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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Creative Approaches to Design - Kim McBrien Evans

There is a place for patterns, and a place for learning to let go of traditional knitting structures and making creative design decisions on your own. This is what we will explore in this full-day class.

Look at the things you do everyday as a knitter: basic structures, stitch patterns, colour and design. Learn how to “break” those structures, change them and how far you can bend them to your will. Through a series of exercises, gain confidence in your own experiments and design ideas and learn how to bring them to your knitting.

A variety of class materials for use in creative exercises will be provided. Body models, different papers, tags, colouring tools.

Supplies to bring:

  • notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes/sketching/etc.
  • needles: bring a variety of needles you enjoy working with. There will be samples of yarns to play within a range of weights. Gauge will not be important, so a few different sizes that feel good in your hands is more important than specific sizes.
  • small amounts of yarn to play with (some will be provided as well, so if you don’t have this, don’t worry) 
  • your own stash of favourite knitting tools: stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, tape measure, scissors or snips etc.

Homework: none

Class level: All Levels

6 hour class - $230

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Sweaters That Fit - Joji Locatelli

In this friendly full-day workshop, we’ll talk about how to choose a sweater that will make you really happy after spending so much time knitting it.

We’ll discuss:

  • How to choose the best sweater styles and shapes for your body.
  • How to take measurements of your body and choose the right size of the pattern you
  • want knit.
  • How to customize a sweater to your own body according to your: Waist length, arm
  • circumference, bust measurement, hip measurement.
  • How to add bust darts, waist shaping, curved hems, length to the back so that the
  • sweater doesn’t ride up.
  • How to choose the proper length for you.
  • How to choose the right yarn and fiber content for a project.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take a look at some of my samples and their sizes, shapes, lengths and styles.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; have knit a few accessories.

Supplies to Bring: Pen; tape measure; close-fitting clothes so taking measurements is easier.

Homework: None

Class Level: All Levels

6 hour class - $230

 

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

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
28
10:00 AM10:00

Stripes Beyond the Basics - Veera Välimäki

This class is all about the fun called stripes! How to add stripes to your knitting, how to best work them and how to make stripes extra special with easy techniques.

This workshop also focuses on color in knitting: what to expect from certain colors, which colors to pair and what to choose to begin with. Inspire your imagination and choose colors with confidence!

We’ll also discuss how to use simple stitch patterns like slipped stitches to enhance your stripes, making them just as impressive as stranded or fair isle knitting. 
You’ll learn how to best:

  • Knit joggless stripes in the round
  • Work stripes with short rows
  • Keep the edges neat with two or more colors
  • Use simple stitch patterns to spice up your stripes

Supplies to bring: 
Bring a small selection of colors in sport to DK weight yarn (small leftover skeins are
perfect) and circular needle to go with your yarns.

Homework: None

Class Level: All levels

3 hour class - $120

 

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Shetland Hap - Gudrun Johnston

Learn how to knit a traditional Hap (shawl) from the Shetland Islands in this full-day class. 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: 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

6 hour class - $230

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Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

Knitting for Speed & Efficiency - Stephanie Pearl McPhee

This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms.

We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think. 

Supplies to bring: Your regular knitting supplies, smooth worsted weight wool, and your favourite needles to match (Circulars, DPN's, whatever you like best) as well you will need long straight needles (14 inches) of the same size. 

Homework: none

Class Level: All Levels (though beginners should have a good grasp on the basics)

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

War & Peace (Two Socks at Once) - Kate Atherley

Suffering from Second Sock Syndrome? Bored with your usual way of knitting socks? Looking for a way to impress your friends and challenge yourself? Learn to knit two socks at the same time - one inside the other, on the same set of needles, using a double knitting technique! This class will expand your skills, and add an excellent new trick to your repertoire.

Supplies to bring: 4.5mm/US #7 DPNs or long circular for magic loop method, and two colors of medium-weight yarn

Homework: none

Class Level: Confident

3 hour class - $120

 

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