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Lorilee Beltman
This former yarn shop owner's experience providing answers for a steady stream of questioning knitters taught her the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness. Since 2009, she has enjoyed her students at national events and looks forward to meeting you in class! She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.

Lorilee is the Techniques columnist for Knitty.com, a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and an instructor at Craftsy.com and Interweave.

Lorilee's continental knitting video has over a million views on Youtube. While she enjoys teaching continental to those who want to learn it, she appreciates all knitting styles. She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.

Her articles and designs have been published in The Ultimate Hat Book, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, Vogue Knitting Magazine, Interweave Knits Magazine, Interweave Sockupied eMag, Twist Collective, and Beyond Toes by Judy Becker.

Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National and Provincial Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent 30 years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.
For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.

STITCHES East 2012 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
582-3 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It's not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
518-3 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Expanded After checking our hand positions and fixing troublesome habits, we'll launch into using our Continental style to go beyond the knit and purl stitch. We'll learn ways to enlist 'helper' fingers to accomplish trickier maneuvers including increases, decreases, slip-stitch patterning, cables, lace, and bobbles. Each student will get individual attention. The goal is to cement your learning by having more time with the teacher's eyes on your hands, and to realize that all knitting maneuvers can be achieved in your new style.
Note: You must have taken Convert to Continental with Lorilee/Pick Your Knits and Purls (582-3) at either this event or a prior event.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
674-6 Intermediate Vertically Stranded Color Work Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags, intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. We'll explore its sketchy history. It is used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. After class apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.
Materials fee: $3
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
458-6 Intermediate Felted Loafer Slippers These sturdy slippers are real people pleasers. You'll be making them for all your loved ones. The double sole makes them long-wearing, and the shaping of the heel keeps them on comfortably. Knit seamlessly using great techniques: Judy's Magic Cast-on, magic loop knitting, short row shaping, a clever technique for joining the soles, and felting tricks. Many students will complete slipper, 9"-11" long, in class.

STITCHES East 2012 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Easy Continental Immersion Knitters who commit to this continental immersion session can truly expect to emerge as competent pickers. Some of the most enthusiastic students are those who have knitted, even happily, by another method for decades. New and experienced knitters are equally welcome.

When you learn Lorilee’s brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable and perhaps even speedier way to knit. Learn that each finger has a job to do and begin to retrain those fingers. Gain an understanding of exactly what motions have a bearing on the stitch gauge. (It may not be what you think!)

On the first day we focus on the knit stitch, purl stitch, ribbing, increases, decreases, and sizing our knits and purls equally. Each student receives individual attention.

On the second day, we start a project together using the instructor’s pattern for a stitch sampler hat or cowl. We dive into ribbing, lace, cabling and bobbles, all accomplished using our newly learned knitting position.

We’ll try our hands at:  
twisted stitches  
slip stitch patterning  
cabling (without a cable needle)  
two-handed color work/stranding  
mirrored decreases

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