Sunday, August 15, 2010

Back to School-- Not Just for Kids!

Hey Y'all,
So school starts any second now. That means all sorts of things. For me, I can't help but still get excited remembering the August issue of Seventeen Mag. Remember that? Issue as fat as a phone book, packed with ads and back-to-school fashion ideas like how to somehow turn four articles of clothing into 70 different outfits. And is it my imagination or did they always recommend owning at least one kilt?

I know that some of you are about to gain some free time (hahahaha-- free time!) after shuttling your kids around to camps and the pool all summer. What to do with this newfound temporal abundance? Take some classes of your own, of course! As ever, HCW has a bunch of classes coming right up. Whether you're looking for beginner pointers, are ready to take your skills to the next level, or are hoping to take the plunge and pick up a "side craft" (e.g. setting aside your knitting for a few wet felting lessons)-- we've got lots of good ideas for you. Here's a rundown of what's coming up. And you can always check out the website for ongoing updated class information.

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August Dates
19th 6:30 - 8:30
29th 3:00 - 5:00

Second Friday of every month
Next class: September 10, 10-2

We will explore the methods of wet and nuno felting and create lovely one of a kind masterpieces, from bags to hats, scarves to booties and much more.
This class meets the second Friday of each month from 10 am to 2 pm (that includes a short lunch break).

This picture is of a nuno felted and shibori dyed scarf, which we will focus on this week unless the regulars want to do something else. Mary will provide everything.You will need wool fleece, which you can purchase at HCW. Bring a few old towels and dress in
comfortable clothes. Wet felting can be quite a workout.

Aug 22 & 29 (a 2-part class)
9:45 am - 12:45 pm

Have you ever knitted a pair of socks and worried that maybe you knitted the cuff just a little too long and think: Will I have enough yarn to finish the sock? This class will relieve all that "sock anxiety"and you won't have to submit any claims to your health insurance company.
This class is designed for the new or experienced sock knitter.

Skills taught:
Knitting socks on 2 circulars
Learn to customize the fit of your sock
Start your sock with a "magical cast on"
Sewn Cast off (Elizabeth Zimmerman)

Materials: Sport weight yarn
Suggested yarn:
Koigu Kersti- 3sks
Indulgence 6 ply - 1 sk
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport- 2sk

2 #2 or #3 24" circular needle ( or size to obtain gauge knit at 6.5-7sts/inch)
2 ring stitch markers , calculator, tape measure and knitting gear
Please have yarn wound and ready to knit!

August 21st, 1:00 - 5:00
Deb Marvin

With the option of learning either
Magic Loop or Traditional Double Point, students in Sock Express will spend the afternoon learning to make a sock from start to finish! Starting with the cuff, students will learn all the elements of sock knitting: cuff heel flap, heel turn, gusset construction and shaping and Kitchener stitch.

Yarn: 1-2 skeins of Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden (we are using a worsted weight yarn to make an average sized short cuffed sock in order to complete the sock in one class setting)
MAGIC LOOP OPTION: 42" or longer US #6 or #7 needles
TRADITIONAL OPTION: US #6 or #7 double points. Students may want to wait till class to work with Deb on needle selection.
Tapestry Needle
Students should bring their knitting gear
PREQUISITES: students should be independent in basic knitting skills, knitting in the round helpful but not mandatory

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