Are you going to Stitches West this year? Looking for one more knitting class to take? I’m pretty jazzed because it’s my first time going and I’ve heard such great things about it for years. I almost made it a couple years ago when I was doing the booth thing, but had to cancel at the last minute.
This year opening day (Thursday, the 23rd) starts with Franklin Habit and Follow Your Bunny: The Creative Life from A to Q . If you’re at all familiar with him, you’ll know why you don’t want to miss this! Following Franklin is the teacher a la carte luncheon, then three and a half days of classes and non-stop events.
Seriously, take a minute and just look at all the classes being offered. Great teachers I’m honored to be listed among.
My first class is Thursday afternoon, just after the teacher a la carte luncheon. Sleeves are a Breeze will take the mystery out of adding the fitted cap sleeve to your knitting. When I designed the Vests Rock! collection, a lot of knitters told me they wished they could add sleeves. And thus, this class was born. It’s a lot of math, so it’s a great class to start off with while the brain is still focused.
Friday begins with Side-to-Side: Shaping with Short Rows. There’a lot packed into this 3 hour class from designing side-to-side garments to different methods of working short rows as we knit a miniature vest. This is followed by Loosen up with Asymmetry, a fun class of tips and tricks to skew your knits.
Saturday classes include Painting on Knits and Shadow Knitting. Painting on Knits is just plain creative fun. Different techniques are covered using special fabric inks. Class fees include a kit with the three primary colors, brushes, and ink droppers. In Shadow Knitting, you learn the basic technique, then with alphabet charts to get you started, the sky’s the limit!
My last class is Sunday morning, Slide into Colorful Reverse. This class is new for me and I’ve really enjoyed coming up with class samples. It’s an easy way to work color into reversible knits and a great intro to the more complex method of double knitting.
So that’s a run-down on the classes I’m teaching, but check out all the others. Take a break from the weather and join us in California. We’re gonna have a lot of fun!