I have been knitting for many, many years andI am one of the founding members of this Guild. We used to meet at a yarn store after 7:00 until our numbers gradually grew. The Guild was then formed and we have continued to inspire, teach and enjoy the company of like minded people who knit. I have been a Member at Large, a member of the membership committe and became President of the Guild as of Sept. 2008 for a term of 2 years.
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The West Coast Knitters’ Guild will be hosting
8 workshops on
Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd
Holli Yeoh - Modular Magic: Knit a cell phone, Blackberry or I-pod cosy in three modular strips, using self-patterning sock yarn. Skills needed: knit, purl, cast on and bind off, advanced beginner. Materials: two 3mm double pointed needles, removable stitch markers, measuring tape, pencil, calculator, your cell phone, Blackberry, I-pod or compact camera.
Lorna Brown - Socks - flap, heel and toe: sock construction using a miniature model to demonstrate the flap, gusset heel and usual toe. This workshop is for those who have never tackled socks before or those who need a refresher. Materials: set of 4-5 double pointed needles and appropriate sock yarn and usual knitting tools.
Paulette Lane - The Magic of Multi-coloured yarn: Discover how to assess multi-coloured yarn to make the best choice for your garment. Learn a trick to determine how a multi-coloured yarn will look without knitting a swatch. Materials: bring skeins of multi-coloured yarn or works in progress for in-class assessment and discussion. Some homework required.
Holli Yeoh - Interested in Intarsia: Tackle the intricacies of intarsia to add blocks and motifs of colour to your knitting. You will learn all the basics including joining colours, avoiding holes, and managing all those ends and tangles, and reading graphs. Skills needed: knit, purl, cast-on and bind off - advanced beginner. Materials: small amount of a few colours of dk or worsted weight plain wool in light to medium colours, appropriately sized knitting needles for the yarn you are bringing and a tapestry needle.
Linda Hull - Finishing Techniques: Learn how to block your garment, sew up the seams, attach sleeves, use a three-needle bind off for shoulder seaming, and pick up stitches to add neckbands or button bands, and more. Materials: smooth worsted weight or dk weight yarn, light or bright colour with the ball band for gauge (not acrylics or cotton), usual knitting tools, including tapestry needle, a spare needle the same size as your knitting for the three-needle bind-off. Suggest: Mission Falls 1824 worsted weight 100% superwash merino or Cascade 220.
Homework: Cast on approx. 20 sts. and 10 rows of K1, P1 ribbing, commencing with two KNIT sts. and ending with two KNIT sts. Then with right side facing, knit an additional 10-15 rows ending with the Wrong side (next row is right side) - do not cast off. Leave a long tail (approx. 3 feet long) and cut yarn. Place on stitch holder or waste yarn and knit a second identical piece. Do not cast off - do not cut yarn and leave this second piece on the needle and transfer the first piece onto the other second needle. These are for the three-needle cast-off and then the seams will be completed.
Cast on approximately 15 sts. and knit about 15 rows, cast off - make two identical pieces for the garter stitch side seam instructions.
Pearl Chow - Needle felting: needle felting is a quick, fun way to embellish your work or to make soft toys/sculptures. Dyed fibre, foam and 2 needles will be available for $10 or bring scraps of yarn and fulled wool fabric if desired.
Christa Giles - The Piper’s Hat: The skills included are top-down hat construction using one long circular needle, piping, and short rows. Materials: Worsted weight yarn (e.g. Cascade 220 and Ultra Alpaca). The main colour requires approx. 140m (155m) for small (large) and contrast colour takes approx. 27m in either size, 5 mm circular needle 32″ in length (or DPNs and a 16″ circular needle), tapestry needle and a focal button, pattern fee $6
Mandy Moore - Sweaters: Fitting and Flattery: you will learn to measure yourself, to choose the right size when working from a pattern and which basic alternations will increase your sweater satisfaction. Bring several sweaters or knit tops from your wardrobe, sweater patterns and a measuring tape.
All classes are $50 per course and includes morning coffee/tea & muffins, afternoon coffee/tea, door prizes
Location: Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, 100, 2245 W. Broadway (between Yew and Vine), Vancouver (on the #17 UBC and #9 Alma bus routes)
These workshops are open to all, members and non-members are welcome!
For further information, please contact Lynn Westwood (604-224-6184 or firstname.lastname@example.org)1353