The Fiber Event in Greencastle, Indiana (click here to sign up)
- Master Continental Knitting: Friday, April 13 @ 1:00pm-4:00pm
- Lace Knitting 101: Saturday, April 14 @ 9:00am-12:00pm
- Bead Knitting Rockstar: Saturday, April 14 @ 1:00pm-4:00pm
Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Indiana (click here to sign up)
- Knitting from Charts: Friday, June 1 @ 9:00am-12:00pm
- Master Continental Knitting: Saturday, June 2 @ 9:00am-12:00pm
- Sensational Shawl Shapes: Saturday, June 2 @ 1:00pm-4:00pm
If you are interested in a class below that is not in the schedule above, please email me and we can discuss setting up a private or small group lesson.
Master Continental Knitting
Are you ready to learn a different style of knitting that will let you knit faster and decrease the strain on your hands? Continental knitting results in smaller, quicker movements and makes it a snap to work colorwork, ribbing and more. We’ll learn the knit and purl stitches continental-style and explore different ways to tension our yarn for evenly knitted fabrics. Then we’ll practice our continental knitting with stranded color knitting and more complex stitches such as increases and decreases.
Bring to class: Samples of fingering or sock weight yarn for swatching, 32 inch circular needle in a size US 5, and skein of fingering or sock weight yarn with at least 400 yards for a cowl
Materials fee covers the cowl pattern: Cinque Terre Cowl
Lace Knitting 101
Learn to knit lace like a pro! This class will cover yarn and needle selection, basic increases and decreases, chart reading, shawl construction and lifelines. After practicing with small swatches we’ll start a lace shawl you can continue knitting on at home. Learn tips and tricks that will take lace from scary to addictive.
Bring to class: 32 inch circular needle in a size US 6., at least 400 yards of fingering or sock weight yarn for shawl, extra samples of fingering or sock weight yarn for swatching (I will have some but you are welcome to bring your own).
Materials fee covers shawl pattern, highlighter tape, stitch markers and handouts.
Bead Knitting Rockstar
Learn to add beads to your knitwear for texture and bling. You can choose small subtle beads for a shimmer or contrasting beads for a pop of color. This class will cover how to choose the right beads, two methods for adding beads to your knits (pre-stringing or as you go) and how to place beads for a desired effect.
Bring to class: Fingering or sock weight yarn(you are welcome to bring multiple samples), 16 or 24 inch circular needle in a size appropriate for your yarn.
Materials fee covers beads, crochet hook, big-eye beading needle and handouts.
Knitting charts provide a graphical representation of the knitting fabric, giving you a roadmap for success. The ability to knit from charts will also open up many new patterns to you. We’ll walk through charts for lace, cables and texture one at a time to understand the symbols and abbreviations, how charts can prevent mistakes and what that black square in your chart really means.
Bring to class: Samples of fingering or sock weight yarn for swatching, 32 inch circular needle in a size US 6, and skein of fingering or sock weight yarn with at least 400 yards for a cowl
Materials fee covers highlighter tape, stitch markers and the selection of one of three cowl patterns designed by me
Ravelry has over 37,000 different shawl patterns and those shawls come in many different shapes. Find your favorite shawl shape and explore other options as we work through a series of mini-shawls in five different shapes. We’ll explore the building blocks and basic formula for each shape and put that into practice by knitting four mini-shawls. The four shawl shapes will include triangular, crescent, semi-circular and square. We’ll end the class by starting on a simple one-skein semi-circular shawl while discussing different ways to incorporate stitch patterns into your favorite shawl shape.
Bring to class: Samples of fingering or sock weight yarn for swatching, 32 inch circular needle in a size US 6, and skein of fingering or sock weight yarn with at least 400 yards for a shawl
Materials fee covers Shawl pattern, highlighter tape and stitch markers
Cable Knitting 101
Learn to knit cables like a pro! We will cover yarn and needle selection, cabling to the front and back, and reading charts. Put your new knowledge to practice in class to master techniques and learn how to fix cabling mistakes.
Bring to class: Worsted weight yarn and appropriately sized needles (approximately US 7-9)
Materials fee covers cable needle, stitch markers and handouts.
Make Your Own Stitch Markers
Explore ways to make your own custom stitch markers for knitting or crochet. We will make three different types of stitch markers using flexible beading wire, headpins and a variety of beads. You will leave the class with at least a dozen stitch markers and the skills to create many more!
Bring to class: Your creativity!
Materials fee covers: flexible wire, headpins, eyepins, jump rings, beads, crimps, round nose pliers and handouts.
Beaded Wire Bracelet
Create a custom bracelet from wire and beads that you, and your friends, will love. See different styles and options, then jump right into your own bracelet. You will leave the class with a completed bracelet and the tools and skills to create more!
Bring to class: Your creativity!
Materials fee covers: wire, metal needles, beads, jump rings, clasps and handout
Raw Fleeces – Identify and Demystify
So you want to buy your first raw fleece, but which one should you choose? Then what do you do with it? In this class you will discover what to consider when buying a fleece and what options are available for cleaning your fleece. We will examine wool, alpaca (suri and huacaya), angora and mohair to learn what constitutes a great raw fleece and what to watch out for. Then, participate in a discussion about skirting, washing and flicking for different types of fiber while we clean small samples from start to finish. Students will leave with a fiber selection and cleaning guide, as well as two washed samples.
Materials fee covers all samples, handouts and the cleaning guide.
Alpaca Fiber Study
Dive head first into the spinning of alpaca. We’ll start with an overview of the two types of alpacas and working from unwashed, unprocessed fleece we’ll learn to clean, flick, comb and card this non-wool fiber. Then we’ll spin samples to learn what processing and spinning methods work best for you.