Classes and Workshops

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KNITTING CLASSES
BEGINNING KNITTING with Myra Rubin
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.
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     AND
PROJECT NIGHT/DAY
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. We'll work on Crocheted Granny Squares too. Anyone who
wants to learn Socks on DPN's is welcome.
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Lunchtime on Tuesday  Feb 21 - April 11; 1-2 pm; cost: $50
                         April 18 - June 6; 1-2 pm; cost: $50
                        June 13 - Aug 1; 1-2 pm; cost: $50

Tues eves:  Jan 24  - March 14; 7 - 8 pm Cost: $50
March 21 - May 16; 7 - 8 pm Cost: $50
May 23 - July 18; 7 - 8 pm Cost: $50
July 25 - Sept 12; 7 - 8 pm Cost: $50

Fri Morn:  Feb 10 - March 31; 10 - 11 am Cost:$50
April 7 - May 26; 10 - 11 am Cost:$50
June 2 - July 21; 10 - 11 am Cost:$50
July 28 - Sept 15; 10 - 11 am Cost:$50

Sat morn:   Jan 28 - March 18; 10 - 11 am; Cost: $50
March 25 - May 13; 10 - 11 am; Cost: $50
May 20 - July 8; 10 - 11 am; Cost: $50
July 15 - Sept 2; 10 - 11 am; Cost: $50

DESIGN YOUR OWN ICELANDIC SWEATER with LARS RAINS, Author of Modern Lopi
We will examine the various components of a bottom-up, seamless yoke sweater. After we have recorded
the body measurements required for this type of garment, we will work through all of the steps (and the
math!) needed for you to leave with a personalized pattern that you can take home to create your own
Icelandic lopapeysa. An assortment of yoke patterns and motif bands will be provided for you to incorporate
into your design. Questions pertaining to designing yoke patterns and top-down construction methods will be
considered as time permits.  
Homework required: Homework will consist of preparing a 5" by 5" gauge
swatch in stockinette stitch using either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi. Body measurements may also be taken
ahead of time.  Skill level required: Basic understanding of sweater construction.  Supplies required:
Homework swatch and measurements (to be recorded on Handout 1). Measuring tape and calculator (usually
found on most smartphones and tablets).
ICELANDIC YOKE DESIGN with LARS RAINS, Author of Modern Lopi
We will look at what to consider when choosing colors for a stranded project and discuss the importance of
yarn dominance. We will define various terms from color theory and understand how they can affect
colorwork projects. We will examine existing motifs available in source materials and draft our own examples
on chart paper. We will discuss swatching in the round and leave with a swatch of our very own yoke
design.  
Homework required: Homework will consist of preparing a 5" by 5" gauge swatch in stockinette
stitch using either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi. Skill level required: Basic understanding of stranded colorwork.  
Supplies required: Homework swatch. Measuring tape and calculator (usually found on most smartphones and
tablets). Needles used for the swatches and needles two sizes smaller for ribbing (optional). 2 or 3
contrasting colors of the same yarn used for the swatches.
Dates: Saturday, March 18, 10 am - 12:30pm & 1 pm - 5 pm  Cost: $75 for both sessions or $45 for 1
morning or 1 afternoon session    
Biography
Even though Lars Rains has been knitting for over twenty years, he still learns something new with each
project he completes. He firmly believes that every knitter has the potential to become a fabulous designer
with the proper tools and techniques. His design work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit
Edge, Chicago Knits,  and Knitty. His patterns have also been included in collections for Malabrigo Yarns,
Noro Yarns, and Cascade Yarns. Lars published his first book of Icelandic patterns, Modern Lopi: One, last
year and one of his designs from that book won the Grand Prize at the inaugural Independent Designers
contest at the leading yarn industry association's fashion show this year. He can be found on Ravelry as
Modern Lopi or online at www.modernlopi.com.

DOUBLE KNITTING with Cynthia Spencer
In this class, you’ll learn to do double knitting. Knitting across one row, you’ll at
once create what are actually two pieces of stockinette fabric, with their purl sides
against each other. You’re using one color on one side, and the other on the other side.
Although it can become more complex, with most designs in double knitting, the
“negative” on one side is the “positive” on the other. Practicing on this easy scarf will
give you the ability to double knit more difficult patterns later.
Materials: We'll provide the pattern.  Choose either two solid contrasting yarns, or
one self-striping yarn and one contrasting solid yarn for your first try. This way you
can easily distinguish between your two sides as you go. A yarn such as Noro’s striped Silk Garden works
well with Silk Garden Solo as the reverse side
.
Dates:April 29, 1 pm - 4 pm  Cost: $45   Click HERE to sign up

FLAWLESS FINISHING with Keith Leonard
Learn to professionally assemble your knitwear from the finishing master Keith Leonard, owner of Knits All
Done. In this class you will learn the tips, tricks, and secrets behind picking up stitches, weaving in your
ends and the proper use of mattress stitch to seam your prepared knitted swatches together. Be amazed
as the magic unfolds and walk away with the proficient skills to finish your knitwear professionally for years
to come.
Skills Covered-        
•        Joining bound off edges (Shoulder Seams)
•        Joining stockinette Stitch
•        Joining reverse stockinette stitch
•        Joining and lining up garter stitch/ridges  
•        Seaming vertical to horizontal seams  
•        Assembling a drop shoulder  
•        Picking up stitches- every which way!  
•        Weaving in tails (inside seams)
Materials- Worsted Weight Yarn, Size US # 7 or 8 straight or circular needles, Darning Needle, Scissors
Date:  Friday, April 14,  11 am - 1 pm  Cost: $65  Click HERE to sign up

SHORT ROW FUN with Keith Leonard
Short row fun anyone? In this class Keith will teach you how to
properly work short rows using two different colors or yarn
to create 1 of 24 squares that combined turn into a beautiful
afghan called "the Lizard Ridge". You not only learn short rows,
you will learn how to properly read and count your stitches
while working two different strands of yarn from the same
ball of yarn. Disclaimer: Once you start this project,
it will be very, very hard to put it down. Be prepared for
addiction, laughter, and bursts of color!
Date: Friday, April 14, 2 pm - 4 pm  Cost: $65 Click HERE to sign up

BREATHING SPACE KAL
Come join us our Knit-A-Long for the sweater, Breathing Space  "The art
of breathing, something we rarely really pay attention to, is so much like
letting go. It’s something truly free. Let these lines guide you into that
lovely and relaxed breathing space, keeping you grounded while your piece keeps
growing, row after row and stripe after stripe. Find the quiet piece of movement
with this little garment. The sweater is worked from top down with raglan yoke
and the asymmetric shaping makes it a very stylish and at the same time very
easy to wear."
Materials: please go to the Ravelry link .  
Starting Sunday afternoon at 1 pm on April 23.  Cost:  $30 -- includes pattern and

10% off for any yarn purchased for the sweater.


SEAMLESS SWEATER CONSTRUCTION
Welcom to Knitstars. The first teacher we will be viewing is Julie Weisenberg, also known as CocoKnits,
giving lessons on making a seamless top-down baby sweater with set-in sleeves using the English tailoring
method.  Materials: 300-400 yards of worsted weight yarn, a US 8-9, 32" circular needle, 4 stitch
markers and a size 0-2 circular or dpn for picking up stitches.
Dates: March 11, March 25, April 1; 1-3 pm  Cost: $60  Click HERE to sign up


MY FIRST CUSTOMFIT SWEATER WORKSHOP
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. Click
HERE to sign up
Dates:  Saturday, June 3 & 10; 2-3:30 pm Cost:$30
Thursday, June 15 & 22 ; 7-8:30 pm Cost: $30

RIKAART COWL KAL
Join us for another KAL  -- this is an interesting pattern --lots of twists
and turns.  We have it "kitted up" in the 6 colors you see at the right or you
can buy your own gradient kits.  
Sundays,  Jan 29 - Feb 26 @1 pm   
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Cost: $40 -- includes kit and pattern

GREATAMERICAN, GREAT NORTH AMERICAN AFGHAN  & AMERICAN ARAN AFGHAN with Myra Rubin
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. Click
HERE to sign up
Dates: Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 18, March 18, April 15. May 20, June 17, July 15,Aug 19. Sept 16
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.
Date: Saturdays, April 22 11:30-1:30 cost: $45   Click HERE to sign up

DO THE CONTINENTAL with Myra Rubin
Learn to knit & purl the "Continental" way. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
Date: Saturday, April 15; 12noon - 2 pm Cost: $30


For more info click here.  Questions:
call 609 914 0003 or email me
at
woolbearers@gmail.com
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