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KnittingThe following classes will be offered at the Knitter's Retreat for an additional fee on Friday and Saturday:


Friday, February 19, 2016

Entrelac Beaded Hat * - Full Day Class

Skill Level – Intermediate

Teacher – Gail Richardson

Day/Time – Friday, February 19, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Class Fee - $40.00

Maximum – 10 students

In this class you will be working with a circular needle or double points, learning how to knit backwards instead of turning your work around. You will learn to use beads in knitting with a crochet hook. We will use a variegated worsted weight yarn like Chroma from Knit Picks or Mochi Plus. We will learn how to do a I-cord at the top to finish which is a nice finish to Entrelac knitting.

Materials To Bring:

  • 100 grams (Knit Picks) Chroma Worsted Weight or Mini Mocha Plus
  • #5-6 circular needle 16”. Plus double pointed in same size.
  • Crochet Hook #1.0mm (US 11/12)
  • #6 size seeded beads at least 3-4 oz
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and paper

(*Entrelac is a knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern. While the result resembles basket-woven strips of knitted fabric, the actual material comprises interconnected squares on two different orientations. Unlike many textured knitting techniques, Entrelac allows for colorwork as well.)


Dyeing a Variety of Gradient Skeins - Full Day Class

Skill Level – Previous Dyeing experience helpful but not necessary

Teacher – Rita Petteys

Day/Time – Friday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class Fee - $40.00

Materials Fee – $25.00 supply fee for yarn, dye, chemicals and hand out due to instructor at the beginning of class

Maximum – 8 students


Gradient yarns are all the rage in knitting, crochet, and weaving now. What a fun way to explore color changes through dyeing yarns that shade, tone, tint, or work their way to a complementary color, or other gradient change. In this class, you will be dyeing a gradient set of yarns using acid dyes, and develop formulas for your yarns using worksheets that help calculate the amounts. We will dye two sets of gradient yarns using immersion dyeing in mason jars that are heated in electric water bath canners. You will be able to choose what type of gradient set you’d like during the first part of class. Instruction includes discussion of gradients – whether shaded color, tinted, toned or changed via dyeing with a complementary color; measuring, dyeing safety, creating repeatable colors, and the color wheel and color concepts will also be discussed.

Materials supplied by instructor:

Each participant will get 2 sets of superwash merino worsted weight yarns, divided into one (1) ounce mini skeins. There will be a total of 10 ounces of mini skein yarns (for two 5-mini-skein gradations) supplied for this class, along with handouts, dye, and chemicals.

Materials to Bring:

  • Baggies or bowls to carry yarn from class
  • Notebook/pen for notes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Color inspiration pictures

Kumihimo Braiding Jewelry – Half Day Class

Skill Level – Beginner                                                                                    

Teacher – Tina Stellhorn

Day/Time – Friday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Class Fee - $20.00

Materials Fee – $16 supply fee for all materials, payable to teacher at the time of class.

Maximum – 10 students

Learn Kumihimo Braiding, an ancient Japanese braiding technique.  During class you will get all the materials and equipment that you need to complete a necklace and also detailed instructions to make more Kumihimo braided items on your own.

Saturday, February 20, 2016:

Prayer Shawl – Full Day Class

Skill Level – Advanced Beginner

Teacher – Debbi Russell

Day/Time – Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class Fee - $40.00

Maximum – 10 students

This class features a shawl pattern variation inspired originally by Jessica Anderson.  This beautiful Prayer Shawl is a great “go to” pattern for a quick knit.  If you have never played with “yarn overs” in a pattern while switching up different stitch sections then you don’t want to miss taking this class.  The shawl is an easy fast knit satisfying every knitters desire to have a finished project in no time at all.  The revision I’ve made to this pattern enables the knitter to make the shawl short and sporty or longer for more warmth.  The shawl covers the back of the neck making this the perfect choice on cool evenings or during after school ballgames.  The one size fits all medium length size shawl is approximately 55” wide and 25” long.  I suggest worsted weight, #4 category in a solid color or yarn that reads as a solid to enhance and show off the change in stitch sections.  This shawl can be made longer and wider with ease, just remember to bring additional yarn.  

Materials to Bring: (for medium length shawl)

  • 550 yards worsted weight yarn, category #4
  • Size US 8, 32” circular needle

Layering Color on Yarn - Full Day Class

Teacher – Rita Petteys

Day/Time – Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Skill Level – Previous dyeing experience helpful but not necessary

Class Fee - $40.00

Materials Fee - $25.00 due to the instructor at the beginning of class

Maximum – 8 students

In this class, we will be dyeing yarn via the immersion dyeing and yarn painting techniques, using a succession of dye baths to achieve a layered color. In this class, you will learn about dyeing yarn with only primary colored dyes, using them in ratios to produce a very specific final color. The layering happens through multiple dye baths, each using a different color and/or technique. You will learn about measuring and mixing dyes, how the amount of dye relates to the final color, and some yarn painting and other fun techniques. There will be the opportunity to dye two 4-ounce skeins of yarn during this class. We will review several samples at the beginning of class and demonstrate the techniques before we dive into the dye pots!

Materials supplied by instructor:

  • 2 4-ounce skeins of Merino Superwash Worsted weight yarn
  • Dye, fixatives, and handouts.

Materials to Bring:

  • Baggies or bowls to carry yarn from class
  • Notebook/pen for notes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust mask

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