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Twigg Stitch Workshop
Cost: $60

Level: Advanced Beginner
Prerequisites: A good working knowledge of basic knitting skills, however the key to doing Twigg stitch is in how you hold and use the yarns (you do need to control both at the same time). We will begin with holding one yarn in each hand so learning to knit with your 'other' hand is useful (only knit is needed for the left hand) and we will move on to holding both yarns in the same hand for those who want to.
Maximum number of students: 12
Description:Come and join us as we explore the world of Twigg Stitch! We’re pleased to host guest teacher, designer and author of the best-selling Twigg Stitch, Vicki Twigg, for one of two workshops this weekend. Vicki will teach her famous two-color, double-sided knitting technique: Twigg Stitch. This new twist to reversible knitting presents a beautiful and luxurious fabric that can be used for any project. After learning the technique, we can discuss any aspect of the knitting you are interested in, i.e. Increases and decreases, selvedges, specific patterns or stitches from the book, problem solving etc.
Materials: 2 colors of the same type of yarn with enough contrast to tell them apart. Sport or medium weight smooth plied yarn is the best to learn on and experiment with, and recommended size needles for the yarn. We will be referring to the Twigg stitch book to give you the best understanding of the technique. Note taking supplies. Signed copies of Vicki’s book will also be available for purchase for $25, and you may also bring your own copy for her to sign as well.
Dates/Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, March 4, 2017 (Saturday)

Exchange Stitch Workshop

Cost: $60
Level: Advanced Beginner
Prerequisites: Exchange Knitting only uses basic knitting techniques. You do not have to hold onto both yarns at the same time although both are used on each row. It can also be done with both yarns in the same hand or with one yarn in each hand, so being able to knit and purl with either hand can be useful but is not essential. We will cover all methods in the class.
Maximum number of students: 12
Description:We’re pleased to host guest teacher, designer and author of the best-selling Twigg Stitch, Vicki Twigg, for her second workshop, where she introduces a new exploration (as yet unpublished) in 2-color work which enables the knitter to create a fabric which has the look of garter stitch on both sides, but with no wrong side – Exchange Knitting. We will explore the properties and possibilities of the technique and, when you are ready, start a scarf with a mirrored pattern.
Materials: The class is in 2 stages. First, we will be learning the technique. For this you will need 2 solid colors (slight variations of a hand dyed are fine) of the same type of yarn with enough contrast to tell them apart. Sport or medium weight that is fairly smooth is the best yarn to learn on and experiment with. And you will need the largest size needles recommended for the yarn. Second, for the project, you will need 2 colors of fingering/sock yarn (400 yds of each) and 4.25mm (US #6) needles, any kind. Note taking supplies.
Dates/Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, March 5, 2017 (Sunday)

Beginning Knitting
Cost: $115 (4 Sessions)
Level: Beginner
Maximum number of students: 6
Description:This is a basic learn-how-to-knit class. Beginners learn the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, increases, decreases, gauge, yarn and needle selection, and pattern reading at the basic level. Students select and begin a basic garment.
Materials: Practice yarn and needles provided. Buy your own materials for your first project.
Dates/Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, March 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2017 (Wednesdays)
 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017 (Mondays)
 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, April 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2017 (Saturdays)

Beginning Crochet
Cost: $115 (4 sessions)
Level: Beginner
Max Number of Students: 6
Description: Basic learn-how-to-crochet class. Beginners will learn the basics of starting a project, basic stitches and color changes while creating a scarf. The class will also cover other techniques such as increasing, decreasing, and pattern reading.
Materials: Practice yarn and hook provided.
Dates/Times: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017 (Fridays)
 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017 (Thursdays)

Crochet Hexagon Baby Jacket Workshop

Cost: $30
Level: Advanced beginner, participants need a basic knowledge of crochet stitches, especially double crochet.
Max Number of Students: 6
Description: The crochet Hexagon Baby Jacket is considered to be the crochet version of the knitted Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Two hexagons are crocheted and then folded into a jacket. It is a quick and versatile pattern. This class will take you through the steps to make a jacket with the granny square stitch or without holes. It will also address adding a collar and ribbing to finish the jacket.
Materials: Bring about 400 yards of worsted (medium or #4) weight yarn and an I crochet hook. If you have a specific baby in mind measure the number of inches around the largest part of the baby's torso.
Dates/Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 15 March 2017 (Wednesday)

Advanced Beginning Knitting
Cost: $110 (4 Sessions)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Maximum number of students: 6
Prerequisites:For those who have completed our Beginning Knitting class or who have proficiency in casting on, binding off, knit and purl stitches and various stitch patterns, basic increases and decreases and reading patterns
Description:You’ve learned how to knit and you’re ready for the next step! In this class we will learn how to knit a hat in the round. We will address yarn and pattern selection, changing colors to make a striking pattern, including additional methods of casting on and binding off, more increases and decreases, how to measure and adjust gauge and basic finishing techniques.
Materials: Size US 7 or 8 16” circulars, double pointed needles in same size, two solid colors of smooth worsted weight yarn (one ball each), notions, pen and pencil for notes, scissors to cut yarn. Additional materials may be necessary (including a pattern) and may be purchased at the time of the class.
Dates/Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, March 29, April 5, 19 and 26, 2017 (Wednesdays)

Brioche a Twirly Beanie!
Cost: $60 (1 session)

Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Maximum number of students: 8
Description: Worked from the brim up, learn how to make this cushiony and reversible two-color brioche beanie for the perfect holiday or anytime gift!
Materials:
         Yarn for hat: 200 yards (total) comprised of two balls of contrasting yarn (one light, one dark), of 100% wool (avoid any synthetic or plant fibers), worsted.
        Needles: US size 7 in 16” circular and/or same size DPN OR 32” circulars (for crown of hat - student’s preference), Stitch markers
         For learning sample: Two colors, no more than 30 yards each, of worsted or bulky weight yarn, one light color, one dark color, for learning the technique and practicing in class, with appropriate needle size to suit yarn weight.
Homework - please complete both before the workshop!:
        For learning sample, worked flat: with stash yarn, cast on 26 st with color A, knit 4 rows in garter stitch to create a border.
        For hat, worked in the round: With Color A, cast on 84 stitches and join in the round without twisting the cast on and place marker to mark the end of the round. Work 1 to 1.5” of K3, P3 rib Round 1: Knit to end
Dates/Times: 12:00 - 4:00 PM, February 26, 2017, Sunday
     12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, April 9, 2017, Sunday

Oops! Correcting Knitting Errors
Cost: $30 (1 session)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Max Number of Students: 6
Description: Dropped a stitch? Purled when you should have knitted? This fundamental class is a must! Learn to pick up dropped stitches,“tink” (unknit, stitch by stitch), untwist your stitches without a lot of effort, prevent too many/too few stitches, and how to correct and prevent many other common knitting mistakes.
Materials: Light colored worsted or bulky weight yarn and appropriately sized knitting needles, size E, F, or G crochet hook, note-taking supplies.
Homework: Prepare a swatch measuring at least 4” x 4” using st st and light-colored worsted or bulky weight yarn. Leave swatch on needles.
Dates/Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, April 16, 2017, Sunday

More Cast Ons and Bind Offs
Cost: $45 (1 session)
Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Prerequisites: Must be proficient with basic cast on and bind off methods
Max Number of Students: 8
Description: Learn five cast on techniques (I-cord, Estonian, Chinese Waitress, Tubular, and crochet) and five bind off techniques (I-cord, suspended, stretchy, picot, ruffle) and learn when to use each of them.
Materials: Students to bring a solid, light colored worsted weight yarn (left over stash is fine) with two sets of size 7 or size 8 needles (one of each is fine)
Dates/Times: New Dates Coming Soon!

Basic Seaming
Cost: $45 (1 session)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Max Number of Students: 6
Description: Hate seaming? Dread doing a project that requires completion by any kind of seams? Take this workshop and learn simple and painless methods for almost invisible seams as well as other tips and tricks for finishing your projects like a pro!
Materials: Six (6) 4”x4” swatches made in stockinette stitch with smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn. 2 of the swatches should be left on stitch holders or additional needles. Four (4) 4”x4” swatches made in garter stitch with smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn. Needles appropriately sized for the swatches as well as one larger sized set of needles, tapestry needles, crochet hook (size F, G or H), scissors, note taking supplies, small amounts of the same yarn used for swatches
Dates/Times: 1:00-4:00 PM, March 12, 2017, Sunday

Portuguese Knitting (NEW!)
Cost: $50 (1 session)
Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Prerequisites: Must be advanced beginner/intermediate knitters.
Max Number of Students: 8
Description: Learn this traditional European method of knitting! It’s great for reverse garter and stockinette stitch patterns and for those who hate purling….this one’s for you! We will learn how to make a dishcloth using this technique.
Materials: Students to bring a DK/Worsted weight cotton yarn suitable for a dish/washcloth with appropriate needle size (US 5-8) for the yarn. A Portuguese Knitting pin will be provided to all students.
Dates/Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, March 8, 2017, Wednesday

Short Row Basics
Cost: $30 (1 session)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Max Number of Students: 6
Description: Fascinated by all of those wonderful patterns using short rows? Are you interested in learning how to use short rows for shoulder shaping and more? This session will introduce you to the basics of short rows and where to use them. We’ll address wrap and turn techniques as well as picking up wraps when necessary.
Materials: Bring two colors of light-colored, smooth worsted weight yarn and appropriately sized needles
Dates/Times: 1:00 - 3:00 PM, March 7, 2017, Tuesday

Intro to Wheel Spinning
Cost: $90 (3 sessions)
Level: Beginner
Max Number of Students: 4
Description: Spinning your own yarn isn’t difficult. Once you learn the basics of how to use a spinning wheel, it’s a just a matter of practice. Soon you’ll find spinning wool to be very relaxing and a lot of fun!
Materials: Materials provided - please don't bring your own fiber to class.
Dates/Times: 6:00-8:00 PM, May 13, 20 and 27, 2017, Saturdays

Beginning Spindle
Cost: $30 (2 sessions)
Level: Beginner
Max Number of Students: 5
Description: This class focuses on the fundamentals of spinning with a hand spindle (drop spindle). We'll discuss the various types of spindles and their history. Learn to make a simple ply yarn on a top-whorl spindle. We'll also address how to finish and measure your yarn.
Materials: Drop spindle (available through the store), Other materials will be provided. Please do not bring your own fiber to the class.
Dates/Times: 4:00 - 5:00 PM, April 13 and 20, 2017, Tuesdays
       4:00 - 5:00 PM, May 13 and 20, 2017, Saturdays

Beginning Socks
Cost: $90 (3 sessions)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Max Number of Students: 6
Description: We'll learn the basics of socks by making a pair of adult sized socks. We'll cover turning the heel, basic finishing techniques, and various patterns. This is the perfect class for those that want the basics (and more) of knitting socks.
Materials: 1 or 2 colors of fingering weight yarn and needles of the appropriate size. Bring two circulars and/or 4-5 double pointed needles.
Dates/Times: New Dates Coming Soon!

Toe Up Socks with Magic Loop
Cost: $90 (3 sessions)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Max Number of Students: 6
Description: Get ready to brave the world of toe-up sock knitting! In this class you will learn the beauty of the magic loop technique to knit one sock at a time from the toe-up! This technique will give you all you need to know about seamless knitting, German short rows, turning heels that fit your foot, measuring for a good fit, and the infinite ways you can introduce creative patterns into your socks! And we promise a lot of laughter as you learn. And, the benefit is that once you learn this technique you can progress to making two socks at the same time!
Materials: One skein or ball of smooth (min 400 yds), sock weight yarn, light colored (can be variegated). Needles: 32” circular needles, US size 1 (2.25mm) or size needed to achieve gauge (see homework). Note taking supplies.
Homework: Knit a 3-4” swatch in stockinette stitch, that measures gauge at 8 or 9 stitches per inch. Adjust needle size if necessary.
Dates/Times: 6:00-8:00 PM, March 29, April 5 and 12, 2017, Wednesdays

Intermediate Wheel Spinning: How to Retain the Beautiful Colors in your Space-Dyed Fiber Braids
Cost: $90 (3 sessions)
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: All students must be able to independently spin a consistent singles yarn to enroll in this class.
Max Number of Students: 4
Description: Have you ever been disappointed with the yarn that you spun from a beautiful braid of fiber? Were some colors lost or did they come out muddied? We all have been heartbroken by this in the past. This class will address this problem and teach you one popular way of dealing with it, that of chain plying (also known as Navajo Plying). This method makes a three ply chained yarn using only one bobbin of singles. Come learn a new and useful plying technique or just sharpen your current chain plying skills!
Materials: Bring a space-dyed braid of fiber of your choice. Many can be found at Nature’s Yarn!! You may use your own spinning wheel or borrow one from the store (these borrowed wheels will remain at the store). You must also bring a free standing lazy Kate and spare bobbin for the second and third class meetings. The lazy Kate attached to your wheel is not particularly useful for this technique.
Dates/Times: 6:00-8:00 PM, April 6, 13 and 20, 2017, Thursdays

Fixing Brioche Mistakes
Cost: $30 (1 session)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Prerequisites: Must be able to knit in brioche or have attended a Brioche a Twirly Beanie class
Max Number of Students: 6
Description: Brioche knitting creates a fabulous and cushiony fabric, but dropped stitches or mistakes can create challenges for the knitter. In this class we will learn to fix dropped yarn overs/shawls, how to fix dropped stitches and how to correct incorrectly placed increases and decreases.
Materials: note taking supplies, a u-shaped cable needle or large safety-pin style stitch holder, size E, F, or G Crochet hook, locking stitch markers
Homework: Prepare two 4”x4” swatch in brioche using two-high contrasting colors, preferably worsted or bulky weight, smooth yarn, using appropriate sized DPNs or 24” circular needles. Keep both swatches on your needles and bring them to class.
Dates/Times: 1:00-3:00 PM, March 11, 2017, Saturday

Sweaters That Fit - A to Z
Cost: $130 (6 sessions)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Max Number of Students: 5
Description: This series of workshops will address almost everything you need to know to make a sweater that actually fits the intended recipient. We’ll start with the basics – the selection of the pattern, the preferred yarn (fiber type), gauge swatches and making any necessary adjustments to gauge, and body measurements. In the following sessions we’ll visit setting in sleeves, various seams, making adjustments as necessary, picking up stitches, and many more interesting and necessary tidbits.
Materials: Needles, pen/pencil and paper, at least 150 yds of yarn for swatching, tape measure
Dates/Times: 7:00-9:00 PM, March 14, 21 and 28, April 4, 11 and 18, 2017, Tuesdays
Homework: Homework and additional information will be provided at the first session

Work of Art Workshop
Cost: $25 (1 sessions)
Level: Advanced Beginner
Max Number of Students: 20
Description: Would you like a great way to use up those leftover skeins from other projects? How about those partial skeins and lonely, only orphans? Are you ready to make something unique?
This workshop will definitely take your knitting and/or crochet "out of the box" while creating a unique garment designed just for you. We'll show you how to put together yarns of various colors, weights, and textures. We'll also show you how and where to incorporate various stitch patterns to create visual interest.
Bring your stash yarns with you, and we'll have plenty of room to spread out and create. Make a sweater, make a shawl, make a blanket - be prepared to use up that stash! You're more than welcome to swap some stash - your unwanted skein might be someone else's treasure.
We'll address how various weights can alter your gauge and what to do about it. How about incorporating some interesting gauge changes?
Be prepared to ignore the rules and let your imagination soar!
Materials: Yarns (any weight or multiple weights), appropriate sized needles, note taking supplies
Dates/Times: 4:30-8:00 PM, April 2, 2017, Saturday