Mini-Class Schedule & Registration

Online Registration for Mini Classes is now closed

You may still register for a mini class that has openings at the Madrona Retreat Registration Table up to 24 hours prior to the class. 

Check below to see which classes have openings  

We are thrilled with our line up of 28 Mini Classes this year. You’ll find classes with Sally Melville, Nancy Bush, Galina Khmeleva, Margaret Radcliffe, Evelyn Clark, Sarah Hauschka, Mary Scott Huff, Sivia Harding, Janine Bajus, Bill Jones, Stephannie Tallent, Ilisha Helfman and many more! Check them all out on the schedule below.

Mini Class registration is totally separate from regular class registration so please READ all the information and instructions below.

  • Mini Class registration is totally separate from the regular class registration. If you have registered for regular classes, be sure not to double book yourself. Each person must register separately.
  • Registration for Mini Classes is open.  Click on the big red button at the bottom of this page, following the class schedule.  You will be linked to the Mini Class registration pages.
  • If you are registering for another person be sure you have all of their contact information. You must register the person using their own email address. Every person taking classes must be registered separately. One registration per person. You may use your credit card to pay for the person you are registering for as long as you enter your own billing address and card number at check out.
  • Mini Classes are about 1 hour and 20 minutes of instructional time. Be on time for your session so you don’t miss anything or disrupt these short classes after they begin! Be sure to check in at the retreat registration table when you arrive at the hotel and get your name tag and registration packet. Locations for the mini classes are in your registration packet and on posters at the hotel.
  • For teacher information click on each teacher’s name in the schedule.
  • Supply lists and homework, if any, are listed in the class description.  You will not receive separate information about supplies or homework.
  • Each Mini class (90 minutes in length) costs $50. A few also have materials fees which will be included with the class fee that you pay. Payment is by credit card only. We take Visa, Master Card, and Discover Card.
  • No Refunds or wait lists. There are 10 spaces in each class. If you find you cannot attend after you register, you may give or sell your space to another.  But you MUST let us know who will be taking your place at least 24 hours before class.  Call Lisa Kobeck at 425-984-4302 or email her at lkobeck@yahoo.com.
  • Online registration for all the classes on this schedule will close Tuesday February 11th before the retreat begins but we will accept registrations for available classes listed in this schedule only (no regular classes) at the retreat registration table in the Hotel Murano.

REMEMBER: There are concurrent mini classes during most time periods. Be careful not to register for more than one class in each time period or double book yourself with any regular classes you have already registered for.

TO REGISTER: Click on the red button on the bottom of this page.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13

TEACHER/CLASS

Thursday Morning
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Gladys We

Planning to Pool: How to use handpainted yarns
Handpainted yarns are beautiful, but can be difficult to work with because of the seemingly unpredictable way that the colours can pool. This class will help you take a new look at those gorgeous multicoloured skeins in your stash in order to help you see new ways to work with them.

We'll do some simple swatching and plan how to use your yarn to create new and original works of planned pooling art. For examples, see Gladys' projects at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/wenat

Experience: Intermediate to advanced knitter. Able to swatch confidently and play with your personal gauge.

Supplies: A selection of needles from US 4 through US 9 and a skein or sample skein of handpainted yarn. (Instructor will bring some mini-skeins to share, but your own needles are essential. Interchangeable needles are recommended but not required.)

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Thursday Morning
Session 2
9:00 - 10:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Maggie's Top 20 Knitting Tips
Make your knitting and finishing more fun and better looking with these top tips. The class covers everything from casting on to seaming with gauge, edges, shaping, fixing mistakes, binding off, and borders in between.

Experience: Ability to cast on, knit, and purl, increase, decrease, and bind off

Supplies: Plain, smooth worsted weight yarn in a light color, needles sized appropriately for the yarn – US sizes 6-8 (4.0mm - 5.0mm) and a crochet hook the same size as needles.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Thursday Morning
Session 3
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Evelyn Clark

Original Lace Design
In this class, students can explore the basics of creating lace and chart a lace stitch pattern that can be knit later. A simple set of symbols will be used, and placement of decreases will be discussed, including how to re-chart a motif to knit it from the opposite direction.

Experience: Intermediate Level: must know knitting basics and be able to read charts.

Supplies: Several sheets of 4 or 5 squares-to-the-inch graph paper, pencil and eraser.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Thursday Morning
Session 4
10:30 - 12:00
Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Get the Best from Your Variegated Yarn: Patterns and "Un-Patterns"
Learn to avoid stripes, highlight desired colors, and emphasize texture while understanding what to expect with your variegated yarn's properties. Margaret will bring swatches to demonstrate the effects of pattern stitches and combining yarns.

Experience: Ability to cast on, knit, and purl, increase, decrease, and bind off

Supplies: Worsted or bulky weight variegated yarn where the color sections are between 1 to 6 inches in length and needles appropriate for the yarn size.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Thursday Afternoon
Session 5
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED
Teacher: Debbi Stone

Knitting with Your iPad
Tired of hauling your knitting patterns and books around with you? Debbi will show you how to use your iPad (and iPad Mini) as a powerful knitting tool. We'll cover everything from importing and storing your patterns to how to use them for ease while knitting, and a few extra things! If you are new to your iPad, this is the perfect starter class!

Experience: Everyone with an iPad or iPad Mini

Supplies: Please come with your iPad or iPad Mini fully charged. You must have a valid Apple ID and password.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Thursday Afternoon
Session 6
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Sarah Hauschka

A New Way: Knit Scarves in the Round from your Glorious Stash
Sarah devised the Magic Loop and now she is back with a new way of using those lovely colorful skeins that you wish you could just wear around your neck. Often these skeins have long color repeats that result in wide stripes for scarves knit back and forth. Sarah will show you a wonderful cast-on which will allow you to knit a long flat scarf in the round so that the long repeats will create a scarf that retains all the color glory of the skein. Any stitch pattern can be used, but she will show you a clever lace pattern to use. When you leave, you will be inspired and have the skills to knit your own unique scarf from beautiful hand-dyed skeins in your stash.

Experience: Advanced Beginners and up with an open mind and able to knit, purl, knit 2 tog and slip stitches

Supplies:
1. Yarn for Swatching and learning - 2oz of fingering - worsted weight in a light color;
2. Needles: 2 circular needles 24" long in size appropriate for size of yarn you bring. The two needles must look different ie: one wood and one metal.
3. 10 stitch markers
4. Bring from your stash (not required so don't go and buy one) a beautiful colorful skein for show and see how it might work with this new technique.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Thursday Afternoon
Session 7
3:00 - 4:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Anne Berk

Zippers and Buttonholes
We will de-mystify the process of the perfect installation of zippers into hand-knits. Barbara Walker's one-row buttonhole will be explained, and you will learn to sew buttons on quickly and firmly.

Experience: All levels – knit, purl, and basic skills using needle and thread.

Supplies and Homework:
1. Projects that are ready for zippers are welcome. Bring supplies suitable for those projects.
2. Bring a 4" – 7" zipper or length appropriate for your project.
3. If no project is ready, knit and bring to class 2 swatches at least 3" wide and the same length as the zipper you bring.
3. For buttonhole practice knit another swatch 4" square.
4. Bring extra swatch yarn, knitting needles 2-3 sizes smaller than used for swatch, sewing needle, buttonhole thread which matches the swatch yarn, sewing thread in a contrasting color for basting, sewing pins, scissors and at least one button.

Location: Hospitality suite #403
Thursday Afternoon
Session 8
3:00 - 4:30
Teacher: Carson Demers

KnitteRx
Most of us take better care of our favorite stash fiber than the fibers that allow us to knit – our bodies! Tired muscles, sore joints and aching backs and necks plague too many knitters. This class will teach you fun ways to care for your body's "fiber". Don't let the preventable keep you from doing what you love. Knit on, safely and comfortably.

Experience: No experience necessary

Supplies: Bring along your knitting and materials to take notes.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14

TEACHER/CLASS

Friday Morning
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Mary Scott Huff

2 Strings = Not Scary (A Stranded Colorwork How-To)
Always wanted to try the beautiful technique of stranded colorwork, but scared to try it on your own? Let Mary show you the way! In this mini-class, we'll debunk some misconceptions about the technique that might make learning it seem hard. Then we'll jump right in and get stranded, together!

Experience: Strong beginner; some experience with circular knitting on DPN, Magic Loop, or 2 Circulars.

Supplies: 1 skein each, smooth, 100% wool yarn in 2 contrasting colors (no black, please) in DK or Sport weight , with DPN, long circular or 2 matching circular needles to swatch; note-taking supplies

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Friday Morning
Session 2
10:30 - 12:00
Teacher: Sivia Harding

Hooked on Beads
Hooking beads is a fun and spontaneous way to add beads to your knitting without pre-stringing your working yarn. Discover some of the many embellishment possibilities that you can accomplish with this technique.

Experience: Ability to cast on, knit, and purl

Supplies: US 14 crochet hook (available at Carolina Homespun – order ahead or buy in the marketplace. Extras will be provided in class), 30 yards stash worsted weight or finer yarn, size 8/0 or 6/0 beads (extras available in class)

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Friday Afternoon
Session 3
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED
Teacher: Galina Khmeleva

Russian – Style Continental Knitting: A Variation on a Theme
Are you stuck in the past …. Still throwing your yarn… maybe even experiencing wrist discomfort? Let Galina teach you this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental method: It's fast, it's easy, and it's oh-so forgiving on your wrists! You'll wonder why you waited so long to make the switch.

Skill Level: able to cast-on, knit and purl

Supplies:
1. Bring favorite needles, any style sizes 0-3
2. Fingering/sport weight non-textured yarn (no acrylics or cotton)
3. Note taking materials

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Friday Afternoon
Session 4
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Janine Bajus

Magic Balls! Serendipitous Color Knitting
How can you use up those odds and ends of yarn without making something that looks, well, scrap-y? One way is to create a magic ball: take odds and ends of yarns, tie them together and roll them up into a ball. Color changes will then happen automatically as you knit, and you will create a beautiful and unpredictable project. The art comes in arranging the colors and choosing the right knitting technique. Janine will discuss what kinds of techniques would show off the magic ball effects and how to plan a magic ball project. Then you will wind a magic ball from Janine's giant bag of scraps to play with! You can see an example of magic ball knitting at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Feralknitter/inspira-cowl

Experience: Beginner to Advanced

Supplies: Size 3 needles

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Friday Afternoon
Session 5
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Sarah Anderson


Twist: Making the Plied Yarn You Want
Twist, that mysterious thing that holds our fiber together and makes it yarn is a great thing to understand. In this mini class, you'll learn about the many facets of twist and how much (or how little) to put into your yarn to get it "just right".

Experience: Students should be comfortable with and able to spin continuous singles with their wheel or spindle.

Supplies: Spinning wheel in working condition and 3 bobbins (or a spindle).

Materials Fee: $6 for fiber to be used in class

Location: Upper Rotunda in the Pavilion
Friday Afternoon
Session 6
3:00 - 4:30

CLOSED

Teacher: Ilisha Helfman

A Tiny Tote Full of New Techniques
This handy felted tote can carry a small spindle with fiber or a small knitting project. Here are the imaginative and practical techniques that Ilisha has built into this little tote bag as a learning tool. It has I-cord handles but is designed to be knitted in one piece. It is seamed but none of the seams are sewn. It has a flat bottom but is knitted in 2 half rounds. It is striped and color blocked but knit in large part with a continuous strand and it manages to have a place in it designed for incorporating beads at the intersection of two directions of knitting. Join Ilisha as she shows you the ins and outs of this lovely intriguing bag. She will talk about designing, different felting techniques and you will practice the beaded join of two directions of knitting on a swatch.

Experience: Intermediate level

Supplies:
1. DK to worsted weight yarn in a couple of sold contrasting colors
2. Bring 2 circular needles of the same size appropriate to the yarn you are bringing - any length or even different lengths but make sure they are different colors so you can keep them separate.
3. A small tapestry needle with sewing thread in a contrasting color to your yarn
4. A small pair of scissors
5. Something for stringing beads such as a tiny crochet hook (size 11-14) or bead/pearl threader ( dental floss will work too) if the eye of your tapestry needle is too small for your yarn.

Materials Fee: $12.50 for bag pattern and twisty beads

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Friday Afternoon
Session 7
3:00 - 4:30
Teacher: Janine Bajus

Purl When You Can Borders
Sometimes you want to start your stranded sweater without using ribbing or adding the bulk of a hem, or maybe you want to knit the motif unbroken from the cast on edge. The "Purl When You Can" technique, developed by Meg Swansen, allows you to do this – without having the edge curl. Janine will show you how to determine when to introduce the purl stitches, and you will practice on a simple swatch. This technique also works to create cardigan bands. "Purl When You Can" opens up lots of design possibilities! Janine's Sashiko Jacket uses this technique which you can see at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Feralknitter/sashiko-jacket

Experience: Need experience in stranded knitting

Supplies: Bring 2 contrasting colors of yarn (fingering, DK or worsted) and the appropriate sized needles for swatching.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15

TEACHER/CLASS

Saturday Morning
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Mary Jane Mucklestone

Andean Accents
Some of the most interesting elements of Andean knitting are the decorative edge treatments found on the classic men's hats or chullos. We will learn to make the darling scalloped edging called punta and cheerful instant popcorns which can be knit in as you go, or added as an afterthought. Not just for Andean projects, all of these techniques are easy to incorporate into many different kinds of knitting. We will learn to bend our minds and manipulate our fingers and yarn in interesting new ways.

Experience: Solid knowledge of knitting and purling, understanding of how a stitch sits on the needle, willingness to do things a little differently than usual.

Supplies:
1. US 6 circular needle 16" long and 1 set of US 6 double pointed needles.
2. Smooth DK weight yarn: 20 yards of 3 different solid colors for edgings and 5 yards of one color for popcorns.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Saturday Morning
Session 2
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Stephannie Tallent

Pattern Pet Peeves
Wondering what are the issues to be addressed in beginning to write patterns? Stephannie will cover the important elements to consider including layout and cover page info, details of instruction, photos, charts and schematics.

Experience: Interest in Indie designing and having written at least one pattern.

Supplies: Note taking materials

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Saturday Morning
Session 3
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Mary Jane Mucklestone

Stranded Colorwork Tips and Techniques
Have you done some stranded colorwork knitting but were not completely happy with the results? This class will focus on the mechanics of stranded knitting. We will practice stranded knitting with two colors analyzing our technique and learning simple ways to perfect and refine our work. We'll cover several methods of holding our yarns, how and when to introduce new colors, learn what yarn dominance is, and the importance of finishing techniques.

Experience: Knitters should be comfortable with knitting in the round on circular and double pointed needles. Some experience with simple colorwork required.

Supplies:
1. US 6 circular needle 16 " long
2. Two highly contrasting colors of smooth DK weight yarn

Homework: Cast on 84 stitches and k1, p1 rib for 1 inch.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Saturday Morning
Session 4
10:30 - 12:00
Teacher: Stephannie Tallent

Working with a Tech Editor for Indie Designers
Wondering what a tech editor does and how one can help you perfect your pattern and design? Stephannie will address the reasons you need a tech editor, how to find one, what to expect and how to use an editor efficiently so you minimize expense.

Experience: Interest in Indie designing and having written at least one pattern. Comfort with spread sheets is a plus but not required.

Supplies: Note taking materials.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Saturday Morning
Session 5
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED
Teacher: Amelia Garripoli

Designing Blends
With a goal in mind, you can design a blend rather than randomly combining fibers on your drum carder to see what works. In this workshop, we look at fiber properties and blend goals, and create planned blends. Wool, silk, angora, alpaca – each fiber has it's own traits. See why we blend and how fibers change a blend. We will test-blend on handcards and then make our final blends on drum carders. You will take your batt home for it's final test: spinning into yarn. Gain an understanding of blends that will have you looking at fiber in a new way.

Experience: Some carding experience helpful

Supplies:
1. If you have them, bring handcards and a drum carder. Amelia will have 6 pairs of handcards and 2 drumcarders to share.
2. Students should come prepared with an initial goal for their blend – meaning a finished item for which their blend would be optimal.

Materials Fee: $8 for fiber to blend in class

Location: Upper Rotunda in the Pavilion
Saturday Afternoon
Session 6
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Nancy Bush

Estonian Cast Ons
The Estonians have many interesting ways to cast on – each giving a unique effect. Students will learn several different ways to cast on, including variations of a braided cast on and an outstanding cast on for socks, when to use each technique and what makes each one special.

Experience: Advanced beginners and up with double point needle experience

Supplies:
1. One skein light colored sport weight wool yarn and a partial skein of a contrasting color
2. Needles: #3 (3.25mm) or #4 (3.75mm) double point needles.
3. small string tags to label your samples

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Saturday Afternoon
Session 7
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Sally Melville

Combining Knitting with Fabric
Knitting + fabric can be a marriage made in heaven! If combined appropriately, each gets to do what it does best. But the trick is that appropriate combination: for example, what kind of fabric will do the best job, and how do we attach it to the knitting? This class will explore possible combinations, discuss the issues that need to be addressed, and include hands-on experience of marrying the two.

Experience: Intermediate knitter and beyond. Beginner sewer and beyond.

Supplies:
1. A small piece of light-weight fabric
2. Sewing needle + thread
3. Tear outs from magazines of garments you'd like to explore
4. paper, pencil, eraser 5 Optional: highlighter pen
6. Optional: And actual garment you would like to translate

Homework: With DK or worsted weight yarn, cast on 3" of stitches, work stockinette to 3" tall and bind off. Do not slip stitches at edges.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Saturday Afternoon
Session 8
3:00 - 4:30

CLOSED

Teacher: Nancy Bush

Introduction to Two-End Knitting
Two-End Knitting (also known as Twined Knitting) or Tvaandsstickning, is a historic Swedish and Norwegian technique which is used for creating warm and sturdy mittens, gloves and socks as well as other items. We will study a traditional cast on and how to carry the two yarns to create this special knitted fabric.

Experience: Intermediate knitting comfortable working with double pointed needles

Supplies: A set of 5 #2 (2.75mm) double point needles – metal are best.

Materials Fee: $2 for a small ball of Swedish yarn for each student.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Saturday Afternoon
Session 9
3:00 - 4:30
Teacher: William Jones

Bound Buttonholes
Learn to easily put bound buttonholes in your knitwear. Silk, suede, finer knitted fabric … all easy to do. We will hand sew a bound buttonhole in class. All materials included.

Experience: Everyone Welcome

Supplies: A small pair of scissors

Materials Fee: $3 for a small kit with all other supplies needed for class.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16

TEACHER/CLASS

Sunday Morning
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Ilisha Helfman

Jazzknitter's Tubular Finishing Cast On
Here's a clever little technique written into a fun "Cakewalk Wristlets" pattern by the very creative Ilisha, the Jazzknitter! This class will explore a new technique used to encapsulate loose threads running up the side of multi-strand knitting. You'll make a striped swatch in class to practice this technique and take home the pattern for "baking" these delicious little wristlets that include some icing on the cake so you can perfect the loose thread hiding technique that you will want to use again and again!

Experience: Intermediate Knitters

Supplies:
1. Yarn: Worsted weight yarn and a lighter weight yarn in 3 different colors.
2. Size 6 needles, size 1 straight needles (dpn's work well) and a size 1 circular needle – 16" or 24"

Materials Fee: $6.50

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Sunday Morning
Session 2
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Stephannie Tallent

Beading Stranded Motifs
Learn the crochet hook method of beading while working a class pattern for a beaded motif. You will begin working with a beaded cuff that you can then adapt at home to fingerless or full mittens. Resources will be provided for designing your own beaded patterns.

Experience: Advanced beginner and up who knows how to work, block and measure a gauge swatch, knit in the round and read charts.

Supplies:
1. Fingering weight yarn 100m (250m for full size mitts) in a neutral solid color like Ivory.
2. Circular needle or dpns to obtain a gauge of 7 sts/inch in stockinette stitch with your yarn. A second circular or set of dpns, one size smaller.
3. Yarn needle, calculator, ruler or tape measure
4. 3 stitch markers with one that is different to mark the beginning of the round.
5. Pen and paper for notes

Homework:
1. Swatch: Cast on 15 sts and knit 4 rows. Next row (RS) Knit. Next row (WS) k2, p11, k2. Repeat these last 2 rows 5 times. Place sts on waste yarn, block and check gauge.

2. Cuff Beginning: Begin RIBBED HEM as below in chosen size (6 ¾ inch or 8 inch) With smaller needles, cast on 48 (56) sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker for the beginning of the round. K2, p2 to the end of the round. Work ribbing for ¾ inch or desired length. Do not break yarn.

3. Bring swatch and ribbed hem and all supplies to class.

Materials Fee: $10 for kit which includes beads and crochet hook and pattern.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Sunday Morning
Session 3
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Brian Kohler

Knitting From One Side
Do you get lost when flipping your knitting that is worked on just a few stitches? Want to know a less cumbersome way to turn a heel when you have 2 socks on one circular needle? Want to work a short row without getting tangled up? Ever get lost when turning your entrelac? Then this is the class for you. Often termed as "Knitting Backwards" or "Knit Back Backwards", this class will guide you through the steps to learn this very handy technique. We will learn how to knit and purl in both directions. Brian will show you practical applications in short rows and a couple of decreases. This technique works great whether you pick or wrap. Share a few laughs and learn how to be a bi-directional knitter.

Experience: Know how to cast on, knit and purl

Supplies:
1. Light colored worsted weight yarn (at least 50 yds)
2. Size US 7 or US 8 needles (straight or circular)

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Sunday Morning
Session 4
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Susan Newhall

Recreate When You Can't Replicate
What do you do when the yarn colors for your bucket list sweater have been discontinued? Have Kaffe Fassett's designs left your breathless? Is there a vintage colorwork pattern with long out of date yarn lines that begs to be on your shoulders? This mini class will show you how to choose colors that suit our needs while preserving the most striking qualities of an original design. Our focus will be on learning how to evaluate color as it is used in your source so that you can select colors from currently available yarns that will still allow the design to "sing". With a good analysis, picking color is much less daunting than you might think. Using a step-by-step approach, you will learn how to successfully recreate or adjust the color scheme for the sweater of your dreams. Examples provided by the instructor from the wide world of knitting will be used as learning tools.

Experience: Everyone

Supplies: Note taking materials

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel