have to be in the store to experience it. 

This is your chance to celebrate everything you love about yarn and help others enjoy those same experiences. Teach a friend to knit and bring them to your local yarn shop on April 21!

Share your passion for the craft and your favorite yarn store, Picket Fence Quilt Co on social media.

IT’S A GO!! 2 Days until the iCT DeSTaSH SaLe


We’re having a sale!

Friday Hours: 9am – 6pm
Saturday Hours: 9am – 6pm


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Map of 751 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67211
751 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67211

We have yarn, spinning fiber, notions, Cricket Looms & accessories, Jenna May Made markers & a few bags, YARN!!

Bring some crochet, knitting, spinning, or table loom and join us for some shopping & socializing.  There are limited chairs, so if you plan to come for an extended period you may want to bring your own chair.

Coffee and hot tea will be available for $1, bring your own mug and it’s free!

You can bring snacks, lunch, drinks with lids.

Thank you, sellers!!
This one was a close call at not having enough sellers, I am so grateful to each of you for prepping and participating.

What’s On Your Needles (and YouTube)?

While I have had a lot of shop sample and class knitting that is simple, stockinette in the round I have found a few new video podcasts to follow.
Not only have I subscribed, I have binge watched hundreds of episodes (and they are NOT short episodes :o) ).

Let me introduce you to a few new friends:

Sockmatician – Brilliant, funny, chatty, interesting view on how knit stitches work together to make beautiful fabrics. Really fantastic tutorials!

Bakery Bears – I love this couple. Dan is a new knitter (not any longer, but when they started their video podcast) and Kay is a wonderful knitter human being that loves beautiful colors. And bakes. Yummy things!

Arne & Carlos – Scandinavian male knitters. Enough said. They are no-holds-barred up-front with their knitting and techniques. Great tutorials as well.

If you can’t tell, I am on a male knitter kick at the moment.

It’s all due to my dream of my husband and sons picking up fiber of some sort with some sort of tool to make something; spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, I don’t care, just create something!

On my needles for the shop samples, and an upcoming spring class at Picket Fence Quilt Co, is the Anker’s Summer Shirt.

The Cascade Sarasota, a cotton blend, top is already up on a mannequin at the shop in a great denim color, and I love it!
The second version on my needles is using Cascade Llamerino in 3 of the natural colors; cream, tan, light brown. Because it is a winter blend 50/50 llama/merino wool I am doing a longer sleeve version. This yarn is absolutely wonderful to knit with, soft hand yet it has some nice body to it. I can’t wait to have it done and blocked!

One ongoing class I have right now is the Keeping Warm Sweater. We are on the long slog of the stockinette body in the round before we get to the super fun mosaic bottom border. I love knitting with the Mirasol Sulka Legato yarn. It is so soft and smooth on the needles, with the ChiaoGoo Twist tips I am really huming along (when I have a few minutes to work on it).

Oh, and Wichita Knitters’ Guild March meeting is in just 2 days; Friends, Frogging & Fixing is the theme for this month.
Bring a friend, bring something to either frog or fix! We’ll help you with your frogging and fixing, swifts and ball winders will be present.
If you bring a friend you will both be entered in a prize drawing, if your friend joins the guild then you both get a small gift and you both will be entered in the prize drawing. So fun!!
We are also finishing up the East vs West charity knit-off. Can’t wait to add up all the points for both sides!! Teresa, our past president, has been really gung-ho on this competition. And just so you know, I have a LOT of donations + knit/crochet items, all for the East side!

Notice to iCT DeSTaSH SaLe Sellers

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How to Prep Your Items For the iCT DeSTaSH SaLe

There are a few options for you on preparing your items for sale, here is a list of some suggestions, and the NECESSARY PREPARATION in red:

  • Mark items with your name or initials
    ie Chauntel Ensey or CE or FirebrunetteKnits or FBKnits
  • Mark items with the price you set yourself
    I do not have any say or control over the price you charge for your items
  • Sellers may choose to either leave single skeins loose and marked with a hanging tag, or put in a clear zip top bag marked clearly with seller name, and price
  • Multiple item sets: please put all together in a clear zip top bag marked clearly with seller name, number of items in bag, and the price
  • I do recommend that if you have multiples of one colorway that you sell as a lot, not individually
  • Pricing: You set the price on your items
    I generally recommend 50-75% of retail value.
    Rare and hard to find yarns, or yarns you just aren’t totally set on giving up, can sell in the 80-90% of retail range.
  • Be realistic in your pricing, try to look at the yarn and price as a shopper would.

Inventory of Items

  • I inventory all items you bring to me.
  • Before the sale you will receive an email of a spreadsheet of your items listed at their set price.
  •  When you come to pick up your items Saturday evening, I will go through and inventory what of your items remain. You may then choose to donate to charity (Wichita Knitters’ Guild, where they will be used for charity projects) or take your items all prepared for the next DeSTaSH.
  • You will receive an email with the figures of your sales and your item inventory within 48 hours.
  • You will then receive your payment as agreed; cash, check, Paypal


In the previous space I rented for iCT DeSTaSH, I had use of lovely antiques in which to display everyone’s items. In this new space, I do not.

If you have some nice baskets or bins you would like your items to be displayed in, please bring the items in them.
I will make sure they are all marked with NFS (Not For Sale) tags.

Remember the more your items stand out, the more they will get shopped!
Of course, I will do my best to display everyone’s items in a way that they will be easy and fabulous to shop! Don’t you worry about that!