Saturday, February 1, 2020; 10:30am - 3:30pm
Would you like to learn how to crochet?
This workshop will provide you with the basic information needed for beginning crochet and give you the opportunity to practice. You will learn stitches that are the foundation of crochet, tips for reading written and charted patterns, and put your new skills to use by making a stitch sampler and a granny square. You will receive a take home pattern for a cotton dishcloth, featuring stitches you have learned in the workshop.
Materials: Yarn is provided. You will need to bring a 5 mm crochet hook, scissors and a yarn needle.
Sunday, February 2, 2020; 10:30am - 2:30pm
The knitting is done. Now what? Finishing is the part that lots of people find tedious or mysterious, but it’s really the part that makes your knitting look its best. We’ll look at weaving in ends, blocking, and seaming.
Materials: Swatches provided. You will need scissors and a darning needle.
Saltwater Mittens Class
Saturday, February 8, 2020; 10:30am - 4:30pm
If you are interested in knitting from the Salt Water Mittens book this is the class for you! We will complete a condensed mitten, including all the components of a full size mitten but much smaller. You'll practise each technique that you need to know to create the full size mittens.
Skills: must be familiar with knitting small items in the round and the basic structure of a mitten.
Materials: 4mm double pointed needles
Saturday, February 15, 2020; 10:30am - 3:30pm
Treat your feet to some handknit socks and you’ll never want to wear another store-bought sock. This class focuses on the traditional top-
down sock. Starting with a long-tail cast on at the cuff, then moving through a heel flap & heel turn, gusset pick-up & decreases, and ending with the toe, where we’ll look at grafted and non-grafted options. Participants will knit a small "frankensock" to get experience with each step.
Skills: Knitters interested in this class need to be able to knit & purl in the round and work k2tog & ssk decreases.
Materials: Yarn provided. You will need 4mm needles (DPNs, FlexiFlips, two short circulars, or one long circular for magic loop – bring what you are comfortable with for working small circumferences in the round) as well as your regular knitting kit.
Saturday, February 22, 2020; 11:00am - 4:00pm
We are jumping on the Nightshift band wagon! This beautiful pattern designed by Andrea Mowry has over 3600 projects on Ravelry and is a fun and easy way to play with colour. Come and get some colour inspiration with various samples and let us help you pick out yours! The stunning sample pictured was knit for our shop by Mary Doig with 6 different colours of worsted weight.
We'll have the pattern available for sale, a complementary chart for checking off your rows, and lots of opinions on colour.
View the original and browse the projects on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nightshift
This is a free and fun day with no cost and no need to register.
Leap Year Celebration!
Saturday, February 29, 2020; 11:00am - 4:00pm
Since Saturday, February 29, 2020 is a "bonus" day that means we have one extra day for knitting this year! Join us for some fun knitting time - bring favourites, UFOs, time out or problem projects - we are here to help!
In addition to knitting help, we will be assisting people with taking their body measurements to help you ensure a great fit on your next sweater.
Have you been curious about some of the different brands of needles or want to try a yarn before investing in it? We will have a "test drive" station with various needles and yarns for you to play with.
We'll have refreshments and goodies. And tea, always tea. :)
This is a free, fun event with no need to register.
Saturday, March 7, 2020; 10:30am - 4:30pm
Learn magic loop knitting and never worry again about having the exact right length of circular needle for your project, or switching from a circular needle to double points for small circumferences. Another bonus with magic loop is that you will never drop and/or lose another double point needle. Perfect for travel or car knitting, magic loop will make knitting in the round easier than ever. You will practice your new skills on a bracelet that you can wear home, and a tiny ribbed training hat where you will put into use everything you will need to know to make a full size hat.
Skills: INTERMEDIATE. You must be able to knit and purl in the round, work K2tog decreases, cast off and weave in ends.
Materials: Yarn is provided. You will need to bring a 4 mm circular needle 32 inches/80 cm or longer with a flexible cord and a smooth join, scissors, yarn needle, pen or pencil.
Saturday, March 14, 2020; 10:30am - 2:30pm
This class is all about making holes on purpose. The focus will be on yarnovers & decreases used together to make simple lace patterns. Written instructions and charts will be explored. Other topics include yarn & needle choice, stretchy cast-ons & bind-offs, lifelines, and blocking.
Skills: Knitters interested in this class should be able to cast on & bind off, knit & purl, and work k2tog & ssk decreases.
Materials: Yarn provided. You will need 4.5mm needles (straight or circular will work so bring what you are comfortable with) as well as your regular knitting kit.
Two at a Time Two Up Socks
Saturday, March 21, 2020; 10:30am - 4:30pm
Cure “second sock syndrome” by knitting two socks at a time. When you are finished, you will have a pair
that matches perfectly in foot and leg length. With toe up technique there is need to worry about having enough yarn to finish the foot as can happen with cuff down socks. Providing you have enough yarn to complete the heel, just knit until the leg length pleases you, or you run out of yarn. No kitchener stitch/grafting for the toe or picking up stitches for the heel is required! We will start by making a single miniature sample sock, to introduce you to toe up knitting. Then we will proceed with knitting two at a time mini sample socks. You will leave with the skills you need to follow a pattern for full size toe up socks, and the knowledge of how to work them two at a time. Join us for a workshop that will teach you what you need to know for this new adventure in sock knitting.
Skills: INTERMEDIATE: you must be able to knit and purl in the round using magic loop technique. Familiarity with K2tog, P2tog, SSK and wrap and turns is an asset.
Materials: Yarn and stitch markers are provided. You will need to bring a 4 mm circular needle, 40 inches/100 cm or longer with a smooth join and a flexible cord, scissors and a yarn needle.