I love sharing my passion for stranded color work knitting! Below you'll find descriptions of some of the workshops I am currently offering. I am setting my calendar for 2017. Please be in touch- I would be happy to design a workshop tailored specifically to your group.
Beginning Stranded Color Work
Learn to knit beautiful stranded color work in the Fair Isle style. This class is organized into four, two hour sessions. We will start out with the history and conventions of Fair Isle Knitting, then move on to the technical skills you’ll need. We will cover- color selection, two color cast on, corrugated ribbing, knitting with both hands as a way to keep your colors organized, color dominance, reading a chart, and your color work gauge. Photos from Shetland Wool Week 2014 and a tour of the Jamieson’s Mill where Spindrift Yarn is made will also be shared. Our in class project will be a headband- the perfect size to get comfortable with the rhythm of your stitches and to give you a stitch gauge. The pattern and sample charts will be provided.
Would you like practice and support to develop your use of color? The "I Heart Color" Mitts are the perfect canvas to explore combining and shading using Shetland Spindrift. Fun color theory discussion and strategies for combining colors in new ways as well as how to check for contrast and dominance will be shared.
Take you stranded color work skills to the next level! This class will give you the tools you need to design your own one of a kind, color work beanie or Tam. Use traditional designs from your library or chart your own. Explore and sample colors. A basic hat template and dimensions will be provided. Several crown options will also be provided and various decorative decreases will be discussed.
Take the EEEEEEEEK! Out of Steeking
Maybe you've heard of steeks- the bridge of stitches that are cut open in traditional stranded color work garments. Cutting your knitting can seem like a very scary idea till you see how truly simple it is.
In the morning we'll make a small sample based on my "Hap Rapt" Shawl pattern. This pattern is great for practicing your stranded color work techniques. It also involves cutting a steak to reveal a fringed edge. In the afternoon three other seeking variations will be demonstrated so that you can experience them up close.