Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This coming weekend: Classes at Shall We Knit

Boy, I must really really love the team at Shall We Knit (spoiler alert: I do!), as I agreed to be teaching there this Saturday.

What's up with this Saturday, you ask? Oh, nothing much: just the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. In which David Tennant is appearing along with Matt Smith.

Anyway, yes, I am teaching at Shall We Knit this weekend. This will be my last visit there until the spring, so if you've been thinking about a class with me, this is your chance.

I'm teaching some old favourites, and some new ones:

Introduction to Lace: The Rickenbacker Shawl  - Saturday morning
I designed this shawl as an easy lace project. The original intention was that it be easy so that you could knit it in dark colours; but the same details that make it easy to knit in dark colours make it an ideal first lace project. If you're confident with knit and purl, you know everything you need for this class. Along the way, I'll talk about some different types of increases, how to identify, fix and - even better - prevent mistakes in lace, and we'll demystify blocking. This shawl is a great way to use up a single skein of sock yarn, and would make an ideal gift...

Short Row Skills - Saturday afternoon
I'm doing this as a two-parter to address knitters of all skill levels: come for one of the parts, or both. In the first half, we talk about the whys and wherefores of that pesky "wrap and turn" manoeuvre, explaining why it exists, how to do it, and how to deal with hiding the wraps. In the second half of the session, I talk about alternative ways of working short rows, and the pros and cons for each, and discuss short rows as a method for adding bust shaping in a garment.

What Goes Around: DPNs, Magic Loop and 2 Circulars (And those tiny little circulars, too!) - Sunday morning
There are four ways to work in the round. All of them have their benefits, and in this bootcamp session I'll show you how to handle all them. We'll play with the needles to build confidence, and we'll talk about how to convert patterns and instructions from one method to the other. If you've always wanted to learn Magic Loop, this is the session for you! If you feel clumsy with DPNs, we'll fix that! And never seen a tiny circular - I'll show you!

Fearless Finishing - Sunday afternoon
Because you've got holiday knitting on the needles, and at some point you're going to have ends to weave in.
In this in-depth workshop, we cover all types of seams, weaving in ends, picking up stitches. We talk about blocking - why it's important and how to do it. We discuss appropriate cast on and cast off methods for different types of projects, and edge treatments to make your finishing easier. Because I'm a pragmatist, I focus on techniques that make it as easy as possible, and I'll share tricks for minimizing the work.

More details on the classes in the Shall We Knit newsletter.

The lovely Kim and Ron of indigodragonfly are also at the shop this weekend. Kim's teaching some classes too, and they'll have some yarn and other goodies. This is also the east coast launch of my Rock 'n Roll Collection, and Kim will have patterns and special yarn packs for the collection.

Even if you're not taking a class, come and say hello and see the Rock 'n Roll collection in person!

Oh, yeah, and about the Doctor Who special....If you're in the US, details here, if you're in Canada, details here, and in the UK, details here.

Luckily, the good people at Shall We Knit understand the importance of the event, and have arranged a special viewing for us later that evening. (Yay for PVRs.)

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