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714 e. jefferson blvd.
south bend, in 46617
USA

574-286-5878

Just Goods offers fair trade, local-made, made in USA, organic, recycled and green products for the home and for families.  All of our products are sustainably crafted or manufactured.  You will find organic cotton clothing, reusable lunch containers, eco cleaning products, recycled-fiber socks, fair trade coffee, chocolate and gifts.  Together, we are making a difference.

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Fall Knitting Classes

Becky

Baby Sweater
Baby Sweater

Inge Deneen will offer various knitting classes this fall.  Please stop by the shop, call (574-286-5878) or email us for more details or to register. NEW!! Parent/Child Learn to Knit Class

For beginners and as a refresher, this 4-class series could be the beginning of a life-long passion. Class includes one skein of yarn, you will need needles size 7 or 8 (available for purchase)                 $50 per person

Saturdays at 10 am, Sept 13 and Sept 27, also Friday Sept 19 at 5:30pm

By Popular Demand: Baby Sweater

For advanced beginners, must know how to knit and purl,. You will be guided along the way to knit your first sweater . Class includes yarn, you will need circular needles size 7 or 8.    $ 75

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm -7 pm  Sept 16, 23 and 30

NEW!! Knit Fix Night

Bring any project you need help with. Ask questions and get help with your knitting questions and fixing mistakes.                            $15 

Wednesdays at 5:30 - 7pm Oct 1st   or   Nov 12

My First Hat - Knitting in the Round

For advanced beginners. You will learn how to “knit in the round” on circular needles and create a hat in this 2 week class. Class includes yarn. (Needles available for purchase )                            $60

Wednesdays at 5:30 - 7 pm  Oct 9 & 16

Learn to Knit Socks

You will learn to knit socks on double pointed needles, turn a heel and work a toe. For the intermediate knitter, 1 skein of hand painted yarn is included. (Needles available for purchase)                        $75

Wednesdays at 5:30 - 7 pm  Oct 22, 29 & Nov 5

Beginner/Refresher Knitting Class  

Learn to knit, purl, cast-on and bind off, knit a scarf, or wrist warmers. Class includes one skein of hand-painted yarn,  you will need needles size 7 or 8 (available for purchase at class)                     $ 65 

Thursdays at 6 - 7:30 pm  Nov 6, 13 and 20

Inge Herre Deneen

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Inge Herre Deneen learned to knit as a child growing up in Germany, knitting through high school and college. Not about to leave her needles behind when she moved to the United States, she safely tucked them away in her luggage. Developing her own patterns began as a necessity, but soon she realized she had a valuable skill that allowed her to customize her knitting and to design sweaters, cardigans and other knitwear. She loves to experiment with texture and color.

Inge has taught knitting and fiber arts since 2009, first in Alexandria, VA and more recently in Indiana and Michigan. In 2013 she launched “fiber accent”, a line of hand dyed yarns and fibers available at Just Goods.

Soapmaking with Wine Class 9/5 or 11/7 5:30pm

Becky

Soapmaking with Wine Class

September 5th  5:30 - 8pm

November 7th 5:30 - 8pm

Red Wine in your soap? Yes, Ladies!! Can you possibly get any more glam than this?

We'll be doing a little tasting + you'll get to take home 5 bars of soap (that's a whopping pound of soap!) you made yourself and a handout with recipes and great information.

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The nuts and bolds...

Cold process soapmaking - is a time honored, and to date still the most popular method because you get to control just exactly what beautiful oils and butters will go into your soap and what the end result will be. You'll learn about real, raw, unadulturated ingredients in soap crafting such as the positively mesmerizing scent of unrefined cocoa butter.

You will get to do the measuring, mixing, blending stirring and any other process that is involved in creating gorgeous handcrafted soap. Get your girls together for a few hours of unbridled fun!

Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of safety classes (I also always have extra on hand) and wear long sleeves and closed toe shoes.  Register and prepay at the shop, or by calling (574-286-5878) or

emailing

us.  Cost:  $50 per class.

Sustainable Retrofit, roof, hvac, lighting

Becky

It's been a few months since we gave you an update.  Lots of work going on here at our old (1874!) building.  The chimney was in dangerously bad shape and would require an expensive rebuild.  Instead, we replaced the 80% efficient furnace with a 95% efficient model.  This cooler-exhausting furnace doesn't require a chimney, so we will be able to recoup our costs in a few years by avoiding the expensive re-build of the chimney, and saving on energy costs.

Location of former chimney, no longer needed due to installation of 95% efficient furnace.

This little vent pipe replaces the crumbling brick chimney because the 95% efficient furnace vents cooler air.

You might notice our new roof is a much lighter color than before.  This will result in lower energy use for summer cooling.  Bonus:  lighter colored shingles last longer!

Light colored shingles reflect sunlight in summer, reducing cooling costs, and last longer than dark colors.

Finally, while we were waiting for the broken a/c unit to be replaced, we took the plunge and replaced our halogen track light bulbs with LED models.  This will also take a few years to recoup the cost, but with bulbs designed to last 10 years or more, we should realize great savings over the long run, not to mention the environmental bonus of saving electricity and cutting down on the heat generated by halogens.

These 13w LEDs replace 75w halogen bulbs in our vintage track lights.

We were glad to find bulbs that worked in our old dimmer track light fixtures.

Let us know what kind of sustainable retrofit you are doing and we'll feature it here next month!