Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away-- Meanwhile Here's Some Indoor Fun

Yes, that's right y'all. Still more excellent classes are right around the corner. I don't know about the rest of you, but I've been wandering the streets of Austin decked out like the yarn-bominable snowman, literally swathed from head to toe in hand knitted everything (hat, scarf, sweater, leg warmers, socks). Here's hoping the sun shines soon and warms us up. In the meanwhile, enjoy wearing all your warm wooly stuff and consider using the inclement conditions as a good excuse to get toasty in the HCW classroom. Here's info on a couple of upcoming classes:

January 23/30
9:45 am - 12:45 pm
Instructor: Janet Daum
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: Your choice of yarn & needles as follows:
- about 200 yards of worsted weight yarn,
- OR about 250 yards of dk weight yarn,
- OR about 300 yards of sport weight yarn.
We will do a gauge during class. Bring all circular needles you have that are 1 to 3 sizes smaller than the suggested needle size for your yarn. (If you have made socks before and prefer to use dpns you may bring those instead.) Please also bring: a calculator, 2 ring stitch markers, tape measure, and your knitting gear.
Please have yarn wound and ready to knit!

Jan 22/23
Fee $65 plus $15 materials fee
Join Deb for a continuation of beginning spinning. This class is for those who have taken Spin 101 or the equivalent. We will work on spinning a consistent yarn, intro to long draw spinning and spinning from the fold, plying, color blending and fiber blends for simple yarn variations.
Materials: Instructor will supply all fiber for class. Bring fiber you have questions about or would like to spin. Bring wheel if you have one and hand carders if you have them.
Level: advanced beginner
Prerequisite: Spin 101 or equivalent and the ability to spin a continuous yarn. It doesn't have to be pretty.

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