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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Kim McBrien-Evans - Secrets from the Skein

Hand dyed yarns seduce us with their beauty, but are often challenging to work with. But once the honeymoon is over and you’re knitting your project, all its secrets rise to the surface. What is your hand dyed yarn REALLY telling you, and how can you best use it in your next project?
We’ll explore:

• what kinds of projects are best suited for different dyeing styles
• identify different dyeing styles and how to “read” your yarn
• the myth of the “dye lot”
• how to easily and effectively alternate skeins for larger projects and stripes

Level: Beginner

Skills needed: no specific skills required

Materials to bring: - notebook and pen/pencil

- a small amount of yarn (3 small balls of scrap yarn are fine) and appropriate needles (for practicing techniques)
any hand dyed yarn from your stash that you’d like help analyzing

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 22

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Nancy Marchant - Discovering Brioche Lace

Interested in a new lace technique? Brioche Lace is new, yet to be explored. Learn to apply brioche knitting to normally knitted lace stitch patterns to create reversible lace with different colours on each side. Lots of samples will be on display and discussed.

Level: Intermediate to experienced

Skills needed: Students need to be familiar with two-colour brioche knitting.

Materials to bring: 2 colours smooth worsted or DK weight plain wool or cotton yarn, double-pointed or circular 4mm (US 6) needles

Any "homework"?: None

Class size: 15

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Felicity Ford - Quotidian Colourwork

Learn with Felicity Ford AKA KNITSONIK how to turn your everyday inspirations into stranded colourwork! Bring something that is important to you – a favourite sweetie wrapper, a photo of a place you love, anything which inspires you – and together we’ll explore how it can be used as a basis for developing your own amazing and personal stranded colourwork.

Discover how Felicity Ford developed ideas for her book, the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and begin creating your own swatch based on something you love. The Quotidian Colourwork class includes:

• playing with a wide range of different yarn shades
• choosing a palette for a project
• finding patterns in ordinary life
• experimenting with shading
• swatching in the round and working a steek

There will also be an opportunity to see and examine the 12 swatches created for the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and the objects, photos and drawings associated with their production.

NB "Quotidian Colourwork" costs £5 more than other classes due to the amount of yarn provided!

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: In order to get the best from this class knitters will need to know how to knit in the round with two colours at a time; this means it is not suitable for beginners.

Materials to bring: You will need to bring a set of 2.5mm DPNs or a circular needle as is your preference for knitting in the round; some squared notepaper and of course your inspiration source! This can be a special photo and/or object. You'll use this as a starting point. Everything can be celebrated in stranded colourwork so don’t worry too much about picking the perfect inspiration source – as long as you choose something you love you’ll have a great time discovering and celebrating its hidden charms in your knitting.

Any "homework"?: None

Class size: 16

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Katherine Lymer - Colourful Cables

Cables are a stunning way to introduce pattern and texture into your knitting and adding colour can produce dramatic effects! 

In this small class, we will learn two methods of adding colour to our cables. First, we will create a striking, cabled panel, by learning how to knit cables in a contrasting colour using the intarsia method. Our second panel uses stranded knitting techniques to create a wonderfully textured fabric in two colours. These panels have been designed to be sewn together to create a beautiful case for your essential knitting accessories.

Level: Confident beginners and intermediate knitters

Skills needed: Confident in the basics (casting on and off, knit and purl).
Prior experience of intarsia and stranded knitting would be useful but not essential.

Materials to bring: DK yarn in two colours
4mm/US size 6 needles for working back and forth (straight or circular as you prefer)
Cable needle
Bobbins (only required if you usually use them for intarsia knitting)
Darning needle
Knitting bag with your usual accessories

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 4

Note: This class also runs on Thursday afternoon.

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Nathan Taylor - Demystifying Double Knitting

Double Knitting is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting. No more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!

Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class is to prove that belief wrong! As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch At a Time, and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. 

We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster.

Level: Suitable for confident knitters who have some experience of colour-work, and are used to knitting and purling, and have a yearning for something new and fabulous!

Skills needed: Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On; and you will need to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time

Materials to bring: minimum 10g of DK weight yarn in each of two contrasting colours; 4mm needles (or your usual size of needles for working with DK yarn)

Any “homework”?: None.

Class size: 12

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Tom van Deijnen - Darning Masterclass

Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka tomofholland. Best known for his Visible Mending Programme, he will teach you two darning techniques (Swiss darning and stocking darning.) Tom will also bring along his darning showcase for plenty of inspiration, and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is important to him. You'll take home a comprehensive hand-out, two darning needles, and the skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow, and be able to wear a beautiful darn as a badge of honour. All practice materials provided.

Level: beginners and beyond

Skills needed: No previous darning or knitting experience is needed.

Materials to bring: Although practice swatches, tools and materials are provided, participants are encouraged to bring along knitwear that requires repair.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 16

Note: This class also runs on Sunday morning.

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Molla Mills - Three-Colour Crochet Pouch

Crochet a 3-color Kirsikka pattern with leftover yarns. In the 3-hour workshop you will learn how to make a double crochet stitch carrying the two other yarns inside the stitch, how to crochet a popcorn stitch and how to change the color of the yarn to create clean lines in the pattern.

Level: Beginner onwards

Skills needed: Basic crochet skills, a student will learn everything we need in the workshop.

Materials to bring: In this workshop you can use any leftover yarns. Choose three colors with the similar thickness, it can be DK or thinner. You will need 100 g for the base color (white), 30 g for the cherries (red) and 30 g for the stem (black). 
Crochet hook suitable for the yarn.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 10

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Jen Arnall-Culliford - Fixing Mistakes in Cables

Would you like to be able to correct errors in your cable knitting, even when they are miles back? This class will teach you two different methods for dropping and correcting mis-crossed cables, as well as how to embroider over a cable to disguise it, and the completely invisible snip, re-cross and graft method. Never again will you put a project to the back of the cupboard due to a cable error!

Level: Intermediate to advanced - you need to be confident picking up dropped stitches, and familiar with techniques such as grafting.

Skills needed: Need to know how to knit and purl.
How to work a basic cable (C4B or 2/2 RC for example - slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at back, k2 then k2 from cable needle).
Need to be able to pick up a dropped stitch that has fallen down a couple of rows.
For the last fixing technique, a familiarity with grafting stitches (Kitchener stitch) would be helpful.

Materials to bring: Ready-prepared swatches (see below for homework).
DK to aran weight yarn in a solid colour (the same as you used in your swatches). A smooth, woolly yarn would be best – nothing too slippery.
Needles suitable for knitting with your chosen weight of yarn (approximately 3.75mm-4.5mm for DK yarn up to 5mm for aran weight yarn).
A cable needle.
Spare double-pointed needles in the same size as your main needles, or one or two sizes smaller.
Crochet hook of a suitable size for your chosen yarn.
A tapestry needle.
A small quantity of contrast coloured yarn to your main yarn (10g max).

Any "homework"?: There are 5 swatches that need to be knitted prior to the class. Full details will follow by PDF in January since I can’t upload the charts here. ☺

Please knit and cast off 3 swatches with miss-crossed cables, as per the first chart. Then also knit a fourth swatch from the same chart, but leave the stitches on the needles (and a tail of yarn of approx 1m.). And finally, please knit a swatch from the second chart, and leave the stitches on the needles (and a tail of yarn of approx 1m.).

Class size: 19

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