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INTRODUCTION TO SPINNING (Bilingual Class)
Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, November 13, 20, 27
Spinning is the ancient textile art where fiber is turned into yarn – something every knitter or weaver can never have enough of! In this course, you’ll be learning to spin your very own yarn using a drop spindle. We will cover how to draft, spin, and wind your yarn, as well as various plying techniques and how to finish (set) it. You will also be learning about choosing and working with different kinds of fiber, and the various types of drop spindles available. Required materials: 1/2 pound of corriedale fiber (or another similar long-stapled wool) and a drop spindle weighing around 1.5 ounces or less. Pre-requisites: none
KIDS LEARN TO KNIT (Bilingual Class)
Sundays, 4 pm – 6 pm, November 20, 27 and December 4
Let your child discover a love and passion for knitting. Children are introduced to the basics. Two types of simple and fun finger knitting techniques will be taught in the beginning to get your child accustumed to working with yarn. Then, creative methods are used to teach your child how to knit with needles and to remember how to knit once they go home. Once the child has learned the knit stitch and purl stitch, they will be ready to begin small projects. Pre-requisites: Ages 8+
WORKSHOP: FIXING MISTAKES (Bilingual Class)
Tuesday, 6 pm – 9 pm, November 15
You’re pretty confident with your knitting but making a mistake still throws you for a loop? We will have a look at common mistakes, like twisted and dropped stitches, extra yarn-overs, unwanted increaes and decreases…and whatever else comes up! I will demonstrate how to fix the before mentioned. Required materials: Any of your knitting, with or without mistakes, to practice on, together with a crochet hook, spare needles (double-pointed or circulars), possibly a stitch holder. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl
EXPLORATION STATION (Bilingual Class)
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm November 22, 29, December 6, 13
The Exploration Station by Stephen West is a fun and beautiful shawl pattern that allows you to play with colours and stitches and learn basic colourwork, short rows, brioche stitch and brioche increases, chevron and i-cord bind off. With this project, just as you begin to get bored with your knitting, everything changes and your interest is renewed once again. Required materials: Pattern, Fingering weight yarn in four colours (quantities indicated in pattern), 4mm 40”circular needle (or needle size to get gauge). Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate knitter.
WORKSHOP: TOE-UP SOCKS, SHORT-ROW TOE AND HEEL (English Class)
Colette van Haaren
Sunday, 9 am – 12 pm, December 4
Short rows are used for many things, sock heels among them. But you can also use the technique to knit a toe. In this workshop you will knit a partial mini sock from the toe up (toe-foot-heel). Techniques include: a temporary cast on, picking up stitches, short-rows, and Magic Loop knitting in the round.
Required materials: small amount of leftover yarn and circular needles with a flexible cable. To better see what you are doing, use larger needles (5mm+) and corresponding yarn. Prerequisite: long-tail cast on and knitting in the round.