2016 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 CLOSED

No regular classes can be changed or added. We will see you at Madrona!

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.

  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: Knitting for Speed and Efficiency (Friday PM and Sunday PM)
  • Amy Herzog: Knit to Flatter Workshop (Thursday AM and Sunday PM)
  • Amy Herzog: You Can Knit That: A “First” Sweater Class (Thursday PM and Saturday PM)
  • Note –  For Amy Herzog’s classes there is an overlap:  Sweaters: Deconstructed, Amy’s all day class on Friday, covers much of the same material as her other classes: Knit to Flatter, Mindful Modifications and You Can Knit That.  Please do not take Sweaters: Deconstructed AND her other classes unless you want to hear things twice!

Class Schedule for Madrona Winter Retreat 2016

TEACHER
DAYMORNING
9-12NOON
AFTERNOON
1:30-4:30PM
Sarah AndersonFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED
Spotlight on Targhee Wool
(6 hours)

Targhee sheep love the Northwest. In fact, they were bred specifically for the Northwest! Their fine, soft wool has loads of crimp and next-to-the-skin goodness. As with other breeds, it can be spun in many different ways.

In this class you will spend the day with Targhee wool in locks and in top, natural colored and dyed. We will explore commercially prepared fiber and also hand processed fiber from raw wool. (with many tips on washing and processing, flicking and combing)

You will learn strategies to spin everything from cobweb fine yarn up to larger diameter yarns using different fiber preparations. The skills you learn will apply to many other types of wool but especially fine, crimpy wools.

Experience: Students should be comfortable with their wheel or e-Spinner and able to spin a continuous singles (successfully get a thread onto the bobbin).

Materials Fee: $25
CLASS CONTINUES
Janine BajusFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED
Fair Isle Color: How do they do that?
(6 hours)

Fair Isle knitting -- we know it when we see it, that exciting interplay of color and pattern. What is it that sets Fair Isle apart from other forms of stranded knitting? We’ll cover the theory of how colors and motifs are used in Fair Isle knitting, and then you will work on a series of swatches to take theory to practice. When the class is done you should have a firm grounding in how value gradations and mirroring work to create that 3-dimensional effect we all love so much.

Experience: Requires some experience in two-color stranded knitting.

Materials Fee: $22
CLASS CONTINUES
Cat BordhiFebruary 11: THURSDAYReimagining and Re-engineering Sock Architecture
(3 hours)

We’ll review most of the sock innovations I’ve published, some of which have evolved in the hands of other designers to become strategies for clothing the foot. My journey began in 2001 and eventually blossomed into the 8 distinct sock architectures of New Pathways for Sock Knitters and other techniques. I'll highlight untapped potentials within each method and identify interchangeable elements to encourage you to recombine pathways to create your own designs and architectures. We will also embrace the challenge of simplifying and distilling designs to make them beautiful, pleasurable, and even intuitive to knit.

Experience: Adventurous sock knitters who understand the structure of socks and knit a lot of them. Helpful to have knit several of Cat’s sock architectures too!

Materials Fee: None
NO CLASS SESSION
Beth Brown-Reinsel

February 11: THURSDAYTop Down Aran Cardigans
(6 hours)

This unusual type of Aran construction is controversial as to its historic authenticity. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating concept, which results in a stunning garment that is fun to knit. While knitting a small sampler sweater from the neck down, traditional pattern motifs will be worked, including bobbles, traveling stitches, knit/purl motifs, baby cables, background stitches, and more! The neckline studied will be shaped for a comfortable fit by utilizing increases and casting on extra stitches. This sampler is worked back and forth flat.

Experience: Advanced beginners and up

Materials Fee: $4
CLASS CONTINUES
Nancy BushFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED

Nordic Color: Roositud
(3 hours)

Estonians use a special inlay technique for decorating gloves and socks similar to embroidery but worked right into the knitting. By knitting a small bag, students will learn how to read the charts and work this unique and colorful embellishment.

Experience: Comfortable using double point needles and reading charts

Materials Fee: $14 for yarn and handout
NO CLASS SESSION
Evelyn ClarkFebruary 11: THURSDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED
Traditional Icelandic Lace Scarf
(3 hours)

Knit a mini version of the Reykjavik Shawl to explore Icelandic lace traditions. Based on a shawl in the Nordic Heritage Museum, this design begins with an easy-to-memorize lace and ends with a colorful border, lacy edging, and crocheted chain cast-off. Students can knit a small version in class to practice the techniques, and the instructions later can be used to create a full-size scarf or shawl in a variety of yarns. Several garter-stitch tab cast-ons, chart reading, color-change grafting, and crocheted chain cast-off will be demonstrated in the class.

Experience: Intermediate level knitters -- must know knitting basics

Materials Fee: $2
Y'vonne CutrightFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED
Cables Gone Wild
(3 hours)

Learn to think of cables in an entirely different and exciting way! We'll use a pattern for "The Endless Cable Hat" as our sampler and learn all the techniques in the actual hat from reading a cable chart to making reversible cables as well as how and when to use each of the three ways of decreasing used in the hat. By the end of class you will walk away with this unique hat pattern and a new world of cable skills!

Experience: Intermediate knitters with an adventuresome spirit!

Materials Fee: $7
NO CLASS SESSION
Franklin HabitFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED

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

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.

Materials Fee: None
CLOSED
Embroider Your Knitting – Level One
(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; no prior embroidery experience necessary; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
Daniel HerreraFebruary 11: THURSDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED
A Survey of Modern Knitting Techniques: Or Why Would I Ever Knit THAT Way!
(3 hours)

Many of us favor one knitting style due to it being the first method learned, found it faster,
or it produces the type of fabric we are used to. In this class we will explore multiple knitting methods and where they can be appropriate and effective for different knitting styles and designs.

We will aim to understand the mechanics of each method, how they are similar and different, and can be incorporated to work in harmony with one another to make your knitting more enjoyable.

Experience: The ability to knit and purl with any one of the numerous modern methods

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
Amy HerzogFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED
Knit to Flatter Workshop
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Sunday 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

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

Materials fee: $4

HOMEWORK
CLOSED

You Can Knit That: A "First" Sweater Class
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Saturday afternoon.

Are you ready to take the sweater plunge, but a little nervous? Have no fear! Sweater expert Amy Herzog helps you end up with a sweater that you can’t wait to wear.

Amy covers different sweater construction options; schematics and how they can help you; elements of knitting a successful sweater fabric; choosing the right size; identifying key pattern elements; and finally, the "fun stuff" -- shaping, edging, stitch patterns and other options!

Bring your questions to class and get ready for some great sweaters!

*Please note there is some overlap between this class and Sweaters: Deconstructed. Please don’t take both.

Experience: For beginning sweater knitters who are excited to go further!

Materials fee: $4
Deborah JarchowFebruary 11: THURSDAYWeaving a Log Cabin Sampler
(6 hours)

Have you seen beautiful woven log cabin scarves and wondered how to vary the patterns? In this class you will learn how to change the set up of warp and weft threads to create different sized blocks in your pattern. Go from large blocks to small blocks and back, creating interesting visual effects in your woven pattern. These dynamic designs look like intricate weaving, yet are relatively simple to achieve.

Experience: Advanced Beginner. You will need to supply your own Rigid Heddle loom with at least a 8" weaving width and a 8 or 7.5 dent reed

Materials Fee: None
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED
Dyeing for Gradient Color Effects
(6 hours)

Love the beauty of working with fibers and yarns where the color shifts seamlessly from one hue to the next? Explore a variety of techniques that produce gradient color effects on fiber, yarn and fabric. We’ll also look at interesting ways to use these lovely colors.

This is a hands-on workshop so please wear studio clothes. We will be working mainly with dyes that work with protein fibers but the techniques work with cellulose fiber dyes as well.

Experience: Everyone welcome.

Materials Fee: $20
CLASS CONTINUES
Nancy MarchantFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED
Basic Brioche – One color
(3 hours)

Does the brioche stitch still confuse you? In this class, you’ll learn to “bark” (brioche knit) and “burp” (brioche purl) this luscious stitch into a world of unending stitch possibilities from the “queen of brioche,” Nancy Marchant. She will cover the brioche method of making increases and decreases and explore stitch variations by making a sampler in class.

Experience: Basic knitting skills including knowledge of increasing and decreasing

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
CLOSED
Beyond Basic Brioche – Two colors
(3 hours)

Learn to work two-color brioche and brioche-stitch variations, then add increases and decreases to create graceful undulating motifs like those featured in Nancy’s book, Knitting Fresh Brioche. We’ll talk about what yarns to use and how to create your own variations from these new motifs. There is still so much to explore in this newly introduced technique. You will leave the class inspired and ready to design your own brioche knitted projects.

Experience: Need to know how to work one-color brioche stitch

Materials Fee: None
Jillian MorenoFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED
Yarnitecture: Building Exactly the Yarn you Want
(6 hours)

Is the yarn in your head the yarn in your hand? Do you always spin the same yarn? Do you have a dream yarn you just can't make happen? Are you unhappy with what happens to the colors when you spin a variegated top or roving? Do you love your handspun yarn, but don't like how it looks knitted?

In this class, we’ll focus on making yarn that inspires you from commercially dyed roving and top -- yarn you’ll love to knit with. Together we’ll build your yarn from fiber braid up to a knitted swatch. We’ll start by talking about the blueprint for a yarn, the yarn vision. We'll break yarn down into all of its parts.

We'll build your yarn's foundations by exploring fiber breeds and preparations; the different drafting and plying methods we'll work with; finally, we manipulate variegated top and roving to get the
colors you’ve chosen just the way you want them. All along the way you’ll get tips to keeping your yarn’s end use or yarn vision in
mind and your yarn consistent. This class will give you confidence to build the yarns you want to knit with!

Experience: Advanced beginners and up. Must be comfortable spinning a consistent yarn and adjusting your wheel.

Materials Fee: $40
CLASS CONTINUES
John MullarkeyFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED
Tablet Weaving: Rams Horn and Its Relatives
(6 hours)

Ram's Horn is a popular beginner's pattern that has lots of variations within. Learn how to read a draft, setup the cards, and weave this beautiful pattern. With a few changes to turning, learn several of the variations to the Ram’s Horn pattern like Ivy and Running Dog.

Experience: No previous card weaving experience needed

Materials Fee: $15 – includes 20 cards and shuttle
CLASS CONTINUES
Debbi StoneFebruary 11: THURSDAYNO CLASS SESSIONIt's All About the Gauge
(3 hours)

Gauge: what is it, how to get it, what affects it? In this class we’ll look at how to make a proper swatch and make changes to that swatch so any yarn will work for your project. We’ll talk about when gauge is important, when it isn’t and how the type of yarns affect the gauge to make sure you get the garment you want.

Experience: Able to cast-on and bind off, knit and purl

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
Jean WongFebruary 11: THURSDAYCLOSED

Tailored 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 draft 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. Jean will teach you how to take your own body measurement. The draft pattern you create will be custom fit for you using your own body measurements, information from your knitted swatch, and a Japanese gauge ruler. By learning these techniques you will be able to make sweaters that fit and be proud of the finished product.

Experience: 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
FREE
February 11: THURSDAYAre you ready for The 5th 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 give 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 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

Fluffy Yarns – Leaning Towards Woolen
(3 hours)

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

In this class we will work on drafting towards the woolen end of the yarn spectrum using different types of fiber preparations. If your handspun yarns tend to be heavy and dense but you would love to learn to make fluffy, airy yarns, this is the class for you. There are ways to add air to yarn just by the way you handle the fiber as the twist enters it. These drafting techniques are very much like tools in your spinning bag so come and discover the loft!

Experience: Students should be comfortable with their wheel or e-Spinner and able to spin a continuous singles (successfully get a thread onto the bobbin).

Materials Fee: This class costs a total of $65 -- materials fee is included.
NO CLASS SESSION
Anne BerkFebruary 12: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Fun with Finishing
(3 hours)

Knitting is fun, but finishing is where magic happens and a project comes together. Learn the fundamentals while putting together a sweater that will fit a teddy bear! You will knit the back, fronts and one sleeve, to prepare. In class, we will learn 2 ways to do shoulder seams, knit one sleeve from the top down, pick up stitches for button bands, make buttonholes, and create invisible seams to assemble an adorable sweater.

Experience: Advanced beginners and up. Cast-on and bind-off, knit and purl.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
Cat BordhiFebruary 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

Versatildes: A New Landscape for Knitters and Designers
(6 hours)

This class is based on Cat’s new book Versatildes: A New Landscape for Knitters that opens up a new world for knitters who love to create beautiful, complex accessories and garments without having to fuss over every little thing. Tildes are so versatile that they can become wraps, scarves, vests or even skirts.

Cat used the lively shape of the curvaceous dash (the tilde) found in the upper left of the keyboard as inspiration for the collection of elegant designs. You will learn the basics of shaping the Tilde elements and she will show how surrendering to the natural flow of the Tilde elements frees a knitter from needing to “know” what will happen and makes the knitting a profound and liberating experience! Cat will tempt you into trying the “Let the River Carry You” paradigm and share the basic theory of how to plan, fit, and design a unique Versatilde vest.

Experience: Be curious and eager to learn new things and, without supervision, do a long-tail cast-on, knit ribbing, knit left leaning (ssk) and right leaning (k2tog) decreases, pick up a dropped stitch, and slip a stitch purlwise.

Materials Fee: $3
CLASS CONTINUES
Beth Brown-ReinselFebruary 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

Latvian Fingerless Mitts
(6 hours)

Some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit one of a pair of fingerless mitts to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of two, three, or four-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the mitt as well as the gussetless thumb and a picot edge at the end.

Additional techniques to be discussed include yarn dominance, knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three or four colors.

Experience: Intermediate -- must be proficient with dp needles, magic loop or two circulars

Materials Fee: $2
CLASS CONTINUES
Nancy BushFebruary 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

Three Sided Lace Scarf from Haapsalu
(6 hours)

In the 1930’s, the knitters in Haapsalu, Estonia developed a style of triangular scarf that showed to full advantage their beautiful knitted lace patterns. In this class, learn how these special scarves were made: starting with the decorative lace edge at the top, the open-work center pattern (including the Estonian technique of nupps) that decreases to the 'point' of the triangle and how to attach the separate outer edge in the traditional method of sewing it to the center.

When you complete your miniature scarf, you will have the skills to make not only this lovely version of a full size triangular scarf, but also the skills necessary to make a true rectangular or square Haapsalu shawl.

Experience: Knitting lace and reading lace charts

Materials Fee: $10
CLASS CONTINUES
Evelyn ClarkFebruary 12: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Original Lace Design
(3 hours)

Explore the basics of creating your own lace design with Evelyn Clark. Decreases are as important in a lace design as yarn-overs. We will knit a sampler to show you how making small changes in the decreases can have a large impact on the lace pattern you want to design. Placement of decreases in lace design 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.

Materials Fee: $1
Y'vonne CutrightFebruary 12: FRIDAYMore Double Knit Glove Magic
(6 hours)

This class takes the very popular unique Magical Gloves class that Y'vonne has taught at Madrona to the next level. The double knitting method Y'vonne teaches creates a double-faced fabric while knitting back and forth on 2 double point needles. Students will work with 2 colors as well as knit and purl stitches to make a glove with abbreviated fingers. It can be tried on for fit as it develops. The mitt starts with short, tip-less fingers, a color pattern is added, and then decreases for the thumb gussets are made. It is finished with 1x1 or 2x2 rib.

Experience: Intermediate and above. Does NOT require having taken Y’vonne’s previous Magical Gloves class.

Materials Fee: $10
CLASS CONTINUES
Carson DemersFebruary 12: 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 $70 and includes handouts.
Amelia GarripoliFebruary 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

Productive Spindling
(3 hours)

Have you walked away from your spindles in frustration? Do you want to expand your repertoire from wheel to spindle so you can bring spinning on your travels? Are you sure there must be some way to make spindling more productive?

Expand your spindle skill-set in this fun class and increase your spindle enjoyment and results. We'll match the right spindle for fiber and yarn, and play with a variety of top whorl tricks, bottom whorl tricks, Turkish spindles, and handy techniques to get more out of our spindling including true Andean plying, Peruvian wind-on, Kick-spinning, Bottom whorl speed-plying, and more.

Experience: Basic experience spinning a continuous thread with either a spindle or a wheel.

Materials fee: $8 -- fiber and spindles to use during class.
Spin Stripes for Your Socks
(3 hours)

What is more fun than having self-striping socks knit themselves off your needles? With a little planning and technique, you can spin up yarns that will give you striped socks. We will explore space-dyed and solid color rovings and spinning techniques we can use to get the stripes we want. Topics will include color planning, Navajo plying, spinning to grist, gimp yarns, fractals, and the use of neutrals. Let's spin stripes!

Experience: Not for beginners. You should be able to spin and ply a sock-diameter yarn

Materials fee: $8
Franklin HabitFebruary 12: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Embroider Your Knitting - Level Two
(3 hours)

In this sequel to “Embroider Your Knitting,” students move beyond the basics into freestyle work, methods of pattern transfer, choosing stitches that suit your vision, and, of course, a few new fancy stitches to add to the repertoire!

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.

Experience: Completion of Embroider your Knitting Level One or equivalent fluency in basic hand embroidery stitches (catch stitches, French and bullion knots). Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting required.

Materials fee: None

HOMEWORK
Amy HerzogFebruary 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

Sweaters: Deconstructed
(6 hours)

There’s so much more to sweater knitting than just the knitting! This class gives you all of the tools you need to make your next sweater a smashing success.

Amy covers everything that goes into making a great sweater including what kinds of sweaters will flatter your body shape; getting the right fit and easy modifications; swatching for gauge; testing your fabric and matching fiber and fabric to design and stitch patterning.

Bring your questions to class and let’s talk sweaters!

*This class overlaps significantly with Knit to Flatter, Mindful Modifications, and You Can Knit That. Please don’t take all of the classes unless you want to hear things twice!

Experience: Adventurous knitters of all skill levels, though, you will get more out the class if you’ve knit a garment of some kind. (Baby sweaters are perfect!)

Materials fee: $4
CLASS CONTINUES
Kyle KunneckeFebruary 12: FRIDAYCreating and Navigating Complex Stranded Knitting Charts
(3 hours)

Have you ever thought of creating original color work designs? Kyle has perfected his own technique to create original to-scale charts for complex color work that is especially suited to spectacular non-repeating patterns. Using visual displays and samples, Kyle discusses scale, composition and what kinds of designs work best for this technique.

He’ll walk you through each step from design inspiration to navigating knitting from these large charts. You will put your newly learned skills to work by beginning to knit a color work cowl that requires navigating a complex chart and leave class with all the knowledge to complete your amazing color work cowl designed by Kyle. To see the beautiful color work pattern you will be knitting, check Kyle’s website page for Madrona at www.kylewilliam.com/madrona-complex-charts.html.

Experience: Intermediate. Students should be able to read color work charts and have knitting skills of cast on, bind off, knit/purl, increase/decrease.

Materials Fee: $5

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Catherine LoweFebruary 12: 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. Catherine brings this to Madrona as an exclusive!

Experience: Intermediate knitters who are comfortable reading charts and with basic understanding of the structure of knitted fabric; some experience with color knitting; comfortable with basic stitch manipulations such as slipping, twisting, knitting through the back of the loop.

Materials Fee: None
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

Putting on the Dog
(3 hours)

Used in the fashion industry to make exquisite fabrics, dog hair can be a wonderful fiber to add softness and bloom to your yarns. And, as any dog owner will tell you, it is a completely renewable resource. We’ll spin a variety of blends including fine wool, alpacas and silk. We’ll learn how to tell the spinnable fiber from the unspinnable. You’ll learn how to wash it, store it and we will also dye it. We’ll spin a variety of yarns and learn how to finish them.

Experience: No beginners. Must be able to spin a continuous thread

Materials Fee: $10
CLOSED

Spinning in the Cowichan Tradition
(3 hours)

A wonderful textile tradition exists here on the West Coast -- the Cowichan Sweater. It is the synthesis of two cultures coming together, each adding their unique skills to create a garment that reflects the people and the landscape.

The Cowichan sweater is a blend of spinning techniques from the first nations people of the Coast Salish and knitting techniques and patterns from early Scottish settlers. In this class we’ll learn how to choose a fleece and prepare it for spinning.

We’ll learn how to make a bulky yarn that is stable and lightweight. We’ll learn a bit about the structure of the sweater, its beautiful patterning and how it has remained a much loved garment for over 125 years.

Experience: No beginners. Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Fee: $10
Nancy MarchantFebruary 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

Lacing Up Brioche
(3 hours)

Interested in a new lace technique? Brioche Lace is new, yet to be explored. Learn to apply brioche knitting to normally knitted lace stitch patterns to create reversible lace with different colors on each side. Lots of samples will be on display and discussed.

Experience: Familiar with knitting lace and reading lace charts as well as two-color brioche knitting.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Syne MitchellFebruary 12: FRIDAYScribble Weaving
(6 hours)

Got a tiny amount of a precious and/or delicate yarn? Make the most of it using the Theo Moorman technique. With two heddles, it's surprisingly easy to weave a ground cloth and--at the same time--create free-form imagery that floats on top of the cloth. The secret is a second, thin, warp that ties down the design. This class is a great introduction to weaving with two heddles for the first time, as well as the concept of supplementary warps and wefts. At the end, you'll have a one-of-a-kind scarf featuring your special yarn.

Experience: Beginner to Intermediate. -- must be able to warp a rigid heddle loom. You must supply your own rigid heddle loom and two 8 dent heddles.

Materials Fee: $25 for main and supplemental warps, background weft and handouts. You will supply that special yarn from your stash.
CLASS CONTINUES
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 12: FRIDAYCLOSED

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

Materials Fee: None
CLOSED

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: 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: None
Jean WongFebruary 12: FRIDAY2nd Day of Tailored Knitting the Japanese WayCLASS CONTINUES
FRIDAY EVENING Teacher's Gallery & Janine Bajus Presentation

7:30 pm
FREE
February 12: FRIDAY 7:30 PM: Evening gathering to view the Teacher’s Gallery and presentation by Janine Bajus.

Janine has lived her life in Technicolor as the original Feral Knitter and the spark that inspired so many of us in the Pacific Northwest to try Fair Isle Knitting. Janine taught us to create our own designs and she has now gathered all her wonderful secrets of the Fair Isle world into a book The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way. Please join us while Janine takes us on her adventure dreaming in color! You can find out more about Janine’s colorful world in her blog: feralknitter.typepad.com/.

Following Janine's presentation you are invited to greet and talk with our teachers as they display their incredible work.
Karen AlfkeFebruary 13: SATURDAYFull-Figure Flattery: Choosing Sweater Designs to Make the Most of Your Curves
(6 hours)

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 balance 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?

Karen has been gathering from many sources the visual rules that determine sweater flattery for us gals with full figures. 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 fuller figure, a set of measurements to determine sizing, and with an understanding of which sweater styles you could be knitting to make you look and feel fabulous. You'll never look at your pattern queue the same way again.

Experience: All welcome

Materials Fee: $5
CLASS CONTINUES
Cat BordhiFebruary 13: SATURDAYThe Books That Didn’t Get Written
(3 hours)

Maybe you will write them! My hope is that during our time together you will light upon several things among my unfinished or unpublished work that inspire you to explore further and develop your own designs using what I share as a springboard. Offerings will include footwear (both socks and felted shoes), the Moebius, and the unlimited landscape of Versatildes.

I will share resources and low-hanging fruit from my days of studying the socks and shoes in the “Artifact Storage” archives of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, including my interpretation of the Hopi Rain Dance Boot. I’ll also share ideas from a half –finished collection of baby socks, and touch upon the potential of a reverse stitch dictionary.

To spur your creativity, I’ll teach an idea-generation technique that will give you an abundance of possibilities to consider developing.

Experience: Advanced and Adventurous Knitters

Materials Fee: None
CLOSED

A New Horizon of Moebius Design
(3 hours)

Ever since that moment in 2002 when the sudden realization of how to cast on a Moebius propelled me out of bed in the middle of the night, I have loved following the intoxicating trail of Moebius possibilities. I have watched knitters fall in love with this graceful form that can be coaxed into becoming a garment, an accessory, or even a container which literally has no inside or outside. A Moebius will dance happily on your needles whether you understand it or not.

There have been certain Moebius behaviors that I was unable to “shift” but recently I have succeeded in opening up a whole new world of Moebius possibilities for colorwork, texture and more which I am excited to share. From the continuous stockinette surface that lets you decide whether or not the sides will mirror each other to a Moebius game board and Moebius elements using zippers. The truth of the Moebius is it’s interconnectedness, symbolic of what we seek as human beings, and the magic of endless knitting.
Come explore the Moebius magic with me!

Experience: You must be able to start and complete a simple Moebius using Cat’s Moebius Cast-on without supervision. You can watch Cat’s YouTube video tutorial at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4 Helpful if you have completed a Moebius project.

Materials Fee: None
Beth Brown-ReinselFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

The Cowichan Sweater
(2 days)

This is a 2-day Class -- Saturday and Sunday

On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Coast Salish people developed this V-necked, shawl-collared garment after learning of knitting through early European settlers in their area. The Salish preferred motifs that reflected the natural world (whales, birds, etc.) as well as geometric motifs. The sweaters, still handspun by some people, are knitted flat on double-pointed needles, with thick singles yarns in 2 or 3 colors.

This class will cover working with colors (on the right side and wrong side), reading a chart, putting stripes in ribbing (without color distortion) a traditional shoulder join, creating a shawl collar shaped with short rows, knitting sleeves from the top down while shaping the cap, and hand-sewing in a zipper, or working a buttonband or an I-cord finish. There is an option for knitting in a pocket, as well.

Experience: Intermediate to Advanced -- must be experienced at reading charts and using double pointed needles.

Materials fee: $3
CLASS CONTINUES
Carson DemersFebruary 13: SATURDAY 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
NO CLASS SESSION
Franklin HabitFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting without Tapes and Rulers
(3 hours)

A tape measure is wonderful thing. So is a knitting pattern. But have you dreamt of being freed from both, and working your way from cast on to finished garment with neither one nor the other? You can. The history of knitting is full of time-tested methods for using the proportions of the human body–and of the knitting itself– to determine stitch counts, shapings, and measurements to yield garments with a custom fit.

In this class– part lecture, part practice– students will learn about useful relative proportions of the human body, as well as formulae and folklore for hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and fitted upper garments. And yes, you’ll need a tape measure...but not for long.

Experience: Fluency in basic techniques of knitting, including increasing, decreasing, and knitting in the round.

Materials Fee: None
CLOSED

Lace Edgings: Before, During and After
(3 hours)

Lace edgings are among the most beautiful, varied and useful patterns in the world of knitting. Applied with care and skill, they can lift an ordinary project into the extraordinary. In this class, we will learn about the fascinating history of knitted lace edgings, view historic and modern examples from around the world, and practice several techniques for working them, including knitted-on, sewn-on, and simultaneous.

Experience: Must be fluent in basic lace knitting skills, including working from simple lace charts.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
Ilisha HelfmanFebruary 13: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Magical Turkish Spindles
(3 hours)

Nothing is lovelier than watching beautifully patterned layers pile up on your spindle and watching them reveal themselves again in reverse order as you use your yarn. Learn to make consistent singles, to wind beautiful cops, to ply from your cops and to use them for easy skein winding.

Plying in beads, silk flowers and sequins will be demonstrated as will ply on the fly (chain plying as you spin your singles). Support spindling, using your spindle as a distaff and spinning energized singles, and their uses, will also be discussed. There will be lots of Turkish spindle spun skeins made from numerous fiber mixes to examine.

Experience: Students should be able to spin a consistent single on their Turks before class. We will have a quick review of starting basics.

Materials fee: $7
Amy HerzogFebruary 13: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED
You Can Knit That: A "First" Sweater Class
(3 hours)

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

Are you ready to take the sweater plunge, but a little nervous? Have no fear! Sweater expert Amy Herzog helps you end up with a sweater that you can’t wait to wear.

Amy covers different sweater construction options; schematics and how they can help you; elements of knitting a successful sweater fabric; choosing the right size; identifying key pattern elements; and finally, the “fun stuff” - shaping, edging, stitch patterns and other options!

Bring your questions to class and get ready for some great sweaters!

*Please note there is some overlap between this class and Sweaters: Deconstructed. Please don’t take both.

Experience: For beginning sweater knitters who are excited to go further!

Materials fee: $4
Mary Scott HuffFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

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

Wow -- The 2016 Madrona Exclusive Design from Mary features water lilies, with a beautiful border inspired by Chinese willowware. Stay tuned to the Madrona website and Mary’s blog maryscotthuff.com for photos and more information.

Stranded color work 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 a class 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 beautiful water lily scarf!

Experience: Intermediate to advanced knitters. Should be comfortable knitting with two strands and working in the round.

Materials fee: $65 for class kit including Dicentra Designs handpainted yarns and Mary’s exclusive pattern which features water lilies with a beautiful border inspired by Chinese willowware. 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!

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Deborah JarchowFebruary 13: SATURDAYManipulating Your Warp Threads for Dynamic Weaving
(6 hours)

By twisting or wrapping your warp yarns you can weave distinctive textures and patterns in your cloth. Learn to weave lace-like open areas as parts of a design throughout the fabric or as a notable edge treatment. You’ll learn how to make
leno, brooks bouquet, and other fancy patterns. If you’ve been looking for ways to add more interest to your weaving, these techniques will get you there. You too can create cloth that is visually stunning.

Experience: Advanced Beginner. You need to provide your own Rigid Heddle loom with at least a 8" weaving width and a 8 or 7.5 dent reed

Materials Fee: None
CLASS CONTINUES
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

The Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace
(6 hours)

This class with Galina will provide an unforgettable cultural experience as she shares with you 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.

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
Kyle KunneckeFebruary 13: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Stranded Intarsia
(3 hours)

This class combines intarsia and Fair Isle to produce patterns that change color both vertically and horizontally. We will learn what makes a motif successful using this hybrid technique, and then knit a small sampler using either a motif that’s provided or one of your very own. At the end of the adventure, you’ll leave the class with a souvenir swatch that will serve as inspiration for future projects.

Experience: Intermediate. Familiarity with Fair Isle knitting, reading charts and basic knitting skills.

Materials Fee: None
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

Encased Yarns
(3 hours)

Here is a yarn that has truly stood the test of time! We have samples of encased yarns made from Wooly Mammoth fibers and those so new they are made with stainless steel and light activated fibers. For all their complex surfaces, they are relatively simple to make and a joy to use. We’ll make encased yarns with a wide variety of fibers including superfine kid mohair, angora, luster wools, fabric and beads and even swan’s down! There isn’t much of anything that can’t be added and spun as an encased yarn!

Experience: No beginners. Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Fee: $10
CLOSED

Perfect Pairings
(3 hours)

Want to extend that bit of cashmere? Love the soft hand of camel but worry that it might not make the best pair of socks? Have a few ounces of beautiful yak but would like to vary the color a bit? Come learn what fibers are compatible and what are not. Explore different methods of blending fibers and try a variety of blending tools. We’ll look at the qualities of yak, silk, cashmere and camel and how to use these precious fibers to make a range of beautiful blends that bring out their best.

Experience: No beginners. Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Fee: $15
Nancy MarchantFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

Tuck Into Your Own Brioche Cowl
(3 hours)

Cushy textured brioche cowls -- who doesn’t want one? So why not create your own, using the yarns and colors that look best with your wardrobe? Class begins with learning about tuck brioche stitches and how to read a tuck/brioche chart. Then we’ll work the body of the cowl, in the round, in a stitch pattern that you have selected from a stitchionary of 2-color tuck brioche stitches.

You will walk out the door with the beginning of your own designer cowl and a small stitch dictionary (created exclusively for this class by Nancy) to help you design even more cowls at home.

Experience: Intermediate

HOMEWORK
CLOSED

Design with Brioche Techniques
(3 hours)

Learn to play with the design possibilities of the brioche stitch in this class. We will experiment with syncopated brioche. Then we will move into brioche crossed stitches and cables. You will leave with a sample of entirely new brioche stitch techniques.

Experience: Advanced. Must know how to work two-color brioche stitch.

HOMEWORK
Jillian MorenoFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

Twist and Ply: The Difference Ply and Twist Direction Make to Your Knitting
(3 hours)

Have you ever knit with your handspun and something just wasn't right? Maybe your cables were floppy or your lace wasn't open enough? The answer may lie in your chosen ply. The answer may also lie in the direction of twist and your style of knitting, or a combination of both.

In this class, we'll spin and knit while exploring the effect ply and twist and have on knitted fabric. Together we'll answer these questions:

  • What makes cables pop?
  • How to ply for open lace
  • What about singles for knitting?
  • What is chain plying good for?
  • Why use more than 2 plies?
  • Does the way I knit add more twist to my knitting or do I lose twist?
  • How do I compensate for twist loss or gain in yarn?

We'll also discuss the effects fiber breeds and blends, preparation, and woolen and worsted drafting can have on plying.

Experience: Advanced beginner spinner and up. Must be comfortable spinning a consistent yarn and adjusting your wheel.

Materials Fee: $30

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
John MullarkeyFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

Tablet Weaving: Coptic Diamonds
(6 hours)

Coptic Diamonds were woven by Egyptians over 1000 years ago. Coptic bands with distinctive diamond patterns were discovered and examined, and now we have these patterns we can draw inspiration from. Learn how to weave this distinctive pattern, and create your own new patterns.

Experience: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

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
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 13: SATURDAYCLOSED

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 color ways 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
CLOSED

The Fix is In: Handling Mistakes and Repairing Your Knitting
(3 hours)

This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters. We’ll explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to mostly fix damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs.

Experience: Best for intermediate knitters. Advanced beginners will do fine if they can read their knitting (identify knits and purls on the needle), execute a simple chart, and understand a simple cable.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
Debbi StoneFebruary 13: SATURDAYCreating 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.

Materials Fee: None
NO CLASS SESSION
Saturday Evening Banquet with presentation by Cat Bordhi 6:30pm
Registration required. Please see registration page. Dinner is $55
February 13: 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 is Cat Bordhi, whose creativity and vision have no bounds. Over the years Cat has lit up the knitting world and Madrona with her enthusiasm and incredible imagination from the intrigue of the Moebius to unearthing new facets of sock architecture. Join us for Cat’s talk and slides that will take us down many roads of her discoveries and inventions while inspiring our own explorations of creativity.
Janine BajusFebruary 14: SUNDAYCLOSED

Fair Isle Yoke Sweater: Secrets and Techniques
(6 hours)

The iconic Fair Isle yoke sweater is such a flattering garment that offers lots of space for experimentation. Learning how to design one using Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Percentage System opens up a world of possibilities. Working on a doll-sized sample you will learn about joining sleeves and body to create a seamless sweater; placing short rows for fit and comfort; and designing a stranded yoke pattern

Experience: Working in the round and some experience with stranded knitting required.

Materials Fee: $23 for kit which includes yarns and instructions. Will be mailed by mid-December.

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Anne BerkFebruary 14: SUNDAYNO CLASS SESSIONAdding That Special Intarsia Motif to your Knitted Garment
(3 hours)

Adding an intarsia motif to a pattern is a special way to personalize a knitted item. Considerations include size and placement of a motif and creating a chart that is fun to knit. The work you do in developing and swatching a motif will ensure confidence that the final result will be exactly as you expect. Learn how to turn an idea, drawing or photo into a knittable chart. Copyright issues, practical tips and tricks of design, and creation of knitting charts will be covered.

Experience: Everyone. Must be able to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.

Materials Fee: None
Beth Brown-ReinselFebruary 14: SUNDAY2nd Day of The Cowichan Sweater CLASS CONTINUES
Nancy BushFebruary 14: SUNDAYEstonian Cuffs
(6 hours)

Estonian mittens and gloves have VERY interesting, colorful and unique cuffs! The class will look at several different cuff treatments and learn the techniques to create edges on more than hand coverings! Students will learn some new ways of casting on, adding in color and working textured stitches. The techniques learned in this exciting class can be applied to mittens, gloves, socks, and even sweaters!

Experience: Knitting with two colors, reading charts, and knitting in the round using double point needles (two circulars or Magic Loop are fine as alternatives).

Materials Fee: $30 for yarn -- enough for at least two pair of fingerless mitts or wrist warmers -- and handout.
CLASS CONTINUES
Amelia GarripoliFebruary 14: 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.

Experience: Adventurous beginner to experienced spinners are welcome

This class costs a total of $65 – materials fee is included.
NO CLASS SESSION
Franklin HabitFebruary 14: SUNDAYCLOSED

Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice – The Deluxe Edition
(6 hours)

A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

In this class, we will begin by discussing the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics. In this expanded, six-hour edition we will also delve into eleven varieties of symmetry, and use them to create striking, original new designs.

Experience: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is a preference, speed swatching or flat stranded color work). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color stranded knitting; those choosing stranded knitting should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised!

Materials fee: None
CLASS CONTINUES
Sivia HardingFebruary 14: SUNDAYCLOSED

Adding the Perfect Beads to Enhance Your Knitted Project
(6 hours)

Beads add beauty and emphasis to knitting with their dimension and pinpointed flash of color and light. How do you choose the perfect bead and know where to place them in your knitted project?

This class will present guidelines for choosing and placing beads in knitting, especially lace knitting. First, we look at the knitted fabric and find some structural logic that will give us cues for bead placement, while always leaving room for imagination and vision. Learn principles that will help you make consistently inspired choices. We’ll discuss which beads produce magic, color and light and the best method to use when adding beads to your knitting.

You’ll be doing sampling with beautiful Japanese seed beads and we'll share our results and discoveries. Sivia will introduce her new shawl design and you will leave class with newfound bead confidence.

Experience: Intermediate knitters. Students should have successfully completed a lace project, can perform basic lace stitches and be comfortable working from charts. No bead knitting experience is necessary.

Materials Fee: $25 includes hand dyed yarns, beads, Sivia’s new shawl pattern and handout.
CLASS CONTINUES
Ilisha HelfmanFebruary 14: SUNDAYKnitting in Color – Inspired by the Beauty of Tiffany Lampshades
(6 hours)

From the imagination of Ilisha Helfman who invented Jazzknitting, explore different color knitting techniques inspired by the shimmery glass art of Tiffany lampshades. We’ll use a capelet pattern on which to create a glorious, wearable, glass inspired work of art.

Color work techniques we’ll be covering in class include combinations of Fair Isle and intarsia in charted patterns; simple Jazzknitted shapes of leaves, petals and berries; as well as shapes knitted to pictures of stained glass details. Composition, color interaction and surface embellishment will be discussed. You’ll be able to choose from all these techniques and designs to build your own colorful masterpiece inspired by a Tiffany lampshade.

Experience: Basic knitting and purling, long-tail cast on, loop cast on, bind off. Other skills that are handy (bobbles, short rows, knitting back backwards) will be taught in class as needed.

Materials Fee: $10
CLASS CONTINUES
Amy HerzogFebruary 14: SUNDAYCLOSED

Mastering Mindful Modifications
(3 hours)

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
Experience: 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
CLOSED

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: For adventurous knitters of all skill levels who want great sweaters.

Materials fee: $4

HOMEWORK
Mary Scott HuffFebruary 14: SUNDAYNO CLASS SESSIONStart to Finish: Planning Ahead for Happy Endings
(3 hours)

"Rats! Why didn't I think of that back when I started?" Ever ask yourself that when it's time to finish your knitwear? It happens to us all when finishing gets left as an afterthought, in a fit of Start-itis. Here's your chance to think things through before you begin, and a perfect excuse to start something new!

Using Mary's checklist for project planning, this workshop will help you prepare a roadmap for your next project, ensuring the finished result is exactly as you hope. Yarn and pattern compatibility, fitting & construction adjustments, and blocking and finishing decisions will all be discussed.

Experience: Everyone

Materials Fee: None
Deborah JarchowFebruary 14: SUNDAYBeyond the Fringe – Finishing Techniques for Woven Fabric
(3 hours)

Do you wonder what more there is to do with the ends of your woven cloth besides fringe? Do you wish for a different look on the ends of your scarves? In this class you will learn several techniques that can give you alternatives for the ends.

Learn how to plan for hemming and about twisting, braiding, adding beads, decorative knotting, and adding knitting or crochet to the edges. Alternatives to fringe will enhance your weaving skills and give you options to enhance your woven fabric.

Experience: Beginner

Materials Fee: $10 for beads and samples to work on.
NO CLASS SESSION
Judith MacKenzie February 14: SUNDAYSpinning Embroidery Yarns
(3 hours)

A timeless skill, embroidery stitches as we use them today, date back to 300 BCE. Used for structure and shaping as well as embellishment, these stitches are both useful and beautiful.

In this workshop, you will learn to spin a yarn that can be used to embroider woven, knit or felted wool fabric. We’ll learn what types of fleece are best suited for making an embroidery yarn and those fleeces that are not. We’ll learn how to prepare them for spinning, what spinning method is necessary to produce a good embroidery yarn and how to have a consistent yarn. I’ll bring a variety of fabrics patterns and needles.

Experience: No beginners. Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Fee: $10
CLOSED

Wild Silks
(3 hours)

Red, gold, bronze, silver – silk comes in many natural colors other than the exquisite white of perfect cultivated silk. It has different textures, too. In this class we’ll look at some of these rare silks that are not domesticated and spin Muga, Eri, Red Eri, and several wild tussahs. We’ll also look at variety of different types of silk preparations that are available to handspinners and spin wild cocoons, carrier rods and hankies. We’ll learn a bit about the culture of silk around the world and see some beautiful samples of silk cloth from a variety of silks.

Experience: No beginners. Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Fee: $25
Jillian MorenoFebruary 14: SUNDAYColorplay: Stress-Free ways to Spin with Color
(6 hours)

Are you ready to change the way you think about spinning with color? Do you have a collection of beautiful braids, bundles and batts in colors you love, but haven't cracked them open because you're not sure how to spin them without bungling the colors? In this class, we'll throw out the color wheel and learn to work with dyed fiber in a bunch of stress-free ways.

  • You'll spend a day spinning and knitting yarns from beautifully dyed fibers.
  • You'll explore several different ways to work with spinning single color and variegated fibers into yarn you'll love to knit with.
  • You'll learn what affects color in spinning.
  • You'll get tips on the how to work with different breeds, fiber blends and preparations.
  • You'll learn how to stretch your stash by combining variegated braids with naturals, semi solids and other variegated fibers.
  • You'll work with drafting, plies, marls and fractals, and spin and knit samples that you can refer to after class is over.
  • You'll learn how to keep colors as they are, how to blend colors for depth and subtlety, and how to combine colors, all without breaking a sweat.
Most importantly, you'll walk away from this class with more spinning confidence, knowing you can spin a beautiful, colorful yarn.

Experience: Advanced beginner spinner and up. Must be comfortable spinning a consistent yarn and adjusting your wheel.

Materials Fee: $40
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Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 14: SUNDAYCLOSED

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 -- beginners should have worked in the round and be able to cast on and off, knit and purl, increase and decrease.

Materials Fee: None
CLOSED

Knit for Speed and Efficiency
(3 hours)

This class is a repeat of the class on Friday 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: 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: None
Debbi StoneFebruary 14: SUNDAYCLOSED

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 its further potential, this is the perfect class for you!

Experience: Everyone with an iPad or iPad Mini.

Materials Fee: None
NO CLASS SESSION
Jean WongFebruary 14: SUNDAYCLOSED

Fine 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

HOMEWORK
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