Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

The World of Arne & Carlos - an evening with Arne & Carlos

Scandinavian design superstars ARNE & CARLOS have gained a passionate international following, not only through their work with well-known names such as Comme des Garçons, Urban Outfitters, Dale of Norway, Regia and Rowan but also their nine bestselling instructional books and numerous online tutorials.

It is in their books and videos that we are warmly welcomed into their vibrant, colourful, creative world, which is based in a renovated train station in the Valdres region of Norway, north of Oslo. Here we see glimpses of the eclectic collections of memorabilia, the rich variety of materials and patterns, the natural elements outside and homey comforts of inside that spark their ever-active imaginations. These are the sources of their hugely popular handcraft designs, which reflect their enthusiasm for finding new ways to value the old, as well as their commitment to developing innovative ideas that are wholly their own.

In this engaging lecture, ARNE & CARLOS speak frankly about the way they live, and how every one of us can be inspired by the everyday things that surround us. Learn how to create fabulous, unique knitting and crochet designs, as well as other projects, using their unique lifestyle techniques, and walk away feeling energized and finally ready to bring your own original ideas to life.

Cost: $40

***NEW VENUE*** This event is now being held at the Pacific Lounge at the Coliseum on the PNE grounds. Enter through Gate 6 for parking. Parking for this event is free.

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Oct
4
2:00 PM14:00

Ergonomics at Your Spinning Wheel - Carson Demers

Time seems suspended when you’re at your spinning wheel. Hours melt away but stress and strain can be accumulating in your body. Spinning shouldn’t hurt! In this class you’ll learn what ergonomic risk factors are and where they exist in spinning at a wheel. Most importantly you’ll learn what to do to minimize them and early warning signs that could prevent an injury. Safer strategies for seating, balancing your spinning work, and of course, stretches will all be taught. 

This is not a “how to spin” class. Students must be able to spin a consistent singles with both forward and long draw. 

Student Materials: spinning wheel, bobbin. Fiber will be provided. Students are asked to bring a bath size towel and basic spinning equipment – wheel, bobbins, etc. (fiber processing equipment is not needed). 

Cost: $120

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Oct
4
2:00 PM14:00

Breed Specific Knitting - Anna Hunter

Each breed of sheep produces a distinct type of wool for knitting and crochet.  Understanding the qualities and characteristics of these breeds will inform and accentuate your knitting. Texture, colourwork, cables and drape are all affected by the unique wool breeds.

This workshop will explore the aspects and features of sheeps wool and provide an overview of some accessible single-breed wools and the variety they can offer to your knitting.  We will dive into the history and tradition of these unique sheep breeds and their wool.  This workshop is hands on, you will be able to touch, and experiment with breeds in their different forms (raw, carded, spun and knit/crochet).

Participants will take home 100g of a variety of breed-specific yarn.


Cost: $130

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Oct
4
2:00 PM14:00

The Fine Art of Yarn Substitution - Andrea Rangel

Have you ever found a pattern you love, but aren’t sure how to choose an appropriate yarn? In this class, you’ll be guided through the intricacies of fiber, yarn weight, and plies. You’ll learn how to decode yarn labels to match the perfect yarn to your project. I’ll bring tons of swatches so you can get hands-on experience with the difference the yarn makes.

Student Materials:

pen & calculator

Technique Requirements: Cast on/bind off; knit/purl; have knit a few accessories

Homework: None

Cost: $120

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Oct
4
2:00 PM14:00

Advanced Brioche - Andrea Mowry

In this class we will begin playing around with what makes brioche so special! We will use two color brioche and learn how to increase and decrease in brioche, and how it goes far beyond just shaping
your fabric, to create the appearance of intricate cables and lace. (It is important that students who sign up for this class are already comfortable with the brioche knit and brioche purl stitches.)


Skill Level: Advanced; Students must be comfortable with the brioche knit and brioche
purl stitches. We will do a quick overview- but this is not a beginner class.


Student Materials: 2 colors of worsted weight yarn, size US 7 or 8 - 24” to 32” circular needle,
locking stitch marker, pen or pencil, highlighter tape is handy!

Cost: $120

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Oct
4
2:00 PM14:00

Seaming Techniques - Julie Hoover

Possibly the most intimidating part of any pattern, the focus of this class is to cover best practices Julie uses for blocking projects and seaming garments— two essential topics that will help you raise the baron your finishing skills.

Student materials:

  • 4 identical 6” x 6” swatches in stockinette stitch worked as per handout instructions (will be provided no less than 2 week prior to event)

  • 50 yards of swatch yarn in contrasting color (or same color if preferred)

  • One pair straight or circular needles in same size used for swatches

  • One pair straight or circular needles in size US 0 or US 1 (2mm or 2.25mm)

  • Fabric clips (small hair clips, small photo clips, small fold back paper binder / paper clips, or similar)

  • Blunt tapestry needle

  • Crochet hook (small gauge)

    Cost: $120

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Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Knitting Happily Ever After - Carson Demers

Ever known a knitter who hasn’t said, “Just one more row”? Me neither! I’ll bet they’ve also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you’ll learn how knitting effects the “fabric that makes the fabric”- your body, and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class you’ll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you’ll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who’ve taken this class have said that it should be “required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level!” and, “it’s as important as the knit and purl stitches!” This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist. This class is not an individual knitting assessment. 

Student Materials: Students are asked to bring a bath-sized towel, and materials to take notes if they wish to do so. 

Class is suitable for all levels of knitting experience. 

Cost: $120

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Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Scandinavian Twined Knitting - Arne & Carlos

Twined Knitting (Norwegian: Tvebandstrikking Swedish: Tvåändstickning,) is a traditional knitting technique that originates from in Norway and Sweden and has existed since the 17th century. This technique is used to make thicker, warmer and more water repellent garments. Twined knitting is always knitted with two ends, even if the garment that is being knitting is of a single colour.

In this class, ARNE & CARLOS will teach you the basics of twined knitting using two colours and how to create the “herringbone” pattern when knitting a hat using this special technique.

Student Materials:

2 balls of ROWAN Cocoon: 1 ball (100gr) in colour #801 Polar and 1 ball (100gr) in colour #813 Seascape.

Needles:

1 standard circular needle (length: 40 cm / 16 in) size 6 mm (U.S. size 10, U.K. size 4)

1 standard circular needle (length: 40 cm / 16 in) size 6.5 mm (U.S. size 10.5, U.K. size. 3)

1 set of 5 DPNs size 6.5 mm (U.S. size 10.5, U.K. size 3)

Homework:

With smaller size circular needle and the colour of your choice, CO 64 sts. Join, and work around in k2, p2 ribbing for 10 rows.

Level of knitting proficiency required:

Basic knitting skills needed. Participants should be able to knit, purl and decrease. This project issuitable for intermediate knitters as well as advanced knitters who want to learn a new Scandinavian knitting technique

Cost: $160

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Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Selvedge Stitches - Julie Hoover

The selvedge of a knit fabric is created by changing the stitch pattern at the beginning and end of every row. In this class you will practice several of Julie’s favorites, and learn how to choose the best technique for your project.

Student materials:

  • DK or worsted weight yarn in a solid color (preferably light to medium shade)

  • One pair straight or circular needles in appropriate size for yarn choice

  • Crochet hook

  • Blunt tapestry needle

    Cost: $120

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Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Easy Stranded Colourwork - Jenn Steingass

In this class, we'll practice knitting 2 color stranded colorwork in the round while learning to combine colors that harmonize and ensure the motifs have enough contrast against the background. You’ll learn techniques for successful stranded colorwork like color dominance, float tension, and avoiding the tangling of strands. After completing this class, you’ll be ready to tackle your first colorwork project and choose colors with confidence.  

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; working in the round

Student Materials: small amounts of sport or dk weight wool yarn in two different high-contrast colours. For knitting a small circumference swatch, students will need to bring size US 5 and US 6 needles - 32 or 40 “ long circulars for magic loop, or DPNS.

Cost: $120

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Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Beginner Brioche - Andrea Mowry

Learn how to knit super squishy brioche and open up a whole new world of texture, colorplay, and fun with this addicting stitch! This class will focus on learning brioche knit and brioche purl stitches. 


Skill Level: Intermediate; the student needs to be comfortable with knit, purl, yarnovers
and slipping stitches


Student Materials: 2 colors of worsted weight yarn, size 7 or 8 - 24” to 32” circular needle, locking
stitch marker, pen or pencil, highlighter tape is handy!

Cost: $120

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