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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Take Your Knitting To The Next Level

Do you have any goals for 2016? I always like to challenge myself to learn something new each year. Last year I wanted to start learning Spanish again but instead of going to a class I downloaded an app and never got around to actually doing it. Attending a class ensures you actually learn what you set out to do.

Last year I blogged about why learning something new is good for you. You can read my blog post here.

I'm kicking off my 2016 workshops this week with three workshops in Reading at Artesano. I've been working with Artesano for years but I've never been to their head quarters so I'm so excited to see all their beautiful yarns. There are still spaces so if you're interested in any of the classes do contact them or book online. I'll be teaching at Artesano in February and March too.

On Thursday this week (7 Jan), I'll be teaching a half day class on Knitting In The Round. If you're unsure how to knit in the round, how circular needles work or scared of double pointed needles then this is the class for you. You'll learn how to knit in the round on a regular circular needle and double pointed needles as well as the magic loop technique which is such a useful technique to learn as it has so many uses. I've been knitting garments and accessories in the round since I was a child and I'll teach you all my tips and tricks. Book online or contact Artesano.

Are you bored with knitting plain socks? I must admit I got a bit bored with my regular heel flap and gusset heel and wedge toe last year so I started experimenting with different heels and toes and I'm so much more excited about knitting socks now. On Friday 8th I'll be teaching my brand new Heels & Toes class. This class is designed for knitters who are familiar with either toe up or top down socks and would like to expand their reportoire to include other types of heels and toes. I'll show you which heels work best with stripey or gradient yarns (which is so popular right now), after thought heels, short row heels and more, as well as several different toes. There will be options whether you prefer to knit your socks toe up or top down. Book online or contact Artesano.

Read more about how I used the Modified Shaped Common Heel last summer.

Octavia, above, is a new design which will be published in the next week or two.

And on Saturday 9th, I'll be teaching Lace Knitting For BeginnersIf you've never tried lace knitting before and think all the decreases and charts look a bit scary then this is the class for you. Even if you've tried a bit of lace knitting you will learn a lot in this class. We'll cover yarn overs (yarn forward/yarn over the needle/yarn around the needle), various decreases, how to read charts (and knit from written instructions if you prefer) and how to add beads. In the afternoon you'll get to choose one of my shawl patterns and start your own shawl with my help and guidance. By the time you leave you'll be addicted to lace knitting. Book online or contact Artesano.

I'm also teaching other places this spring but I'll share more details of those later.

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1 comment:

Sea said...

Last year I promised myself that I would try out a new to me recipe/week, which I managed.
I also started......twice my first ever laceweight shawl. One of your patterns from Let's Knit, Sorbet from the July 2012 issue. (I missed out chart A....whoops, wondered why it looked wrong, have started again, but urgent cross stitch for a gift has taken priority.)