Fall is in the air. The days are still warm but the evening chill tells knitters that cowls, scarves, mittens and sweaters will soon be required.
Creative Yarns has a panoply of knit, crochet and rug hooking classes and workshops this fall to interest you. A full description can be seen by clicking CLASSES tab above or on the more info link. Come join us to learn something completely new or to perfect your techniques.
To register, come into the store or call us at 416-331-8085. Be sure to check out our store policy here.
Crochet – Skill Development & Projects
Sherri will lead two courses this fall.
Learn to Crochet – A comprehensive course in the foundations of crochet. Everything you need to know to tackle your first crochet projects. Sherri will lead this course on three consecutive Saturdays from Oct. 29 to Nov. 12, 10:30 am-1:30 pm. More info here.
Crochet Cowl – Cowls are fabulous projects for that last minute gift! This project is a twist on the traditional granny square – turning it on its side and into a fashion forward accessory. Saturday, November 19 & Dec. 3, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. More info here.
Knitting – Skill Development, Techniques & Projects
For skill development, we have two workshops led by Trish.
Finishing School – Our most consistently popular workshop. Everyone needs to know how to finish their hand knits painlessly and professionally. Trish will make it all easy for you on either Saturday, Nov. 5, 2:00-5:00 pm or Saturday, Nov 26, 10:30 am-1:30pm. More info here.
Swatch Bootcamp – Yes, we know most people hate making swatches. But if you want a garment to fit properly, swatching is the only way to go. Learn how to make and use them, and learn why swatches will be your best friends. This is the second essential step to making your garments fit well. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2:00-5:00 pm. More info here.
To learn or improve your knitting techniques, Cristina and Elizabeth have some interesting workshops for you.
Brioche Stitch – Single Colour – An introductory workshop for anyone new to Brioche. It’s a wonderful technique, full of possibilities. This technique is on trend at the moment as any fan of Stephen West will attest. Cristina will walk you through the basics Saturday, Oct 1, 2:00-5:00 pm. More info here.
Brioche – More Techniques – A more advanced Brioche workshop, for those who have already taken the introductory workshop. Improve on your brioche knitting skills by using different cast on and bind off methods; knitting in the round with either one or two yarns, and fixing mistakes. Cristina developed this course at the request of enthusiastic brioche converts from her earlier workshops. Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:30 am-1:30 pm. More info here.
Continental Knitting – The class offers a glimpse into the secrets of continental knitting: how to hold your yarn, knit, purl (several ways) and control tension. Cristina will lead this class on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2:00-4:00 pm. More info here.
Mosaic Cowl – Mosaic Knitting describes slip stitch knitting using two colours. This simple, effective technique creates stunning designs without having to work with more than one yarn at a time. The class will focus on reading Mosaic patterns and the technique itself. We will make a ”Sampler” that can be joined for a cowl, or continued into a scarf. Elizabeth will lead this class on Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 pm. More info here.
For those of you wanting to get your teeth into something bigger, there are a couple of project courses led by Elizabeth and Mairi.
Modular Diamond Vest – Unfortunately this class has already started. Using a modular technique, we will create a multicoloured vest incorporating three solid colours and one variegated yarn. Fingering weight yarn results in an easy to wear and versatile garment which may be dramatic or subtle, the choice is yours. Elizabeth is leading this class over four Saturday afternoons, Sept 17 & 24 and Oct 8 & 22. More info here.
All About Top Down Socks – This is a comprehensive class that teaches all you need to know to create socks of any size, using a classic, cuff-down sock structure. In this class, you will create a pair of top-down socks with a set of double-pointed needles (dpns). Mairi is leading this course on three consecutive Saturday afternoons from November 26 to Dec. 10, 2:00-4:30 pm. More info here.
Rug Hooking – Skill Development & Projects
Jane will lead two workshops this fall.
Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking – Using the very simple technique of traditional rug hooking, participants can discover ways to use their fabric and/or yarn ʻstashʼ to create a work of art, while exploring colour and texture. Rug hooking aficionado Jane will provide an overview of traditional rug hooking, including types of hooks, backings, frames, fibres and cutters. Saturday, Sept. 24, 10:30-1:30 pm. More info here.
Rug Hooking with Yarn – In this project oriented workshop, students will use yarns from their ‘stash’ to create a 15 x 20” table runner- a great gift or home decor accessory. A variety of rugs hooked with yarn will be available to view as inspiration. Saturday, Nov. 19, 1:30-3:30 pm. More info here.