Classes and Workshops

Using Barbara Walker's Learn to Knit Afghan Book, we will learn the knitting basics and go on to learn all the
different techniques for knitting the afghan.  Please bring size 6, 7 or 8 needles & the "Learn to Knit Afghan" book
by Barbara Walker.   Yarn purchased here for class is 10% off.
Lunchtime on Tuesday  Nov 11 - Dec 30; 1-2 pm Cost: $50
           Jan 6 - Feb 24; 1-2 pm Cost: $50
           March 1 - April 21; 1-2 pm Cost: $50
Tues eves:  Oct 28 - Dec 16; 7-8 pm; Cost: $50
         Jan 6 - Feb 24; 7-8 pm; Cost: 50
         March 1 - April 21; 7-8 pm Cost: $50
Fri Morn:  Dec 5,12,19, Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
         Feb 6 - Mar 27; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
Sat morn:   Nov 1 - Dec 20; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
         Jan 3 -Feb 21; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
         Feb 28 - April 18; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
Pick a new project to do  -- we have lots of ideas --- Baby Surprise, Ribwarmer, Felted Totes, Einstein
Jacket or any project you may need help with. Anyone who wants to learn Socks on DPN's is welcome.
Lunchtime on Tuesday  Nov 11 - Dec 30; 1-2 pm Cost: $50
               Jan 6 - Feb 24; 1-2 pm Cost: $50
               March 1 - April 21; 1-2 pm Cost: $50
Tues eves:  Oct 28 - Dec 16; 7-8 pm; Cost: $50
   Jan 6 - Feb 24; 7-8 pm; Cost: 50
   March 1 - April 21; 7-8 pm Cost: $50
Fri Morn:  Dec 5,12,19, Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
    Feb 6 - Mar 27; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
Sat morn:   Nov 1 - Dec 20; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
    Jan 3 -Feb 21; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
    Feb 28 - April 18; 10-11 am; Cost: $50
CustomFit makes custom patterns for hand-knit sweaters. It takes your choices, your body, and your hand-
knit fabric and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you. Design and fit expertise are built-in, so you get
to make all the fun choices ("I want a long-sleeved scoop-neck!"), without worrying about the hard ones
("How much ease do I need in my waist?"). CustomFit builds a pattern that fits beautifully from hem to
neck, and everywhere in between.   It works like this: we take your measurements (just once), you knit a
swatch and choose your sweater elements (style, neckline, sleeve style, edgings, etc.). We put that
information into our special LYS CustomFit account and create a pattern that is perfect for you. Your
measurements are saved forever, so your second sweater is even easier!  Includes a  Knit to Flatter
overview, measurements, swatching and good fabric. Bring back swatches on the second day and then we will
design your sweater and create your pattern.
Dates:    Saturday, Jan 24 & Feb 7; 1 pm - 3 pm
      Saturday, Feb 28 & March 7; 1 pm - 3 pm
      Saturday, April 11 & 18; 1 pm - 3 pm
or by appointment Thursday and Friday afternoons
DOWNTON ABBEY KAL with Kris Byrnes
For all of you Downton Abbey fans, during the new season we will start a KAL for the "Going to Town Tam"
from the latest edition of The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits Magazine. Kris is the designer of this tam
and a few other Downton Abbey patterns. While we have tea and dessert (just like the Downton Abbey
ladies), Kris will show us how to do all the special techniques for the Tam.
Dates: Sunday, Jan. 11 & 25; 1-3 pm  Cost: $35

Pick any one of the wonderful sweater patterns from Kate Davies newest book and
join us on Sundays, starting on
Feb 8th at 1pm. Books available at Woolbearers.
Cost $25. 10% discount on any yarns bought for the sweater

Inspirational lunch revealing our true non-Hollywood stories
including a product and sample trunk show review.  Includes a sandwich
and drink.  
Date: Sunday, Feb 1; 1 pm - 2:30 pm --- Cost: $7.50

MODULAR MAGIC with Stephen West
Come explore the magic modern modular knitting. You will play with clever
seamless knitting techniques and simple geometric shapes to build your own
customized fabric. Stephen will guide you through some of his favorite
shaping skills while you build and piece together your own fuzzy fiber puzzle.
Stephen will also cover how to apply these fabric-building concepts to
stylish sweaters.
 Materials: Bring a colorful array of yarns and needle
sizes (and a few crochet hooks too).  Worsted weight wool yarns are
recommended but please bring other weights and fibers for experimentation.
Also bring any swatches or pieces of finished or unfinished knits that aren't
too precious to you (scarves, cowls, sweaters, etc ...)  We can play with
picking up stitches from these old fabrics and add modular pockets, hoods
and collars to finished accessories and garments.  Requirements: Knit, purl,
cast on, bind off.  
Date: Monday, Feb 2, 1-4 pm  Cost: $75

View many of Stephen & Steven's shawl and accessory patterns made up in a true trunk show.  Pick your
favorite Westknits shawl and StevenBe accessory and begin your inspired knitting adventure.  Receive hands-
on tips and tricks from the two masters.   Stephen and Steven will consult with each student to pick the
perfect yarn combinations to create their own masterpieces.  Students can expect a wonderful artistic class
with a variety of projects to experience.
Date: Monday, Feb 2, 6-9 pm  Cost: $75
Broaden your knitting horizon and change your life with S&S.  Experience the magic of mixology, taking a
variety of yarns from different brands, weights,and  fiber contents to create a magical and unique
accessory or garment. Start with a base pattern from Stephen or Steven and learn different methods of
creating angles and edges, adding new colors and combining fibers in unique ways to customize the pattern
and truly make it yours.
You will need for class:  
      1.A Steven or Stephen base pattern: Lumpy Space, Earth & Sky, Colonnade, Enchanted Mesa,
        Eyelet Ponchini, Tasseled Slouch & Cowl Really Rylie or Cropped Cardi (our choice of base
        pattern supplied in class)              
      2. Minimum 3 yarns to work with, best to be a variety of weights or fiber contents. Several
         fine strands can be combined in this project.  Yarns should be chosen prior to class so we
         can begin immediately.  More yarns can be added during class.
      3. A variety of needle sizes with be needed so bring a good selection, even a crochet hook or two.
How it works:           
       1.Each student will begin his or her project in a corner, side, center or top.
       2. You will work on your project with guidance from Steven  & Stephen for the first 20 mins.,
          including a presentation of their "Double Whammy: Best of Stephen & Steven's Tips & Tricks".
          You are encouraged to take good notes so you can complete your project after class.
       3.This should be a fun challenge to guide you in thinking outside the box and working
            creatively.  This workshop will leave you comfortable  with deviating from the written
            pattern and making your own design decisions.
       4.You will be given direction and assignments to enable you to complete your project outside of
Date: Tuesday, Feb 3, 6-9 pm  Cost: $75

We'll do one square a month -- lots of cable techniques.  Come in and see the first few squares done! 10%
off of all yarn used for project. Materials needed:  GAAA book, yarn, needles and cable needle.  We will
continue this class for the Fall and winter -- you can still join in.
Dates: Dec 20, Jan 31, Feb 21, March 21, April 25 (rest of dates TBA)
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm  Cost: $50

FIX-IT CLINIC with Fran Gooch
Everybody makes mistakes when they knit—from small ones to big ones.
In this class we'll practice fixing some basic mistakes & tackle your specific questions too. Techniques
covered: - how to rip out many rows without losing any sts
- how to back out knits, purls, k2tog, yo, ssk, slipped sts, p2tog
- how to pick up dropped sts: knits, purls, yo, k2tog, & even cast on sts
- what to do when you run out of tail part way through casting on and how to avoid running out of tail in the
first place  - what to do when you're out of yarn in the middle of a bind off. Be sure to bring any projects
you have with mistakes in them! Class homework: Using size 8 needles and light-colored worsted weight
yarn, knit a square as follows: Cast on 40 stitches. Knit 8 rows. *Row 1: Knit, Row 2: K10, P20, K10*
Repeat these 2 rows for 2-3". Leave knitting on needle. Please bring Size 8 needles, worsted weight yarn,
a spare size 4 or 5 needle, 1 crochet hook (any size between E and H) and tapestry needle.
Saturday, Jan 17, 1-3 pm  Cost: $40

Learn all the ins and outs of short rows, W&T (wrap and turn, German short rows, Japanese short rows
Feb 21, 1 pm - 3 pm  Cost: $35

FAIR ISLE TAM with Myra Rubin
Learn to knit two-handed fair isle while making this adorable tam.
Dates: Dec 6, 13 & 20; 1 pm - 3 pm Cost: $40

Learn to knit & purl the "Continental" way.
Date: Feb 14; 1 pm - 3 pm Cost: $25

Learn the basics of Intarsia knitting while creating a pillow.  
Date: March 14, 1 pm - 3 pm  Cost: $35