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Monday 10/24/2011, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10/25/2011, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Anna Zilboorg

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Sampler Vest with Anna Zilboorg
Enjoy this rare opportunity to share Anna Zilboorg’s ever-evolving knitting world: traveling stitches, designing with strips, embellishing with embroidery. Learn to work twisted traveling stitches back and forth — tricky, but a lot of fun once you master the technique. We’ll start a vest front with a small simple strip. Then relax a bit with Palestrina-knot embroidery before we proceed to the complex center pattern, After working a bit of that, we can start the diagonal strip, joining it to the other strips as we go. When we add more embroidery, it brings all the patterns to a new life.

There will be other embroidered knitting available for ideas for further embellishment. Finishing the vest when you go home will give you a chance to practice all you’ve learned.

If you want to plunge into a whole vest, you'll need: 200g smooth DK yarn in one color and 100g each of three other colors. In addition, bring assorted bits of other yarn that you'd like to embroider with. If you have a ball of some novelty yarn that you'd like to work in (a multi-colored skein might give you a direction for your choice of solid colors) bring that too.
If you just want to try out the techniques before committing yourself, bring an ounce of DK weight yarn in each of two colors and some bits of yarn to embroider with. We'll make a case for sunglasses or whatever.
In both cases, bring 2 double pointed needles, sizes 5, 6, or 7 (whichever knits comfortably with your yarn) and a set of 2 straight needles (or a circular needle) in the same size. Scissors, and a tapestry needle not as large as a yarn needle, but with an eye large enough to hold yarn.

Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.

No homework is necessary, but you might want to knit a swatch (say, 3"X 3") to try out embroidery stitches on.