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Class Notes for the week...

I teach knitting and spinning at a LYS (local yarn shop) in Anoka, Minnesota.  Now it is time to talk about my upcoming classes at Shepherd's Choice. Minimum students per class--3, maximum--6.  The Spin-Ins are for as many as we can fit!
This is the painting that used to be on  Kathy's barn.
It is now in the shop and is one of my
favorite things in Kathy's shop!
Date/Time:  Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012
This class will focus on color work and cables/textures (Fair Isle, intarsia, cables, lace, etc).  this is a good opportunity to kick your knitting skills up a notch to a whole new world of knitting.  Currently, I'm working on Eala Bhan by Alice Starmore, and XO Cardigan, and Kasuri Chanchanko by Cheryl Oberle.  Students can pick their own projects.  Recommended books are:  Kristin Knits, Color by Kristin, Aran Knitting, A Fine Fleece, or Folk Vests. 
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost:  $48.00 plus supplies

Below are some color and texture samples that would make great choices...
The hat's bi-color cable is worked as Fair Isle.
(Kathy's shop sample)
For intarsia knitting, the different colors
are knitted separately making a single layer of fabric. 
(Pillow knitted by me)
Fun hat designs with lots of color
and texture can chase away the winter cold.
(Kathy's shop samples)
Slippers from Color by Kristin are
a good way to try out Fair Isle knitting.
(Slippers knitted by me)
Extra-Long Scarf from Color by Kristin
is knit in the round and a fun way to
learn about combining colors.
(Scarf knitted by me)
One of my students, Dawn, made these slippers.
I love the bells on the toes!
Date/Time:  Wednesdays, 4 pm-6 pm, January 4, 18, February 1, 22, 2012
We started last week and have a full class of six students and a good variety of projects. Fun group with lots of chatting, laughing, and knitting!  Students pick their own project/s to work on during class.  This is a good time to try a new technique.
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and up
Supplies:  Pattern, yarn, and needles of choice
Cost:  $48.00 + supplies

(Wednesdays, 11 am-1 pm, January 11, 25, February 8, 22, 2012)
This is a daytime version.

Date/Time:  Thursday, February 23, 2012, 6 pm-8 pm
Just the workshop to learn those finishing techniques such as seaming, Kitchener stitch, blocking, picking up stitches, etc.
Skill Level:  Beginner and up
Supplies:  A project or projects ready for finishing, finishing tools--yarn, scissors, buttons, and tapestry needles.
Cost:  $15.00 + supplies

Date/Time:  Thursdays, January 12, 19, 26, 2012, 6 pm-8 pm
A beginning course for learning how to spin your own yarn on a spinning wheel.  (For this class you will need a functional spinning wheel.)
Skill Level:  Beginner
Supplies:  A functioning spinning wheel, and about 8 ounces of wool roving
Class Price:  $36.00 + supplies
Go small with a spindle,
or go big with a wheel!
Lovely hand-dyed roving on the railing upstairs.
Locally raised Alpaca is a dream to spin.
I spun and plied the sample skein with a drop spindle.
The small bags contain more of the alpaca
and the larger bag is raw fleece. 
Dawn made mitts with her first handspun yarn.
DROP SPINDLE SPINNING--Learn how to spin your own yarn!
Date/Time:  Thursday, February 9, 2012, 6 pm-8 pm
Skill Level:  Beginner
Supplies:  Drop spindle (top or bottom whorl), 4 to 8 ounces of wool roving (the shop has a good supply), and PATIENCE!
Class Price:  $15.00 + supplies.

(This is not a class, it's free, and a fun way to meet other spinners in the area!  Bring your wheel or spindle, some fiber, or add to the stash from Kathy's selection of spinning fibers, and a show-and-tell if you wish.)
Our first Spin-In of the year was on Saturday.  It was fun!  Thanks to all attendees.  The next two dates are:
February 11, 2012 from 10 am-1 pm
March 10, 2012 from 10 am-1 pm


skrapyram said...

Wow! What a list! If I were closer I would love to attend one or more of these classes. I am currently working on my second charted pattern with multiple yarn colors. Is it Fair Isle or intarsia? I haven't figured out the difference yet. The last time I did this I ended up with a lot of puckering so this time I am trying not to pull the yarn so tight. Oh, well. Like I said - If I were closer I would love to take one of your classes. I could certainly use the instruction!

Deborah said...

It sounds like you're working Fair Isle (stranded) knitting. Someone asked me once why my stranded knitting didn't pucker. I had to work it a bit to see and as I'm knitting, I regularly push the stitches on the right side down from the tip. I don't know if that makes sense, but it seems to work, The scarf and slippers (there's a smaller version of the scarf) are great projects to practice the technique.

If you remember the "picture knitting" of the 1980s, that would be intarsia. I call it the wonderful world of bobbins. I love both techniques. I love color and texture. Right now I'm working more texture (cables), so I'll have to go back to color work soon.

Maybe someday you'll come down our way. Let me know, I'd love to meet you.

Mary said...

Yes, my hat is Fair Isle, and I am ripping it out. My friend showed me that I need to wrap the stitches on the back, not just stretch the carried yarn across. I was doing it completely wrong! I love intarsia, too. I was going to try it once, but someone told me it was too hard and I believed them. That was a mistake - now I have to work up the courage! I find I am better off if I just go at it blind and decide for myself if it is too hard. (Usually it isn't, although it may take some trial and error.)

I AM going to have to come down there sometime. You just have too many exciting things going on for me to stay away!

Deborah said...

I hope you come down! Dive in, the knitting's fine-- challenging yourself helps improve your skills.