Classes


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  • Only paid ticket holders are allowed in the classroom. You may not bring children, family, or friends to class with you. We have a seating area in the atrium where your guests may wait for you.
  • The deadline to cancel and receive a refund is June 9th. After that date, no refunds will be given.
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CLASS SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Charts Made Simple – JC Briar
Short Row Wizardry – Lucy Neatby

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jazz Up Your Handspun with Add-ins – Sony Hartley

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Mapping Lace Scarves – JC Briar
Double Knitting for the Addicted – Lucy Neatby
Intro to Entrelac – Elizabeth Spies


SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Socktastic Stitch Patterns – JC Briar
The Contented Stitch: Self-Sufficiency for Knitters – Lucy Neatby

10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Embrace Color – Kyla Crawford

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Tunisian Crochet – Kristi Millsap

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Disaster Recovery – JC Briar
Lucy’s Hot Sock Tricks – Lucy Neatby

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Crochet Fingerless Gloves – Carole Fitzgerald


SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Charts Made Essential – JC Briar
Taking the Plunge: Launching Into Your Own Designs – Lucy Neatby

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Intro to Illusion Knitting – Jessica Myers

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Crochet Sock Techniques – Tamara Gooderham

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Wedge Shawl Design – JC Briar
Ambidextrous Knitting: Knitting With Both Oars in the Water – Lucy Neatby




CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:


FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017


Charts Made Simple

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Teacher: JC Briar
Cost: $65

The symbols of a chart take the place of written instructions, telling you what stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you what the knitted fabric should look like. In this class, you’ll learn to read charts, making sense of their symbols and using them to keep your knitting on track and to minimize mistakes.

Skills required: basic knitting experience
Materials: smooth, light colored, worsted-weight yarn; needles of a size appropriate for your yarn
Homework: none


Short Row Wizardry

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Teacher: Lucy Neatby
Cost: $65

 

A practical look at short rows and their many applications to better tailor your knitting. Try unwrapped, wrapped, yarnover and Japanese short rows and compare their merits. Short rows in Garter stitch and making a mitered corner. Planning to improve fit and finish by planning your own shapings for bulgy bits. Conversion of doostep shoulder directions to short rows.

Skill level: Experienced beginners upwards
Materials: 20g Light coloured Worsted weight yarn or thicker (giving a gauge of 4-5 st per inch) in two colours. If you have any variegated yarn with shorter lengths in the above gauge please bring it along; At least two sets of 5 appropriately sized dpns, 4.5-5 mm/US# 7-8; Usual knitting paraphernalia; Yarn for markers or coil-less/safety pins.
Homework: Using Worsted weight yarn or thicker (giving a gauge of 4 – 5 st per inch) in a solid light colour, and appropriately sized dpns, 4.5 – 5 mm/US 7 – 8.
Swatches 1, 2, 3 and 5 – Cast on 20 sts. Knit 4 rows (Garter stitch), then knit 1 row, purl 1 row (Stocking stitch).
Swatch 4 – Cast on 34 sts. Knit 4 rows (Garter stitch), then knit 1 row, purl 1 row (Stocking stitch).
Cut off yarn from each swatch, leave stitches on a spare double pointed needle (ideally) or holder.


Jazz Up Your Handspun with Add-ins

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Teacher: Sony Hartley
Cost: $50

Jazz up your handspun by learning various ways to add in extras such as beads, flowers, buttons, etc.  Students will learn to add extras during the spinning and plying stage and to finished yarns.

Skill level: Intermediate, must be able to do basic spinning
Materials:
 Spinning wheel in working order with large orifice, 2-3 bobbins,  2-3 oz of various fiber to spin, plying thread, niddy noddy, lazy Kate
Homework: None


Mapping Lace Scarves

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Teacher: JC Briar
Cost: $65

MappingLaceScarves

Traditional lace charts can be tricky to decipher, especially if they contain “no stitch” symbols. But stitch maps are different. These special grid-free charts unlock the secrets of lace patterns, exposing landmarks and other aids to successful lace knitting. Learn about stitch maps, and become skilled in using them to minimize mistakes while knitting. Practice in class by designing and starting a simple lace scarf.

Skills required: some experience knitting lace is required; experience reading charts is helpful but not required
Materials: smooth, light colored yarn in DK weight, fingering weight, or lace weight (please do not choose lace weight if you have never worked with it before!); needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; clip-on stitch markers; highlighter pen
Homework: none


Double Knitting for the Addicted

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Teacher: Lucy Neatby
Cost: $65

Take your double knitting to new levels with delightful side-opening pockets with vertical or diagonal edges. Use of a double yarn to make subtle containment spaces. How to plan, chart and work different designs on both sides of the fabric. Horizontal/vertical patterning with slip stitches. Turning a heel into a DK sole fabric.

Skill level: Advanced (X rated, must have prior DK experience)
Materials: Smooth wool-blend yarns in Aran/Worsted weight (4-5 sts per inch) in two or more light yet clearly contrasting colours; One set of lightweight dpns; in a size appropriate to your yarn; Scissors; Crochet hook; Blunt darning needles; Usual knitting paraphernalia
Homework: In light coloured, smooth yarn, cast on 16 sts, work 4 rows Garter stitch and four rows of Stocking stitch. End on completion of a purl row.


Intro to Entrelac

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Teacher: Elizabeth Spies
Cost: $30

Have you seen entrelac knitting and thought “I can’t do that”?  Yes, you can!  Come learn this beautiful and fun technique.  Students will leave with an entrelac square.

Skill level: Intermediate
Materials: 1 ball of worsted weight yarn and appropriate sized knitting needles. (Noro or other long colorway yarns are recommended.)
Homework: None


SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017


Socktastic Stitch Patterns

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Teacher: JC Briar
Cost: $65

You can use nearly any stitch pattern for ordinary socks. But for fantastic socks, you need stitch patterns that have enough “give” for a snug but comfy fit, that allow for easy re-sizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated stitch patterns on the cuff, heel, and toe. Take this class to explore Socktastic patterns, to learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and to see how to combine basic building blocks and tweak existing patterns to come up with your own Socktastic creations.

Skills required: experience knitting socks and reading charts
Materials: your favorite sock yarn; needles appropriate for your yarn; pencil and eraser (graph paper will be provided); stitch dictionaries (optional)
Homework: none


The Contented Stitch: Self-Sufficiency for Knitters

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Teacher: Lucy Neatby
Cost: $65

This class is designed for both newer and seasoned knitters who would like to learn to read and understand their knitted fabric. With these skills, row counters and paper records become aids rather than lifelines! We will look at the following: The structure of a knit fabric both Stocking stitch and Garter and what makes for a contented stitch. The Long tail / Continental cast-on method and how to make it do your bidding. Decreases and how to recognize them, increases and their differences. Dropping stitches and staging rescues. How to mark your position and count rows.

Skill level: Novice-Intermediate knitters
Materials: One ball of fairly thick (chunky) weight yarn (to give a gauge of 3-4sts per inch in St st), please choose a smooth yarn in a solid (not marled) light colour and be prepared to swap a few metres with your neighbour as a contrasting colour; One pair size 6mm/US #10 needles (or a circular needle); Usual knitting paraphernalia, including a crochet hook.
Homework: none


Embrace Color

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Teacher: Kyla Crawford
Cost: $50 + $10 materials fee = $60

Color can be intimidating; in this class you will get over your fear of color. We will learn the basics of color theory, optical color blending, and how to use a color wheel. We will explore color by looking for inspiration by looking at preexisting color combinations and play with combing colors that we love and hate. We will take what we are learning on paper and discuss applying it to your next project wither it be knitting, crochet, weaving, felting or spinning.

Skill level: Beginner
Materials: None
Homework:  None


Introduction to Tunisian Crochet

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Teacher: Kristi Millsap
Cost: $20 + $10 materials fee = $30

Students will learn the chain cast on, Tunisian Simple Stitch, Knit Stitch and Purl Stitch, as well as basic terminology specific to the Tunisian method of crochet. We will also go over the anatomy of a stitch.

Skill level: Beginner
Materials: None
Homework: None


Disaster Recovery

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Teacher: JC Briar
Cost: $65

Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.

Skills required: basic knitting experience
Materials: smooth, light colored, worsted-weight yarn; needles of a size appropriate to your yarn, and spare double-point or circular needles 1 or 2 sizes smaller; crochet hook; tapestry needle; waste yarn
Homework: Cast on 20 sts. Knit in stockinette stitch for 4″ (10 cm). Do not bind off.


Lucy’s Hot Sock Tricks: Little Things That Make the Difference

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Teacher: Lucy Neatby
Cost: $65

A wide ranging selection of Lucy’s most trusted sock tips and tricks, including Modified Conventional Bind-Off (which may revolutionize your life), the toe-chimney grafting method, slipping stitches fast and easy, running yarn markers and wonderful hole-curing sutures. Getting to know the Australian Cousins, play with new-to-you needle configurations, Alternative heel stitch, Holes and more besides.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials: A small ball of smooth wool-blend yarn (these need not be ‘sock’ yarns) approximately Worsted (5 sts per inch or fewer) in two plain, light contrasting colours. We will be working samples not a sock. Fine sock yarns and needles may be used, but is far easier to see the details of your stitches and techniques in larger yarns and solid, light colours; 3 sets of needles all the same size (as used for your swatch): dpns and two circulars (one of which should be 100 cm/ 40” or longer); Scissors and crochet hook; Blunt darning needles; Usual knitting paraphernalia
Homework: Swatch 1: This swatch is worth the investment of your time and effort! It may be used over and over again and will serve you well if you take the time to find appropriate yarns. Choose a medium to light coloured, smooth (not fluffy or textured) worsted or chunky weight wool-rich yarn (approximately 5 sts/in or fewer) and 5+ mm (US # 6+) needles.

Using a set of DPN’s, or circular(s), cast on 40 sts and knit 5 rounds. Arrange the stitches for a sock toe: 10 sts on each needle. (Or as you would wish!)
Rnd 2: (K1, ssk, k 14, k2t, k1) x 2.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: (K1, ssk, k 12, k2t, k1) x 2.

Continue to work decrease rounds as set, every round until 24 sts remain. Break off main yarn with a 6” tail. Leave the stitches live or on the needles.

Please bring about 3 yds/m of a contrasting, similar weight solid coloured yarn to class.

Ssk: Slip the next two sts, knitwise, one at a time, to the right-hand needle, insert the left-hand needle into both sts and knit them together. This produces a one-stitch, left-slanting decrease known as a ‘Slip, slip, knit’.

K2t: Knit two stitches together. This produces a one-stitch, right-slanting decrease.


Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Teacher: Carole Fitzgerald
Cost: $35

Students will review the handy half double crochet stitch and will learn to use the easy fingerless glove pattern designed by the teacher. Students will leave class with at least one complete glove and receive a matching poncho pattern.

Skill level: Intermediate
Materials: Basic crochet hook kit.
Homework: Practice the chain, single, and half double crochet stitches.


SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017


Charts Made Essential

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Teacher: JC Briar
Cost: $65

Being able to read charts is only half the story. Take this class and learn to write charts: to visualize written instructions, to convert between flat and in-the-round knitting, and to plan shaping. Use charts to demystify phrases like “at the same time,” “reverse shaping,” and “shape in pattern.”

Skills required: ability to read charts
Materials: pencil and eraser (graph paper will be provided)
Homework: none


Taking the Plunge: Launching Into Your Own Designs

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Teacher: Lucy Neatby
Cost: $65

Let your knitting fill your needs. Working from your intended yarn and/or ideas we will develop a game plan for your design. Exploit all the advantages of designing your own knitting. How to define your ‘canvas’ and make every stitch count. Develop strategies for handling the intimidating blank piece of paper. Set limits and use the defined parameters to spark off new ideas. Sensitize yourself to design sources and let the yarns speak to you. The importance of swatches and playtime. Creating a yarn pallette from your stash.

Skill level: Beginners upwards
Materials: Soft-leaded pencil; Eraser; Coloured pencils (optional); Ruler; A few sheets of paper – plain and squared; Please bring small quantities of yarns that you may have in mind, pictures that please you or any other material, object, or a book that fascinates you; Needles of appropriate sizes for your yarn; Usual knitting paraphernalia
Homework: None


Intro to Illusion Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Teacher: Jessica Myers
Cost: $25

Learn the basics of illusion knitting. This simple form of knitting creates amazing optical illusions depending on the direction one views the piece. Learn how to read charts and even create your own designs.

Skill level: Beginner
Materials: 2 contrasting solid colors worsted weight yarn – not varigated; size 8 needles or desired needle size appropriate to yarn
Homework: None


Crochet Sock Techniques

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Tamara Gooderham
Cost: $30

There really is nothing better than a pair of handmade socks! Learn all of the techniques needed to hook a pair to fit you: gauge, sizing, stitch choice, toe construction and heel construction for both toe up and cuff down versions.

Skill level: Intermediate
Materials: 400-500 yards of light-colored fingering weight sock yarn, a size E 3.5mm crochet hook, 2 split ring stitch markers, a row counter.
Homework: None


Wedge Shawl Design

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Teacher: JC Briar
Cost: $65

Stunning shawls are often formed of lace “wedges,” sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of two wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of three or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer’s shoulders. Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shape. Choose your edgings, and a “spine” to appear between the wedges. By the end of class, you’ll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Skills required: experience knitting lace and reading chart
Materials: fingering-weight, DK-weight, or laceweight yarn for starting a shawl project (please do not select laceweight if you have never used it before!); needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; clip-on stitch markers; a small scrap of contrast-color waste yarn; crochet hook; pencil and eraser (graph paper will be provided); stitch dictionaries (optional)
Homework: none


Ambidextrous Knitting: Knitting With Both Oars in the Water

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Teacher: Lucy Neatby
Cost: $65

You have two hands? Get both of them working for you, with a yarn in each. We’ll look at the relative merits of operating your yarn with either hand. How to weave in either of the yarns at the back of the work without ever tangling or letting go of the yarns. Discussion about the differing gauges given by the different styles of stranding and colour dominance issues. How to convert flat designs to circular to utilize this technique.

Although we will deal mainly with the knit stitch the left-hand purl will be discussed and practiced if desired. Additonally we will look at needle attributes, flat ‘circular’ swatching and planning for cutting your knitting with or without a steek.

Skill level: Experienced beginners upwards. No two handed experience necessary.
Materials: One 40 cm/16 inch circular needle – please do not substitute a longer needle, of size 4-4.5 mm/US # 6-7; Darning needle; A slender crochet hook; Scissors; Magnetic board or ruler; 20g each approx of DK/Sport weight yarn (giving approx 5-6 sts per inch in st.st.) in at least two colors.
Homework: Onto the circular needle, cast on 90 sts, work 4 rounds in Garter Stitch, (knit 1 round, purl 1 round) repeat, in a single color. Leave yarn attached.