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Finishing Finesse (Finished)

  • Skill level: Beginner/Intermediateseam
  • Date: Saturday, 4 Nov, 2 – 5 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $41 + 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.

Modular Diamond Vest (Finished)

  • Skill level: IntermediateEvent Image
  • Dates: Saturdays, 17 Sep, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, 24 Sep, 8 & 22 Oct, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (4 sessions, 9 hours total)
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
  • Cost: $113 + HST + materials

Using a modular technique, we will create a multicoloured vest incorporating 3 solid colours and 1 variegated yarn. Fingering/sock weight yarn results in an easy to wear and versatile garment. Personal colour choice will ultimately decide the flare of the finished vest. From dramatic to subtle, the choice is yours. Pattern is provided. The classes are scheduled to allow time for you to complete the vest and finish it in the final class. This class is suitable for anyone comfortable with garter stitch.

Continental Knitting (Finished)

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

The class offers a glimpse into the secrets of continental knitting: how to hold your yarn, how to knit and purl in more than one way, how to control tension.
The class is intended for English knitters or new knitters who want to improve their knitting.

Brioche – Single Colour (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Dates: Saturday,  11 Nov, 2 – 5pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $41 + HST

This class is an introduction to a fascinating family of stitch patterns: the brioche stitch family.  The basic brioche stitch creates a textured fabric with great drape, and there are endless variations of the stitch that offer lots of opportunities for your creativity.

My Favourite Things (Finished)

  • Skill level: Confident Beginner/Intermediate
  • Date: Thursday,  23 April, 6:30-9:00pm (1 session, 2.5 hours)
  • Instructor: Mary Pat McDonald
  • Cost: $30 + HST

This is a technique class, comprising 40+ of Mary Pat’s favourite methods, short-cuts and ingenious approaches, distilled after years of knitting and much instruction from experts.  Taken as a whole, this class is a short-cut to serious knitting expertise.

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.

Knitted Linen Stitch (Finished)

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  • Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Date: Thursday, 11 Jun, 6:30-8:30pm (1 session, 2 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $25 + HST
Learn the technique of knitting the linen stitch, a fabric that lies flat and behaves very nicely for scarves, placemats, coasters and other home decor. We will work in one colour, two colours and three colours.  In this class you will learn the stitch technique and receive assistance to plan a scarf or other simple project (eg placemat, table runner, washcloth).

Starting Stranding (Finished)

Basic Two-colour Knitted Hat

  • Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Date: Saturdays,11 Apr, 1:00pm-3:00pm & 18 Apr, 1:00pm-2:00pm (2 sessions, 3 hours total)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $35 + HST
Learn the ups and downs of 2-colour knitting, holding one colour in each hand and catching each stitch at the back of the work, while you make this lovely, warm, simple hat.

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.

Set-in sleeves, simplified

Skill level: Intermediate/ExperiencedSet-in Sleeves
Date:
Thursday, 19/Jun, 6:00pm – 8:30pm (1 session, 2.5 hours)
Instructor:
Michelle Porter
Cost:
$30 + HST

Do you struggle with knitting patterns for sweaters and other garments designed with set-in sleeves?  You’re not alone.  Many of us have unfinished sweater projects in the backs of our closets; projects that ‘don’t seem to be working’, but we’re not sure why, or what we would need to do to fix them.  Perhaps the pattern is unclear, or poorly designed for different sizes, or we just need to make changes for our specific body measurements, and set-in sleeves can make it hard to understand how to read a pattern and modify it to fix specific problems.

Join experienced garment designer Michelle Porter for this workshop on set-in sleeves.  She will be teaching the design aspects involved in creating the sleeve cap and the armhole of a set-in sleeve sweater.  How the measurements and shaping of the pieces should correspond and come together to fit each other and the wearer exactly. This class is mostly theory, using measurements from our bodies and a tension gauge from a swatch.

Winter 2014 classes

Here are the new classes we are offering for January through March.

Beginner Knit―Individual instruction

Skill level: Complete beginner
Date:
Call to schedule (1 hr session)
Instructor: Isla Ghent
Cost: $12 + HST
Details: click here

‘All the Shades of Truth’ wrap (project class)

Skill level: Beginner
Date:
Sunday, 2/Feb, 1:00pm – 3:00pm & 16/Feb, 1:00pm – 2:00 pm (2 sessions, 3 hours)
Instructor:
Trish Denhoed
Cost:
$35 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Colour Play (workshop)

Skill level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday 8/Feb, 1-4pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

‘Step and Ladder’ felted scarf (project workshop)

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Date:
Saturday, 22/Feb, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor:
Cristina Simionovici
Cost:
$35 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Casting On (workshop)

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 1/Mar, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $25 + HST
Details: click here

Finishing (workshop)

Skill level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 25/Jan, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Colour Pooling (workshop)

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 15/Mar, 1-4 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $35 + HST + materials
Details: click here

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swatch bootcamp (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
Date: Saturday 29 Oct, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $41 + HST
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 why swatches will be your best friends.  This is the second essential step to making your garments fit well