NEEDLEFELTING IS A HOOT!!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The Classy Lady Report
A few weeks ago I took a great class with Deb-- gloves & knucks (fingerless gloves). I went for the knucks option, and managed to complete an entire single knuck over the course of the four hours. (And no, sadly, I have not yet done the second one but I will!)
Every time I take a class, I get the pleasure of visiting both familiar and unfamiliar territory.
*That very good feeling I get, when I plop down in a chair and turn off my cell phone, knowing that the next several hours will be fully dedicated to knitting.
*The teacher: The different classes I've taken have been taught by different teachers, but I always know it'll be someone I am very comfortable working with and tossing a thousand questions at.
*Good company. For the glove & knucks class we had nearly a dozen knitters in that garage classroom. I love being around a group of knitters.
*Whatever technique we're learning. In this case, I already knew how to make socks and mittens, so I had a general idea of how the beginning of the project would go. But I needed help with fingers, which I figured would be very hard. (Of course, under the guidance of Deb, it turned out they weren't hard at all, just took a bit of concentration.)
*New faces: I get to meet HCW regulars I haven't met before.
*Conversation topics. Okay, I give away no secrets here that I heard in that class. But I will say every class provides a lot of very fun off-topic talk fodder.
There are lots of classes coming right up-- knitting, weaving, and needle felting. Here's a peek at some upcoming opportunities. If you're interested in signing up you can come by the store or call 512-707-7396 to reserve a spot.
February 22/March 1
Prerequisite - Knit 101 or experience with flat knitting
Gotten your first taste of knitting and want more? Or perhaps you need a refresher class to get back into knitting? We will help you take that next step into pattern reading in Knit 201. Get ready to put that knit and purl stitch to work! You may choose to make either a scarf or a needle case. In both projects you will learn various stitch patterns, basic pattern reading and swatching for gauge.
MATERIALS: Your choice of project. For scarf: 1ball of Araucania Azapa or equivalent. For needle case: 3 balls of GGH Aspen or 2 balls of Lamb's Pride Bulky (or equivalent) in main color plus (optional) 1 ball in contrast ing color. For both projects you will need: size 9 needles (straight or any length circulars), stitch markers, and a tapestry needle.
For the needle case you will also need size 9 double pointed needles.
ELDA'S CARRIER BASKET
Beginner (a little experience)
Great basket for beginners and up. This is a handy basket that fits anywhere because of its swing handle. Beginning with a filled, woven base, we will learn plain
weave, twining and triple weave and finish with a non-traditional woven rim. Come ready to work
because we will take the whole time, but you will be so proud when you leave with your finished
Using 5 skeins of the stunning hand-dyed Koigu yarn, students will knit the popular Charlotte's Web shawl. Knitting this beautiful, but challenging work of art is a great way to practice chart reading as well as lace knitting.
In this class students will learn to knit a top-down triangular lace shawl, reading a lace chart, tips and tricks to help make knitting Charlotte a satifying experience, binding off for a flexible edging and blocking and caring for your shawl.
Prerequisites: Students must have participated in the Heirloom Lace or Sampler class or completed a few lace projects on their own.
Contact teacher if you have questions regarding the skill level required to be successful in this class.
Materials: 5 skeins of Koigu KPPPM, range of needles #5-7 to test gauge, stitch markers
MUST COME YARN READY!!
Instructor: Fran Gooch