CLASS SCHEDULE

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Morning (9:00-Noon)Instructors
Painting a Picture with Wool - Needle FeltingAnita Hotchkiss
Garter Stitch Short Row Shaping - Scarf
Barb Tracey
Needle Felting - Sleeping FawnDebbie Penley
I-Cord and Its Many Applications
Pam Mahan
Mosaic Knitting
Taryn Barnett
Adding Depth and Texture to your Knitting
Tracie Verdin
Triangle WeavingLois Crozier

Trellis & Ivy Beaded Lace Scarf

Cathy Briscoe
Dress Your Dog for Warmth and Style
Linda Voss Plummer
​​Afternoon (2:30-4:30)
Instructors
Triangle Weaving
Lois Crozier
Beginning Knitting, What Comes Next?
Cathy Briscoe
Knitting and Weaving with Handspun
Linda Voss Plummer
Crochet for Knitters and  Beginners with a Twist
Angie Tracey
Felting with Wool - Needle Felting

Anita Hotchkiss

Making your own Art Batt to Spin or Knit
Katrina Updike
Needle Felting – Fox
Debbie Penley
Techniques That Amaze
Taryn Barnett


Lunch Lecture  (12:15-1:15)
Presenter
Designing  Stash
Linda Voss Plummer









2018 Class Descriptions

Skill Levels Knitting
   
Beginner:          Can knit, purl, cast on and cast off.
     Intermediate:   Beginner level skills plus increase, decrease, and follow simple                                         patterns.
    Advanced:
         Intermediate level skills plus yarn over patterns, cables, ribbing,                                       comfortable with pattern interpretation.
     All levels:         This class is of interest regardless of knitting skill level.

                                                                   

Skill Levels Crochet

     Beginner:           Can chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.

       Intermediate:   Beginner level skills plus treble crochet, fan stitch and bobble stitch. There                                            may be minimal shaping  using increases and decreases. You should be able                                        to change colors and attach a  new  ball of yarn.

       Advanced:         Stitch combinations are more complex and introduce new techniques (like                                           cables,  entralac  and hairpin lace). You should have consistent tension and                                         stitch size.  Knowing intricate edging and trims is common at this level.  

​​​​​​​Designing Stash - Lunch Lecture     
​             (Lunch will be available to you in the classroom while you listen to the  lecture.)

PresenterLinda Voss Plummer

Skill Level:  All Level

Session Offered:  Lunch (12:15 - 1:15)

Description:  Plagued with guilt?  Is your closet a constant reminder of how much yarn you've accumulated?  Are you puzzled about what fibers are compatible? How do you bring together a variety of yarns and create a unified look?  You'll feel so righteous as you start to work that stash down (and have permission to rebuild it)!  We shall cover these questions and talk about design.  Don't be intimidated!  

Supplies Needed:  (Optional)  If you wish, feel free to bring stash which you would like to use.  There will be examples, so don't feel compelled to bring any.  We don't tell tales - so no one will report out on how much stash you have!  


Dress Your Dog for Warmth and Style

InstructorLinda Voss Plummer

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Class Offered:  AM

Description:  This is a day for dogs!  The pattern is designed to fit any dog or stuffed animal.  Bring your dog's measurements (collar to tail, circumference at belly and neck, circumference of top of legs.  The dog can be real or dress a favorite stuffed animal.  The pattern is basic, the design is yours - make it funky, preppy, artsy, or the colors of your dog's favorite sports team.    Basic pattern will be $4.00

Supplies Needed:  

  • 125 (175, 200, 275) yds. worsted weight yarn in as many colors as you want
  • size 8 - 16" circular needles (or 2 circs or magic loop) of size to oblain guage
  • 1 set short size 6 dpn needles
  • embellishments of your choosing (optional, can be added later)

​Homework:  Optional

  • It is not essential that this be done ahead of time, but it would save time.  Cast on 16 (32) sts and work stocknette for 4".  Adjust needles to get 16 sts for 4" or 32" for 8"
  • Gauge:  16 sts /4"  
  • To fit 10 (11 1/2, 14 1/2, 20 1/2) inch neck.

If you have questions for Linda before class you can email her at linda@artsyknits.com


Knitting and Weaving with Handspun –

Yes!  You Can Do It!

Instructor:  Linda Voss Plummer

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Session Offered:  PM

Description:  The chicken or the egg – did you start knitting and/or weaving because you were drowning in handspun yarn (because you just couldn’t stop spinning!) or did you yearn to spin your own unique yarn because you wanted to move on from commercial yarn and push your limits? 
     If you don’t spin (yet?), this is the place to check out the marvelous work of those who do!  This can be an introduction to the possibilities OR a place to get ideas for your already handspun.  We’ll look at some different types of handspun and their fiber and talk about what designs suit them best.
     It can be intimidating to try to adapt commercial patterns to use with your own unique yarns.  They often need to be chosen carefully to enhance handspun and to be adapted to your project.  Come learn some tricks for enhancing your own yarn as it is transformed into woven or knitted pieces, emphasizing its unique characteristics.

Homework:  If you have handspun (and commercial yarn you’d like to use with it),  bring your yarn and a variety of needles to class and we’ll play!!  If you do not have any, come and learn some principles and ideas for working with handspun.  You may want to peruse the vendors before class and see if you fall in love.    We’ll have samples of various handspun yarns.

Using the Triangle Loom for Weaving

Instructor:  Lois Crozier

Skill Level:  Crochet - Beginning

Session Offered:  AM & PM

Description:  In this class you will learn the technique of using a triangle loom to weave a finished triangle wrap between 3 and 4 feet at the top.  The instructor will provide each student with a loom and stand to borrow.  Various extra yarn will be available from the instructor to be used in conjunction with the yarn you bring as well.

Supplies Needed:  4 or 5 (8 oz.) skeins of similar weight yarn or if you are adventurous varying weight and texture yarn.  scissors, 2 crochet hooks  -  size C and H or close to these in two sizes.    Have all of your yarn prepared to pull from the skein or ball. 

(Student must be able to stand or sit to work with fingers and crochet hook,

reaching up and to the sides for a long time.)

If you get hooked on weaving, looms and stands will be available

for purchase at the event.  Looms $130 each and stands $50.


Trellis & Ivy Beaded Lace Scarf

Instructor:  Cathy Briscoe

Skill Level:  Intermediate 

Session Offered:  AM

Description:  Trellis & Ivy scarf pattern was designed specifically for teaching the skills of knitting lace, reading charts, learning to read your work and adding beads.  Tips will be shared to take the fear out of knitting lace, which will help to make lace knitting more enjoyable.  Some of the skills I will be covering in class are - how to read your work, how to read charts and tips for making charts easier to follow, how to easily add beads to any project, how to graft lace and many other useful tips and short cuts.  And, yes, you will be starting and working on your scarf in class. 

Supplies Needed: 

  • Fingering weight yarn 437 yards/100 grams - A tighter twist with more structure will hold it's shape better after blocking. 
  • Beads - 1/3 oz./10 grams of size 6/0 beads (89 beads are needed) - Beads can be purchased at most big box stores.
  • Knitting needles size US 5 (3.75mm) or size to obtain a gauge of 6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
  • ​Tapestry needle, stitch markers, paper and pencil for notes, highlighter or colored pencils for marking your chart
  • Small dish or paper cup for holding the beads
  • 1 yard of contrasting worsted weight yarn different from homework

Homework:  Knit 2 swatches, with worsted weight yarn and US size 7 or 8 needles, cast on 10 stitches, knit 8 rows in stockinette stitch (knit right side rows, purl wrong side rows), ending after working a purl row, row 9:  [K1, *YO, K2tog* 4 times, K1].  The stitches for the swatches should be left live on the needles or transferred to stitch holders.  These two swatches will be used to learn how to graft lace.  The pattern we are using is not gauge sensitive, but you may want to swatch with your project yarn to make sure you are happy with the density and drape of your fabric. 

If you have questions you can call Cathy at

717-434-4148 or email her at iknitted4ewe@yahoo.com.  


Beginning Knitting, What Comes Next?  

Instructor:  Cathy Briscoe

Skill Level:  Beginner

Session Offered:  PM

Description:  Congratulations, you have learned how to knit and purl, but you are getting a little tired of making garter or stockinette stitch scarves.  This class will take the mystery out of selecting  patterns, reading patterns, and yarn selection (including yarn substitution and what all that stuff on the yarn ball band means).  This class is designed to build your confidence as a knitter and to answer the questions most frequently asked by new and sometimes experienced knitters. Bring some yarn and needles so that you can spend time playing and practicing some new stitch combinations and some tips for working different methods for increasing and decreasing.  The class promises to provide you with many tips and tricks to make your knitting easier.   

Supplies Needed:  Bring approximately 50 yards of worsted weight yarn, US size 8 needles and patterns about which you many have questions.  


Crochet for Knitters

and Beginners with a TWIST

Instructor:  Angela Tracey

Skill Level:  Beginner

Session Offered:  PM

Description:  There are times when knitters need to know a few basic crochet techniques.  This class will offer crochet for beginners and knitters.  We will cover using a crochet hook as well as slip stitches, single and double crochet, and finishing techniques.  

Supplies Needed:  150 yds.  total worsted weight acrylic yarn.  (Color A - 50 yds., Color B - 50 yds., Color C - 50 yds.).  A 9mm or 10mm "N" crochet hook, scissors, and a yarn needle.  This is a great stash buster for that aran or worsted weight yarn

You will also need a 26" hula hoop which you can purchase at the Knit-Away for $7.00.  



Painting a Picture with Wool 

Instructor:  Anita Hotchkiss

Skill Level:  Beginner

Session Offered: AM

Description:  Wool is very forgiving and a great medium for "painting pictures".  In this class you will learn how to use a dry felting process to attach wool to a background.  What tools and fibers needed will be explained.  Once the background is done learn how to blend for colors, shading, and adding texture for dimension.  Your finished piece can be framed or used as an embellishment on a bag or jacket.  

Supplies Needed:  A pair of sharp scissors, a sewing needle and black thread.  All other supplies will be provided in a kit.  The $10 kit will include foundation fabric, a variety of fibers, felting needles, foam pad, and miscellaneous embellishments.  


Felting with Wool

Instructor:  Anita Hotchkiss

Skill Level:  Beginner

Session Offered:  PM

Description:  Do you wish you could create your own art but can’t paint? Then painting with wool is for you.  Needle felting is the perfect technique for creating one of kind pieces. The felting needle is a very versatile tool, a dry felting process that allows you to attach different fibers to other fibers and fabric. This class will use a variety of fibers and techniques to teach you the art of 2-dimensional wool painting as well as adding 3-dimensional elements to your picture. 

​Supplies Needed:  A pair of sharp scissors, a sewing needle and black thread.  All other supplies will be provided in a kit.  The $10 kit will include foundation fabric, a variety of fibers, felting needles, foam pad, and miscellaneous embellishments.  


Garter Stitch Short Row Shaping - Scarf

Instructor:  Barbara Tracey

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Session Offered:  AM

Description:  Short row shaping a a technique used in everything from shawls to socks.  This class will focus on 3 different short row techniques.  We will discuss what short rows are, when they are used and why, and will make swatches for two short row techniques:  the standard wrap and turn and German short row shaping.  In the final hour we will work on a simple two short row shaped scarf to further practice this technique.  Participants will also learn how to do buttonholes and carry yarn colors up afabric.  

Supplies Needed:  The pattern for the scarf will be provided to each student.  Student should bring two high contrast color of DK weight yarn (Avoid yarn with a lot of halo very soft yarn or yarns with similar colors), size 5 needles (either straight or circular), a 1" button, one coiless safety pin type stitch marker, and a large eye blunt needle for weaving in ends.  A sold background yarn and a complimentary varigated yarn is also an attractive option for the yarn.  Total yarn yardage (both colors) is approximately 612 yards or 560 meters.  Finished scarf measures 8" x 42".    


Make Your Own "Art Batt" to Spin or Knit

Instructor:  Katrina Updike

Skill Level:  All Levels

Session Offered:  PM

Description:  Make your own "ART BATT".  Learn how to pick the fibers that you want to make your own Art Batt to knit or spin.  We will discuss fiber and what you can achieve with them.  

Supplies Needed:  There is a material fee of $25.00 for this class which will include all fiber needed to make an art batt

"a batt is made on a drum carder and is like a blanket of fibers, carded, 

but more aligned than you typically get in a rolag. You can strip these,

 pre-draft them, tear off chunks, roll them up, and spin them with what’s

 considered either woolen or worsted technique; and you can pull them

 or tear them into rovings."    


Needle Felting a Sleeping Fawn

Instructor:  Debbie Penley

Skill Level:  All

Session Offered:  AM

Description:  Students will learn the basics of needle felting - creating shapes, applying colors, and a basic simple armature and wire wrapping.  

Supplies Needed:  All materials will be provided in a kit for $8.00.  


Needle Felting a Sleeping Fox

Instructor:  Debbie Penley
Skill Level:  All
Session Offered:  PM
Description:  Students will learn the basics of needle felting - creating shapes and applying colors.
Supplies Needed:  All materials will be provided in a kit for $8.00.  


Exploring I-Cord and its Many Applications

Instructor:  Pam Mahan

Skill Level:  Beginners

Session Offered:  AM

Description:  In this 3 hour class, we will learn how to create a basic I-Cord as well as explore many of the I-Cord applications.  Students will begin the Sinkmates Dishcloth which employs the I-Cord cast on and I-Cord selvedge, and they will acquire the skills necessary to complete the project on their own.  

     Additional small samples will be created in class to allow students to explore I-Cord bind off, applied I-cord, grafting I-Cord, and other techniques.  Examples of these I-Cord techniques that have been incorporated into finished projects will also be examined.

Pattern Fee:  $2.00  

Supplies Needed:  

  • Straight or circular needles - size US 6 to 8 or size needed to knit approximately 18 sts /4 inches in garter stitch for knitting dishcloth.  
  • Additional needles in similar size for working samples would be helpful (so you don't have to take the needles out of your project)
  • Double point needles size US 6 to 8
  • Dishcloth cotton for the main color of the dishcloth - about 30 to 35 grams, other small amounts of dishcloth cotton or smooth worsted weight yarn in solid, light to medium colors for creating samples in class and completing homework.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving ends
  • Locking stitch markers (If you have some)
  • Basic knitting Notions

Homework:  

  1. If you are familiar with the I-Cord technique, cast on 3 stitches and knit 76 rounds of I-Cord and bind off.  This will be the start of the dishcloth and the color of the I-cord should contrast with the main color you have selected for your dishcloth.  If you are not comfortable knitting I-Cord just yet, skip this homework assignment  We will begin with the basic of knitting I-Cord in class.  Some pre-made I-Cord will be available in class so you don't get behind on your project. 
  2. Using double pointed needles, cast on 30 stitches and join to work in the round.  Knit until the tube measures 2 to 4 1/2 inches.  Do not bind off.  Leave yarn attached.  (I made my tube about 4 1/2 inches so that the competed sample can be used as a cup cozy.  If you just want a sample to learn the technique, the tube can be as short as 2 inches.  Knitter's Choice.)

​        If you have questions about the homework you may contact

Pam via email at pam16365@yahoo.com

Mosaic Knitting

Instructor:  Taryn Barnett

Skill Level:  Beginner, All

Session Offered:  AM

Description:  Make stunning color work projects using only one active color at a time!  During class you will learn how to use slipped stitches to make not only intricate looking 2 color designs, but you will learn to create 3 different textured projects and read a mosaic chart.  

Supplies Needed:

  • Solid dark and solid light colored smooth worsted weight yarn (no mohair, suri alpaca or other "sticky" yarns).  Light color will be our "back ground"
  • US 8 needles and stitch holders 

Homework:  Split Larger balls of yarn into 25-50 gram balls before doing homework.  You can use inside and outside of ball.

  1. With light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, CO 15 sts.  Work K1 P1 rive for 1".  Next Row (WS):  Purl across.  Slip sts onto holder.  Do not cut yarn!
  2. With light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, CO 23 sts.  Work K1 P1 rib for 1".  Next Row (WS):Knit across.  Slip sts onto holder.  Do not cut yarn!
  3. With light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, CO 27 Sts.  Work K1 P1 rib for 1".  Next Row (WS):  Purl across.  Slip sts onto holder.  Do not cut yarn!
  4. With light colored worsted weight yearn and size 8 needles, CO 27 sts.  Work K1 P1 rib for 1".  Next Row (WS):  Knit across.  Slip sts onto holder.  Do not cut yarn!


Techniques That Amaze!

Instructor:  Taryn Barnett

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Session Offered:  PM

Description:  Learn techniques that will amaze fellow knitters!  During class you will learn several techniques like flexible long tail cast on, knit and purl backward, 3 needle bind off and Norwegian purl.  We will do as much as time allows.  

Supplies Needed:  

  • worsted weight wool or wool blend in two light colors and the exact same weight
  • two sets of appropriately sized needles for your knitting style [size 5 (3.5 mm) to size 7 (4.5 mm)], and one set of needles one or two sizes smaller.  Longer dpns can be used throughout.  

Adding Depth and Texture

to your Knitting

Instructor:  Traci Verdin

Skill Level:  Beginner

Session Offered:  AM

Description:  This class focuses on techniques that are all achieved by working stitches in ways that are outside the normal "knit and purl" realm of knitting.  We will be creating six small swatches that will each teach a different technique.  We will talk about how each stitch can be used by itself or as an accompaniment to other knitting.  The stitches we will be covering are:  granite stitch, gulls and garters, diagonal cell stitch, bee stitch, daisy stitch and cross stitch.  We will also touch on converting flat knitting to  in-the-round knitting.  

Supplies Needed:  

  • 1 ball of bulky yarn can be any material
  • 1 set of needles with good points -  straight or circular that are recommended on the ball band
  • 1 set of needles with good points:  straight or circular that are one or two sizes up from your first set

Knitting * Crochet * Weaving * Spinning * Felting

:  Where friends unwind and yarn unravels