Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Fair Isle Socks - Mary Jane Mucklestone

Technique requirements: Experience making at least one pair of socks. Some experience working stranded colorwork in the round in a small diameter piece.

So you’ve knit a pair of socks or two and you’ve done some stranded colorwork. How about having a bit more fun and combine the two? We’ll practice by making a wee sock, stranding while picking up tips and techniques.

We’ll learn to read charts, make a simple heel that makes Fair Isle work easy and uninterrupted, plus ponder other heel options. We’ll explore different ideas for choosing and combining colors. Come ready for colorful fun and adventure.

Supplies to bring: Between 3 and 5 (or more!) colors of fingering-weight wool yarn (Shetland Wool preferred), 25-100 yds of each color ; US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle; scissors; stitch markers. Graph paper and colored pencils, if desired; One set each US2 (2.75mm) and US3 (3.25mm) dpns or your preferred needles for knitting socks in the round; tapestry needle; scissors; stitch markers.

Homework: On smaller needles 24 sts. Join for working in the round taking care not to twist. K1 P1 rib for 1 inch.

Class Level: Intermediate

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Secrets from the Skein - Kim McBrien Evans

Hand dyed yarns seduce us with their beauty, but are often challenging to work with. But once the honeymoon is over and you’re knitting your project, all its secrets rise to the surface.

What is your hand dyed yarn REALLY telling you, and how can you best use it in your next project?

We’ll explore:

  • what kinds of projects are best suited for different dyeing styles
  • identifying different dyeing styles and how to “read” your yarn
  • the myth of the “dye lot”
  • how to easily and effectively alternate skeins for larger projects and stripes

Supplies to bring: notebook and pen/pencil, a small amount of yarn (3 small balls of scrap yarn are fine) and appropriate needles (for practicing techniques), any hand dyed yarn from your stash that you’d like help analyzing. 

Homework: none

Class Level: All Levels

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

The Fix is In - Stephanie Pearl McPhee

This class is best for intermediate knitters - advanced beginners will do fine if they can read their knitting (identify knit and purl on the needle) execute a simple chart, and understand a simple cable.

This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters. We’ll explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to fix (mostly) damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs.

Supplies to bring:

  • a small quantity of smooth worsted weight yarn, similar to the one you worked the swatch with- but in a contrasting colour
  • a darning needle
  • a crochet hook appropriate for the yarn
  • two DPNs a size or two smaller than the ones you’re using for the swatch
  • a pair of scissors or snips

Homework: You’ll need a small swatch of knitting, about 20 stitches, worked in Stockinette (knit right side rows, purl wrong side rows)  to a square. Please use smooth, light coloured worsted weight yarn, and needles you feel are appropriate. Do not cast off - bring the work still on the needles.

Class Level: Intermediate

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Advanced Brioche - Andrea Mowry

In this class we will begin playing around with what makes brioche so special. When working brioche in two colors, a whole new world of color play is opened up to you!

Discover how to blend colors and add depth thru contrast. We will also discuss using different fibers and weights together to really mix things up.

We will 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.

Supplies to bring: 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!

Homework: none

Skill Level: Confident; students must already be comfortable with the brioche knit and brioche purl stitches.

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Cable Knitting Masterclass - Kate Atherley

Suitable for knitters with some cable-knitting experience, this class takes your skills to the next level.

We'll create a sampler, playing with a wide variety of cable patterns and stitches: knit/purl versions, uneven cables, reversible one, slip-stitch variations.

We'll show you how to work without a cable needle, speeding up the process. We'll share tips for making cables fabrics more tidy.

And along the way we'll also review chart and pattern reading, and teach you how to fix mistakes. We'll also touch on designing and customizing cable patterns.

Supplies to bring: scrap yarn in a light color and matching needles - worsted-weight and 4.5mm/US #7 needles is recommended, a cable needle

Homework: none

Class Level: Intermediate

3 hour class - $120

 

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Mittens of the North Atlantic - Mary Jane Mucklestone

Explore knitting traditions of the North Atlantic by way of mittens. Norwegian Selbuvotter, Icelandic two thumbed mittens and Newfoundland shooting gloves are three of  the classic mittens found in this vast region.

Learn a little history and explore some special techniques found in this necessary hand-wear. We will discover a few types of thumb construction and creative colorwork from both sides of the Atlantic.

Choose one mini mitten to practice these skills or if you're exceptionally ambitious - knit them all!

Supplies to Bring: For Selbuvotter and Trigger Mittens, two colors of DK weight traditional type of wool yarn preferred, in two colors with high contrast in value, (one light and one dark), 25g/50m each. 25g/ 50m. For Icelandic double thumb mittens, Lett Lopi Icelandic Wool, 25g/50m. Needles US 3 & 4 dpns or preferred method for knitting small diameter pieces.

Note: Gauge is not critical in our samples. We may all get a different sized finished object. Our resulting mittens will be suitable for various sizes of fairies and small trolls.

Homework: None

Class Level: Intermediate, comfortable knitting small diameter pieces in the round. Experience in two color knitting required for knitting Selbuvotter and Trigger Mittens.

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Salish Weaving - Jessica Silvey

Join Master Weaver Jessica Silvey for a three-hour wool weaving workshop and learn about the cultural significance and traditional techniques of Coast Salish Weaving. Participants will make a Coast Salish wall hanging and learn how to operate the twill and twine methods.

Supplies to bring: All supplies will be provided, including a mini loom for you to take home.

Class Level: All Levels

3 hour class - $150 includes loom to keep and all supplies

Homework: none

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Closure - Kate Atherley

This class is all about two key garment finishing details: dealing with buttons and zippers.

We begin with a discussion of buttonholes: what's the best method to make them, how to keep them tidy and neat. And then once you've got the holes, we talk about how to attach the buttons to make sure they stay on and don't get loose. And then, of course, if you don't want buttons, zippers are an option.

We'll talk about how to insert a zipper into knits. And we'll also explore some ways to join without any external hardware at all!

Supplies to bring: 4.5mm needles for working flat, and some scrap worsted weight yarn

Homework: none

Class Level: All Levels

3 hour class - $120

 

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

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.

Supplies to bring: 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!

Homework: none

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

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Shetland Hap - Gudrun Johnston

Learn how to knit a traditional Hap (shawl) from the Shetland Islands. This beautiful heirloom shawl makes a great gift for a new baby and is a great introduction to Shetland Lace knitting.

We will make a mini version of this shawl in class (as a half hap) and students will leave with the necessary skills to make their own full sized version at home. A copy of a Hap pattern will be provided via email after class.

Gudrun will also give a brief slide show explaining some of the history behind these shawls.

Supplies to bring: Supplies to bring: small balls of fingering weight yarn in 4 different colours, US 6/4mm, US 7/4.5mm and US 8/5mm 24 inch circular needle and 1 dpn US 8/5mm
Stitch markers
Any other highlighters/tape you like to use for keeping track when following charts.

Homework: none

Class Level: Intermediate

3 hour class - $120

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