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Thursday, August 11, 2016

3 Bags Full - Wool Market & Workshop in Liskeard

On 30th September Liskeard (my town) in Cornwall is hosting it's annual Wool Market - 4-8pm in the Public Hall, Liskeard. I'll be there selling my patterns, Beaded Lace Knitting and yarn.

In the two weeks following the Wool Market, 3 Bags Full have organised a series of workshops. I'm teaching my Fair Isle Knitting and Steeking Workshop on 4 October. This class is perfect if you'd like to learn how to tackle stranded colourwork (also known as fair isle knitting) using two hands, which means I'll also teach you how to knit continental.

In the morning we'll practice fair isle knitting in the round. And in the afternoon you'll learn how to re-enforce the steek and then cut it. The idea of cutting your knitting sounds horrific to many knitters but when you know how to do it, it's really not that scary. I'll take you through all the techniques you need to know and give you the confidence to cut.

Steeking is used in fair isle sweaters to allow them to be worked in the round to the shoulders. Holes are then cut for the sleeves or a sweater can be cut down the front to create a cardigan. Even though steeks are normally used in fair isle knitting, it can be used for other things too. You can use it for stocking stitch sweaters too. Or if you knitted a sweater but decide you prefer a cardigan, use the steeking techniques to cut your sweater.

I've also used steeking techniques to alter a cardigan a friend knitted. You can read about that here.

You can book the 3 Bags Full Fair Isle Kniting and Steeking Class here. Do check out the other classes available too.

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