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NO SKILLS REQUIRED Absolutely no experience necessary. Valuable for all levels of the craft.
EASY Participants with basic skills.
INTERMEDIATE Participants have solid basic skills.
ADVANCED Participants have solid skills and experience in the craft, ready to explore or refine.
Denise is the designer behind two books, each of which draws inspiration from a specific region and its culture. Her first book, Ultima Thule, is set in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland, and features incredible lacework inspired by life on the islands. Her Kailyard shawl draws gasps when it is unfurled. Her second book, Deep Roots, considers the landscape and personalities of the Flint Hills of Chase County, Kansas, a unique tallgrass prairie uninterrupted by mechanized agriculture. Along with these two books, Denise has designed lace shawls, skirts, colorwork vests, sweaters, and other interesting garments.
Her teaching experience includes events from coast to coast and border to border at large conventions, small retreats, guilds, and yarn shops. Denise's goal is to encourage students at all levels to be intrepid and eclectic in their knitting adventures.
Denise and her husband Chris run Lost City Knits, a small independent company named for the town nearest their Eastern Oklahoma farm.
STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
1285 Intermediate Icelandic Yokes: The Sweater Class
Traditional Icelandic yoke sweaters use unspun Plotulopi yarns from native sheep. The different staple lengths of wool in the yarn make for a lightweight, yet warm and insulating, sweater.
You may be unfamiliar with Plotulopi, but it's so common in Iceland that it's sold in grocery stores! We will learn about knitting with this unique fiber.
You will draw and swatch several yoke options using Plotulopi yarn (supplied by the instructor), do a bit of gauge math, and plan how to move forward to knit your own Icelandic, color-patterned yoke sweater using traditional or original motifs.
Note: Some experience with two-color knitting is helpful.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
6122 Intermediate Shetland Sky and Sea
The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs. Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?
In this fine-lace class, we'll look at 3 traditional Shetland stitches: the Bird's Eye, the Cockleshell, and the Shetland Heart. They all involve patterning on every row and require a bit of concentration, but are well worth the effort!
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1367 Intermediate The Take Away: A Study of Decreases
Whether you knit a sock, a sweater, a lace shawl, or any other project you most likely include decreases.
These stitches fall into at least three categories:
* Right-leaning single decreases
* Left-leaning single decreases
* Double decreases
The decrease you choose may impact the appearance, and even your working speed. Deciding which one is best comes from understanding its characteristics and how to execute it efficiently. We'll learn both of these essentials while knitting our decrease swatch.
In the nomenclature of Reference Librarians, this swatch will be your Ready Reference.
Note: Students must have basic knitting skills and some experience with knit increases and