Rug-hooking Landscapes (Finished)

  • JB_landscape-1Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Dates: Thursdays, 21 Apr – 12 May, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (4 session, 6 hours total)
  • Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
  • Cost: $77 + HST + materials

Interested in tackling a larger rug-hooking project?  This project class is for anyone with a basic understanding of traditional rug hooking technique, who would like to work on a multi-session project in a supportive, social environment.

Bring your hook, hoop and yarn/wool/fabric stash to tackle your own ʻGreat Canadian Landscapeʼ project. Hook a landscape in a season which suits your stash.

Over 4 sessions, learn to create contrast and interest in your foreground, mid-ground, and background using both hooking techniques and your materials.

Fitting First Steps (Finished)

  • Skill level: BeginnerTD_Fitting
  • Dates: Saturday, 28 May, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 sessions, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $41 + HST

One of the most common questions knitters ask is about making a sweater fit. In this class, we’ll take a look at the first steps to making that happen. You will pair with another student and record your measurements, and then we will discuss how to use this information to knit patterns effectively. Be sure to read the note about materials to bring. Let’s get fit!

Oddball Design (Postponed)

  • MP_Odd-Ball-designSkill level: Easy
  • Date: Saturday, 4 Jun, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Michelle Porter
  • Cost: $41 + HST

This is the ultimate class for stash-busting creativity!   Enjoy creative experimentation with a variety of yarn textures and colours, combining them to create a new fabric.  Explore random stripes, doubling up yarns (and sometimes a bit of planning) with all your odd balls and leftovers.

We will swatch to get ideas and then discuss some easy garment construction to utilizing these techniques.

Vertical Stranding (Finished)

  • Skill level: IntermediateTD_Vertical Stranding
  • Dates: Saturday, 18 Jun, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 sessions, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $41 + HST + materials

Have you ever felt vertically challenged? Let’s meet the challenge together and find an easy way up. Instructor Trish Denhoed learned the technique directly from Lorilee Beltman, the designer who developed this easy way to carry yarn when making vertical lines in coloured knitting. No more bobbins or tangled yarn!  We will start knitting a sock in class.

Continental Knitting 2 (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturday,  12 Nov, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (1 session, 2 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $29 + HST

This is a ‘beyond the basics’ class for students with newly acquired continental knitting skills.  You will learn how to manage a variety of additional techniques with comfort and efficiency, including increasing, decreasing, and knitting in the round.

Colour Pooling Workshop (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediatecolour_pooled_scarf4
Date: Saturday, 26 Mar, 2-5 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $35 + HST + materials

For anyone interested in getting the most out of hand-dyed yarns, this workshop explains how to analyse and work with the colour repeat of a space dyed yarn. A simple pattern for a bias-knit, garter stitch scarf will be provided, and you will be able to begin a scarf project in class.

Finishing School (Finished)

  • Skill level: Beginner/Intermediateseam
  • Date: Saturday, 12 Dec, 1:00 – 4:00pm (1 session, 3 hours) OR
    Saturday, 6 Feb, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours) OR
    Thursday, 10 Mar, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $35 + HST
 Here is your chance to go to Finishing School. Haven’t you always wanted to do that! Learn the techniques required for a professional finish to your garments and projects.  Most people hate finishing knitting projects. Instructor Trish Denhoed actually enjoys it!  So come learn a few easy steps to make your garments look more professional.

How to Read Charted Crochet Patterns (Finished)

  • Event ImageSkill level: Intermediate
  • Dates: Saturday, 26 Mar, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Sherri Bondy
  • Cost: $35 + HST + materials

Have you always wanted to learn how to do charted patterns but couldn’t figure out what all the squiggles on the page meant?

Come join us as we demystify the squiggles, work through a sample chart, and give you the skills you need to read charted patterns written in any language

Crochet Entrelac (Finished)

  • SB_crochet_entrelacSkill level: Advanced Beginner
  • Dates: Saturdays, 12 – 19 Mar, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (2 sessions, 6 hours total)
  • Instructor: Sherri Bondy
  • Cost: $65 + HST + materials

Entrelac crochet is fun and easy! No need to turn your work, you always work on the same side, quickly building up your squares to make a thick and sturdy fabric.

Join us as we learn the basic technique and work together on a quick and easy project.

Brioche – Two-Colour (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturday, 30 Jan, 2:00 – 500 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $35 + HST

In this class the participants will learn to create a “two sided” fabric, using two different colour yarns and the brioche stitch.

The two-colour brioche stitch is knitted on circular or double pointed needles. All rows are worked twice, once in the leading colour yarn, and once in the contrasting colour yarn.

Twisted Stitch Cowl (Postponed)

  • Skill level: IntermediateEH_Lierne_Cowl
  • Dates: Saturdays, 20 Feb & 5 Mar, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
  • Cost: $45 + HST + materials

The Lierne Cowl is a lovely example of Twisted stitch knitting. This project includes many technical elements such as: provisional cast on, knitting in the round, picking up live stitches, changing gauge through the use of needle changes, simple lace stitches, using a cable needle and blocking. This class would be ideal for knitters already comfortable with knit and purl stitches to increase their knowledge of some of the finer elements to make a spectacular garment.

Entrelac Workshop (Postponed)

Skill level: IntermediateEvent Image
Date: Saturday  27 Feb, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $35 + HST + materials
Entrelac knitting is a simple but rewarding knitting technique that you can use to create a seamless piece of knitting with the look of interwoven squares. In one session, you will learn the basics of entrelac technique, and will receive simple patterns for scarves in basic shapes.   For those who would like to practice their new skills right away, you’ll receive help after class with choosing appropriate project materials,and getting started with your first project, with follow-up assistance at the store as needed in following weeks.

Introduction to Machine Knitting (Finished)

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Dates: Saturday, 13 Feb, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $35 + HST + materials

Did you ever think about trying machine knitting? This is an opportunity to understand how the hobby knitting machines work, what you need to know about them, and even try to knit a few rows on a machine.

Confident Pattern Reading (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate.
Date: Thursday 21 Jan, 2 – 5 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $35 + HST

When you read a pattern, does it seem like you are reading another language? tbl, psso, k2tog, decrease evenly across the row while maintaining the pattern…….   Let’s explore it together and get bilingual.

Twined Mittens (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate/AdvancedTvaandsstickning_mittens
  • Dates: Saturdays, 9 -30 Jan, 10:30am-12:30pm (4 sessions, 8 hours total)
  • Instructor: Mairi McKissock
  • Cost: $85 + HST + materials

Tvåändsstickning, also known as two-end knitting, or twined knitting, is a Swedish folk knitting technique that uses two ends of a single ball of yarn, twisting each strand around the other after every stitch. It makes a particularly dense, almost windproof, fabric, that is ideal for mittens, hats, socks, and outerwear.  Highly decorative tvåändsstickning work features distinctive textured patterns made by bringing one strand to the front of the work for a variety of special stitches, and coloured patterns that can be worked by twining two different colours of yarn, by carrying a third strand of yarn for colour stitches, or by working a form of intarsia for small motifs.

This classes teaches all of the essential tvåändsstickning techniques, and all you need to know to knit a pair of well-shaped, well-fitting mittens.

First socks, top down (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/IntermediateTop_Down_Socks1
Dates: Saturdays 21 Nov – 5 Dec, 10:30 am – 1:00pm (3 sessions, 7.5 hours total)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $80 + HST + materials

For first-time sock knitters, this is a basic class that teaches all you need to know to create socks of any size, using a classic, cuff-down sock structure.

Colour Theory (Finished)

  • Colour_wheelSkill level: All welcome
  • Date: Saturday,  7 Nov, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm (1 session, 2.5 hours)
  • Instructor: Mairi McKissock
  • Cost: $30 + HST

Are you hesitant to choose colours for a new project?  Have you always wondered why some colours work well together and others just don’t?  Join us for a discussion on colour theory, with some practical exercises to illustrate the lesson in yarn and help you apply what you learn to your wardrobe and favourite crafts.

Twined Hat (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced twined_hat_2
  • Dates: Saturdays, 3 – 24 Oct, 10:30am – 12:30pm (4 sessions, 8 hours total)
  • Instructor: Mairi McKissock
  • Cost: $85 + HST + materials

Tvåändsstickning, also known as two-end knitting, or twined knitting, is a Swedish folk knitting technique that uses two ends of a single ball of yarn, twisting each strand around the other after every stitch. It makes a particularly dense, almost windproof, fabric, that is ideal for mittens, hats, socks, and outerwear.  Highly decorative tvåändsstickning work features distinctive textured patterns made by bringing one strand to the front of the work for a variety of special stitches, and coloured patterns that can be worked by twining two different colours of yarn, by carrying a third strand of yarn for colour stitches, or by working a form of intarsia for small motifs.

This classes teaches all of the essential tvåändsstickning techniques, and all you need to know to knit an exceptionally warm hat.

How Many Ways Can You Cast On? (Finished)

Skcast onill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Date: Thursday, 19 Nov, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $25 + HST

Most of us have a favourite way to cast on and always use it for every project. Did you know that there are actually more than 30 ways to cast on? (There are not as many bind offs, but that is another class!) This class will teach you at least 6 ways to cast on and why you need to try different ways. Provisional cast on and tubular cast on are covered in the class.

Bring a flat light-coloured yarn and appropriate needles so we can try each method in class.

Ravelry 101 (Finished)

  • Skill level: Everyone welcomerav_logo
  • Date: Thursday 22 Oct, 6:30-8:30pm (1 session, 2 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $25 + HST

If you are looking for inspiration, Ravelry is the free tool for you. Join us to learn how Ravelry will change your knitting life!  If you are already using Ravelry, learn a few of the myriad of tools available there, that you may not have yet found. There is always more to learn!