2015 Retreat Schedule and Information

THE FULL SCHEDULE OF MADRONA CLASSES IS AVAILABLE BELOW ON THIS PAGE

We will update the class schedule regularly marking classes that are closed after registration opens.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Go to the Registration Instructions Page for information on how to register

  • Class Schedule. Classes are listed in alphabetical order by teacher for each day along with class descriptions and level of experience required.
  • Sort and Search the Class Schedule. Sort by teacher first name alphabetically, date, morning or afternoon class using the up and down arrows in the schedule header. Refresh your browser to return to the unsorted class listing. Use the small Search Box at the upper right of the schedule to do a search by teacher, date, or class name.
  • Teacher Information. For more information about each teacher and links to their websites, click on the teacher’s name on the Class Schedule or go to the Meet the Teachers page.
  • Be prepared with second choices. Many classes fill quickly so it is best to choose another class if you want to be sure to have a class in that time slot.
  • Don’t over-schedule yourself. Leave time to play, practice new skills and finish projects, watch demos, or drop in on a clinic. There are lots of gathering spots in the Hotel Lobby and the Pavilion Rotunda and a great Marketplace to visit.
  • Classes that have openings. Check the class schedule. We will update it continually after registration opens and mark classes that are closed.
  • Supply and Homework lists will be posted on the website in mid-December
  • For lots more information visit the Winter Retreat FAQ page.

Repeated Classes: Here is a list of the repeated classes. We have also identified them in the schedule. As you look through the schedule, you will also find some classes on similar topics but taught by different teachers. So if one class is filled that you wanted you may be able to find another similar class to take.

  • Franklin Habit: The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop (Thursday PM and Sunday AM)
  • Amy Herzog: Knit to Flatter Workshop  (Thursday AM and Saturday PM)
  • Amy Herzog: Sweater Boot Camp (Thursday PM and Sunday PM)
  • Amy Herzog: Mastering Mindful Modifications (Friday AM and Sunday AM)
  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: Knitting for Speed and Efficiency (Friday AM and Sunday PM)

Class Schedule for Madrona Winter Retreat 2015

TEACHER
DAYMORNING
9-12NOON
AFTERNOON
1:30-4:30PM
Sarah AndersonFebruary 12: THURSDAYCLOSED
Success in Plying
(3 hours)

We are grateful to HansenCrafts, maker of the electric MiniSpinner, for helping to underwrite this 3 hour class.

We spend so much of our time spinning singles that plying the yarn can wind up being thought of as just a necessary nuisance. Plying, in reality is a very important part of making yarn. With plying comes balance and the opportunity to create different types of yarn from the same singles. Also, a good job of plying does justice to your beautifully spun singles.

In this class we'll discuss twist (active, dormant and balanced) and how the amount of twist in your singles and plied yarn affect the yarn's hand and function. We'll practice strategies for plying that will bring you understanding and success.

Student Level: Students should be comfortable with their wheel or e-Spinner and able to spin a continuous singles (successfully get a thread onto the bobbin). Several weeks before class spend some time spinning to warm yourself up and work out any glitches with the wheel you will use in class. There will be MiniSpinners at the class for you to test drive.

This class costs a total of $70 – materials fee is included.
Spinning Boucle Yarns
(3 hours)

The word boucle comes from the French boucler, which means "to buckle, curl, or bulge." With a core, looping ply, and binder, the boucle technique offers a multitude of variations. In this class, you'll learn the basic steps in making a classic boucle along with some interesting variations.

Student Level: Students should be comfortable with their wheel or e-Spinner and able to spin a continuous single (successfully get a thread onto the bobbin). Several weeks before class spend some time spinning to warm yourself up and work out any glitches with the wheel you will use in class.

Materials Fee: $22
Janine BajusFebruary 12: THURSDAYCLOSED

Your Very Own Fair Isle Tam
(6 hours)

Would you like to design a Fair Isle garment but are afraid that it is too hard? Although Fair Isle color use seems complex, it is actually based on a few general design principles. Janine has taken the guesswork out the process: You will start with 8 colors in a predefined, fail-proof colorway of your choice and a charted traditional Fair Isle tam pattern. She will explain the basic principles involved and will take you step by step through the decisions you need to make for each part of the tam. Every tam will be unique! You can expect to complete some swatches in class; the process isn't difficult, but it does take time. Janine will also discuss how the skills you've learned translate into designing a traditional Fair Isle sweater or vest.

Experience: Need experience in stranded knitting.

Materials Fee: $42 for yarn pack, pattern and handout. After you register you will be contacted and can choose from 6 different colorways. The yarn pack includes enough yarn for 2-3 tams.
CLASS CONTINUES
Anne BerkFebruary 12: THURSDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Annetarsia: A Fresh Approach to Intarsia
(3 hours)

Expand your horizons to conquer non-stranded color knitting. Learn ways to manage multiple yarn supplies, read colorwork charts, and deal efficiently with ends. Confidently link the yarns between sections to create a flat, single layer of stockinette where YOU control the color, and make beautiful motifs.

Experience: All Levels.

Materials Fee: None.
Evelyn ClarkFebruary 12: THURSDAYNO CLASS SESSIONDesigning Lace with Decreases
(3 hours)

Decreases are as important in lace as yarn overs. In this class, we will knit a sampler to show how making small changes in the decreases can have a large impact on lace design. Discussion also will include how to re-chart a design to knit it from the opposite direction.

Intermediate: Must know knitting basics and be able to read charts.

Materials Fee: $1
Carson DemersFebruary 12: THURSDAYKnitting Happily Ever After
(3 hours)

Ever know a knitter who hasn’t said, “Just one more row?” I’ll bet they’ve also complained of aches and pains while knitting. You’ll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout the body and how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting happily and safely ever after. Students who have taken this class have said that it should be “required learning for all knitters!”

For everyone

Materials Fee $5
NO CLASS SESSION
Stephenie GaustadFebruary 12: THURSDAYIntroduction to Spinning Cotton
(6 hours)

Cotton has a reputation of being difficult to spin. The truth is it is different. That's all. Get acquainted with the supreme summer fiber while spinning on your wheel or e-spinner and try out a variety of hand spindles we will have in class. Fiber preparation, cotton distaves, and yarn finishing will be included.

Experience: Students need to be able to spin a consistent thread. No prior exposure to cotton spinning is required.

Materials Fee $10
CLASS CONTINUES
Faina GobersteinFebruary 12: THURSDAYThe Art of Weaving with Slip Stitch Knitting
(3 hours)

This mind-blowing technique is as simple as basic knitting. Learn it and use it for creating amazing projects. Nobody will believe that it is not woven, but knitted. Mix it with other techniques; play with colors, change directions, number of stitches involved to produce a masterpiece every time. We will discuss the formation and usage of these stitches.

Experience: Advanced Beginner: Basic knitting skills

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
Knitted Skirts
(3 hours)

A knitted skirt that is unique and flattering to your body can become your favorite piece of clothing. We will talk about different body types and how to take good measurements. You will apply them for drafting your own basic flat pattern for a skirt. We also will discuss how to alter that basic pattern for various skirt styles. There will be many samples on display. Bring your questions and ideas.

Experience: Advanced Beginner: Basic knitting skills

No materials fee.
Franklin HabitFebruary 12: THURSDAYCLOSED

Carved in Wool: Bavarian Twisted Stitch
(3 hours)

The intriguing raised patterns of the Styrian Alps are known in their native German as "Bayerisches Stricken"–"Peasant Knitting"–but their effect in knitted fabric is of unsurpassed richness. We will study and practice the twist maneuvers required of the technique, and also learn how to read the special charts in which the patterns have most often been recorded.

Experience: Students should be fluent in the basic techniques of knitting, including knitting in the round. Prior familiarity and comfort with working from charted patterns will be helpful.

No materials fee
CLOSED

The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Sunday Morning

If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets, but you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you. We'll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric – a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we'll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on lesson in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes – all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting.

No materials fee

HOMEWORK - MINIMAL
Amy HerzogFebruary 12: THURSDAYCLOSED
Knit to Flatter Workshop
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Saturday afternoon.

Ever wonder why some sweaters make you look like a supermodel and others make you look more like a hobbit? Have you ever knit a sweater that looked stunning on the page only to be disappointed when you wore it for the first time? In this class, I’ll teach you the tools you need to produce sweaters perfect for your figure every time you pick up the needles. Topics covered in class include:
  • Standard body shapes, modifying figure factors, and why your shape matters way more than your size
  • How clothing changes the appearance of the body’s shape and the many ways we can manipulate this for our benefit
  • Types of sweater patterns that look best on each figure type, driven into reality by lots and lots of trying on samples
  • Body shape analysis and measurements
  • How to choose what size to knit, demystifying ease, and modifying existing patterns
Adventurous knitters of all skill levels who want great sweaters.

Materials fee: $4
CLOSED
Sweater Bootcamp
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Sunday afternoon.

There's so much more to sweater knitting than just the "knitting," and this class gives you the tools you need to make your next sweater a smashing success. We cover all of the things that go into making a great sweater:
  • How sweaters are constructed: The different construction styles, what they're good for, and what kinds of bodies they fit best.
  • Schematics: What they are and how they can help you.
  • What goes into a great swatch: The proper way to construct and "read" a swatch, measuring your gauge, and how to account for tricky fibers.
  • Fabric: What should your sweater fabric feel like? What makes a "good" fabric and how do you match it to design elements?
  • Different kinds of shaping: How they're worked, what they accomplish, and when you need to add shaping to your sweaters.
  • When you can stray from the pattern: How to identify key elements vs. things you should feel empowered to "fiddle with".
  • Finishing off your sweater: From blocking to seaming to edge treatments and more.
Student Q&A is a big part of the class, too, so bring your own questions to class, and let's talk sweaters!

Advanced Beginners and up: Helpful if you have knit a sweater.

Materials fee: $4

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 12: THURSDAYSpinning for Lace Knitting
(6 hours)

Galina will take you to the magical world of Orenburg Lace Spinning. In this class you will learn the handspinning techniques from fiber preparation to plying that Russian knitters have used for centuries to create the most luxurious shawls and scarves in the knitting universe. You will use original Orenburg supported spindles to spin the luxury fibers gauging the proper thickness and length while learning the more economical use of these precious fibers.

Experience: Requires experience spinning although you do not need experience on a spindle. Galina will be providing the original Orenburg support spindles for use in class.


Materials Fee: $10
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 12: THURSDAYCLOSED
Transformation: The Art of Overdyeing
(6 hours)

There is nothing as magical as a change of color! In this class we'll look at a variety of dye techniques that will bring new life to your yarn and fibers. I'll show you how to overdye a variety of natural greys, browns and even black fibers. We'll look at creating harmonizing colorways on a variety of yarns by using the theory of dominant hue. We'll make beautiful colors and learn a little helpful dye theory and some good dye tricks.

Experience:Everyone welcome.

Materials Fee: $10
CLASS CONTINUES
John MullarkeyFebruary 12: THURSDAYCLOSED

The Ultimate Band! Card Weaving Primer
(6 hours)

Tired of knitting I-Cord? Bored with bought webbing? Learn the fundamentals of card weaving! This ancient portable weaving technique takes little investment in tools but produces the strongest, most durable, most beautiful bands imaginable for custom camera and guitar straps, belts and straps for shoulder bags, or facing for a cardigan. We will discuss the basics of reading a draft, warping a loom, and weaving a band. This style of card weaving is straightforward and easy to weave, but allows for very colorful repeating patterns.

No experience needed.

Materials Fee: $15 – includes 20 cards and shuttle.
CLASS CONTINUES
Lucy NeatbyFebruary 12: THURSDAYCLOSED

Dabble into Double
(3 hours)

Make a voyage of discovery to achieve a deeper understanding of your knitting! Try a variety of types of Double Knitting to produce two-layer fabrics. Starting with tubular knitting on straight needles, open and condensed bind-off methods and the magnificent double knit pocket trick. Using two yarns we will introduce positive/negative DK color patterning techniques and quilting for added texture and warmth.

Experience: Intermediate knitters. No Double Knitting experience needed.

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
Adding Texture to Your Double Knits
(3 hours)

DK is not just back-to-back stocking stitch. The variations possible in double layer knitting are infinite. We will look at how different knit/purl stitch combinations can be used in different areas of DK fabric for texture and function. The importance of the alternative-rotation purl. In addition we will compare regular and threaded color changes, where to use them and their different properties also how to stuff between the layers for extra warmth. Attention will also be given to error correction in DK fabrics.

Experience: Advanced Knitters with some basic two color double layered knitting experience or have taken Lucy's morning class – Dabble into Double.

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
Margaret RadcliffeFebruary 12: THURSDAYCLOSED

Perfect Edges
(3 hours)

Perfect edges can be a pain to pick up. Learn how to pick up and complete your edges perfectly every time. During this workshop, you'll work with five types of edges, learning to prepare your edges to make picking up a breeze, several pickup techniques, how to determine exactly the right number of stitches for each border, how to prevent curved borders from flaring, and how to enclose an edge so it looks great inside and out.

Experience: Adventurous Beginner and up – must know how to cast on, knit purl slip, work simple pattern stitches, increase, decrease and bind off.

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
CLOSED

Reversible Knitted Borders
(3 hours)

Sometimes you want the inside of your garment to look just as good as the outside: when the front of a cardigan is worn open, when a collar is turned back to form lapels, when you want to create a truly reversible garment, or when you need to enclose cut edges of knitted or hand woven fabrics. Try out three different approaches to borders that create as neat a finish on the inside as on the outside: doubled borders, tubular borders, and bindings. For each of these construction techniques we'll use a different method of picking up stitches and there will be plenty of opportunities to discuss variations and applications to special situations.

Experience: Advanced beginner or intermediate and up: Must be able to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase, decrease and work simple pattern stitches. Those who already know how to pick up and add borders will benefit most from this class.

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
Betty SalpekarFebruary 12: THURSDAYSojourn into Solefull Socks
(3 hours)

You've probably never knitted socks like this before — unless you already have the book "Solefull Socks," that is. By knitting from the ground up — literally — you get both practicality and exciting new designs! We'll do a small child size learning sock (inset) in class so that you'll have time to experience for yourself the most unique aspects of these socks. But we'll also spend plenty of time exploring the fun stuff — the unique way that designs evolve using this architecture! You will be able to see, handle, and ask questions about the solefull socks from the book as well as unpublished solefull socks that are pretty far out there. Get set to see socks in a whole new way!

Experience: Advanced beginners and up with an open mind and a sense of adventure. Must have proficiency at knitting in the round using two circular needles or magic loop.

Materials Fee: $5 includes a new solefull sock pattern


HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Jean WongFebruary 12: THURSDAYTailored Knitting the Japanese Way
(2-Days)

This is a 2-Day Workshop Thursday and Friday.

Join Jean Wong, a Nihon Vogue Certified Instructor, to move to the next level to adapt a pattern or create your own pattern for a custom fit. Using Japanese methods, Jean will teach you in class how to draft patterns by calculating stitches and rows to your measurements for a sample round necked sweater with set-in sleeves. This draft pattern you create will be custom fit to your own body measurements by using information from your knitted swatch and a Japanese gauge ruler. By learning these techniques you will be able to add your own personality to your knitting and be proud of the finished product.

Intermediate Knitters interested in an introduction to Japanese techniques for creating custom fitted knit garments. It is helpful if you have completed one or two sweaters.

Materials fee $26 – includes the gauge ruler you need for class and further pattern drafting.

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
THURSDAY EVENING
7:30 pm
NO FEE
February 12: THURSDAYAre you ready for The 4th Annual Teacher's Talent Show for Charity on Thursday evening? Stephanie Pearl-McPhee turns on her special magic as host and will again produce an amazing show of teacher talent! We are all sworn to secrecy about each year's event but what I can tell is that we went from laughing until we cried to inspiration and awe. We are grateful to our talented teachers who gave stunning performances and to all of you who responded by donating more than ever to our charity partners Doctors without Borders, Heifer International, and the Global Fund for Women. Join us for another unforgettable evening and show your appreciation by supporting our charity partners.

We continue our support for our local "Caring for Kids" charity by accepting donations of knitted items including hats, scarves, sweaters, blankets on Thursday evening and throughout the retreat at our Registration check-in table.
Sarah AndersonFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED
Spinning Silk
(6 hours)

Just the mention of Silk conjures up thoughts of timeless opulence and luxury. Classic, ancient and beautiful, silk makes any garment special and spinning silk is a pleasure.

Silk fiber comes to us in many forms and its language is varied; Bombyx, Tussah, Muga, Eri, Top, Lap, Noil, Throwster's Waste, Carrier Rods, Batts, Caps & Hankies. In this class, you'll get your hands on a variety of different silks and learn strategies to spin them individually and use them in blends.

Experience: Intermediate – Students should be well acquainted with their wheel and be comfortable spinning fine yarns. Spend some time before class to warm up with your wheel or e-spinner and make sure there are no glitches.

Materials Fee: $30
CLASS CONTINUES
Anne BerkFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED

Annetarsia: Next Steps -Intarsia in the Round (ITR)
(3 hours)

This class gives knitters tools to work intarsia "in the round" (ITR), with no visible seam and allowing them to paint pictures on their knitting without stranding. For those who have played with the basic technique, and would like to use it for design and with charted patterns, we will explore how to use ITR to its full potential.


Experience: Intermediate knitters with basic intarsia skills. Ability to knit and purl in the flat and in the round. Familiarity with ITR recommended.


No materials fee
NO CLASS SESSION
Evelyn ClarkFebruary 13: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Icelandic Lace Scarf
(3 hours)

During the late 19th century, Icelanders started knitting interesting lace wristwarmers, shawls, and scarves. In this class, the unique characteristics of that lace will be discussed, and students can knit a sample scarf based on an old shawl. The design has been updated with narrow borders, wide triangle shaping, and an easy-to-memorize lace repeat that ends with a scalloped edging cast off with crocheted chains. The instructions later can be used to create a full-size scarf or small shawl in a variety of yarns. Garter-stitch tab cast-ons, wide triangle shaping, chart reading, and crocheted chain cast-off will be demonstrated in the class.

Experience: Intermediate Knitters

Materials Fee: $2
Y'vonne CutrightFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED
Magical Gloves
(6 hours)

These amazing gloves are worked using two double point needles only and making a flat double knit fabric that becomes a circular fabric. We begin at the finger-tips and grow towards the palm and wrist. Specific techniques you will learn are casting on for double knitting in the round, "helicopter turn" to make well-fitting finger tips, attaching fingers to each other, decreasing in double knitting in the round, and working a thumb gusset.

These gloves make a wonderful and welcome gift and they are quick as well as magical!

Experience: Intermediate and above

Materials Fee: $8
CLASS CONTINUES
Carson DemersFebruary 13: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSION
CLOSED

Knit Analysis – Back in Your Comfort Zone

These are small intensive 90-minute sessions of 7 persons in each class. Sign up for one of two sessions where your individual knitting technique will be analyzed.

Session A: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Session B: 3:00 – 4:30pm

It's no fun to knit when you're outside your physical comfort zone. Did you ever wonder if the cause of this discomfort could be found in your knitting technique and habits? This small class will highlight common contributors to knitter's discomfort. Using that information we'll then examine each individual's knitting technique to discover possible contributors to their discomfort.

The group is engaged in observing each knitter's individual analysis and participates in identifying faulty movement patterns and postures. You will be encouraged to try new strategies to help improve long-term comfort and knitting longevity so come with an open mind and a willingness to experiment. Get back inside your comfort zone!

During registration, you will be able to sign up for one of the sessions listed above. The total cost of the class session is $65.
Amelia GarripoliFebruary 13: FRIDAYExotic Fiber Spindling
(3 hours)

Ahhh exotics ... alpaca, camel, cashmere yak ... lovely fibers that want fine spinning. Spindles are the perfect way to explore these fibers. We will explore spindle choice, fiber control, drafting, and plying these luscious fibers on spindles. Akha spindles and lightweight top-whorl spindles will be used to get the finest yarns from exotic fibers.

Experience: Students should be able to spin a consistent yarn on spindles. Different kinds of spindles will be available to be used in class.

Materials fee: $10

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Stephenie GaustadFebruary 13: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Spinning to a Standard
(3 hours)

Have you ever fallen in love with a knitting pattern only to discover that the yarn needed is no longer made, unavailable, or quite costly? As a spinner you can duplicate that yarn. Or if you need to spin for a larger project and want your skeins to be as similar as possible, how do you ensure that what you are spinning matches what you have already spun? This is the focus of spinning to a standard. This presentation offers tips, tools and techniques to spin the yarn you want, consistently.

Experience: Students should have spun several bobbins of yarn and made something with them.

Materials fee: $7.50
Linda GettmannFebruary 13: FRIDAYBeginning Weaving with Pick-Up Stick Patterns
(6 hours)

Learn a new way to use all those wonderful yarns – weaving on a rigid heddle loom is easy, portable, fun, and provides hours of relaxing fiber art time. Let your creativity flow as you design and weave a scarf with worsted weight yarn. Unlimited yarn, color, and pattern variations are possible on this simple loom. No previous weaving experience is necessary; beginners have great success with this first project. Using a pick-up stick with the rigid heddle loom allows for all sorts of patterns and textures to be added to your weaving. It's not hard, just a little learning curve and you'll be weaving lace in no time. Because the warp threads in the slots can move up and down freely, they are ripe for manipulating. Add a highlight, accent or special border to your projects. These versatile techniques allow the weaver to create alternate sheds, yielding many interesting and creative patterns in rigid heddle weaving.

Experience: No weaving experience needed but you will need to bring an assembled, rigid heddle loom to class with an 8 or 10-dent heddle. We will teach you to warp it in class. Come to Madrona and get hooked on weaving.

Materials fee: $5
CLASS CONTINUES
Faina GobersteinFebruary 13: FRIDAYThe Art of Seamless Construction
(3 hours)

This class offers detailed look at the variety of seamless or nearly seamless garment constructions. We will focus on similarities and differences of working a sweater in the round top-down, bottom up, or in rows while pairing them with various sleeve construction options. Special attention will be given to the usage of lace, cable, and texture stitches in these constructions in terms of placement and shaping for aesthetics and appropriate fit. The goal of this class is to equip a knitter with understanding of these constructions and give them confidence to create garments to their liking. Students will be making a partial miniature sweater with the construction of their choice.

Experience: Student must have some experience with knitting a garment.

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
The Art of Seamless Shaping
(3 hours)

When you are knitting seamlessly, you have an advantage of creating a beautiful garment without interruption of a stitch pattern while shaping it for the most flattering fit.

To gain an understanding of shaping a seamless garment, we will talk about importance of gauge, traditional and nontraditional shaping techniques, use of stitch patterns for shaping, possible change of a fit of some existing patterns and more. We will make a small sampler that supports our discussions. You will leave this class inspired and more confident as you work on a new garment.

Experience: Student must have some experience with knitting a garment.

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
Franklin HabitFebruary 13: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Artfully Agitated Stripes: An Introduction to Mosaic Knitting
(3 hours)

At first glance, Mosaic Knitting looks like garden variety stranded color work – but it's not. Mosaic patterns are really two-row stripes, joggled here and there with slipped stitches. The result? Beautiful designs and intriguing fabrics in stockinette, garter stitch–and hybrids thereof. And amazingly – you'll never knit with more than one color in a row. Want to find out how it works, and how to design your own mosaic color patterns? Join us, and bring your imagination.

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting required.

No materials fee
Ilisha HelfmanFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED

Turkish Spindling
(6 hours)

This class is an introduction to Turkish spindles, those marvelous little wonders that are part toy puzzles, part spinning tops, part spindles and part ball winders. There's nothing lovelier than watching beautifully patterned layers of your handspun pile up on top of each other and then rediscovering each pattern as you use your yarn.

Students will practice drafting and winding on, spinning S and Z strands, winding beautiful cops, spinning yarns with energy and plying singles together.

We'll see how to calculate yardage using a swift and a basic finishing soak to set the twist, along with the advantages in some cases of not washing, will also be discussed.

There will also be some consideration about knitting with handspun: multiple ways to balance singles with knitting and how knitting with plied yarns and energized singles each have their own qualities and advantages.

By the end of class we guarantee that you and your new Turkish spindle will have bonded! Yes! the materials fee includes your own Agean Turkish Spindle handmade by Ed Jenkins.

Experience: Everyone including beginners welcome.

Materials fee: $60 will include an Aegean spindle by Ed Jenkins (we will draw numbers in class and maybe do a little swapping) and will also cover gorgeous samples of easy to draft locally hand-dyed fibers, plus a handout loaded with helpful tips. if you don't want or need the Ed Jenkins Turkish spindle let us know and we will deduct it from the materials fee.
CLASS CONTINUES
Amy HerzogFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED

Mastering Mindful Modifications
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Sunday morning.

It's one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what you're trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a modification. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater. This includes:
  • Bust darts of all kinds
  • Frankensweatering: Front/back and top/bottom
  • Body and sleeve lengthening/shortening
  • Neckline modifications)

Intermediate or advanced beginning knitters who are adventurous. Familiarity with patterns is required. Helpful to have taken Amy's Knit to Flatter class. Should be comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.

Materials fee: $4
NO CLASS SESSION
Mary Scott HuffFebruary 13: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Stars and Stripes: The Norwegian Fana Sweater
(3 hours)

Explore the tradition and history of the beautiful Norwegian Fana sweater as you create your own personalized pattern, for any size and color combination you wish. In this workshop, students will follow Mary's Fana "recipe" to create their own Norwegian-style work of art. Choose your favorite star motif, plan your calculations and modifications, and off you go! In addition to history and lore, we'll discuss variations on the Fana theme, including different techniques for construction, steeks, finishing, and embellishments.

This project will prepare you to knit more intricate and advanced stranded colorwork patterns in the future, and even to design your own. See Mary’s website at www.maryscotthuff.com/madrona-2015/ for her gorgeous version of the Fana sweater.

Experience: Advanced Knitters

Materials fee: $5

HOMEWORK
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 13: FRIDAYOrenburg Embellishments: Perfect Lace Edgings
(3 hours)

Orenburg knitted lace is perhaps most often recognized by its exquisitely detailed scalloped border (teeth). In this class, you will first be introduced to the fascinating knitting techniques that result in this "perfect edge". We will then explore various ways to turn ordinary linens, curtains and even a favorite clothing item into luxurious collectibles with the addition of the simple yet so very sophisticated Orenburg lace "perfect edge" border.

Experience: Basic lace knitting skills.

Materials fee: $5 for yarn and charts
NO CLASS SESSION
Catherine LoweFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED
Texture, Color and a Long-Lost Stitch
(6 hours)

Be prepared to be inspired by this unique technique that puts texture and color into your knitting. Much like a bas-relief sculptural technique for knitters, the result is an exciting, yet subtle and elegant surface texture when it is worked in one color, bold and arresting patterns when worked in two or more. Explore the basic technique, its variations and the theory that underpins them; learn how to chart the stitch and translate patterns derived from other color techniques as well as your own original ones; and discuss how and where to use the technique to enhance your handknits. In class we'll practice the technique and all its variations, create a reference sample in a striking pattern that showcases its possibilities, and chart your favorite two-color pattern to give you a head start on your own adventure with it.

This unknown and unnamed stitch was glimpsed in a photograph in an obscure European publication years ago; decades were spent searching for documentation to no avail. The solution: reverse engineer the technique from the original photograph; develop variations that exploit its possibilities; have a coming-out party at Madrona.

Experience: Intermediate knitters

No materials fee.
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED

Spinning Gradient Yarns
(3 hours)

Gradient yarns are a wonderful color effect for both knitters and weavers. In this class, we will learn how to produce this color effect without needing to dye the fiber. We'll work with a silk wool blend in a wide range of beautiful colors for you to mix and match. We'll look at how these yarns work as singles, two plies and three plies. We'll produce lovely yarns, refine our spinning techniques and learn a little about color theory, too

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials fee: $15
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Color Effects for Handspinners
(3 hours)

In this class, we'll look at three ways to produce beautiful and individual color without needing to be a dyer. We'll learn to blend fiber, to glaze one color over another and how to produce heathered and tweed yarns. We'll work with a variety of fibers including silk, merino, alpaca, and kid mohair. We'll learn how spinning techniques affect color and do color theory exercises that will help you work with color more successfully.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Fee: $15
Lucy NeatbyFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED
Top Down Hat Fun
(3 hours)

An interesting, spontaneous project which can be as simple or spicy as you wish once you have the concept.

Beginning with an ugly-to-be-beautiful provisional start, we'll grow our hat from 8 sts to full sample size, all on the original needle. We'll cover increases and how to position them for subtlety or design purposes.

If using a fingering weight yarn we'll use it triple by means of the exceedingly useful Navajo triplestrand knitting concept.

We'll discuss design options and create a scalloped brim and bind off using the Modified Conventional method. We'll then perfectly neaten the joggle and beautify the hat top.

Experience: Intermediate Knitters

No materials fee.
CLOSED

Almost Saintly Knitting – It's so HOELY!
(3 hours)

It's an ongoing source of fascination to me as to how to capture significant quantities of nothingness within knitting, in larger than traditional lace holes.

We'll take a look at single and double yarn-over lace holes and a series of different methods of making larger holes and how they can be employed to give a variety of effects.

We'll look at using waste yarn to create openings, with a crochet chain to hold the edges and the versatility of the marvelous scallop hole, which may be used for an all over fabric, for detailing and as a method for increasing and decreasing. We'll cover how to handle multiple yarn overs and create new stitches.

Even if you don't currently plan to make holes in your knitting, there are many useful mainstream spinoffs for these techniques.

Experience: Intermediate Knitters

No materials fee.
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 13: FRIDAYCLOSED
Knit for Speed and Efficiency
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Sunday Afternoon

This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We'll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on "lever knitting" (fixed needle knitting.) We'll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think.

Experience: For All Levels, but beginners should have a good grip on the basics of knitting (cast on and off, purl, increase and decrease).

No materials fee.
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Color Theory for Knitters
(3 hours)

Color theory just for you! Learn the language of color, how color works, how to choose colors that will always go together, how to create colorways that you love, and several sneaky ways to be brilliant at it. Find inspiration everywhere you look.

Experience: For all knitters and those who want to build their color confidence.

Materials fee: $10.
Jean WongFebruary 13: FRIDAY2nd Day of Tailored Knitting the Japanese Way
(2-Day Workshop Thursday and Friday)
CLASS CONTINUES
FRIDAY EVENING Teacher's Gallery & Carol Milne Presentation

7:30 pm
NO FEE
February 13: FRIDAY 7:30 PM: Evening gathering to view the Teacher’s Gallery and presentation by Carol Milne, a life-long knitter who knits in glass!

Knitted glass! How does she do that? Join us Friday evening and learn how Carol invented this amazing process using the techniques of knitting, lost-wax casting, mold-making and kiln-casting. Carol will provide an enlightening slide show demonstrating her award winning knitted glass art which has been exhibited internationally. Carol will have some of her pieces on display for us and you can see her work and learn more at www.carolmilne.com.

Following Carol's presentation you are invited to greet and talk with our teachers as they display their incredible work.
Karen AlfkeFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED
Sweater Style Secrets: Silhouette, Proportion and Fit
(3 hours)

Do you try on your finished sweater projects with trepidation, fearing that they won't make you look as fabulous as you imagined in your head?

The secrets to flattering sweaters begin in your choices before you even cast on: what will the elements of that design (sleeve length, shoulder style, neckline) do to accent or minimize parts of your figure? How can you tease apart the dominant elements in a design to predict whether or not they will look good on your own, unique and beautiful body?

We'll take it step by step, first determining what your own fit challenges are (i.e. what you'd like to feature and what you'd like to minimize), and then break down elements of sweater design to see how they can contribute to those efforts.

You'll walk away with a workbook suited to your figure, a set of measurements to determine sizing, and with an understanding of which sweater styles you could be knitting to make the most of your figure. You'll never look at your pattern queue the same way again!

Experience: For absolutely everyone.

Materials fee: $5
NO CLASS SESSION
Janine BajusFebruary 14: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Magic Balls: Serendipitous Color
(3 hours)

How can you use up all those odds and ends of yarn you've collected without making something that looks, well, scrap-y? One way is to create a "magic ball": take lengths of yarn, tie them together, and roll them up into a ball. Color changes will 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 best show off the magic ball effects and how to plan a magic ball project. Then you will wind a magic ball or two so you can knit the stranded hat or slip-stitch cowl pattern you will get in class.

Experience: Beginner to advanced

Materials fee: $10 – patterns and yarn will be provided
Carson DemersFebruary 14: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSION Swatchbuckling
(3 hours)

Avast ye maties! Let's bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique. We'll swatch to improve your posture, comfort, and efficiency. We'll examine yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We'll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse.

Experience: For students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches. Swatches of basic cable and lace patterns are also made in class. Stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written formats

Materials fee: $7
Stephenie GaustadFebruary 14: SATURDAYSpinning for Historic Reinactment Textiles: An Introduction
(3 hours)

Replicating an historic or prehistoric textile reflects many skills. Not only does one need to know how to spin and weave, but how to glean the draft from the textile, how to figure the size of the yarn, suggest the type of loom and spinning device used in the making of the textile and guess at the dyes or pigments used. This introduction to archaic textiles analysis will have us using paper and pencil and spinning. You will take home a card loom to weave the fiber you have spun in class. If you like a good textile mystery, put on your deerstalker. This may be just the class for you.

Experience: Students should have some experience spinning at least a couple of bobbins worth of yarn. Helpful if you understand the concepts of weaving and can spin a fine thread. Bring an open mind, questions and your curiosity.

Materials fee: $10
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Spinning Bast Fibers: Flax and Hemp
(3 hours)

Flax and hemp have a great deal to offer. Yarns made from them are uncommonly strong, cool, absorbent and abrasion resistant. This easily translates into superior towels, rug warps, cool summer socks and durable, hardwearing bags and belts. Of course there are many other possibilities as well. But these bast fibers, with their generous length are often considered difficult to spin. In truth, they are simply different. We will be exploring the joy of spinning line flax and hemp sliver.

Experience: Able to spin a consistent thread.

Materials fee: $10
Faina GobersteinFebruary 14: SATURDAYColorful Brioche
(3 hours)

Learn to create delicious color work with brioche stitches. We will work on a few stitch patterns and talk about advance techniques including cables and shaping. Learn about striking effects of forming colorful brioche fabric when making a little change in yarn thickness. This class will not only teach you techniques, but will set you free to explore more.

Experience: Intermediate knitters who have some familiarity with brioche knitting.

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Franklin HabitFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED

The Beautiful, Humble Art of Plain Sewing: A Workshop for Knitters
(3 hours)

Plain sewing–a collection of stitches and related hand sewing techniques. Although most often learned in history past as part of a woman's education, in our day, these skills are useful to all, but known by few. We will study and practice a select group of plain sewing methods that are most useful to knitters working with hand-knit fabrics, including useful and decorative stitches, attaching buttons, and finishing buttonholes.

Experience: Students should be fluent in the basic techniques of knitting.

Materials fee: $5

HOMEWORK
CLOSED

Embroider Your Knitting
(3 hours)

Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting. With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways. In this introductory-level class, students will learn basic (but lovely) line, fill, knot, and motif stitches, and how to vary and combine them for different effects. We will also discuss the selection of materials, planning designs, transferring patterns, and the care of finished work. No prior embroidery experience is necessary–if you can work with two needles, you can work with one!

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.

No materials fee

HOMEWORK
Sivia HardingFebruary 14: SATURDAYDesigning Cowls: An Uncommon Approach
(6 hours)

Cowls are certainly a simple idea – a covering for the neck. However, the same neck covering can be a lovely blank canvas on which to project ideas as complex as anything the knitter’s imagination can conjure up. Cowls can be shaped to conform to the body as well as adding the elements of asymmetry design.

Sivia will show you her creative design wizardry using “draping” to create many styles and shapes to the simple cowl. We’ll use some basic templates, fabric, and fusible tape to shape your personal cowl in this experimental no-holds-barred exercise.

Once you have the shape, Sivia shows you how to knit it without the need for a pattern using your gauge swatch while strategically using increases, decreases and short rows to maintain the structure of the shape.

Experience: Intermediate Knitters

Materials Fee: $7

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Amy HerzogFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED
Fantastic Finishing
(3 hours)

Over the years that I've been teaching, I've noticed a distinct and pervasive aversion to finishing. As a dedicated finishing geek, I find this very sad! Finishing may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it is the single most important thing you can to do improve the quality of your garments. This class covers the following crucial topics (total list depends on length of workshop):
  • Cast ons and bind-offs
  • Perfect seams
  • Setting in sleeves
  • Picking up stitches
  • Buttonholes
  • Zippers (demonstration)
  • Faced hems

Exquisitely finished garments are soon to be yours!

Experience: Adventurous Knitters of all levels

Materials fee: $4

HOMEWORK
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Knit to Flatter Workshop
(3 hours)

This class is a repeat of the class on Thursday morning.

Ever wonder why some sweaters make you look like a supermodel and others make you look more like a hobbit? Have you ever knit a sweater that looked stunning on the page only to be disappointed when you wore it for the first time? In this class, I’ll teach you the tools you need to produce sweaters perfect for your figure every time you pick up the needles. Topics covered in class include:
  • Standard body shapes, modifying figure factors, and why your shape matters way more than your size
  • How clothing changes the appearance of the body’s shape and the many ways we can manipulate this for our benefit
  • Types of sweater patterns that look best on each figure type, driven into reality by lots and lots of trying on samples
  • Body shape analysis and measurements
  • How to choose what size to knit, demystifying ease, and modifying existing patterns

Experience: Adventurous knitters of all skill levels who want great sweaters.

Materials fee: $4
Mary Scott HuffFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED

Eeek! Steeks! A New Exclusive Pattern from Mary with a (GASP) Steek!
(6 hours)

Wow – this year's design is a scarf covered in butterflies created by Mary just for us and only available for the Madrona Winter Retreat. More information is coming soon. Mary will have more info on her blog and post it on her website. Check website maryscotthuff.com/madrona-2015/ for photos and more information.

Stranded colorwork knitting is lots of fun: Working in the round, easy shaping, minimal seaming; but how do you get from knitted tubes to people-shaped garments? Easy: Make Steeks! Steeks are areas of knitting designed to be cut (gasp!) with shears and then finished with knitting. Steeks allow knitters to work in three dimensions, creating garments that fit! Scared to slice into your work? Not after this class with Mary Scott Huff. Students will make their butterfly scarf project, knitting in the round, and creating a steek.

In the first half of class, Mary will guide you through three techniques for marking, securing, and cutting open your steek. You will also learn various ways to finish the cut steek edges. During the second half, Mary will hold your hand as you make the cut in your completed scarf, then walk you through the final finishing steps. If you wish, it's actually possible to leave class with your finished beautiful butterfly scarf!

Experience: Intermediate to advanced knitters.

Materials fee: $65 for Mary's exclusive butterfly scarf design with beautiful hand dyed yarns.

This is a Madrona exclusive available only to those attending the retreat. Kits will be mailed to you by mid-December so you can start knitting! Join the ravelry group at www.ravelry.com/groups/friends-of-mary-scott-huff to meet other class members and share notes and progress.

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED

The Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace
(6 hours)

The class is designed to provide knitters with an extensive overview of Russian-style lace knitting. Students will be introduced to the unique elements of lace knitting design: the ten basic elements that provide the very foundation of Russian lace knitting… mouseprint, cat's paw, honeycomb etc. will serve as a guide. A unique cast-on, superior shaping using a modified short rows method, and a grafting technique to "seam" that's magical in it's simplicity and versatility, will provide the necessary tools to achieving lace knitting bliss. And last but not least, this class with Galina will provide an unforgettable cultural experience.

Experience: Students need a good grasp of basic knitting skills. Chart reading helpful but not required.

Materials Fee: $10 for yarn and all the charts
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED

Recycle: Making Garnetted Yarns
(3 hours)

Some things are just too lovely to let go. Do you have that old cashmere sweater that has a hole in the elbow, the silk shirt you wore forever, the thrums from a beautiful warp? These can all be reborn as beautiful yarns by using the technique of garnetting. We'll use blending boards, handcards and drum carders to create beautiful fibers that we can turn into exquisite yarns.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Fee: $10
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Spinning with Yak Down
(3 hours)

Yaks are one of the first animals domesticated by humans. They provide us with wonderful fiber, so soft and fine that it rivals cashmere. It is also available to handspinners in a variety of blends. In this class, we'll learn how to spin a variety of yarns, make some original blends and learn how to wash and finish our yarns. Recently, yaks have been introduced to North America and we'll have a look at the fiber that yak breeders are producing in this country with this lovely animal.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Fee: $10
John MullarkeyFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED

Tablet Weaving: Egyptian Diagonals
(6 hours)

Learn Egyptian Diagonal card weaving. This is a two pack card weaving technique that produces amazingly complex looking but simple to weave designs. We will use the circular warp setup, and learn how to use two packs to create interesting diagonal designs. Patterns will be provided, but individual exploration will be encouraged.

Experience: No previous tablet weaving experience required.

Materials Fee: $15 (includes 20 cards and small shuttle) If you are taking both of John's classes and don't want another set of cards and a shuttle, let us know and John will waive the fee for this class.
CLASS CONTINUES
Lucy NeatbyFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED

Double Up and Around
(3 hours)

Make an exploratory journey into other realms of Double Knitting (which produces two-layer fabrics). We will begin with tubes within tubes, worked in the round, initially with a single yarn, two yarns and then with colour patterning. We will look at different ways to handle the yarns for maximum efficiency and how to incorporate shapings into double fabrics, topped off with tubular bind-off. These techniques are suited to ultra warm mittens and cozy lined socks.

Experience: Intermediate knitters: No DK experience necessary

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
Centre-out DK Medallions: A Seamless, Tubular Cast-on for Double-layer Fabrics
(3 hours)

Learn a seamless, circular tubular cast on that leads perfectly into a double knit fabric. Once double knitting in the round is established, we will look at Stitch-map style charts, how to set up a double layer pattern with double increases (and how to resolve them into double knit format) before concluding the medallion with a seamless I-cord bind off. This beautiful beginning can be used to start top-down DK hats, place mats, chair pads and blankets of infinite variety!

Experience: Advanced Knitters with some basic two color double layered knitting experience or have taken either Lucy's Thursday morning class – Dabble into Double or Saturday morning -Double up and Around.

No materials fee.
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED

Knit Smart
(3 hours)

This lecture style class (that means mostly talking, like at University) deals with best practices in knitting, and talks about how to (usually) prevent knitting mistakes (mostly) and fix them. Out of the myriad techniques, ideas, yarns, patterns and tools available to knitters, how can you be sure that the ones you choose will give you the results you want? This class looks at how to predict how knitting is going to work, very clever ways to solve knitting problems, and how to streamline knitting so that you're doing less work, and creating better stuff. This class is useful to knitters at all levels, and is my very favorite to teach.

Experience: Everyone welcome.

No materials fees.
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Grok the Sock
(3 hours)

Grok is a word from the classic book "Stranger in a Strange Land" that means "to understand something completely". This class is designed to leave the student with a really complete understanding of the construction of socks and (usually) the ability to knit a great sock that truly fits, without any pattern at all.

Experience: Interesting for all levels – although beginners should have a good grip on the basics of cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.

No materials fees.
Margaret RadcliffeFebruary 14: SATURDAYKnitted Collars
(6 hours)

Learn to add collars for pullovers and cardigans with round or V-necks. We’ll cover shaping for shawl, straight, pointed and circular collars. You’ll practice four methods of picking up neatly, two of which are fully reversible and get tips to insure that the corner and outer edges of your collars are neat and well behaved!

Experience: Intermediate knitters and up. Best for knitters who have completed one or more sweaters or vests. Must be comfortable working simple pattern stitches, increases, decreases, picking up stitches for a border and binding off.

No materials fees.

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Debbi StoneFebruary 14: SATURDAYCLOSED

Creating Your Own Unique Stitch Patterns
(3 hours)

Have you ever looked at the bark of a tree, the lines of a building or the ins and outs of a flower and think how unique and beautiful it would be as a knitting stitch pattern?

Whether it is the shadows and angles on buildings, the curves of plant life, or a repeated pattern or texture that you see in nature, we'll explore how to make the translation into a unique stitch pattern that you can design with.

In class we'll start with a photo and pull out the elements that you like, explore stitch dictionaries and use the pieces and parts of existing stitch patterns to create something new and unique and start swatching. We'll discuss where and how to use your new patterns to create a whole new design.

Experience: Advanced Beginners and up who are able to read charts and understand how they work.

No materials fees.
CLOSED

Knitting with Your iPad
(3 hours)

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 much more! If you are new to your iPad or want to explore it's further potential, this is the perfect class for you!

Experience: Everyone with an iPad or iPad Mini

No materials fees.

HOMEWORK
Saturday Evening Banquet with presentation by Judith MacKenzie
Registration required. Please see registration page. Dinner is $55
February 14: SATURDAY6:30 PM – Sit-down Dinner
(no buffet) Baked Salmon with green salad and veggies, dessert, coffee and tea – vegetarian alternative available on request. Registration Required $55.

Our guest speaker, Judith MacKenzie, is beloved at Madrona and an internationally known teacher, master weaver, spinner, dyer and fiber artist. There is no one who has more fiber knowledge at her fingertips than Judith! She has long studied the history and traditional techniques in the textile arts. Her talk is titled "Crossing the Barriers of Time and Culture" revealing how our modern world of textile crafts intersects with traditional cultures. Please join us for dinner and this special conversation with Judith.
Anne BerkFebruary 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

Intarsia Motifs: Design and Development
(3 hours)

We will explore how to turn an idea, drawing or photo into a knittable chart. From graph paper to software programs, you will learn how to design to the point where you will be confident in your design BEFORE you swatch the motif, saving time and energy. Copyright issues, how to estimate yardage needed, and practical tips and tricks of design and use of charts will be covered.

Experience: Advanced Beginners and up with ability to read charts. Some math required.

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Amelia GarripoliFebruary 15: SUNDAYPower Spinning
(3 hours)

We are grateful to HansenCrafts, maker of the electric MiniSpinner, for helping to underwrite this 3 hour e-spinning class.

Does your electric or electronic spinner run away with your yarn, get miles ahead of your fingers, or just not make the yarn you're thinking of?

Whether you come from spindle or wheel or are new to spinning, work on your e-spinning technique with hands-on tips. Take control of your e-spinner and see what it can do. Art yarn to laceweight, casual or production spinning: we'll put our e-spinners through their paces.

Adventurous beginner to experienced spinners are welcome

Class Costs a total of $55 – materials fee is included.
Plying on Spindles
(3 hours)

Plying on spindles is not an urban legend. Let's explore this, find ways to make it efficient, and ways to make it fun! We will look into yarn management and spindle handling to be productive spindle plyers. Then we will explore spindle yarn constructions including Navajo plying and cables and discuss the use of color in plying.

Experience: Should be able to spin a consistent single on a drop spindle (any type).

No materials fee.

HOMEWORK
Stephenie GaustadFebruary 15: SUNDAYProductive Spinners Workshop
(6 hours)

This class maps the territory not only of what it takes to be a competent spinner, but also a productive one. Old habits can make us slow. The point being that when we review what we know, take a look for ways to making it more efficient, then we can tackle much larger projects with grace. This class presents a general tune up of your techniques, assessing your wheel and working to make it a good fit.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials fee: $10
CLASS CONTINUES
Faina GobersteinFebruary 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

Celtic Cables
(3 hours)

The beauty of Celtic knots always intrigues us. Some of them are translated into knitting. In this class you will learn what is different about Celtic cables and how some special techniques help to realize these beautiful shapes. You will make a sampler that includes a few simple twists and turns that are featured in Celtic knots.

Experience: Intermediate knitters with knowledge of making a basic cable.

No materials fee.
NO CLASS SESSION
Franklin HabitFebruary 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop
(3 hours)

This class is a repeat of the class on Thursday afternoon.

If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets, but you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you. We'll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric – a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we'll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on lesson in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes – all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting.

No materials Fee
The Illusion of Shadow Knitting: Now you see it, now you don't!
(3 hours)

Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called "illusion") knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view–perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting.

No materials Fee
Sivia HardingFebruary 15: SUNDAYDecorative Mending
(3 hours)

Never thought that mending your knits could be creative? Come and celebrate your worn or damaged knits in a new way. From Vintage books on mending to the Japanese Boro Boro techniques that celebrate the beauty in something old and frayed, Sivia introduces and shows you the traditional and then takes you into the world of decorative mending where texture and color meet. Knitting methods to mend knits will be taught to transform damaged areas into beautiful and whimsical design elements by using colors and interesting stitches to embellish what was once a sad hole or worn elbow into a new object of pride!

Experience: Advanced beginner and up

Materials Fee: $7

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Amy HerzogFebruary 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

Mastering Mindful Modifications
(3 hours)

This class is a repeat of the class on Friday morning.

It's one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what you're trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a modification. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater. This includes:
  • Bust darts of all kinds
  • Frankensweatering: Front/back and top/bottom
  • Body and sleeve lengthening/shortening
  • Neckline modifications)

Intermediate or advanced beginning knitters who are adventurous. Familiarity with patterns is required. Helpful to have taken Amy's Knit to Flatter class. Should be comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.

Materials fee: $4
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Sweater Bootcamp
(3 hours)

This class is a repeat of the class on Thursday afternoon.

There's so much more to sweater knitting than just the "knitting," and this class gives you the tools you need to make your next sweater a smashing success. We cover all of the things that go into making a great sweater:
  • How sweaters are constructed: The different construction styles, what they're good for, and what kinds of bodies they fit best.
  • Schematics: What they are and how they can help you.
  • What goes into a great swatch: The proper way to construct and "read" a swatch, measuring your gauge, and how to account for tricky fibers.
  • Fabric: What should your sweater fabric feel like? What makes a "good" fabric and how do you match it to design elements?
  • Different kinds of shaping: How they're worked, what they accomplish, and when you need to add shaping to your sweaters.
  • When you can stray from the pattern: How to identify key elements vs. things you should feel empowered to "fiddle with".
  • Finishing off your sweater: From blocking to seaming to edge treatments and more.
Student Q&A is a big part of the class, too, so bring your own questions to class, and let's talk sweaters!

Advanced Beginners and up: Helpful if you have knit a sweater.

Materials fee: $4

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED
Mary Scott HuffFebruary 15: SUNDAYDown the Slipper–y Slope
(3 hours)

Knit a pair of delightful Twinkle Toes slippers! Students receive the free pattern in class. As you work, enjoy the story of how Mary became a slipper-knitter, including a slideshow presentation and trunk show. We'll explore the various slipper architectures she discovered and/or invented while creating designs for her newly-released Fun & Fantastical Slippers to Knit book. Embellishment, felting, and various sole treatments will also be discussed. Check out these sweet slippers on Mary's website www.maryscotthuff.com/madrona-2015/.

Experience: Advanced beginner and up.

No materials fee

HOMEWORK – JUST A LITTLE
NO CLASS SESSION
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

A Triangular Trilogy
(6 hours)

Are things that come in threes truly better? When it comes to Orenburg-style knitted lace, the answer is a resounding YES! The triangle shape is perhaps the oldest and most aesthetically versatile of all shawl motifs. Galina will present three distinct design techniques to construct a triangular-shaped shawl. You will select the approach that best fits your knitting style. Come triangulate with us!

Experience: Intermediate lace knitters

Materials Fee: $15 for yarns and charts
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Judith MacKenzie February 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland
(3 hours)

Shetland sheep are an ancient breed that has been providing beautiful fiber for handspinners for centuries. These sheep have provided fleece for everything from incredibly fine lace shawls to strong and enduring sails for ships. Their beautiful fleeces come in an amazing range of colors. We will learn how to spin the wide variety of types of fiber, learn how to sort and how – and when – to dehair. We'll make a lace yarn, some warm and robust sweater yarns and spin a bit of the hair coat for cords. Along the way, we'll learn a bit about the where these sheep came from and the culture that produced them.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread

Materials Fee: $10
Luxurious Camel
(3 hours)

Camels and humans have a long and ancient history; we have shared our lives with them for over five thousand years. They are a familiar image in our lives; from nativity scenes, cigarette packages, Lawrence of Arabia, we all recognize this wonderful animal. And, of course, we all know about its fiber.

For the last two hundred years, it has been one of high fashion's most luxurious fibers. Soft and downy, the camel's undercoat makes feather weight yarn. Whether used in its pure form or as a blend, it has an unmistakable hand.

We'll spin it in a variety of preparations and in some wonderful blends. You'll learn about this fiber's special characteristics and a bit about this animal's fascinating history.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread

Materials fee: $10
Lucy NeatbyFebruary 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

Double Knit Pocket Techniques: Coolest pockets on the planet!
(3 hours)

Create stunningly neat integral pockets with a single piece of yarn using a double-layer technique. These clever pockets are the equivalent of conjuring with yarn. We will cover a vertical pocket in a flat fabric, a vertical pocket in the round and right and left, side opening pockets, with integral finished borders in flat fabric.

We'll also take a look at various methods of applying pocket tops and turning pockets into stuffed patches.

Experience: Advanced Knitters – not essential to have double knit experience

No materials fee.

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Hot Sock Tips: Little things make a difference
(3 hours)

A wide ranging selection of Lucy's most trusted sock tips and tricks, including Modified Conventional Bind-Off (which may revolutionize your life), the toe-chimney grafting method, slipping stitches fast and easy, running yarn markers and wonderful hole-curing sutures. Getting to know the Australian Cousins, play with new-to-you needle configurations, Alternative heel stitch, Holes and more besides.

Experience: Intermediate knitters

No materials fee.

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Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

All About Mawata
(3 hours)

This class explores the pleasures of knitting with pure silk (silk hankies). We'll talk about the silk cycle, how to make silk hankies (each is a stretched cocoon) and how to knit them straight from that form … no spinning at all! Lace, baby things, warm things… try this interesting and inexpensive form of silk. You'll be intrigued.

Experience: Interesting for all levels – although beginners should have a good grip on the basics of cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.

Materials fee: $15
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Knitting for Speed and Efficiency
(3 hours)

This class is a repeat of the class on Friday morning

Here’s your chance to learn Stephanie’s perspective and secrets on knitting with speed. This class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think.

Experience: Interesting for all levels – although beginners should have a good grip on the basics of cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.

No materials fee
Margaret RadcliffeFebruary 15: SUNDAYCLOSED

Bring out the Best in Your Variegated Yarn
(3 hours)

Love that multicolor yarn? Hate the way it looks when you knit it? Whip those handpainted and variegated yarns into submission! Learn to bring out the best in your variegated yarn, how to avoid stripes, highlight desired colors, and emphasize texture. Review a variety of yarns and learn their properties, while knitting swatches to experiment with textured pattern stitches, multiple strands of yarn, and varying stitch counts. Also learn how to recognize which garments will work best with variegated yarn.

Experience: Advanced Beginner and up. Should know how to knit, purl, cast on, bring off, increase and decrease.

No materials fee.

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Lazy Knitter's Guide to Pattern Stitches
(3 hours)

A whole bag of tricks for those who love to knit and hate to purl! Learn faux ribbing, a substitute for moss stitch, even lace patterns with nary a purl stitch. Garter ladders, lazy rib, no-purl brioche, rose fabric, and tubular knitting are among the patterns that will be taught and swatched.

Experience: Advanced Beginner. Should be comfortable casting on and binding off, working knits, purls and simple pattern stitches.

No materials fee.
Jean WongFebruary 15: SUNDAYFine Finishing Techniques
(6 hours)

Learn the unique Japanese finishing techniques that will give your knitted garments a truly professional look. Jean covers seaming, using short rows for proper shaping of shoulder slope, shoulder joins, appropriate use of ribbing, joining yarns invisibly and how to cast off the rib to give a garment elasticity and fluidity.

Advanced Beginner and up.

Materials Fee: $10

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