Knit Nation 2011: A summer knitting and spinning extravanganza!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Scroll down for a full list of available classes as well as those which are sold out (indicated in bold red) and those that have 3 or less spots left (indicated in orange). This list is updated manually so is not a real time reflection of class availability.  Click on the 'details' link for information on materials fees, homework, and what supplies to bring to class.
 

Classes are either half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours), with the exception of Sock Survival on Saturday, which is a 1-hour clinic.  
 
Half-day classes are £50 and full-day classes are £100, both of which include access to the Marketplace and the Friday night preview.  The one hour clinic is £15 and does not include access to the Marketplace nor the preview.

We are incredibly thrilled to be welcoming the following wonderful teachers to Knit Nation 2011. 


COOKIE A


Cookie designs beautiful socks, which have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitty.com, Twist Collective and Knit1 to name just a few. She also has her own pattern line which is internationally distributed, and which are featured in her two books, Sock Innovation and Knit. Sock. Love. You can see more of Cookie's lovely designs at www.cookiea.com.

LENE ALVE


Lene is a knitwear designer based in the Arctic Circle, and whose hometown is Rovaniemi from whence the famed mittens originate. Lene authored the January 08 Piecework article on Rovaniemi Mittens, and worked with Susanna Hansson in creating a class to teach the technique. You can read more about Lene and see photos of her beautiful work at http://lenealve.blogspot.com.

SUSAN CRAWFORD

Susan is a knitwear designer, stylist and design consultant. Vintage fashion and collecting vintage fashion and craft magazines from the 1930s to the 1950s has long been an obsession which shapes her designs.  Susan is the author of A Stitch in Time and Vintage Knitting and Crochet Patterns, 1920-1949 (vol 1) (co-authored with the legendary Jane Waller) and Vintage Gifts to Knit.  You can read more about Susan and all about vintage knitting and sewing and the make do and mend lifestyle at www.justcallmeruby.blogspot.com and her books and events at www.susancrawford.com.

ELISE DUVEKOT

Elise is a knitwear designer whose interest in novel techniques led her to author Knit One Below – One Stitch, Many Fabrics, an entire book based on the knit one below technique.

CAROL FELLER

Carole Feller is a knitwear designer based in Cork, Ireland.  You will have seen her gorgeus fitted designs  in Interweave Knits, The Twist Collective, Yarn Forward, Knitty, Knotions as well as appearing in the Kristi Porter book 'Knitting in the Sun'.  Look out for Carol's new book on contemporary Irish knitting in Fall 2011.

FRANKLIN HABIT

Franklin is a writer, illustrator, photographer and author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). You can read his musings, essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep on his blog www.the-panopticon.blogspot.com   Franklin has contributed to Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective, and writes a regular column on historic knitting patterns for Knitty.com.

ANNE HANSON

Anne is a knitwear designer and life-long knitter with experience in the fashion and graphic design fields. Anne’s background as a patternmaker and draper, technical designer, and costumer in New York City’s garment district informs her work, providing a rich source of experience in garment construction and fit, as well as knowledge of a wide range of fibers and fabrics. You can read about Anne's life and see more of her gorgeous work at www.knitspot.com

SUSANNA HANSSON

Susanna grew up in Sweden during the late ‘50s and ‘60s and learned to knit in the fifth grade, as did all young Swedish girls.  From that auspicious start, Susanna has for the past several years been teaching in the US at Stitches events as well as at the Nordic Knitting Symposia in Scandinavia and Japan. Susanna has been instrumental in the renaissance of interest in the unique patterned colorwork Bohus sweaters and has a wonderful collection of historical Bohus sweaters that demonstrate the Bohus tradition of the mid 20th century, handknit in Sweden and coveted around the world. Visit Susanna website at www.oneofsusannas.com to learn more.

MARJAN HAMMINK


Marjan, aka Yarnissima lives in the Netherlands with her husband and three young sons.  Marjan's infatuation with the beautiful, hand dyed Wollmeise yarns from Claudia in Germany inspired her to design her own beautifully intricate socks, with modern interpretations of traditional Bavarian travelling stitches.  You can find out more about Marjan and her designs at www.yarnissima.com.

CAROL & PETE LEONARD

Carol and Pete Leonard have been teaching  for more than fifteen years.  They are highly experienced in teaching spindle spinning, and also a number of other fibre related subjects.  They have taught at many northern Guilds, including Bowland, Craven, Derbyshire, Eden Valley, Lancs and Lakes, Merseyside, Mid Lancs and their own Guild, Bradford, and at the Summer School of the National Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

JUDITH MCCUIN

Judith is a nationally known teacher, master weaver, spinner, and fiber artist now living in the State of Washington. Her classes are rich with knowledge honed by years of practice, scientific and historical research. Judith is a regularly featured author in Spin-Off Magazine and she has published a book, Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning. Her second book The Intentional Spinner published in 2009 by Interweave Press became an instant best seller.

CLARA PARKES


Clara has the best job in the world - she spends her days playing with yarn and writing about it every week in Knitter's Review, which she founded in 2000. She is also also author of The Knitter's Book of Yarn and The Knitter's Book of Wool, and soon to be published The Sock Knitter's Book of Yarn.  She is also a frequent contributor to Interweave Knits and Twist Collective. You can peruse the Knitter's Review at www.knittersreview.com.

MERIKE SAARNIIT

Merike has been teaching workshops in knitting, spinning, weaving and dyeing for almost 20 years, and at most Stitches events in the US since 2000.  Students are treated to Merike's in depth knowledge of traditional Estonian stitches and knitting techniques, which she learned as part of her Estonian heritage.

JULIE WEISENBERGER

Julie's original creations have been sold at Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, Mark Shale, and a number of small boutiques across the US. She has been teaching since 2004.  You can find out more about Julie and her designs at www.cocoknits.com.

Below is a list of available classes as well as those which are sold out (indicated in bold red) and those that have 3 or less spots left (indicated in orange). This list is updated manually so be aware that the availability may change between updates.  Last updated Sat 18 June 08:38.
CLASSES  

Friday 15th July 2011  

Full Day Classes:  

Knitting Off the Grid  (details)
Learn how to add curves and angles to your knitting by going off the grid. We will go over the different methods for making stitches move, the effects on fabric, increasing and decreasing in pattern, and how to incorporate traveling components into a basic knitting pattern.

Note: This class is an extended version of Cookie's 3-hour Traveling Stitches class. Students will be able to work more on their projects and ideas in class.

Level: Students should be fluent in the basics of knitting: purling, increasing, decreasing, and be comfortable reading charts

Materials fee: None.


What to bring: Worsted weight yarn, 4.5mm/US7 needles, cable needle.
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 16:45 (BST)
£100.00

Mittens from Rovaniemi  (details)
Rovaniemi mittens are traditional mittens from the northern part of Finland, Lapland. If one mentions Lapland Mittens in Finland, most people know that one is referring to unique mittens with an unusual zigzag pattern with bright colours. There are two versions of the mitten; one that is called the Rovaniemi mitten and the other the Inari mitten. Originally these mittens were done with bright colours, similiar to those of the traditional Samí dress.

Both of these mittens have a sawtooth-like pattern that runs only on the top side of the mitten while the palm side is plain. The technique is clever and interesting and most likely one of a kind in the world's mitten tradition.

The class will concentrate on the mitten from Rovaniemi, since Rovaniemi is Lene's home town. Students will start off by making a small sample with just a few colours in dk or worsted weight yarn and will then proceed to knit wristlets with small gauge (1.75-2.0 mm/US 00-0) and more colours. We will cover all the details in both of these mittens with the emphasis on the mittens from Rovaniemi.  We will also talk little about making more modern variations of the pattern and applying the technique to other garments like hats and socks.

Level: Advanced knitters

Materials fee:None

What to bring:

For the sample:
DK or worsted weight yarn in four colours (more of the main colour but just a few yards/meters of the other three) and needles to match the yarn in your preferred way of knitting in the round. (Lene uses dpns in size 2.5mm/US1.5 for dk weight.)

For the wristlets:
Light fingering weight yarn in four colours, 50 grams of the main colour and about 25 grams or less of the three contrasting colours. The traditional colours of the Rovaniemi mittens are off-white [MC] and green, red and yellow [CC's] but you are welcome to use your own colour palette.  Please bring needles to match the yarn in your preferred way of knitting in the round;  aim for gauge of approx 8-9 sts/inch, 3.5 sts/cm.  Lene uses 2.0 mm/ US0 size dpn's to get this gauge, 1.75 mm/US00 if she is aiming for smaller mittens.

Take along also one long needle from the size range of 2.5mm-3.0mm/US 1.5-2.5. This long needle is used for keeping all the 11 little skeins of contrasting colours in order. You will also need a stopper for this long needle to keep all the skeins from falling off the needle; a wine bottle cork will do the trick.

Pencil and paper for taking notes, stitch markers, scissors, darning needle
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 16:45 (BST)
£100.00

Seamless Knitting: Moving Beyond the Raglan 7/15  (details)
Seamless sweaters don't have to be just raglans.  Students will explore the basics of seamless knitting and learn the tools to create their own perfect fitting garments, even getting started on their own choice of design in this class. 

Shaping can be added to suit their own shape, shoulders can be worked as set-in from the top down so that they fit perfectly.

Level: Intermediate. Students must be comfortable with knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, binding off and casting on.

Materials fee: None.

What to bring:  DK weight yarn, circular needle suitable for knitting DK, safety pins, markers, smooth waste yarn in contrasting colour, calculator, measuring tape
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 16:45 (BST)
£100.00

Sweater Fitness: get into your best shape EVER!  (details)
Explore the important basics of sweater fit and construction. Participants will complete a thorough set of body measurements and discuss how to use them to choose and use a sweater pattern in an appropriate size and may complete a gauge swatch in class.

Other topics of discussion will include yarn choices, pattern reading and terminology, types and uses of shaping techniques (increasing and decreasing), tips and tricks for successful navigation through a sweater project.

Level: Students must have a complete understanding of increasing/decreasing, completed a project that requires shaping (sweater, mittens, etc), and have an intermediate level of knitting skill and pattern reading (understanding of intermediate knitting terminology is expected).

Materials fee: None.

What to bring: A soft measuring tape, notepad, 50-100 yards of project yarn, plus pattern, and a variety of needles for swatching. Students should dress in a form-fitting top (baggy clothing will not be appropriate for obtaining accurate measurements).
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 16:45 (BST)
£100.00

Bohus Stickning: Hand knitting, haute couture, and social justice  (details)
Sociology, women’s history and a cultural legacy - the Bohus story contains elements of all. What began as a relief work organization in the mid-1930s developed into a couture hand knitting industry over the course of thirty years.

The workshop includes a power point presentation and discussion of the Bohus Stickning industry; its origins, development, and eventual demise thirty years after it began.

Participants will be introduced to the rich history of the Bohus Stickning industry as well as different Bohus knitting techniques as you work on your class project - a pair of wristlets in the Blue Shimmer Bohus pattern. Since the wristlets are worked with fine yarns and small needles patience is required. While the actual knitting is not difficult, the use of more than two colors per row in some instances and purl stitches on the right side of the fabric, can make Bohus patterns challenging for knitters, even experienced ones.

Level: Suitable for intermediate knitters who have an interest in history and culture and patience for working with fine yarns on small needles.

Materials fee: £16 to be paid directly to Susanna Hansson. The fee includes a kit with specially imported hand dyed yarns from Sweden (50% merino/50% angora) for a pair of wristlets in the Blue Shimmer design as well as a comprehensive handout.

Homework: None

What to bring: 
Necessary:
Needles in a variety of sizes

The gauge in genuine Bohus garments is approximately 8.5 - 9 stitches/inch. Because you will not have had an opportunity to do a gauge swatch ahead of time with the yarn we will be using, I recommend that you bring needles in several sizes from among the following: 1.5 mm, 1.75 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.25 mm, 2.5 mm, 2.75 mm, 3.0 mm, and 3.25mm. If you are a loose knitter, bring needles from the smaller end of this range; if you knit firmly, bring needles from the larger end of the suggested range.

The class project is a pair of wristlets worked in the round. Bring whatever type of needle you prefer for knitting in the round (double points, two pairs of circulars, or one long circular needle for magic loop technique).

Don’t forget your glasses if you rely on them and please bring some patience as well!

Optional:
Any Bohus style garments you have collected or made.
A magnetic pattern holder and a magnifying line marker.
A battery powered light source.

Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 16:45 (BST)
£100.00

Beginning Lace  (details)
Does knitting lace seem like a daunting idea? It is actually much less complex (and more fun) than it initially seems! In this class, we'll use a basic, classic, triangular lace scarf pattern to get you acquainted to the world of yarn-overs and ssk-ing. We'll look at how to read charts, how to use a lifeline, how to attach an edging, and you'll leave with a chart to expand your workshop triangle easily.

Level:
Participants should be fluent in basic knitting - casting on, yarn overs, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing.

Materials fee: None.

What to bring: A solid smooth lace yarn, knitting needles with sharp points in size 3mm, 4mm or 5 mm.
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 16:45 (BST)
£100.00

To Spin A Fine Thread  (details)
Have you always wanted to create a gossamer thread? In this workshop, we’ll look at the choice of fibers and how to spin them to create the finest of all possible yarns. We’ll learn all the tips and tricks of the trade to allow you to spin just like the spider woman. You will learn how different drafts affect the type of lace yarn you spin. We’ll make fine yarns from a variety of fibers including silk, a variety of fine wools and bamboo.
 
Level: Advanced beginner. Students should be able to spin well enough to make a continuous thread and understand a bit about plying.

Materials fee: £10

What to bring:  Your spinning wheel.

Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 16:45 (BST)
£100.00

Estonian Stitch Cowl  (details)
Students will work with a baker's dozen of unusual Estonian textured stitches and edge them with a selvedge treatment worth the price of admission alone, creating a lovely head warmer or cowl in the process.  Add a crown and you have a hat.

Level: This class is for the adventurous intermediate/advanced knitter who will not be intimidated by manipulated stitches.

Materials fee: None

What to bring:  No more than 4oz/100gm of a next-to-the-skin soft worsted weight yarn;  needles in a size appropriate to the yarn, pointy tips work best for manipulating stitches.
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 16:45 (BST)
£100.00

Morning Classes:  

Columns of Color with Knit One Below AM  (details)
Learn a completely new stitch pattern in this introduction to the Knit One Below technique.

The Knit-One-Below technique knits two colors horizontally, one at a time, and create vertical stripes on one side and an interesting, completely different pattern on the reverse side.  Students will explore this technique, learning matching cast-ons and bind-offs as well as various selvedges for different purposes.

Level: Students must be fluent in the basics of knitting.

Materials fee:None

What to bring:
Smooth, medium weight yarn in 2 contrasting solid colors; dpns and/or circular needles in a size appropriate for the yarn.
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Introduction to the History, Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting  (details)
Explore the principles and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition. Subjects to be covered include beginnings and endings, chart reading, lifelines, nupps and other fancy maneuvers, edgings, dealing with mistakes, blocking finished work, and more. Students will also learn about the great national “schools” of knitted lace and what makes them unique.

Level: Participants should be familiar with the basic moves of casting on, knitting and purling.

Materials fee: None

What to bring:
 
1 ball Dale Baby Ull or equivalent in white or a light color. Wool or another non-slippery natural fiber is recommended.

One pair 3.5mm/US4  needles (8" or longer) or circular needle (24" suggested length).

Notions: Scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (3-6), pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes. Row counter is a nice idea, but optional.
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Afternoon Classes  

Columns of Cables with Knit One Below PM  (details)
Do you love cables and want to break new ground? This class will introduce you to the Knit-One-Below technique and show how to incorporate this stitch pattern into two-color cables that look like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Level: Students must be have experience working cables and be capable of working basic cables without assistance.

Materials fee:None

What to bring:
Smooth, medium weight yarn in 2 contrasting solid colors; dpns and/or circular needles in a size appropriate for the yarn; two cable needles.
Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 13:45 - 16:45 (BST)
£50.00

Photographing Your Fibre  (details)
Bring your own camera and a project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition, and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light tent at home, cheap!  You don’t need fancy equipment to make good photographs–the emphasis will be on getting the best possible images using your camera.

Level: All levels. No prior knowledge of photography is necessary. Just have a camera and a sense of adventure.

Materials fee: None

What to bring:
Camera (preferably digital)
Camera manual (if available)
A selection (at least one or two) of projects to photograph
Notebook and pen or pencil

Add to calendarFriday, 15 July 2011 13:45 - 16:45 (BST)
£50.00

Saturday 16th July 2011  

Full Day Classes:  

Decorative Korsnäs Crochet  (details)
In this class we will take a look into a fascinating Korsnäs sweater. This sweater is unique to Swedish-speaking coastal area of Ostrobothnia in Finland and it combines both crochet and knitting.  The crocheted parts of the sweater are heavily and beautifully patterned while the knitted parts are more simple.  The traditional main colours are red and white with lots of other colours added to the mix in small amounts. Decorative crochet was also used to make wristlets, mittens, hats and little pouches. Wristlets were often decorated with crocheted fringe edge.

These sweaters and the other little garments were crocheted and knitted in small gauge (crochet hook from 1,5 mm to 2,0 mm and the knitting needles 2.5 mm US 1.5).

In this class you will begin a pair of wristlets, exploring  different crochet cast-on techniques, then apply the Korsnäs decorative crochet and knitting techniques including a crocheted fringe edge.

Level: Participants must know and be comfortable working the basics of both crochet and knitting

Materials fee: None.

What to bring:  Fingering weight yarn in four colours to make the wristlets (about 50 grams each), suitable crochet hook and knitting needles for your preferred way of working in the round. Aim for crochet gauge 9 sts/inch, 3.5sts/cm in single crochet and about the same in knitting. Lene uses 1.5 mm crochet hook and 2mm needle to get this gauge.

Please bring a 1.0-1.25 mm crochet hook and little bit of cotton yarn to match this hook. The cotton yarn and the small hook are needed in making the fringe edge.

Pencil and paper for taking notes, stitch markers, scissors, darning needle and a sharp embroidery needle
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Seamless Knitting: Moving Beyond the Raglan 16/07  (details)
Seamless sweaters don't have to be just raglans.  Students will explore the basics of seamless knitting and learn the tools to create their own perfect fitting garments, even getting started on their own choice of design in this class. 

Shaping can be added to suit their own shape, shoulders can be worked as set-in from the top down so that they fit perfectly.

Level: Intermediate. Students must be comfortable with knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, binding off and casting on.

Materials fee: None.

What to bring:  DK weight yarn, circular needle suitable for knitting DK, safety pins, markers, smooth waste yarn in contrasting colour, calculator, measuring tape
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Tomten Jacket and Garter Stitch Jacquard  (details)
In this intense but fun full-day class we’ll tackle an iconic design by a legendary knitter, working through a doll-sized version from cast-on to cast-off.

In addition, we’ll learn the beautiful, little-known garter stitch jacquard technique and touch on such topics as I-cord edgings and buttonholes, afterthought pockets, garter stitch grafting, and more.

Level: Participants should be fluent in the basics of knitting, including: casting on and binding off, the knit stitch, picking up stitches, increasing and decreasing. Some familiarity with elementary chart reading may also be useful.

Materials fee: None

What to bring:
1 copy of the Tomten Jacket pattern either in its stand-alone form; or as published in Knitting Workshop, The Opinionated Knitter, or Knitting Without Tears
1 ball worsted-weight yarn in white or a light color (200 yards is plenty)
1 ball worsted-weight yarn in a contrasting color
1 pair straight 10" or longer needles or equivalent circular needle, in a size appropriate to yield a firm fabric
2 or 3 double-pointed needles of either the same size as above, or 1 size smaller
Notions: scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (at least two), and stitch holders (2) or lengths of contrasting scrap yarn to hold live stitches
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Finishing Series  (details)
Learn how to finish your projects with polished, professional results; this all day workshop focusses on finishing seamed garments.  The workshop is split into three sections:

1) Blocking: preparation of knitted pieces for final construction, including blocking, sizing and care of hand-knit fabric and fibers.
2) Joining: covers myriad aspects of seaming, grafting, and finished openings, as well as planning the right methods for individual projects.
3) Embellishments: discusses add-ons such as buttonholes and bands, buttons, pockets, and edgings for knitted garments as well as picking up stitches.

Level:All levels.

Materials fee: None.

What to bring: Participants should bring current finishing projects or 6 stockinette swatches (24 sts wide by 4
inches in length) swatches, tapestry needles, a variety of knitting needles to practice techniques, 100 yards of practice yarn, spare project yarn if using actual project pieces for class, and pattern documentation/schematic for project if applicable.
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Knitting with Color: Techniques for colorful stitches  (details)
Ever wonder what intarsia means? How can you knit with one color per row but make it look like you are using two colors? When do you use a bobbin and what is it anyway? Come and learn techniques that are certain to create colorful knitting. And for those who have done some color knitting already but haven’t been happy with the results, this technique-oriented workshop will help you achieve more professional looking results.

We will cover three methods for adding color to knitting: intarsia, slip stitch knitting, and stranded knitting and you will come away with swatch examples of each of the techniques. You will also have an opportunity to play with color as you explore these three techniques.

Level: Adventurous beginners and intermediate knitters with an interest in the technical aspects of knitting with color.

Materials fee: None.

What to bring:
Please bring partial balls of smooth worsted weight (approx 18 stitches/10 cm) wool yarns in a variety of solid colors. Bring colors that contrast well (dark, light, bright, etc). Choose colors that are pleasing to you and maybe one or two you don’t like – they may add interest to your piece!
Appropriate size needles to match your yarn.
A 40cm circular needle or DP needles since one of your swatches will be worked in the round.
A spare set of needles in size 3.75mm/4.00mm/4.5mm (larger needle if you knit firmly, smaller if you knit loosely)
Usual knitting supplies
Scissors, notebook and pen/pencil, darning needle, etc


Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Gentle Art of Spinning Socks  (details)
The only thing better than a handknit sock is one made from your own handspun.This class is all about spinning a sock yarn that will make a pair of socks that will last longer than it took to spin and knit them. It will help you decide what type of fiber to choose, how to prepare it and how to spin it to make radiantly beautiful socks that will be a pleasure to make and a joy to wear.

Level: Advanced beginner. Students should be able to spin well enough to make a continuous thread and understand a bit about plying.

Materials fee: £10

What to bring:  Your spinning wheel.
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Morning Classes:  

Oddball Stitches  (details)
There’s a world of knitting stitches out there beyond your usual knit, purl, cables, decreases, and yarnovers. In this class we’ll cover all sorts of oddball stitches that add texture and fun. Learn about wrapped / clustered stitches, an easier way to do a quadruple decrease, bobbles, and cool laddering techniques.

Level: Students should be able to knit, purl, slip knitwise, slip purlwise, knit into the back loop, purl into the back loop, yarnover, pass slipped stitch over. (Note: if you don’t meet the pre-requisites, spend some time learning these on KnittingHelp.com, and you’ll be set to go.)

Materials fee:None

What to bring:  Worsted weight yarn, 4.5mm/US7 needles, cable needle.
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Vintage Fit & Finishing Finishing  (details)
In this class we look at techniques we can ‘borrow’ from vintage patterns which can help perfect the fit of a garment, and what we can learn from them about what actually is the perfect fit.

We will then focus on finishing techniques particular to vintage patterns and some neat little finishing touches that can transform a garment.

Level: Participants should know and be comfortable working basic knitting and crochet skills.

Material fee: None

What to bring: A selection of knitting needles (2.75 - 5mm) 2 or 3mm crochet hook.

Scissors, sewing up needle, pencil and paper.
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Steek-it-easy  (details)
Does the thought of cutting your knitting make you weak at the knees? This class will give you the know-how and confidence to take your scissors to your knitting.

You will explore what a steek is and why to use it.  You'll  learn how to cut your knitting with confidence to minimize or even eliminate seams, how to work a steek and where,  including useful guidelines to position a steek in a neck,  armhole or cardigan front.

Students will also explore reinforcing (or not!)  to prevent unraveling and finally how to pick up stitches along your freshly cut edge.

We'll work some in-the-round Fair Isle and practice this ancient shortcut.

Level: Intermediate knitters

Materials fee: None.

What to bring: Non-superwash wool yarn in two contrasting colours (solid colours), slightly "rough" is best to help the yarn stick. Small sharp scissors, darning needle and thinner yarn (such as sock yarn) and smaller crochet needle (approx 2.5mm crochet hook).
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Spinning For Knitting AM  (details)
For all levels of spinning experience, including those who have never spun before but want to, this class presents spindle spinning so everyone will understand the energies involved and know how to spin that perfectly balanced plied yarn that won't skew your knitting. 

Everything learned in this class is also applicable to spinning with a wheel.  At the end of three hours you'll leave with a perfectly balanced plied yarn and know how to do it again. 

Level: All levels

Materials fee:  £6 for many types of fibers (wools, silk, cashmere, etc)

What to bring: A spindle or your own wheel.  If you do not own a spindle, Merike brings her own spindles to lend to students during class.
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Euro Finishing Techniques  (details)
This is an information packed class. Learn the tricks that enhance your finished project, neat selvage sts, increasing, decreasing and also special techniques like provisional CO with a second circ needle, using a YO or safety-pin (Japanese method) for short row shaping, binding off neatly in the middle of a row (for a neckline), bias bind off for multiple BO, blocking, seaming and neatly picking up stitches along a button-band or neckline.  

If time allows the class will also touch on  designing your own garments.

Level: Intermediate knitters.

Materials fee:  None.

What to bring:

Notebook and pen for notes.

Three live swatches; 25 - 30 sts each, around 1 - 2 inches of Stockinette st worked but still live on needles of any size. 

Three 4" square finished stocking st swatches to practice seaming.
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

One Hour Surgery
 

Sock Survival Sat 16 July 2011 12:10-13:10  (details)
This 1 hour clinic to help you fix your injured socks! With some scrap sock yarn, a tapestry needle and a darning egg, learn how to repair the not-so-very-big holes in your handknit footwear.

Level: All

Materials fee: None.

What to bring: Your injured socks with not-very-big holes.
£15.00

Afternoon Classes  

Intuitive Cable Chart Reading  (details)
Learn how to read cable charts intuitively. We’ll spend a lot of time talking about cables and cable chart symbols and then students will practice working from sample charts. Students will see the connection between charts and the resulting knitting, how to read their knitting to determine where they are within a chart, various types of chart symbols (including Japanese and German), and how to read most cable charts without a key.

As an extra bonus, we’ll also talk about cabling without a cable needle.

Level: Students must already know how to cable to take this class, as well as being able to knit, purl, increase, make mirrored decreases.

Materials fee:None

What to bring:  Worsted weight yarn, 4.5mm/US7 needles, cable needle.
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

Spinning For Knitting PM  (details)
For all levels of spinning experience, including those who have never spun before but want to, this class presents spindle spinning so everyone will understand the energies involved and know how to spin that perfectly balanced plied yarn that won't skew your knitting. 

Everything learned in this class is also applicable to spinning with a wheel.  At the end of three hours you'll leave with a perfectly balanced plied yarn and know how to do it again. 

Level: All levels

Materials fee:  £6 for many types of fibers (wools, silk, cashmere, etc)

What to bring: A spindle or your own wheel.  If you do not own a spindle, Merike brings her own spindles to lend to students during class.
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

The Many Faces of Cashmere  (details)
Ahhhh, cashmere. Who can resist this most luxurious and coveted, not to mention costly, fiber?

In this class we'll look at the animals that produce cashmere, where they tend to live, who raises them, the economics of their industry, and the conditions that inspire them to grow their finest.

We'll play with the fiber itself before looking at how it can be blended with others for different effects.

Finally, we'll take out our needles, cast on, and swatch our way through an assortment of differently spun cashmere and cashmere blends. We’ll talk about twist, ply, durability, and you'll learn different ways to add structure and durability to this delicate fiber.
 

Level: For the swatching portion of this class, you'll need to be able to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Materials fee: £4, payable in cash on the day

What to bring:  Please bring an assortment of needles for swatching. Gauge is not important, but you'll be swatching yarns whose appropriate needle size ranges from US6 (4mm) to 9 (5.5mm).
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

Introduction to Top Whorl Spindling  (details)
Ever wanted to learn to spin? In this class students will learn how to spin a continuous (singles) yarn from a top whorl spindle from a wool top and then how to ply it. 

Carol and Pete will   show you how make a skein and discuss  washing, finishing, dyeing and knitting/crocheting your very own handspun yarn.

Students will also have the opportunity to see some of Carol and Pete's extensive personal collection of spindles and discuss what to look for when choosing a spindle of your own, matching spindle to project.

Level:
Complete or near beginners who may never have spun before. 

Materials fee: None

What to bring: 
Just yourselves!
Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

Seamless Sweater Construction  (details)
Do you hate seaming sweaters?  This class will teach you how to transform a seamed sweater pattern into a seamless pattern.

We will use the Gisela pattern from cocoknits and go through the pattern in class to transform it into seamless construction featuring set-in sleeves and English Tailored shoulders.  You will learn how to pull the relevant numbers out of the written pattern and plot them onto a spread sheet and use this as your pattern.  

Once you have learned on this sweater pattern you can apply the same technique to transform other patterns.  

Level: Intermediate knitters.

Materials fee: None.

What to bring:
Notebook and pen for notes.

Add to calendarSaturday, 16 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

Sunday 17th July 2011  

Full Day Classes:  

Sock Innovation: Top Down Sock Design  (details)
This workshop is geared towards intermediate to advanced sock knitters who are interested in a hands-on approach to designing their own socks. Students can bring in stitch patterns or choose stitch patterns from books during class. We will go over key design considerations and the calculations that need to be made for a standard top down sock using the students’ chosen stitch patterns. By the end of this class, students should have a good start on their very own sock, and the necessary tools to complete the sock on their own.

Level: Students must have knit at least one non-stockinette sock from the top down. Chart reading abilities will be VERY useful but aren’t necessary.

Materials fee:None

What to bring: Sock yarn and appropriately sized needles - dpns, 2 circs, magic loop, whatever you are comfortable with. Graph paper, pencil and eraser.
Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Mittens from Rovaniemi  (details)
Rovaniemi mittens are traditional mittens from the northern part of Finland, Lapland. If one mentions Lapland Mittens in Finland, most people know that one is referring to unique mittens with an unusual zigzag pattern with bright colours. There are two versions of the mitten; one that is called the Rovaniemi mitten and the other the Inari mitten. Originally these mittens were done with bright colours, similiar to those of the traditional Samí dress.

Both of these mittens have a sawtooth-like pattern that runs only on the top side of the mitten while the palm side is plain. The technique is clever and interesting and most likely one of a kind in the world's mitten tradition.

The class will concentrate on the mitten from Rovaniemi, since Rovaniemi is Lene's home town. Students will start off by making a small sample with just a few colours in dk or worsted weight yarn and will then proceed to knit wristlets with small gauge (1.75-2.0 mm/US 00-0) and more colours. We will cover all the details in both of these mittens with the emphasis on the mittens from Rovaniemi.  We will also talk little about making more modern variations of the pattern and applying the technique to other garments like hats and socks.

Level: Advanced knitters

Materials fee:None

What to bring:

For the sample:
DK or worsted weight yarn in four colours (more of the main colour but just a few yards/meters of the other three) and needles to match the yarn in your preferred way of knitting in the round. (Lene uses dpns in size 2.5mm/US1.5 for dk weight.)

For the wristlets:
Light fingering weight yarn in four colours, 50 grams of the main colour and about 25 grams or less of the three contrasting colours. The traditional colours of the Rovaniemi mittens are off-white [MC] and green, red and yellow [CC's] but you are welcome to use your own colour palette.  Please bring needles to match the yarn in your preferred way of knitting in the round;  aim for gauge of approx 8-9 sts/inch, 3.5 sts/cm.  Lene uses 2.0 mm/ US0 size dpn's to get this gauge, 1.75 mm/US00 if she is aiming for smaller mittens.

Take along also one long needle from the size range of 2.5mm-3.0mm/US 1.5-2.5. This long needle is used for keeping all the 11 little skeins of contrasting colours in order. You will also need a stopper for this long needle to keep all the skeins from falling off the needle; a wine bottle cork will do the trick.

Pencil and paper for taking notes, stitch markers, scissors, darning needle
Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Advanced Lace: taking it to the next level  (details)
Explore knitted lace (motifs with lace knitting on RS and WS of fabric), chart reading, working with incorporated edgings and knit-on edgings, shaping for shawls of various types with Anne Hanson.

Students will work through a mini triangle sampler shawl as a class project (pattern provided).

Level: Students should have completed at least two beginning lace projects, have a complete understanding of increasing/decreasing and intermediate knitting terminology, experience with a variety of lace stitches, and be able to execute a crochet chain stitch.

Materials fee: None.

What to bring: stitch markers, notepad, dental floss or fine cotton yarn (for lifelines), 100 yards of fingering yarn for practice, 300 yards of fingering yarn for class project, size 5 or 6 needles, crochet hook size E or F, and a few yards of smooth scrap yarn in a contrasting color. A magnetic board may be helpful.
Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Bohus Stickning: Hand knitting, haute couture, and social justice  (details)
Sociology, women’s history and a cultural legacy - the Bohus story contains elements of all. What began as a relief work organization in the mid-1930s developed into a couture hand knitting industry over the course of thirty years.

The workshop includes a power point presentation and discussion of the Bohus Stickning industry; its origins, development, and eventual demise thirty years after it began.

Participants will be introduced to the rich history of the Bohus Stickning industry as well as different Bohus knitting techniques as you work on your class project - a pair of wristlets in the Blue Shimmer Bohus pattern. Since the wristlets are worked with fine yarns and small needles patience is required. While the actual knitting is not difficult, the use of more than two colors per row in some instances and purl stitches on the right side of the fabric, can make Bohus patterns challenging for knitters, even experienced ones.

Level: Suitable for intermediate knitters who have an interest in history and culture and patience for working with fine yarns on small needles.

Materials fee: £16 to be paid directly to Susanna Hansson. The fee includes a kit with specially imported hand dyed yarns from Sweden (50% merino/50% angora) for a pair of wristlets in the Blue Shimmer design as well as a comprehensive handout.

Homework: None

What to bring:
Necessary
:
Needles in a variety of sizes

The gauge in genuine Bohus garments is approximately 8.5 - 9 stitches/inch. Because you will not have had an opportunity to do a gauge swatch ahead of time with the yarn we will be using, I recommend that you bring needles in several sizes from among the following: 1.5 mm, 1.75 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.25 mm, 2.5 mm, 2.75 mm, 3.0 mm, and 3.25mm. If you are a loose knitter, bring needles from the smaller end of this range; if you knit firmly, bring needles from the larger end of the suggested range.

The class project is a pair of wristlets worked in the round. Bring whatever type of needle you prefer for knitting in the round (double points, two pairs of circulars, or one long circular needle for magic loop technique).

Don’t forget your glasses if you rely on them and please bring some patience as well!

Optional:
Any Bohus style garments you have collected or made.
A magnetic pattern holder and a magnifying line marker.
A battery powered light source.

Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Take Your Spindle Spinning Further  (details)
If you have done a bit of spindle spinning and want to up your game, this workshop will satisfy your spindling curiosity.

You will have the opportunity to try a range of different fibres and  learn the best weight of spindle for each.  From these fibres, you will be able to produce a range of reference samples while exploring different techniques and trouble shooting problem areas.


Level: Participants should have done some spindle spinning already, whether on a top or bottom whorl spindle (the class is  taught using top whorl spindles). 

Materials fee: £8

What to bring: Your own spindles, although basic class ones and some of Carol and Pete's own would be available for use. 

Supply cards suitable for saving yarn samples and recording details of these; notebook, pens, scissors are all useful.

A small niddy noddy and a nostepinne;  these will also be available to borrow.
Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

The Fundamentals of Yarn  (details)
Yarn is the unsung hero of our knitting, the means of creative expression that is often taken for granted. Join Clara Parkes for a daylong journey deep into the world of yarn.

We’ll look at the flora and fauna of the fiber world, touching the raw fibers that can go into yarn, talking about different ways those fibers are prepared and blended together, and then playing with samples of the most common twists and plies on the market — all while keeping in mind our ultimate goal, a confident and enduring pairing of yarn, needles, stitches, and project.
 
Level: For the swatching portion of this class, you'll need to be able to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Materials fee: £2, payable in cash on the day.

What to bring:  Please bring an assortment of needles for swatching. Gauge is not important, but you'll be swatching yarns whose appropriate needle size ranges from US6 (4mm) to 9 (5.5mm).

Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Spinning for Shetland Lace  (details)
This is a wonderfully versatile fleece that has been used for everything – from sails to underwear! We’ll look at how to choose a good fleece and how to wash and store it. We’ll look at different ways to separate the outer and inner coats and learn when and why you would do it. We’ll learn to prepare the fiber for spinning a beautiful lace yarn that will have loft and stitch definition.

Level: Advanced beginner. Students should be able to spin well enough to make a continuous thread and understand a bit about plying.

Materials fee: £10

What to bring:  Your spinning wheel.
Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Estonian Lace  (details)
While working a swatch that can grow into a lovely lace shawlette/scarf, we'll explore those unusual stitch manipulations (including nupps of course) that can make lace projects even more special.
 
Level: Participants should be comfortable with lace knitting (yos, decreases and increases).

Materials fee: None

What to bring: Participants should bring  yarn they're comfortable using for lace along with appropriately sized needles. 

For a more quickly finished neckpiece, a DK weight soft yarn and needles size 3.5 to 4.0mm is recommended.  

Note: Project will be started but not finished in class.
Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£100.00

Morning Classes:  

Meandering Mittens with Knit One Below  (details)
Learn the Knit-One-Below technique as you make a small mitten in two contrasting colors. Vertical columns will wander across the fabric, creating a streaming pattern. You decide where your stripes are headed by choosing a structured or random flow.

Level: Students must have experience knitting with dpns and be capable of working them without assistance.

Materials fee: None

What to bring:
Smooth, medium weight yarn in 2 contrasting solid colors; dpns and/or circular needles in a size appropriate for the yarn.
Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Short Rows Demystified 7/17 AM  (details)
Knitters are often confused by short rows and how to use them.  This class will work knitters through several different ways of working short rows.  They can compare their results and pick the style that suits them.  From there we will move on to how short rows can be used; to raise up the back of necks, creating bust shaping, turning a heel and my favorite working top down set-in sleeves.

Materials:
Yarn (dk/aran weight would be best)
straight or circular needles suitable for yarn
measuring tape
stitch markers
safety pins

Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Photographing Your Fibre  (details)
Bring your own camera and a project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition, and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light tent at home, cheap!  You don’t need fancy equipment to make good photographs–the emphasis will be on getting the best possible images using your camera.

Level: All levels. No prior knowledge of photography is necessary. Just have a camera and a sense of adventure.

Materials fee: None

What to bring:
Camera (preferably digital)
Camera manual (if available)
A selection (at least one or two) of projects to photograph
Notebook and pen or pencil

Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Steek-it-easy  (details)
Does the thought of cutting your knitting make you weak at the knees? This class will give you the know-how and confidence to take your scissors to your knitting.

You will explore what a steek is and why to use it.  You'll  learn how to cut your knitting with confidence to minimize or even eliminate seams, how to work a steek and where,  including useful guidelines to position a steek in a neck,  armhole or cardigan front.

Students will also explore reinforcing (or not!)  to prevent unraveling and finally how to pick up stitches along your freshly cut edge.

We'll work some in-the-round Fair Isle and practice this ancient shortcut.

Level: Intermediate knitters

Materials fee: None

What to bring: Non-superwash wool yarn in two contrasting colours (solid colours), slightly "rough" is best to help the yarn stick. Small sharp scissors, darning needle and thinner yarn (such as sock yarn) and smaller crochet needle (approx 2.5mm crochet hook)
Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 09:00 - 12:00 (BST)
£50.00

Afternoon Classes  

Interpreting & Working from Vintage Patterns  (details)
In this class we will study a 1930s vintage sweater pattern, get to know some of the common problems you can encounter, interpret some of the stranger instructions and how to deal with missing information to enable us to re-interpret it into a pattern for ourselves. The group will all work from one pattern provided by Susan. This class will provide the basics needed to take a vintage pattern and reconstruct it for yourself. Yarn will be provided for swatching.

Level: Intermediate knitting skills combined with good pattern reading skills required.

Material fee: None

What to bring: Please bring a wide selection of knitting needles, a calculator, paper and pencil, tape measure, pins, scissors, stitch holders.

Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

Short Rows Demystified 07/17 PM  (details)
Knitters are often confused by short rows and how to use them.  This class will work knitters through several different ways of working short rows.  They can compare their results and pick the style that suits them.  From there we will move on to how short rows can be used; to raise up the back of necks, creating bust shaping, turning a heel and my favorite working top down set-in sleeves.

Materials:
Yarn (dk/aran weight would be best)
straight or circular needles suitable for yarn
measuring tape
stitch markers
safety pins

Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

Lace Edgings: Before, During and After  (details)
Lace edgings are among the most beautiful, varied and useful patterns in the world of knitting. Applied with care and skill, they can lift an ordinary project into the extraordinary. In this class, we’ll practice several techniques for working edgings, including knitted-on, sewn-on, and simultaneous.

Level: Participants should be comfortable with basic lace knitting skills. (Completion of the class “Introduction to the History, Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting” is sufficient.)

Materials fee: None

What to bring:
1 ball Dale Baby Ull or equivalent in white or a light color. Wool or another non-slippery animal fiber is recommended.

One pair 3.5mm/US4 (8" or longer) or circular needle (24" suggested length). Two double-pointed needles US size 4. One crochet hook.

Notions: Scissors, yarn/tapestry needle, pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes.  Row counter (optional).

Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

Travelling Stitches  (details)
Work some fine examples of traditional Bavarian and Austrian elegant mini cables, with or without a cable needle. Find out how to incorporate travelling stitches in your knitwear and learn about ways to make graceful combinations.

Knitting in the round, we'll be using smooth wool in a light, solid shade

Level: Intermediate knitters

Materials fee: None.

What to bring:
Light solid colour smooth DK yarn and suitable needles, cable needle


Homework:
Please prepare the following homework for your Travelling Stitches class:

-cast on 40 sts on a set of dpn's or (2) circular needle(s) and work a couple of rounds (4 or 6) in either garter stitch (k 1 round - p 1 round) or in ribbing.

Add to calendarSunday, 17 July 2011 14:00 - 17:00 (BST)
£50.00

 

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