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No skill required
Basic Know basic stitches (knit, purl or single crochet, double crochet).
Easy You should know the basics, how to increase and decrease, and have made at least one project.
Intermediate You should have worked with a few stitch patterns and should be familiar with basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patterns and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
Merike Saarniit has been teaching workshops in knitting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing for over 20 years, and at most STITCHES events since 2000. The combination of her traditional Estonian heritage (including serious research of Estonian knitting) and her contemporary degree in Studio Art contribute to her unique designs and workshop presentations.
For more about Merike, go to Liisu.com
STITCHES East 2011 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
588-3 Advanced Cast-Ons Estonian Style
Firm, elastic, decorative. Any one or all 3 characteristics can be found in a variety of unusual yet functional cast-on techniques often used in Estonian knitting. We'll explore 1-color and 2-color braids, fringed, picot-edged, double-yarned, and doubled-stitch cast-ons, Estonian
'magic' cast-on, and see where best to use them.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
618-3 Advanced Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Yes, these are stitches for the adventurous knitter! Explore unusual stitch manipulations that create exotic fabrics. We'll look at what can designate a stitch as 'difficult' and find ways to understand and create those stitches efficiently.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
720-3 Easy Spinning for Knitting
Spin your own yarn and then develop unique 'gourmet yarns' in silk, alpaca, angora, and the most luscious wools. Learn tips and tricks to ensure gorgeous handspun yarns, perfect for your special projects. Great for both those who want to learn the art of spinning and those who want to develop their spinning skills.
Material fee: $10 for assorted fibers and drop spindles for use in class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
619-3 Advanced Exotic Estonian 'Patent' Stitches
Here's the fast and efficient Estonian method of creating those luscious brioche-stitch patterns that are so rich in texture. This technique is also used for unique cables and ribs that are sure to evoke "How'd you DO that?" comments. We'll swatch all-over patterns, 2-color patterns (where one color 'net' seems to float on a different color ground), and exotic-looking cables that don't require a cable needle.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
625-3 Advanced Elongated Stitch Enchantment
Knitters who enjoy exploring stitches and their variations will get a good start at this satisfying skill. Start this class with a basic stitch maneuver that elongates the stitching, this becomes exponentially more complex and exciting with every added element. By the end of class, you'll be enchanted with the prospect of future possibilities.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
631-3 Intermediate 3-2-1: Three 2-color patterns, One color at a time
Three fun techniques for intriguing 2-color stitch patterns worked in the round with just one color at a time. We'll start a fingerless glove with a 2-color cast-on and explore 1 or 2 stitch patterns in each of 3 techniques suitable for socks, mittens, hats, or other items knit in the round. These are among many unusual stitch patterns found in old Estonian stitch libraries.
STITCHES East 2011 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm SOLD OUT CANCELED
ETC No skills required Plying Clinic
Youâ€™ve got some fabulous fiber. You have spun some gorgeous singles. Now for the plying. How much twist? How many plies? What happens if the singles have been on the bobbins for weeks (months, years)? What happens if you finally ply the yarn, wash it, let it dry and the skein twists around itself? Is it doomed?
In two days, youâ€™ll find the solutions to your plying questions. The solutions are neither mysterious nor do they involve counting or complex equations.
A great yarn for a specific project does begin with the singles, but the ultimate success depends on the plying. Durable sock yarns, lofty yarns perfect for fulling, yarns showing off spectacular color repeats are a few of the plying samplings weâ€™ll cover in class. And, of course, weâ€™ll find how to start the ultimately successful plied yarns with the appropriate singles.
The most important consideration and least understood element in plying is plying for a balanced yarn. That is, yarn that will not skew your knitting. This applies to 2-, 3-, or more plies and textured yarns such as boucles, garneted, knot yarns, and core-spun yarns. Whether your singles have been sitting on your bobbins for a week or a year, a balanced plied yarn is possible, even with singles with differing amounts of twist.
Materials fee: $25 for a large sampling of assorted fibers including (but not limited to) silks, cashmere, assorted wool preparations, mohair, angora, blends, etc .