May 2016 Odds’n’Ends (Including Classes)

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Classes at Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Indiana (June 3-4) My classes are filling up as early registration closes next week! There are two spots left in my bead knitting class, five left in the lace knitting class and plenty in the fleece class.  Class descriptions are listed on the website here and registrations are open online.  Early registration ends May 15th and the class prices increase from $35 to $45.

  • Bead Knitting Rock Star (June 4 – 1:00-4:00 pm) – Add texture and bling to your knitting by adding beads! You can choose small subtle beads for a shimmer or contrasting beads for a pop of color. This workshop will cover how to choose the right beads, two methods for adding beads to your knitting (pre-stringing or as-you-go), and how to place the beads to get the desired effect.
  • Lace Knitting 101 (June 3 – 1:00-4:00 pm) – Learn the tips and tricks that will take lace knitting from scary to addictive. This workshop will cover yarn and needle selection, basic increases and decreases, chart reading, shawl construction and lifelines. Students will practice in the workshop to master these techniques and will receive a lace shawl pattern to continue at home where you’ll be knitting lace like a pro!
  • Raw Fleeces, Identify & Demystify (June 4 – 9:00 am -12:00 pm) – You want to buy your first raw fleece, but which one should you choose? What do you do with it once you’ve bought one? In this workshop you will learn what to consider when buying a fleece and what options are available for cleaning your fleece. Students will examine wool, alpaca (suri and huacaya), angora, and mohair, and discover what constitutes a great raw fleece and what to watch out for. Discussions on skirting, washing, and flicking for different types of fiber will happen while cleaning small samples from start to finish.

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Upcoming Design I’ve drafted the pattern and am working on the sample knitting.  Think a summer stole in laceweight yarn with beads.  As soon as I finish the sample I’ll send the pattern off for test knitting and tech editing.  If you’re interested in test knitting please shoot me an email.  Here’s a sneak peek!

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Summer Blog Post Schedule With summer upon us (hey, a girl can dream), I will shift to a blog post every other week (except for the lace needle comparison series).  This allows me some extra time to spend outside enjoying the outdoors and the other fun summer brings.  I’ll return to my weekly schedule after Stitches Midwest in August.

Blog Post Ideas? Do you have any suggestions for future blog post topics?  I’m looking for some ideas for the late spring and summer months.  What do you want to read about? Upcoming topics include a comparison of lace knitting needles, a few reviews and hopefully some more finished objects.

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