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Anna Zilboorg
Anna is an Anglican solitary and an Elder of the knitting community. She devotes her remaining energy to teaching the living craft ( as opposed to just following directions). She has been called the Anarchist Knitter because of her book Knitting for Anarchists, and the Mad Bobbler due to her love of three-dimensional stitches. Other books include Magnificent Mittens and Socks and Splendid Apparel, both available, as well as Fancy Feet (Turkish patterns) and Hats, both out of print.


STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5102 Intermediate All About Stranding This basic stranding workshop covers knitting with two colors, one in each hand, two in your left hand, or two in your right hand. We'll make and cut steeks without a sewing machine and carry colors over long distances.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5304 Intermediate Excrescences: Bobbles, Bumps, Lumps, Leaves, & Ledges This class will explore the many possible ways of making a three-dimensional addition to a knitted surface. In doing this, we'll make a sampler of nupps, bobbles, and larger shapes. A few esoteric techniques will appear, such as making multiple I-cords at the same time, and we'll be expanding into over-all patterns and graceful leafy panels. Knitting need never be flat.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she ever imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole, and it IS a perfect buttonhole.

It is helpful if students have some experience with kitchener stitching, but even without it, one can make almost perfect buttonholes that never sag and always close.

There is also a k1, p1 rib with neat, even stitches; easy wrapping for clusters--once, twice, and thrice; knitting backwards with 2 colors (never purl Fair Isle again); plus other hints which are more or less arcane but no less useful.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1475 Intermediate Perfected Free-sole Socks This is a sock construction that makes possible stranded socks with plain soles (less bulk, easier to put on, cool looking) or any socks with different yarns on the instep and sole (tough Wensleydale on the sole; cashmere, glitter, or possum on top).

But its greatest advantage comes later, when the sock has developed a hole. Socks made this way can have a damaged part of the sole removed and reknit when necessary. In the past, removal of part of the sole, especially the heel, was not quite as simple as I claimed. But with up-graded technique, it unravels smoothly. Furthermore the heel, which was a bit awkward to work, is now much simpler.

In this workshop we'll start with a two-part toe (pick-up shaping) continue up the sole adding a gusset as we go, turning the heel and making the flap. Then back to the instep, with or without a color pattern (two handed backwards), attaching it to the sole (strip joining). The up the leg, all in three hours to make a sock large enough to store quarters in your car.