Class Schedule

Classes and Workshops                                *updated 03/03/2015*

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Knit/Crochet Gatherings ~ Hang out with your project and some new friends. Monday afternoons 2-4pm, Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:30, Thursday evenings, 5:00-7:00, FREE

Spinning Circle ~ Wheels and spindles welcome!  First Sunday of the month, 1-3pm, FREE

Beginner Classes
Beginner: first-time and newer knitters and crocheters welcome!  Here we start from scratch – learning the basic skills you need to begin knitting or crocheting.

Beginning Crochet
With Jane – two sessions, 1.5 hours each – $40
This class needs at least two students to run, so sign up with a friend!
Learn the art of crocheting! Crocheting has made a recent ‘comeback’ to the yarn world.  Get to know the basic stitches and how to read a crochet pattern in this very beginning workshop.
Supplies Needed: US size I crochet hook; one ball of worsted weight yarn
Homework: none.
Dates: TBA

Beginning Knitting
With Jen – two sessions, 1.5 hours each – $40
OR one session clinic, 2.5 hours
Do you feel like you’re all thumbs and written knitting instructions look like a foreign language? This is the class for you! We’ll start from the very beginning with just two needles and some yarn.
Supplies Needed: US size 8 needles, one ball of worsted weight yarn
Homework: none
Dates: TBA

S.O.S. – Help for Beginning Knitters!
With Jen – one session, 2 hours – $35
You know you can swing by for quick help whenever you need us, but knowing how to fix your mistakes can be a real confidence booster.  In this class we’ll mess around with a swatch and practice skills like picking up dropped stitches, swapping a knit for a purl, faking a yarn over, and how to rip out.
Materials required: your swatch on the needles along with the remaining yarn from your ball; a pair of needles smaller than size 8; safety pins or locking stitch markers; a yarn needle.
Homework: Using a US size 8 needle and worsted weight yarn in a light color, cast on 20 stitches.  Rows 1-4: Knit across.  Row 5: K 3, purl to the last 3 stitches, k3.  Row 6: Knit across. Repeat rows 5 and 6 until your swatch measures at least 3 inches from the beginning.  Do not cut yarn or bind off, leave your swatch on the needle and bring it to class.
Dates: Sunday, March 8, 1:30-3:30

Bunny Egg Cover – Knit
With Carol – 1 session, 1.5 hours – $
A great project for beginners, knit a little bunny that sits atop a Cadbury Creme Egg! Materials: Just a few yards of worsted weight.  We’ll provide yarn to make your first bunny in class.  Bring a pair of size US 8 knitting needles, a yarn needle and scissors.
Homework: none.
Dates: TBA

Advanced Beginner Classes
Advanced Beginner: add one or two new skills to your beginning repertoire.  If you know how to cast on, knit and purl, or chain  these classes will help you take the next step.  Expect to see patterns that use easy, repetitive stitch patterns, basic shaping and colorwork, and begin working in the round.

Bubblemania Beginning Lace – Knit
With Carol – 1 session, 2 hours – $35Bubblemania
Knitting lace can seem very intimidating; why not start with something simple?  This bubbly, light scarf pattern will help you get into the lace-knitting groove without overwhelming you.  Carol will cover basic lace and techniques for preventing mistakes.
Supplies Needed: approx. 400 yards of lace or fingering weight yarn; US size 6 needles; a spare knitting needle in US size 8 or 9 for casting on; a printed copy of Bubblemania by Diana Rosenshteyn.
Homework: none.
Dates: Saturday, March 28, 10:30am-12:30pm FULL!  Let us know if we should add a second session!

Finishing Technique Intensive – Knit
With Jen – 1 session, 3 hours – $45
Learn to sew the most invisible seams and weave in your ends like a pro!  In this knitting finishing techniques class you will use prepared swatches to practice methods recommended by The Knitting Guild Association for perfect projects.
Supplies Needed: your completed swatches; yarn from your swatches; a yarn needle; scissors; locking stitch markers or safety pins.
Homework: complete swatches as described in this handout:
Finishing Techniques Homework 2014.
Dates: Saturday, April 11, 10:00am-1:00pm  (feel free to bring snacks, coffee, whatever!)

Intermediate Classes
Intermediate Classes: Dig in to some more involved techniques and projects.  Don’t be intimidated, though.  Choose a class that builds on skills you already know, and take your work to the next level!

Steeking Workshop – Knit
With Jen – one session, 3 hours – $45
Yes – this is an intermediate class, not advanced.  You CAN do it!  Steeking is a technique that allows you to knit a colorwork project in the round and end up with a flat piece of knitting.  A perfect example would be a cardigan – why knit it back and forth and deal with purling, when you can knit quickly in the round and steek it?!  In this workshop, we will knit a sampler and steek it, discussing techniques for setting up your steek, reinforcing, cutting and finishing.
Supplies Needed: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors; one set of US size 6 double pointed needles; a US size E or F crochet hook; scissors; yarn needle.
Homework: Cast on for a swatch in the round – Cast on 42 stitches and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist.  Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 6 rounds.  Bring your swatch and your contrasting color to class!
Dates: Saturday, February 28, 1:00-4:00pm

Entrelac Scarf – Knit
With Jen – 1 session, 2 hours – $40Entrelac Scarf
Entrelac is a method of knitting a fabric that has a woven or basket weave look.  It is knit in small rectangular sections that change direction as you go, but it LOOKS a lot harder than it really IS.  Give it a try!
Supplies Needed: Approx 400 yards of worsted weight yarn; US size 8 or 9 needles; a printed copy of this wonderful Entrelac Scarf pattern from Alison LoCicero.  We used Plymouth Gina, which stripes on its own, for this fun, multicolored look.
Homework: none
Dates: Sunday, March 8, 10:30-12:30
Sunday, March 29, 10:30-12:30

Crocodile Stitch Scarf – Crochet
With Jane – 1 session, 1.5 hours – $30
This class needs at least two students to run, so sign up with a friend!Crocodile-Stitch-detail

Curious about Crocodile Stitch? This fun crochet technique has seen a resurgence in popularity and is deceptively simple!  In this class, Jane will walk you through how to do the stitch while you get started on a scarf.  Know how to chain, slip stitch, single and double crochet for this class.
Supplies Needed: Worsted weight yarn in your favorite color, or a fun striping yarn like Gina, 400 yards for a shorter scarf or 600 for a longer one; a US size G or H crochet hook; locking stitch markers.
Dates: Thursday, March 5, 2:30-4:00pm

Foolproof Cowl – Knit
With Carol – 2 sessions, 1.5 hours each – $35Foolproof Hanging
I’ve written about how much I love this pattern here.  It’s SO clever!  Foolproof is a cowl that is knit flat but ends up in the round, without having to sew or graft.  Let’s have some fun with stripes and tackle this one together!
Supplies Needed: A purchased and printed copy of Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham; approx. 400 yards each of two colors of fingering/sport weight yarn for a medium cowl (our sample used Mimi, 1 skein of black and 1 skein of white) OR approx. 382 yards each of two colors of worsted weight for a large cowl; US size 5 or 7 needles, to match your yarn choice; stitch markers.
Homework: none
Dates: Saturdays, March 7 & 21, 10:30am-12:00pm

Stranded Knitting – Pick a Hat! – Knit
With Jen – one session, 2 hours – $35Colorwork Hats
A hat is the perfect project for giving stranded colorwork a try.  We will knit around in circles without worrying about double pointed needles, and concentrate on two-handed knitting.  Choose a hat from one of these popular patterns and the project supplies to match:
Peppermint Hat by Celeste Young, available via Interweave Knits Download
Rocky Peak Ridge Hat, by Celeste Young, available in print at Sage or via Ravelry Download
Materials Required: materials as required in your chosen pattern – both patterns use DK/Sport weight yarn
Homework: Cast on and knit through the brim/edging portion of your hat, stopping just before you begin knitting with two colors in the same round.
Dates: Saturday, March 15, 1:30-3:30pm

Decoding Charts – Intuitive Chart Reading for Knitting
With Jen – one session, 3 hours – $45
Set your knitting free!  Learning to use a chart to knit cables or lace condenses your pattern from several pages of written abbreviations to one concise picture of your knitting.  A chart helps you keep track of where you are and prevent time-consuming mistakes.  Give it a try!
Materials Required: bring light colored yarn in a light or medium weight and needles to match for swatching.
Homework: bring some patterns you love that feature charts, if you’d like to discuss them
Dates: Sunday, March 29, 1:00-4:00pm

Outlaw Shawl or Neckerchief – KnitOutlaw
With Jen – 1 session, 2.5 hours – $40
Get started and on your way to success with this interesting neckerchief/shawl designed by Celeste Young.  Bands of zig-zag lace alternate with stockinette stitch to create a project that is both stimulating and relaxing.
Supplies: A copy of the Outlaw shawl pattern available in print or via Ravelry Download; yarn and needles required for your size neckerchief/shawl; stitch markers.
Homework: Cast on for your size and knit the required number of garter stitch rows.  We will begin the first session with reading the first chart row.
Dates:  Saturday, March 28, 2:00-4:30pm

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