Instructions for Class Sign Ups- READ QUICKLY FIRST!
As this registration page goes live at 8 PM Sunday the 27th, there are about seventy class seats available spread out over the following eight choices. Each class costs $85. You may sign up for up to one choice in each of three time slots.
YOU MUST KNOW THAT WHEN YOUR PAYPAL CONFIRMATION ARRIVES, THIS ONLY MEANS THAT YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE FORWARDED TO LORILEE WHO HAS TO MANUALLY SEAT YOU ONE REGISTRATION AT A TIME, IN ORDER OF THE TIMESTAMP ON YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT. IT IS COMPLETELY POSSIBLE THAT A FEW OF THE LAST REGISTRANTS WITH A PAYPAL CONFIRMATION MAY ACTUALLY GET SHUT OUT. IN THIS CASE YOU WILL BE REFUNDED AND NOTIFIED OF BEING PUT ON A WAIT LIST. THIS IS BECAUSE ALL THE CLASSES WILL NOT FILL EVENLY. PLEASE UNDERSTAND.
DON’T GO ABOUT BOOKING FLIGHTS AND RESERVING HOTEL ROOMS UNTIL YOU HEAR FROM LORILEE. SHE WILL BEGIN CONFIRMING RIGHT AT ABOUT 8:15 PM THE 27TH AND CONTINUE UNTIL ALL ARE SENT, EVEN IF LATE THAT NIGHT.
THAT CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE CLASS LOCATION AND SOME HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS. WE HAVE A VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF ROOMS RESERVED AT ONE FACILITY, BUT YOU ARE FREE TO GO OUTSIDE THAT AND MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS. IN NO WAY ARE YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT BY GETTING A CLASS YOU WILL BE GUARANTEED A PLACE IN A ROOM WE HAVE RESERVED. WE ONLY MANAGED THAT FOR RETREATERS. YOU WILL BE GIVEN A CODE FOR A DISCOUNT AT ONE PARTICULAR LOCATION ONLY, AND THEY ONLY HAVE TEN 2-bed ROOMS THERE.
THANKS!!! Now, good luck.
April 26 & 27, 2013 – Friday and Saturday
Plucky Knitter Open House & Knitting Classes – Holland, Michigan
Holland, Michigan. Class location will be provided to confirmed class-takers.
Friday afternoon class 2:00 – 5:00
Bohus Knitting Tradition
Prerequisites: Knitting, purling, experience with stranded colorwork and ability to knit with yarn in either hand.
The Bohus Stickning knitting collective in Sweden produced unique hand-knit garments from 1939 until the early 1960′s. The charts used were designed by artists with the goal of aesthetic beauty, rather than ease of execution – and are laborious to knit – but stunning. In contrast to Fair Isle patterns, Bohus charts often use more than 2 colors per row, and purls add texture to the stockinette fabric. We will analyze charts, discuss yarns that will best capture the spirit of the designs, and the history of the Bohus collective.
Students Should Bring: Plucky Knitter yarn will be provided for the class sample. If you wish to compare yarns, you may bring to class fingering weight yarns, preferably with some angora content, which is what Bohus sweaters use. Kid Silk Haze or Jamieson’s Spindrift, or fine alpaca yarns are acceptable choices, desiring a gauge of 7 sts and 10 rows/1″, with size 2 needles. Needles: bring various needle sizes from 1-3, as we will experiment with gauge. DPN’s or 16″ circular needles.
It’s All in the Details- Necklines and Cuffs
Intermediate to advanced level
Fiona believes that the design of a garment does not end at devising beautiful fabric or patterning. That to add polish and finesse to any project attention must be given to the trims and finishes – especially at the neckline. She has developed many ways to do this. In this class she will show you samples of her favourites and discuss the decision-making that goes into this aspect. You will also be able to try 2-3 of the techniques so that you will know how to include them in your own projects.
Materials: partial balls of 2-3 medium weight yarn in contrasting colours, yarn-appropriate needles.
Saturday morning schedule
8:30 – 11:30 for Fiona and Anne / 9:00 – 12:00 for Lorilee
Intarsia with a Twist
Prerequisites: Basic intarsia skills, ability to knit and purl flat and in the round.
Go beyond the basics of intarsia colorwork, and learn to follow complex and simple chart motifs, identify and fix mistakes, and do appropriate finishing techniques including mattress stitch, and weaving in ends efficiently. We will learn how to knit intarsia in the round (ITR) , with no visible seam, and how to convert intarsia patterns easily from flat to ITR. The ITR method taught is similar to one that Priscilla Gibson-Roberts attributed to a Bolivian method. You will knit a small bag either flat or in the round, using intarsia technique, which can later be felted.
Students Should Bring: Yarn needle and scissors. Books, magazines or patterns with intarsia designs that interest you, photographs or drawings you want to discuss as possible intarsia projects. Metal board and magnets for holding charts, and/or post-it notes. For the project bag: Assorted colors of 100% worsted weight wool yarn, as the bags are designed to be felted. Total yardage needed is about 150 yds (75 grams). Size 8 or 9 circular needle, 16 length, for knitting flat or in the round. Straight needles may be used if you wish to knit the bag flat.
Homework: None beside gathering materials
1:30 – 4:30 for Fiona and Anne / 2:00 – 5:00 for Lorilee
Experiment with Colour and Fair Isle
Advanced beginner to advanced level
Working with colour can be so much fun! And dreaming up your own colour story is very rewarding. In this workshop we will look at colour theory and apply it to knitting. There will be time to experiment by yourself to see what happens when you introduce a new colour palette to a tried and tested pattern. For students who are unsure of how to work the Fair Isle method instruction will be given.
Materials: partial balls (a few yards each) in medium weight yarns, bring as many colours as you can and are willing to share, pair of yarn-appropriate needles, squared paper, coloured pencils (if you have them).
ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS
Anne Berk was certified by The Knitting Guild of America as a Master Knitter in 2003. She has been a knitting instructor since 1998. She has taught Annetarsia techniques for Sock Summit, Madrona Fiber Arts, and local yarn store classes. Her designs and articles have been published by Simply Shetland, ShibuiKnits, Interweave Press, Piecework, Twist Collective, Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Vogue Knitting and more. Her DVD titled Inside Intarsia is available from Interweave Press.
She is an optometrist and enjoys choral singing and distance running.
Fiona graduated from DeMontfort University (England) with a degree in fashion knitwear design in 1993 and has been designing professionally ever since. Her work is much sought after, with sustained exposure in leading magazines such as Vogue Knitting, online in each issue of Twist Collective and as product support for yarn manufacturers. Demand for personal appearances and workshop instruction at international conferences and guilds, she is also a on-line instructor at Craftsy. She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits.
This former yarn shop owner’s experience providing answers for a steady stream of questioning knitters taught her the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness. Her most sought-after course is continental knitting. She also enjoys teaching projects that introduce new techniques. For her, a classroom full of curious minds is a most happy place. Since 2009, she has enjoyed her students at national events and now looks forward to meeting you in class!
Her designs have been published in Interweave Knits, Interweave Sockupied eMag, Twist Collective, Beyond Toes by Judy Becker, and The Ultimate Hat Book from Vogue Knitting.
Tent-camping with her husband and boys and has brought her to over twenty National and Provincial Parks.
Please choose your class signups options below. Choose no more than 1 from each drop-down, as each drop-down represents one time slot.