Monday, November 05, 2012

DKC Winter Workshops November 24 & 25

Winter has come early this year, it seems. It was below freezing when I woke up this morning.

Toronto's Downtown Knit Collective Winter Workshops are coming early this year, too: November 24 & 25th.

On the Saturday I'm teaching a full-day workshop - Introduction to Fair Isle: Design Your Own Fingerless Mitts. Fresh from Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo, this workshop is a fun way to expand your knitting repertoire in two directions: learn all about Fair Isle knitting - the history, how it's worked, how it's designed - and THEN design your own pair of fingerless mitts using traditional Fair Isle patterning.

Sunday I'm doing a workshop on working in the round. I'll cover all the techniques: circulars, DPNs, the Magic Loop and 2-Circulars methods for small circumference rounds, and those new tiny little 8- and 9-inch circular needles. I'll provide all sorts of clever hints & tips for working in the round: including the life-changing way to fix a twist without undoing! Seriously - recent students have said that it's life-changing. I'll also talk about how to covert patterns that are written for working flat to be worked in the round (and when it's a good idea to do it, and when it's not), and how to convert patterns written for DPNs to Magic Loop/2 Circulars (and vice versa).

And then in the afternoon, it's 2 Socks on 2 Circulars. Banish Second Sock Syndrome! Make sure your socks match exactly! Learn a cool new skill! Apply what you learned in the morning's session! No experience with the 2-circulars method necessary, but students should have made a least a couple of pairs of socks.

The classes are held at Metro Hall in downtown Toronto. To register or get more info, visit the DKC website. Hope to see you there!

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