Knitting Classes

After many requests from friends and people in the community I have decided to teach knitting classes out of my home here in Canmore.  On the forth Wednesday of each month, 7:30 to 9:30 PM I’ll put on the coffee and tea (and the fireplace) so we can meet and learn some new knitting skills.  I’ll have a donation jar out and a suggested donation for time and tea is about $10.00 per each session.  Please call Cheryl at 403-678-9960 for more information. 

Now on to the part you really care about….The Classes….

Jan 26th, 2011 – The Basics.  Come and play with casting on, casting off and the knitting and purling inbetween.  We will also discuss the basics of reading patterns, finishing your knit projects, and whatever questions you need answered.  Supplies: 5mm needles or larger and inexpensive yarn to match.

February 23rd, 2011 – Round and Round.  The first step in learning how to knit socks is learning how to manage needles while knitting in the round.  In this class we will tackle a simple neck cowl and learn about tubular architecture in the process.  Even if you just know the basics of knitting you can make this easy project.  If you are even contemplating knitting socks and have never knit in the round this class is a must.  Supplies: 2 – 4mm circular needles or 1 package of 4mm double pointed needles ( I prefer to work on 2 circular needles 16 or 20 inches long ), 100 gm worsted weight yarn ( pick something colourful as the pattern is very simple ).  Note if you plan on taking the sock series the 4mm needles you need for this class will be used to make our sample sock.

March 23rd, 2011 – Session 1 of 3 in the Sock Series.   In this session we will talk about sock yarns, needles (double points verses circulars), patterns and all things sock related so you can select your project for your own foot.  In addition we will go through all the measurements needed to create a custom fitting sock.  Then we will jump right in and cast on our first sock.  Supplies: 100gm sock weight yarn, 2.5mm needles – either 5 double pointed needles or 2 circular needles depending on the technique you choose to use, pen and paper.

April 27th, 2011 – Session 2 of 3 in the Sock Series.  The second session will focus on the heel flap, turn, picking up the gussett stitches and getting started on the foot.  It only sounds complicated.  It will be a fun night and once you’ve done it once you will realize it isn’t so difficult and be hooked on knitting socks for life.  Supplies: Your sock with the leg done to the point of starting the heel flap.

May 25th, 2011 – Session 3 of 3 in the sock series.  Time to get that sock done.  We will look at toe shaping and binding off.  After that it will be time to cast on sock number 2. We don’t want to have any second sock syndrome for your first pair.  We will be discussing other sock knitting techniques such as toe up , and seamless using the Cat Bordhi methods.  There are endless possiblities to creating socks of every shape and size.  Supplies: Your sock and your questions.

June 22nd, 2011 - Dye Your Own Yarn.  After surviving the long winter and muddy spring it is time to come and try your hand at dyeing a skein of yarn for yourself.  I’ll do a little talk about techniques used in dyeing and then let you have at it with the dyes.  Make yourself a skein for a project to knit over the summer.  Supplies: wear your old clothes you don’t mind getting stained.  Cost:  This is class will have a base cost for supplies of approximately $15.00.