2014 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 regularly 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 Illusion of Shadow Knitting: Now you see it, now you don’t! (Thursday PM and Saturday PM)
  • Judith MacKenzie: SCRAP: The creative use of all the little fiber bits (Friday PM and Sunday AM)

Class Schedule for Madrona Winter Retreat 2014

TEACHER
DAY
MORNING
9-12NOON
AFTERNOON
1:30-4:30PM
Sarah AndersonFebruary 13: ThursdayCLOSED
Blending and Spinning Short and Exotic Fibers
(6 hours)

The world of spinning is deep and wide and the range of fibers available to us has expanded to include material that we could only imagine a few years ago. Many exotic fibers are slippery and have very short staple so are often spun in blends. This class will be a day of exploring short fibers that are both exotic (possum, cashmere, camel, yak, dehaired angora, silks) and not-so-exotic (cotton, fine wools). You'll get your hands on an array of luscious fibers and will design your own custom fiber blends. You will learn blending and drafting techniques that make spinning short fibers a pleasure.

Intermediate: Students should be well acquainted with their wheel or spindles and be comfortable with drafting and plying fine yarns.

Materials Fee: $45
CLASS CONTINUES
Jacey BoggsFebruary 13: ThursdayCLOSED
Big Spinning
(3 hours)

In pursuit of perfect, thin, even yarn, we often lose the skills we started with – the skill of spinning a bulky yarn. This class will start with the real nuts and bolts of controlling diameter while both short and long drawing (its ok if you have trouble with either technique). After we spin a solid, even, low-twist, bulky single, we will move into creating bulky yarns via different types of plying. In the end, you’ll be able to spin several different types of bulky yarns and be able to create the exact yarn you want.

Experience: Must be able to spin a consistent thread and be comfortable with your spinning wheel.

Materials Fee: $15
NO CLASS SESSION
Beth Brown-ReinselFebruary 13: ThursdayCLOSED
Saami Mittens
(6 hours)

Learn the special details of colorful mitten construction of the nomadic Saami native peoples from the far north Arctic of Scandinavia and Russia. You will knit a mitten in multiple colors, circularly on double pointed needles. The mitten includes a three color braided cast-on, the classic afterthought thumb (without a gusset) and different bands of patterning for the front and palm, and the pointed tip shaping at the end of the mitten. Some of the motifs will require three yarns to be worked within one round. A simple finger braiding technique will be demonstrated for the traditional cord. Handling multiple yarns and designing will be discussed.

Experience: Intermediate – Must be proficient with dp needles, Margic Loop or working with two circulars.

Materials Fee: $1.50
CLASS CONTINUES
Nancy BushFebruary 13: ThursdayCLOSED

Haapsalu Ratik: A Square Scarf from Estonia
(7 hours – this class will be 7 hours in length. Lunch break will be from 12:30 to 1:30 and the class will end at 5:00 pm)

Many of the historic scarves that were made in Haapsalu were square. These wonders of knitted lace were popular during the 1920’s to 1940’s and have now seen a rebirth in this mecca of lace knitting. Learn about the architecture of the square scarves, how the patterns are placed in relation to each other, which lace patterns were used traditionally and how a square scarf is constructed. Each student will make a miniature square scarf with all the parts, including the traditional separately knitted and sewn-on edge. Upon completion of this class, you will have the skills to create your own square shawl in the Haapsalu style.

For the intermediate knitter: Experience with reading lace charts will be useful.

Materials Fee: $10 for yarn and handouts
CLASS CONTINUES
Evelyn ClarkFebruary 13: ThursdayNO CLASS SESSIONChart an Original Madrona Lace Scarf
(3 hours)

In this class, students will use the leaf and berry lace motifs in the Madrona Lace Scarf to chart their own design. The original scarf has asymmetric patterning, but the two motifs can be combined in a variety of ways to create a variety of designs. The focus will be on charting a rectangular scarf, but it also will be shown how these motifs can be used for both top-down and bottom-up triangles.

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

No materials fee
Carson DemersFebruary 13: 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 $7
NO CLASS SESSION
Amelia GarripoliFebruary 13: ThursdayNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Plying with Color
(3 hours)

Let's explore what we can do to create interesting color effects with space-dyed top. Techniques include spinning to grist, coordinating a neutral, Navajo ply, fractal plying, faux cable, self-striping techniques, color in cables, and more. We will also explore color mixing, so you can better predict what your space-dyed top might become. With these techniques, you can plan the yarn your space-dyed top will become. Wheel and spindle spinners are both welcome.

Students should be able to spin a single and ply on the wheel or spindle they bring.

Materials fee: $10
Franklin HabitFebruary 13: ThursdayCLOSED
Photographing your Fiber
(3 hours)

Bring your own camera and a small project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light box at home, cheap! No prior knowledge of photography necessary. The emphasis will be getting the best possible shots using your camera.

Everyone welcome

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

This class is repeated on Saturday afternoon.

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
Susanna HanssonFebruary 13: ThursdayCLOSED
Slip Sliding Away: Multi-color knitting, one yarn at a time
(3 hours)

How can you knit with one yarn per row but make it look like two? Slipping some stitches and thereby forcing them to span more than one row can create complex, multi-colored fabrics while you knit along merrily, using one yarn at a time. Barbara Walker calls slip stitch knitting "almost effortless" and refers to the technique as "delightful and infinitely adaptable" in her first Treasury.Slip-stitch patterns can be the perfect vehicle for either showing off or taming that one special skein of hand-dyed yarn you bought but never quite figured out how to use. The technique creates a flat (no curling edges) somewhat dense fabric, ideal for tailored knitwear like jackets. Until you become familiar with the technique and charting, "reading" your knitting can be a bit of a challenge but I will cover some tips and tricks to help you make sense of it all.

Experience: For the advanced beginner/intermediate knitter who wants a technique-based overview as well as suggestions for suitable projects and applications.

No materials fee
CLOSED

Jogless Fibonacci Stripes: Perfectly Striped in the Round with Italian Mathematics
(3 hours)

Your swatch for this class becomes a cute baby hat—striped to perfection! We'll practice the four steps necessary for creating perfect 'jogless' stripes every time you knit in the round. And you will learn how to incorporate the Fibonacci sequence to add rhythm to your striped patterns. You'll create your own Fibonacci chart with colored pencils so that you can replicate this technique for any project.

Experience: For anyone who knows how to knit in the round

No materials fee

HOMEWORK - MINIMAL
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 13: ThursdayCLOSED

Spinning 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.

Students will need to have 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 13: ThursdayCLOSED
Dyeing to Spin
(6 hours)

Come and learn how to produce glorious yarns using the dye pot as a design tool. In the morning, we'll use a number of different methods to create a good color and texture pallet for you to work with. In the afternoon, we'll use fibers dyed using these same methods to make yarns that will bring out the best of both the color and fiber. We'll learn good dye methods, interesting dye byways and make beautiful, beautiful yarns.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials fee $15
CLASS CONTINUES
Anita Luvera Mayer February 13: ThursdayCreate Your Own Beautiful Cloth
(6 hours)

If you want to create your own individual designs on cloth, this workshop is for you! Anita will show you amazing design methods that are easy, use simple equipment and with minimum expense. Each participant will complete a reference notebook of fabric samples along with step by step instructions that will include: fabric paint, paint sticks, gel plate, discharge, resists, bleeding tissue, simple shibori and rusting. Ways to combine a range of surface treatments will be demonstrated and explained. The instructor's wardrobe featuring these techniques will be available to examine and photograph.

Everyone welcome

Materials Fee $40
CLASS CONTINUES
Sally MelvilleFebruary 13: ThursdayKnit to Flatter and Fit
(3 hours)

A knitter who spends the time and energy to make her own clothes should be rewarded with a result that makes her happy and proud. It should fit, it should flatter, and there should be no mystery as to how this happened. But sadly, and too often, this is not the result. Why? There are a few simple rules to follow for successful knitting: start with choosing the right pattern -styles that flatter, knit with appropriate decisions for personalized fit, and then wear it with something that makes it look wonderful! This presentation looks at these decisions and puts the power of successful results into your competent hands. Yay!

Everyone welcome

Materials Fee: $5

HOMEWORK
CLOSED

Learning to Love Intarsia
(3 hours)

Intarsia (also known as picture knitting) is glorious stuff but not without it's challenges. This workshop will explore techniques to create beautiful fabric, tricks to minimize the "mess", and possibilities to design your own.

Intermediate knitters

Materials fee: $5
Mary Jane MucklestoneFebruary 13: ThursdayFresh Fair Isle
(6 hours)

Liven up your Fair Isle knitting! Spend the day with Mary Jane, author of 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitters Directory, exploring fresh new colorways. This course will introduce the basics of color theory and how to use its principles to guide your color choices. We will learn about the use of color over the years in traditional Fair Isle knitting and move beyond, developing our own personal color schemes. We'll analyze how different color combinations can completely change how a motif looks. Knitting a simple stranded wristlet or fingerless glove will quickly illustrate new concepts. Mary Jane will bring all 200 of the actual knitted swatches from her book for examination and inspiration.

Students should have experience in knitting in the round with stranded colorwork.

No materials fee

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
John MullarkeyFebruary 13: 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
Jean WongFebruary 13: ThursdayCLOSED
Tailored Knitting the Japanese Way
(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 13: ThursdayAre you ready for The 3rd 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 till 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.

7:30 PM

NO FEE
Sarah AndersonFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

Basics for the Newer Spinner
(3 hours)

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

Do you have some spinning experience but still consider yourself a novice? If so, this class is for you. It will answer questions about twist and balance, general drafting and plying techniques and how to make a skein. This is the perfect class to give a newer spinner a good start on their spinning journey.

Students will be able to test drive some different wheels including the HansenCraft miniSpinner.

Students should have successfully gotten a thread onto the bobbin and have spent a bit of time before coming to class doing that and becoming acquainted with fiber and a spinning wheel or e-spinner.

Class is free. Student will pay only the $18 materials fee.
NO CLASS SESSION
Anne BerkFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

Intarsia with a Twist
(3 hours)

Go beyond the basics of intarsia colorwork. Learn to follow simple chart motifs, identify and fix mistakes, and deal with ends efficiently. A small bag will be knit in class. The flap will be knit flat, and the body knit in the round (ITR) with no visible seam.

Experience: Basic intarsia skills, ability to knit and purl in the flat and in the round.



No materials fee
NO CLASS SESSION
Jacey BoggsFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

For the Experienced Spinner: Filling in the Gaps
(6 hours)

In the modern world we gather our spinning knowledge from books and magazine, YouTube and DVDs here and there. We are very lucky to have so many sources but that kind of learning often leaves holes in our knowledge base. In this class we’ll fill in as many gaps in your spinning knowledge as we can. The class is framed around 4 different drafting methods that will allow us to spin worsted to woolen and everything in between while delving into all different aspects of spinning tips and tricks, S/Z, directionality of combed top, long draw, joins, singles/plies, yarn energy, measuring your yarn, finishing your yarn – lots of the things that spinners think they should know but somehow missed.

Experienced spinners very comfortable spinning and plying

Materials fee: $20
CLASS CONTINUES
Beth Brown-ReinselFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

Textured Twined Knitted Fingerless Mitts
(6 hours)

Learn the fascinating Swedish technique of Tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting by creating one of a pair of fingerless mitts. Working in the round, the techniques covered include: twine knitting, twine purling, the crook stitch, the "O" stitch, reading a chart, and the Chain Path, the twined knitted increase, an asymmetrical thumb gusset, and traditional motifs. The Herringbone Braid is an optional addition.

Intermediate: Must be comfortable with double pointed needles, Magic Loop or working with two circulars. Ability to knit English style is very helpful but not required.

Materials fee: $1.50

HOMEWORK MINIMAL
CLASS CONTINUES
Nancy BushFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

Muhu Knitting Traditions
(6 hours)

The knitting from Muhu Island, off the west coast of Estonia, has gone through many changes since knitting was first practiced there several centuries ago. We will study the evolution of knitting on Muhu and learn about the colorful, intricate braided and patterned cuffs of Muhu mittens and gloves, popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries, all while making a sample mitten using unique techniques dating from the early 19th century.

Intermediate knitters

Materials fee: $30 for yarn and handouts. This includes enough yarn to make a pair of very colorful mittens
CLASS CONTINUES
Lisa ChanFebruary 14: FridayNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Introduction to Support Spinning with Contemporary Russion Lace and Tibetan Spindles
(3 hours)

Supported spinning is the new "it" in spinning trends, from zippy Russian lace spindles to long spinning Tibetan spindles. Participants will learn everything from spindle and fiber selection to plying supported. Supported spindles are versatile, portable, and an economical choice for entry into the world of handspinning. They're also handy for those with limited mobility, and who may have experienced arm and back fatigue with drop/suspended spinning.

Everyone is welcome: Lisa will have a variety of spindles to try out and loan for class.

Materials fee: $6
Evelyn ClarkFebruary 14: 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.

Intermediate Knitters

No Materials Fee
Carson DemersFebruary 14: FridayErgonomic Consultations for Knitters
(Small intensive sessions of 6 persons. Sign up for one of three sessions in which you will receive individual feedback from Carson)

Session A: 9:00-10:00
Session B: 10:00-11:00
Session C: 11:00-12 NOON

Ever felt aches and pains after or during knitting? Knitting does contribute to those aches and pains felt throughout the body and there are steps you can take to reduce them. In these hour long small group sessions (limited to 6 persons), Carson will provide individual ergonomic analysis to assist you in knitting more comfortably, happily and healthier. You will further benefit from the small group interaction and the personal feedback Carson will give each person. Handouts will be provided.

During registration, you will be able to sign up for one of the sessions listed above. The cost of the session is $60.
NO CLASS SESSION
Linda GettmannFebruary 14: FridayLace Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom
(3 hours)

Using a pick-up stick with the rigid heddle loom allows for all sorts of patterns and textures to be added to your weaving. Tired of plain weave—it’s time to try pick-up. 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.

Students need to have used a rigid heddle loom and bring one with them to class. We will provide instructions for warping and resources for obtaining a “pick-up stick”.

Materials fee: $5

HOMEWORK
Design, Color, & Texture with the Rigid Heddle Loom
(3 hours)

Experience the versatility of the economical and portable rigid heddle looms. We’ll cover designing in the reed, mixed warps, color and weave, and color/texture combinations. Learn how to embellish your woven fabrics with loop pile, Danish medallions, soumak, and inlay using a variety of yarns and fibers. These techniques add color, texture, and dimension to handwoven projects.

Students need to have used a rigid heddle loom and bring one to class. If you are taking the morning lace weaving class you can use the same loom by just warping it once with a longer warp. We will give you instructions for warping once for both classes.

Materials Fee: $5

HOMEWORK
Franklin HabitFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

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.

Students should be fluent in the basic techniques of knitting

Materials fee: $5

HOMEWORK
CLOSED

Bavarian Twisted Stitch: An Introduction
(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.

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
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

Spinning the Orenburg Way
(3 hours)

Galina introduces the magical handspinning techniques of the Russian Knitters. The focus of this class is on the mechanics and technique of mastering spinning with original Orenburg supported spindles.

Students will need to have 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
NO CLASS SESSION
Catherine LoweFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

The Wow Factor
(6 hours)

Techniques and tips that will take the look of your hand-knits from ordinary to extraordinary and change the way you think about knitting. Catherine has distilled her signature approach to hand-knitting into six fundamental techniques for fabrication and construction that are easily integrated into your knitting repertoire, adaptable to all your projects, and a springboard for your own creative re-thinking of your knitting projects. This workshop will introduce you to the techniques, take you well down the path to mastering them, and explain how to adapt them to your projects.

Intermediate Knitters

No materials Fee

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED
Bountiful Sheep: Cormo
(3 hours)

Cormo are known for their wonderful soft fleeces that do well either combed or carded. They are a very modern sheep, a cross between corridales and merinos developed in Tasmania in the 1960’s by Ian Downie. These sturdy animals with their good disposition produce lovely fleeces in both white and colors and are a handspinner’s dream.

Spinners need to be able to spin a continuous thread.
Materials fee: $10
CLOSED

SCRAP: The creative use of all the little fiber bits
(3 hours)

Do you have lovely bits of fiber treasures tucked away that are too precious to part with and too little to use? The leftovers from a wonderful project? Samples that, even though you loved them, just didn’t fit your design? In this class, you’ll learn creative ways to make a beautiful yarn from the bountiful scraps and bits we all accumulate in our fiber work. Bring along any fiber bits you want to work with and I will have plenty of bits of silk, cashmere, kid and merino in several color ways for you to augment your collection. You will also learn an ingenious method for knitting glorious fabrics.

For everyone who spins and knits. Must be able to spin a continuous yarn and to cast on knitting.

Materials Fee: $10
Anita Luvera Mayer February 14: FridayCLOSED

Create Your Own Designs and Colors
(6 hours)

This workshop provides the tools and methods for each participant to create their own designs and use of color. The instructor’s design books and fiber projects will illustrate how a photograph, magazine illustration, or favorite item can be the starting point for an idea and then how to take that idea and develop it into a finished project. Students will have the opportunity to create their own designs using simple but effective techniques and will also focus on understanding and using color by doing a series of hands-on examples. A design/color journal will be developed that will include: designing from a picture, creating color possibilities using a favorite colored photograph or illustration, being introduced to water color crayons, water color pencils, paint sticks, making stamps and methods of stamping, and yarn wrappings. Each person, regardless of their background, will learn and apply the five steps to creative use of design and color.

Everyone welcome

Materials fee: $30
CLASS CONTINUES
Sally MelvilleFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

Essential Skills
(6 hours)

No matter how advanced and accomplished we are, there are habits or holes in our knitting repertoire. Perhaps we rely upon the same cast-on, the same increase, the same decrease. Perhaps we are not confident of our seaming or are confounded by the instruction to “pick up and knit 101 stitches around the neck edge…evenly!”

This workshop explores and explains the many techniques we should all have in our repertoire. We’ll talk about which choices are best suited to each situation and why, and we’ll practice them all with lots of hands-on-experience.

Advanced beginners to experienced knitters. You will get more from this class if you have made a sweater as the work covers many skills related to knitting garments.

Materials Fee: $5
CLASS CONTINUES
Mary Jane MucklestoneFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

Adding & Inventing Colorwork Patterns
(6 hours)

How can you incorporate stranded colorwork pattern motifs into your knitting projects? This class offers many ideas and examples as well as some concentrated knitting time to experiment with motif placement and color usage. We will study the fundamentals of traditional Fair Isle design placement and why these principals are an ideal starting point. We will take a look at other stranded knitting traditions, Scandinavian and Peruvian for example and even consider modern runway designs, encouraging students to break away from the traditional, making their stranded knitting new, fresh and most of all - their own.

Intermediate Knitters with experience working stranded colorwork in the round.

No Materials Fee
CLASS CONTINUES
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 14: FridayCLOSED

Knitting in Color
(6 hours)

This class is an exploration of color. We’ll start with color theory, and how to choose colors that go together, and learn the language around it. We’ll choose, organize and analyze our own color schemes, and apply them while we knit. We’ll talk about Fair Isle, stranded, intarsia and work with some funky stitch patterns that make the most of one color per row. Need to be a color expert? Start here.

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

Materials fee: $15
CLASS CONTINUES
Jean WongFebruary 14: Friday2nd Day of Tailored Knitting the Japanese Way
(2 Day Workshop Thursday and Friday)
CLASS CONTINUES
FRIDAY EVENING Teacher's Gallery & Galina Khmeleva Presentation

7:30 pm
NO FEE
February 14: Friday 7:30 PM: Evening gathering to view the Teacher’s Gallery and presentation by Galina Khmeleva.

Galina will take us along on a journey with Orenburg Lace from her own beginnings in St. Petersburg, Russia and through history. Come and experience the magic of Orenburg Lace through this richly illustrated story of the Russian handspinners and knitters who create the luxurious shawls and scarves that feel and look like gossamer webs.

Following Galina’s presentation you are invited to greet and talk with our teachers as they display their incredible work.
Sarah AndersonFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED

Cables Yarns and Variations
(3 hours)

When I think of classic and elegant yarn constructions, cable yarns come to mind. These 4 (or more) ply yarns are very round, durable and produce beautiful stitch definition in knitting. Cables can be spun from very fine singles, very thick singles or both thick and fine in the same yarn. In this class you’ll learn about the basic cable construction and also make some fun variations.

Students must be able to spin a continuous yarn and have a wheel in good working order

Materials fee: $18
NO CLASS SESSION
Jacey BoggsFebruary 15: SaturdayNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Rhythmic Thick and Thin, Coils
(3 hours)

Spinning thick-and-thin yarns can be difficult even for experienced spinners, but nobody ever fails to get it in this class! You’ll use short combed fibers, knowledge of staple length, and the science of twist to create sturdy regular slubs and then you’ll use that yarn to make the most popular textured yarn technique around – coils. These coils are surprising, soft, squishy, balanced, and anchored! In this class you’ll not only learn a fun and popular spinning technique but you’ll deepen your understanding of yarn construction and improve your fiber and hand control.

Students must have basic spinning skills including the ability to draft and spin singles yarn and know the mechanics of plying.

Materials fee: $15
Beth Brown-ReinselFebruary 15: SaturdayBritish Gansey: Traditional Construction Techniques
(2 Days)

This is a two day class – Saturday and Sunday

Learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, shoulder straps with perpendicular joining, picked-up sleeves, and neck gussets. Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored, as well as designing a gansey, and discussing variations of the gusset, cast-ons, and shoulder treatments.

Intermediate Knitters: Must be proficient with dp needles, or you can use the Magic Loop or two circulars.

Materials Fee: $1.50
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Nancy BushFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
Nordic Color - Roositud Technique from Estonia
(3 hours)

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

Intermediate Knitters: Experience with double point needles useful.

Materials fee: $14 – Nancy will provide the yarns for this class
NO CLASS SESSION
Y'vonne CutrightFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
Magical Gloves
(6 hours)

These amazing gloves are worked on double point needles as a circular fabric is made. They 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!

Intermediate and advanced knitters. Requires proficiency with double pointed needles.

Materials fee: $5
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Amelia GarripoliFebruary 15: SaturdayNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Yarn Diameter Control on Spindles
(3 hours)

Who's in control of your yarn thickness? You, the fiber, or the spindle? Let's make it your choice. We will explore the spindle spinning process and give you the tools and techniques you need to take control of your yarn. Make the yarn you want, from low twist singles to durable 3-ply sock yarn, on spindles. We will explore drafting, fiber choice, spindle selection, and spindle use. Put your spindles through their paces.

Students should be able to spin a consistent single on a spindle (any type). Bring your own spindle or Amelia will have different kinds to use in class.

Materials Fee: $5
Franklin HabitFebruary 15: SaturdayNO CLASS SESSION
CLOSED
The Illusion of Shadow Knitting: Now you see it, now you don’t!
(3 hours)

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

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
Susanna HanssonFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
Bohus Stickning: Hand knitting, haute couture, and social justice
(6 hours)

This is a special Madrona 15th anniversary edition of “The Bohus Story”.

It is a story full of couture knitting, sociology, women's history, social justice, and cultural legacy all in one. Learn more about the Bohus movement, its background and history and discuss differences between this and other multi-color techniques.

You will be able to make your own Bohus wristlet using the vintage colorway and Bohus patterns of your choice in a kit of original Bohus yarns provided by special arrangement with Solveig Gustafsson. Susanna will contact you in January to choose your kit and she hopes to have enough of each vintage Bohus pattern and yarn colorways available but just in case, please make a first and second choice.

You will start your wristlet in class as Susanna leads you through the ways of Bohus knitting techniques that make these patterns “sing”. As a special treat, Susanna will bring her large collection of original vintage Bohus garments for you to see and to use to demonstrate patterns and techniques.

Intermediate and advanced knitters who have patience for working with fine yarns on small needles. You are expected to know how to knit in the round.

Materials fee: $35. We are grateful to Solveig Gustafsson for making these special kits available.
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Sivia HardingFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
Shapes of Lace
(6 hours)

This class is a presentation of basic knitted geometry. Ever want to knit half-circles, center-out squares, and everything in between? We delve into the fascinating world of knitted shapes, and we don’t stop there. We start there, and end up outside the box in an open-ended destination. We foray into inserting lace patterns into our chosen shapes with an eye to esthetics and flow, and talk about modulation between patterns, graceful endings, borders, and edgings. Many samples of shaped lace garments are show as inspiration.

Must be able to knit and purl, understand basic lace stitches, increasing and decreasing and slipping stitches. Reading from charts is preferable but not required.

Materials Fee: $7
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Mary Scott HuffFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
Eeek! Steeks! A New Exclusive Pattern from Mary with a (GASP) Steek!
(6 hours)

This year it is the exclusive “Dragons Scarf” – designed by Mary and only available for the Madrona Winter Retreat. Stay tuned to the Madrona website and Mary’s blog maryscotthuff.com for photos and more information.

You’ll do stranded colorwork knitting, working in the round, easy shaping, minimal seaming; but how do you get from knitted tubes to people-shaped garments? Easy: Make Steeks! Mary will show you how and take the mystery and risk from using scissors on your newly knitted fabric! 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.

The first half of class is devoted to learning 3 different steeking techniques, and teaches you everything you need to know to finish your Dragon Scarf regardless of when you complete it. The second half is devoted to the actual finishing of the project for those who are ready.

Intermediate to advanced knitters.

Materials fee: $65 for Mary’s exclusive Dragon Scarf pattern and the beautiful hand dyed yarns by Abstract Fiber.

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
William JonesFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
Stabilizing and cutting your knitting: It’s more than just Steeks!
(3 hours)

A demonstration of techniques for inserting diagonal pockets, bound buttonholes, re-shaping armscyes, inserting zippers and much more. Bill will show you how to use fusible knitted interfacings to stabilize your knitting. We will cover fusing techniques, sewing techniques, and ways to "save" incorrect knitting...rather than ripping out. Bill’s creative and practical techniques become a design tool for every knitted fabric.

Everyone welcome

Materials fee: $10
NO CLASS SESSION
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 15: SaturdayNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED
Dimensional Knitting -- Russian Style
(3 hours)

Would you like to give your knitting projects new life…that crisp, bold, easily defined look… adding style, substance and texture?? The addition of “spiders”, “clover leafs” and “mooshky” (Lily-of-the-Valley motif) will add a new dimension to your knitting. Traditional they’re not… a real hoot to knit… absolutely!

Advanced beginners and up

No materials fee
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
Spinning the Timeline
(6 hours)

Humans have been spinning since the beginning of time. In this workshop, we’ll look at three different eras of spinning. We’ll look at how prehistoric spinners made yarn without spindles or wheels and what kind of fibers we know they spun and the fabrics they created. Then we’ll look at the time of Jane Austen and see how the contact between the far flung corners of the empire affected spinning. Fiber such as cashmere and silk changed yarns, fabrics and spinning wheels dramatically. And then we’ll look at our own time, with its explosive changes in modern textiles. New constructed fibers, new animal breeds, new processing methods, new directions in spinning equipment are all contributing to our ability to change how textiles are designed. This class will give you an opportunity to examine the interesting directions we have chosen to take and to explore the different fibers and techniques.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread

Materials Fee: $15
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Anita Luvera Mayer February 15: SaturdayDesign a Vest to Wear
(6 hours)

Select a style of vest that flatters your body and life style as you explore a wide range of vest types that will be available to try on along with the patterns to copy. Each participant will complete a reference notebook that includes fabric choices, linings, edge finishes, and joins. Ways to create individualized cloth will include making samples of cording, wrapped rings, beading, joins and contemporary embroidery.

Everyone welcome

Materials fee: $30
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Sally MelvilleFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
First Choices, Basic Shapes
(3 hours)

No matter how advanced or experienced we are, we run the risk of making a garment that looks awful. Why? We make decisions in the first 20 minutes that have everything to do with the success or failure of a project. What are those decisions? Yarn, color, stitch pattern, silhouette.

This class gives diagnostic skills to look at these decisions. And it then follows with pattern drafting for the set-in sleeve – an easier exercise than you could ever have imagined!! So even if you never design your own knitting, you’ll have the tools to alter what you do knit to produce the best possible result.

Everyone welcome

Materials fee: $5
NO CLASS SESSION
Mary Jane MucklestoneFebruary 15: SaturdayNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED


Scandinavian Colorwork
(3 hours)

What makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions? We will explore color choices and the classic motifs used in Scandinavian stranded knitting. Learn techniques for tacking down extra-long ?oats found in many motifs. We will learn the Norwegian purl and a way of executing garter stitch in the round. Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects. We will begin our exploration by starting a headband or hat.

Mary Jane will bring along all 150 swatches from her book 150 Scandinavian Motifs: A Knitter's Directory for you to examine.

Intermediate knitters with some experience working stranded colorwork in the round.

No materials fee
John MullarkeyFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
Band Texting – Card Weaving
(6 hours)

Learn a new way to communicate! Instead of ephemeral bytes and bits, pixels on a screen, weave a lasting message. Using an ancient and portable fiber method called card weaving, learn to produce woven text in a sturdy band which can be used as a statement on any bag, strap, or belt. You will learn a quick circular warping technique and how to weave a band with letters and figures, even those you design. If you like knitting from charts this card weaving technique offers the same types of challenges. No prior weaving experience is necessary. This card weaving class complements The Ultimate Band by offering a completely different technique using the same tools.

Everyone welcome

Materials Fee: $15. 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.
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Susan NewhallFebruary 15: SaturdayColor and Fiber: The Untold Story
(6 hours)

There is much about color we have learned along the way but why does it all still seem a mystery as we come face to face with color choices? Susan will provide you with tools and show you how to use them for evaluating and making choices about color. We will play with color selections from our stashes and create a temporary display out of everyone’s yarn to practice and experiment with our new understanding of color. It is amazing how much you will learn when you are able to sort and re-sort a lot of colors into the color wheel framework. Knit structure, techniques and stitch patterns all have color effects and we will work swatches in class to explore what happens to color with these different knit structures. You may want to take pictures to keep with the provided color tools so all will be on hand to help down the road. Color sense is a skill that can be taught and perfected - color theory will be demystified!

Everyone welcome

Materials Fee: $10
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Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 15: SaturdayCLOSED
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.

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
CLOSED
Knit Smart
(3 hours)

This lecture style class (that means mostly talking, like at University) deals with mistakes and bad outcomes in knitting, and talks about how to (usually) prevent them and (mostly) fix them. Learn how to choose tools, yarn, and a pattern that are more likely to work than not, what to do with a pattern before you start to help you out, and what you can do to get in the way of mistakes all the way along - and how to fix them if all else fails. Feel free to bring projects with problems. I can’t promise we’ll get to all of them, but we’ll try!

Everyone welcome

No materials fees
CLOSED
Banquet is full at this time. Please submit a Wait List Form.
Saturday Evening Banquet with presentation by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Registration required. Please see registration page. Dinner is $55
February 15: 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.

We are thrilled to have Stephanie Pearl-McPhee as our banquet speaker at this, our 15th Anniversary. We have been fortunate to have her as a member of the Madrona community for a great many years. We know you think of Madrona as your community and there is no one in the fiber world so in touch with the spirit of what it means to be part of a community and why it is important than Stephanie. She will share her insights with rollicking humor and honesty at our 15th celebration dinner. Please join us for this special occasion.
Jacey BoggsFebruary 16: SundayCLOSED
Back to the Draft
(3 hours)

If you want just one class that will make a big difference in your spinning – this is it!

Don’t let drafting force you into a rut! The more ways you can comfortably draft, the more varied yarns you can create and the better your chances are for finding joy in those yarns. We’ll spend our time covering 4 different drafting methods: short forward, short backward, from the fold and point of contact. By the end of these three hours you’ll be using all four and doing it painlessly and with a smile.

Note: The drafting techniques taught in this class are also covered in Jacey’s 6 hour class on Friday for the experienced spinner.

Must be able to spin a consistent thread and be comfortable with your spinning wheel.

Materials fee: $10
CLOSED

Simulply Corespinning
(3 hours)

Corespinning has been popular for a few years now but has some inherent problems – balance, structure, drape and workablility. Simulply corespinning takes care of all those and is hands down the best way to corespin. In this class, we will spend some time doing basic corespinning, then simulply corespinning, and finally simulply tailspinning using long locks to create a stunning, textured yarn. This class does take some finger dexterity but it’s worth it, not only for the dramatic yarn you can create but also for the deeper understanding of yarn structure it provides.

Students must have basic spinning skills including the ability to draft and spin singles yarn and know the mechanics of plying.

Materials Fee: $20

HOMEWORK
Beth Brown-ReinselFebruary 16: SundayBritish Gansey: Traditional Construction Techniques
(2 Days)

This is the second day of the two day class
CLASS CONTINUES
Carson DemersFebruary 16: SundaySwatchbuckling
(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.

Class is appropriate or 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
Amelia GarripoliFebruary 16: SundayCLOSED

Power 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 Cost: $50
NO CLASS SESSION
Franklin HabitFebruary 16: SundayCLOSED
Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice (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.

Intermediate Knitters who are fluent in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student’s preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork).

Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it.

A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a good night’s sleep are strongly advised.

No materials Fee
CLASS CONTINUES
Sivia HardingFebruary 16: SundayCLOSED
Moonrise Necklace
(3 hours)

This necklace gets lots of notice, mostly from knitters who cannot believe it was knitted! A garden of beads is randomly strung onto lace weight yarn to produce a luscious, densely beaded necklace. Students employ stringing skills, learn how to manage a large number of strung beads, and use short rowed garter stitch to create a comfortable-to-wear and very unique and beautiful neckpiece. Guaranteed to be an addictive knit, and so desired as a gift!

Class is suitable for advanced beginners and up. Experience with fine yarn knitting is a plus but not required.

Materials Fee: $28. Sivia has prepared a kit with yarn, beads, and bead threader.
NO CLASS SESSION
Mary Scott HuffFebruary 16: SundayCLOSED

Elegant Entrelac
(3 hours)

Learn the basics of Entrelac Knitting while you create your own Kaleidoscope Tam from Mary’s book “Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting”. In this class, students will master the skills for Entrelac knitting in the round with the free pattern. We will tell you how to download the pattern as part of the supply and homework list that will be posted on the Madrona website in December.

Advanced beginner to intermediate with a good grasp of knit, purl, decrease, pick up and knit. Experience knitting in the round would be helpful.

No materials fee

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 16: SundayCLOSED
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.

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

Materials Fee: $10 for yarn and all the charts
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Judith MacKenzie February 16: SundayCLOSED
SCRAP: The Creative Use of All the Little Fiber Bits
(3 hours)

This class is a repeat of Friday afternoon’s class

Do you have lovely bits of fiber treasures tucked away that are too precious to part with and too little to use? The leftovers from a wonderful project? Samples that, even though you loved them, just didn’t fit your design? In this class, you’ll learn creative ways to make a beautiful yarn from the bountiful scraps and bits we all accumulate in our fiber work. Bring along any fiber bits you want to work with and I will have plenty of bits of silk, cashmere, kid and merino in several color ways for you to augment your collection. You will also learn an ingenious method for knitting glorious fabrics.

For everyone who spins and knits. Must be able to spin a continuous yarn and to cast on knitting.

Materials Fee: $10
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QIVIUT: Spin the Northern Dream
(3 hours)

The wonderful, dense undercoat of the northern Muskox is one of the rarest and most luxurious fibers in the world. Springy, soft and wonderfully warm, qiviut is a dream to spin. It will make lace spinning seem effortless. We’ll spin several different yarns and learn how to buy it, prepare it and finish it for both knitting and weaving.

For the Intermediate spinner only! Well experienced in spinning and plying.

Materials fee: $15
Sally MelvilleFebruary 16: SundayCLOSED
The Shapes You Want to Master, Knit, and Wear
(3 hours)

Whether or not you will ever “design your own”, pattern drafting is an important skill: it helps you understand what you are doing while following a pattern, it allows you to modify parts of a pattern as needed, and it just makes you a more accomplished and intuitive knitter. In addition you will make garments that suit you, that fit, and that can be worn proudly! How wonderful is that! And what a way to honor your craft! For pattern drafting examples we will focus in this class on the hourglass and A-line shapes.

For knitters who are approaching the intermediate level and beyond.

Materials fee: $5
NO CLASS SESSION
Mary Jane MucklestoneFebruary 16: SundayAndean Intarsia
(6 hours)

This workshop presents colorful knitting the Andean way! We’ll use an Andean checkerboard pattern to develop our Andean knitting and purling skills, with the yarn tensioned around our necks. We will learn the secrets of the “corded join” and learn to purl backwards, manipulating our bobbins of many colors, while beginning an intarsia hat or headband. Come prepared to ?ex your brains and manipulate your ?ngers and thumbs!

Intermediate to advanced knitters with solid knowledge of knitting and purling in the round, an understanding of the concept of intarsia and a willingness to do things “backwards.”

No materials fee

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 16: 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.

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
CLOSED
Knitting for Speed and Efficiency
(3 hours)

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.

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
Jean WongFebruary 16: 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
CLASS CONTINUES