Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New classes beginning February through April 2009

Here's a sneak peek at the class descriptions for the next three months. Calendars coming up shortly!

Anthology Baby Blanket

Manos has a fun new pattern for a baby blanket. They’re calling it an “Anthology Blanket” because it is an anthology of different stitch patterns. It is a great way to learn several new stitches and how to read a pattern. Plus the end product is an adorable baby blanket! Materials: Pattern Booklet, 930 yds worsted weight yarn, stitch holders, and appropriate needles. The pattern uses Manos Cotton Stria (8 skeins, 2 of four colors each; 116 yds per skein). If you want to make a solid colored blanket, you would only need about 700 yds. The fee is $20 per session. The class will meet once a month for 6 months. Level: Advanced Beginner

Basic Beginner

In this class you will be introduced to this great art and will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease and bind off. By the end of the 3-session class you will have completed a felted bowl and have the skills to knit scarves, hats, shawls and many other projects. We have classroom yarn and needles available for your use for the first class. During the subsequent classes you will be working on your first project, so will need about 100 yds of 100% worsted wt. wool and 16” circular needles size 11. Fee: $55 includes the bowl pattern. Level: Beginner

Fair Isle Sweater - NEW!

This is a great pattern for learning how to make Fair Isle sweaters. This sweater has a Fair Isle yoke pattern. Since the pattern is made for child to large adult sizes, it is a pattern you can use several times. In this three-session class, we will be making the child’s sweater. Materials: total of 500 – 600 yds worsted wt. yarn, in 3 or 4 colors.
Fee: $65, including the pattern. Level: Advanced Beginner

February Lady Sweater - NEW!

This is an easy cardigan with a touch of lace and no finishing. The pattern is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Classic Baby Sweater, but adapted for women’s sizes. The sweater is knit from the top down making it easy to try on as you go. In this three-session class you will learn an easy lace pattern, buttonholes, and sizing. Materials: 750– 1400 yds worsted wt. yarn, #8 needles (32” circular and DPNs), larger needle for bind off.

Fee: $65 Level: Advanced Beginner

Geometry Block – NEW!

Learn from the Design Source pattern book called Geometry, how to knit in the round on circular and double pointed needles. This is a great “next step” class for those beginners who want to advance their skills. You can experiment with color and design along with learning the skills you’ll need to take the Socks 101 class. Go on to create an afghan, or a child’s blanket with this fun pattern. Materials: Geometry pattern book, Size 9 – 24” circular and DPN’s, 2 skeins of Manos Clasica, or approx. 225 yds of a worsted weight yarn of your choice. Blue Sky cotton worsted would make a lovely child’s throw. Fee: $30. Level: Advanced Beginner

Girasole Blanket or ShawlNEW!

This is a great pattern to learn lace charts, lace pattern repeats, and a new cast on method. It provides lots of practice knitting in the round. This can be knit as either a blanket with worsted weight yarn or a shawl with fingering weight yarn. Girasole means “sunflower” – watch yours grow! This is a four-session class. Materials: 1800 yds worsted/1150 yds fingering wt. yarn, needle size 10.5/6 in dpns, 16”, 24” and 36”, crochet hook. There is homework for this class. Fee: $60 includes pattern. Level: Intermediate -must be able to knit in the round on dpns

Introduction to Spinning

What is yarn? And how do we make it? Join us for this basic class using a drop spindle and wool roving to make your first chunky worsted yarn. The fee is $25 and a supply kit is available for about $16. Level: Beginner

Knit in the Round Hat

This is a good class for beginners who want to learn shaping. As long as you know how to cast on, knit & purl you are ready! You will learn to knit in the round on double pointed needles, make ribbing, decrease, and finish your hat. This is a great class to take before learning to make socks. Fee: $25 including the pattern. Materials: Yarn and appropriate needles in 16” circular and DPNs (or just DPNs if you are taking this before taking Socks 101). Level: Advanced Beginner

Learn to Crochet

Learn the basics of crochet, including single and double crochet and chain stitch. When you are done you will have an I-pod or cell phone case! This is a one-session class. Materials: approx 100 yds worsted weight yarn in light color and a size H crochet hook. Fee: $25. Level: Beginner

Portuguese Knitting

In this class you will learn how to knit and purl using a knitting pin attached to your shoulder. This is a great technique for people who have arthritis or carpal tunnel. It is also a great way to do color work knitting (Fair Isle or intarsia). This is a one-session class. Materials: worsted weight yarn in two light colors and needles in size appropriate for your yarn. Fee: $30 and includes the knitting pin. Level: Advanced Beginner

Reversible Scarves

If you dislike wrapping a knitted scarf around your neck, and seeing the wrong side showing, this is the class for you! These fun techniques are easy to master, and have endless possibilities. This is a 1 session class, and you’ll make swatches to learn two different patterns: a reversible cable, and the other has one side solid, and the other striped. Patterns for both scarves will be included in the class fee. Materials: Homework swatches, cable needle, size 8 needles and DPN’s, and a small amount of a smooth worsted weight yarn in two colors (preferably wool). Fee is $25. Level: Advanced Beginner

Snowboarding Hat - NEW!

Snowboarding hats (or hats with ear flaps) have become very popular. You can knit up this hat in one evening since it is made on bulky yarn! This is a one-session class. Materials: 150 yds bulky yarn, size 15 needles (16” and DPNs). Fee: $25 includes the pattern. Level: Advanced Beginner

Socks 101

You will complete a small sock and learn all the techniques needed to make socks for you and your family. You need to already know how to knit and purl in the round on double pointed needles. The Knit in the Round Hat or Geometry Block are good classes to teach you this skill before taking the socks class. Materials: size 7 DPNs and 1 skein of worsted weight yarn in a light shade. This is a one-session class & the fee is $30. Level: Advanced Beginner

Two at a Time Socks

Say good-bye to second sock syndrome or the worry that your socks won’t be the same length! This class will guide you through the steps for knitting both socks at the same time. Over three sessions you will learn the cast-on, the heel flap, turning the heel, and toe decreases. At the end of class you will have a pair of socks to wear or give to a special friend! This is a three-session class. Materials: enough sock yarn for a pair of socks, two 24” circular in size appropriate for your yarn and stitch markers. The class fee is $55. Level: Intermediate-must have taken Socks 101 & must have knit a pair of socks.

Wave Stitch ScarfNEW!

This is a fun, easy and quick scarf to knit. In the class you will learn how to read a simple pattern, and do decreases and yarn overs. The finished product looks great in any yarn, but is particularly nice for those hand painted or multi-colored yarns. Crystal Palace Panda Silk DK is a great choice for a summer scarf – or any of our many multi-colored wool yarns for a warmer scarf. Materials: 200 to 250 yds yarn (scarf can be made in any weight yarn). Fee: $25. Level: Advanced Beginner


Anonymous said...

Can you still sign up for the Anthology baby blanket and be able to catch up even thought it will be the second meet up in Feb?

Twisted Knitter said...

Hi Laura - please call the shop tomorrow to find out -- I think there's a sign-up list at the shop, but I'm not sure if it's full.