Saturday, January 12, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Lace Knitting Workshop
Thur Jan 10 5-7:30 pm .........Westville...........Toni
Cost: $30 for up to two 1 1/2 h classes, additional classes (beyond 2nd) $10 each. (Materials extra)
Dates: flexible scheduling (as above), with classes offered in January & February (TBA) at either of our shops so you can come when you have time in your schedule.
Registration: by phone(776-yarn) or in person. Materials and pattern will be discussed at the first session. Bring yarn & needles for swatching if you have it. You may make a project with any weight yarn, but we feel worsted yarn and larger needles (8-10) will help you reach the goals of the class without unnecessary work. Choosing the appropriate yarn is always a part of successful knitting.
Skills learned:You will learn how to read charts, because that's really all you need in terms of instructions for lace knitting. We'll also take a look at "translating" charts into detailed written- out instructions. We'll also teach you to "read" your stitches--to look at your work and to understand where you are in the pattern. We'll talk about correcting mistakes in the most creative manner possible. One of the skills I have developed as a seasoned knitter is "creative correction". Only if all else fails will I rip out. Correcting mistakes empower us as knitters. Lace knitting, especially in a large shawl, is very forgiving. A Knitting Quality Control Inspector would be hard put to find "creative corrections" in a handknit shawl that is worn the way it is made to be worn--wrapped and draped gracefully.
During this workshop you will be knitting some sample lace swatches, just to get into the swing of things. Then you'll be ready to commit to a lace knitting project.
We suggest either a hat (worsted or bulky weight yarn) http://www.knitty.com/ Autumn 2007 issue or a shawl (worsted weight yarn) from GGG/Rebecca. The "Birch" shawl from Rowan Knitting & Crocheting Magazine Issue 43 is also do-able, but involves more knitting. And of course the summer shawlette from http://www.interweaveknits.com/ would be fine for those who want a challenge. Or bring a pattern you like and we'll take a look.
We like to keep the workshops small so that you can get the attention you require. We will have extra staff if numbers get too large, but if you don't phone ahead, we might have to limit class size to those who have called. Remember, we are a small personal LYS. In order to keep class fees low, we ask you to be patient with us.
........AND continuing during the winter months our Sock Workshop.