commuknity...a neighborhood yarn experience

About Us


Shop Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 10 to 8
Thursday: 10 to 6
Friday: 10 to 6
Saturday: 10 to 6
Sunday: noon to 5

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Discover your Local Yarn Store

Knitting & Crochet Classes

Our classes offer a supportive environment for you to learn and share. We'll be happy to help you find the class that's right for you...and, we're always open to suggestions for new classes.

You will receive a supply list when you register for a class; get a 10% discount on materials you buy at commuknity.

Click month to open calendar view: November 2008 | December 2008

Skill Building &
Technique Classes

Beginning Knitting B
Sophomore Knitting B/I
Fix Your Mistakes B

One Session Project Classes
First Lace Scarf B+

Multiple Session Project Classes
Sock School - Cuff Down I
Crochet for Knitters I

Crochet Classes
Beginning Crochet B

Other Classes
Shibori Felting all levels
Hand Felted Ornaments all levels

Private Lessons B/I/A

Meet Our Instructors
Derrick Koh
Ira Dearing
Ivy Mok
Judi Hammond
Leigh Radford

Skill Building &Technique Classes

Beginning Knitting (B)

Learn the traditional British way or Continental knitting. Master the basics, including casting on and off, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and more. Familiarize yourself with yarn and needles and enter the fascinating world of knitting!

Class Fee: $50; 10% off materials purchased at commuknity

Series R: Sat. 12/06 & 12/13 3:00-5:00pm, with Derrick

Sophomore Knitting (B & I)

Continue with your knitting knowledge on a project of your choice. We will help you to interpret instructions and continue with techniques of increasing, decreasing, shaping, and some secrets to help you complete your project. Come to the class with your supplies and pattern in hand.

Class Fee: $65, 10% off materials purchased at commuknity

Series N: Thu. 11/06, 11/20 & 12/04, 6:00-8:00pm, with Ivy
Series O: Thu. 12/18, 1/8 & 1/22, 6:00-8:00pm, with Ivy

Fix Your Mistakes (B)

We make mistakes all the time. Stop ripping it out over and over again. Come in to learn learn how to catch dropped stitches, twisted stitches, unknit your stitches, and more.

Class Fee: $30, 10% off materials purchased at commuknity

Thu. 12/11 6:00-8:00pm, with Ivy

One Session Project Classes

First Lace Scarf (B+)

YO, SSK, K2tog…. Solve the mystery of lace patterns and/ or lace charts. You will see the color waves on your very first lace scarf. Homework required. 

Class Fee: $30 + materials, 10% off materials purchased at commuknity

Thu. 11/13 6:00-8:00pm, with Ivy

Multiple Session Project Classes

Sock School – Cuff Down (I)

Let us show you how to control those pesky double pointed needles, turn a heel, knit gussets and graft.

Class Fee: $65, 10% off materials purchased at commuknity

Series (C): Sat. 11/01, 3:00-5:30pm, (Part 1,) with Derrick
Sat. 11/08, 3:00-4:30pm, (Part 2), with Derrick

Crochet for Knitters (I)

Make any sweater lovelier with a crochet trim. Learn the basic crochet stitches and sample edge in first 2 sessions while getting started on your knit sweater. Bring completed sweater to last session to get assistance applying the crochet trim to your sweater. Homework required.

Class Fee: $55 + materials, 10% off materials purchased at commuknity

Wed. 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 6: 00-7:30pm with Ira

Crochet Classes

Beginning Crochet (B)

Crochet is back! We will be working on learning the basic stitches in crocheting, how to read a pattern and at the same time creating a potholder.

Class Fee: $65, 10% off materials purchased at commuknity

Series R: Wed. 10/29, 11/5 & 11/12, 6:00-8:00pm, with Judi

Other Classes

Hand Felted Ornaments

Learn to transform colored roving into beautiful balls that can be joined together to create one-of-a-kind ornaments, garland, jewelry, buttons or perhaps a pin cushion. Students will also learn needle felting techniques to embellish balls with contrasting colors. $65+materials

One session, Saturday, November 29, 10:00am – 1:00pm with Leigh Radford

Shibori Felting Workshop

Learn how to apply time-honored Shibori techniques to create dimension and texture to your knitting. Shibori is a Japanese term used to describe shape-resist techniques traditionally used to dye fabric. You'll be asked to bring several swatches of stockinette stitch to practice these techniques. Felting will be done in class. $65+materials

One session, Saturday, November 29, 2:00pm – 5:00pm with Leigh Radford

Private Lessons

If your schedule doesn't match our classes, you can sign up for a private class with Ivy on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. Time slots are available for ½ hour or more.

Please contact the shop at 408-293-9333 to schedule some time to get individual instruction.

Meet Our Teachers

Derrick Koh is innovative and fascinated with fiber designs. He plays with color in an innovative way and is experimenting with dyeing of yarns while refining methods of knitting, crocheting, weaving, and other fiber methods to produce 3-D and 2-D artwork. He is a dedicated, passionate, understanding and caring instructor wanting to teach more people to view color in a different perspective rather than using the traditional color theory methods that yields unsatisfactory results.

Ira Dearing, the adage, Yarn-A-Holic applies to her. Yarns of all sorts became her passion at an early age. She began designing crochet dresses for 6-inch dolls before she was 10 years old. Knitting attracted her attention three years later and she was designing her own sweaters and dresses before graduating from high school. Today, she designs knit and crochet items for clients of all ages and is the owner of

Ivy Mok has been knitting for 25 years. She has taught at other yarns shops and at Los Gatos Community Center. She designs for herself and for customers, writes patterns, and loves challenging projects. Her passion of knitting and crocheting is not too far behind Yarn-A-Holic Ira.

Judi Hammond has crocheted for many years. She enjoys passing on her love for crocheting to others. You will find her classes exploring and productive.

Leigh Radford is an award-winning author, designer and teacher. Artistic, inventive and resourceful, Leigh frequently explores creative re-use and imaginative application of unusual materials.

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Class Policies

Seven (7) day advance registration is recommended.

Register for classes or RSVP for events by phone (408) 293-9333 or in person at our shop located at 1345 The Alameda, San Jose, California.

Purchase your materials at commuknity and receive 10% off.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel at least 3 days prior to class start for store credit.

Cancellations with less than 3 days notice will result in forfeit of class fee. Full refunds will only be issued if commuknity must cancel a class.

commuknity reserves the right to cancel a class if it does not meet the two participant minimum.


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