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Kellie Nuss
Kellie is a self-taught knitter with a keen interest in the success of her students. A proud knitting geek, she loves to teach the principles and practices that are the foundation to every knitting technique and that allow any knitter to become confident enough to try anything they want. She is from Maryland and has been teaching professionally for 15 years. Kellie goes by kellamina on Ravelry.com and blogs at thesamestitch.com.


STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
7070 No skills required Shooting Your Stitches! Kellie Nuss, an established professional photographer as well as a knitting instructor, will walk you through the VERY BASICS of good light and composition so you can capture pleasing images of your knit pieces. Whether you are shooting with your phone, a point-and-shoot, or a DSLR, learn to show your stitchwork off to its best advantage. All you need is to know how to push your camera's shoot button and to have a can-do attitude! Kellie will do some live shooting both with her equipment and yours and give students the chance to do the same. Friendly and supportive critiquing will help you see how good light, trying a different camera angle, and taking a few chances will quickly improve your photos.
Note: This class is NOT a technical photography class. It is for anyone who wants to take better, more-fun photos of their knitting and learn how to use them in this modern, connected knitting world.



STITCHES West 2014 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT17 Basic Magic Twist-Knit With simple knitting and a flip of the work, you can create pieces that look like dramatic cables. We will make a bracelet that shows the technique, and students will receive a pattern for a scarf.
Materials: 20 or 30 yards of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn and needles appropriate for that yarn.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Continental knitting involves tensioning the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and using the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. It is a great technique to have in your knitting repetoire. It can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. Your instructor will teach the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.

Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT8 No skills required Knitting in Both Directions Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to always be looking at the right side, even if you are knitting flat. The work is never turned, and the knitter cleverly works both knit and purl stitches from the same side. This saves time when working on a very small number of stitches as for bobbles or entrelac, and it saves effort when working on a very large number of stitches. Your instructor will teach the basics of working knit and purl stitches from the right side of the work. There is time for practice and a discussion of how to use this technique in your every-day knitting.
Materials: Any yarn and needles for sampling.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CC2 No skills required Double Knit in Color Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Materials: 50 yards of smooth, plain #4 (worsted) weight yarn in two STRONGLY contrasting solid colors—wool or wool-blend preferred and US 7 needle.
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Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT14 Basic Hand Dyed Savvy for Knits Learn the basics of understanding hand-dyed yarns and how to get the most out of then. We will start on a cup cozy that will demonstrate techniques for blending colors, avoiding pooling and making those gorgeous yarns look as good in a project as they do in a skein.
Materials: Skein of #4 (worsted-weight) hand-dyed yarn, wound and ready to knit with at the start of class, needles appropriate for that yarn, 5 safety pins or locking stitch markers.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CC2 No skills required Double Knit in Color Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Materials: 50 yards of smooth, plain #4 (worsted) weight yarn in two STRONGLY contrasting solid colors—wool or wool-blend preferred and US 7 needle.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CR11 Basic Freeform Crochet Learn to let go of the rules and create in freeform mode. Unlock your creativity and make things in a fun, organic way, riffing off of what you’ve already done as you simultaneously move within parameters of your own making. You’ll get to play with Kellie’s stash and choose colors and textures to blend in your sample. Prerequisite: Must know basics of crochet. This is not a learn-to-crochet class.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Continental knitting involves tensioning the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and using the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. It is a great technique to have in your knitting repetoire. It can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. Your instructor will teach the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.

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Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CC4 No skills required Working with Leftovers and Random Yarns-Knit or Crochet! Play with Kellie’s stash and discover how to combine leftovers in appealing ways. Learn basics of color behavior and how to trust your eye. We will create balls of yarn to experiment with and create a swatch with several stitch patterns.
Materials: Size 7 or 8 needles or G or H crochet hook. Prerequisites: Must know the basics of your craft. This is not a learn-to knit or crochet class.
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
TT26 No skills required Picking Up Stitches Do you sometimes get stuck when it’s time to pick up stitches? This skill is needed in so many projects, from armholes, buttons bands and collars all the way to zipper facings, it’s good to know how to start knitting where there were no stitches before. What methods are there? How do you know how many to pick up? These and other mysteries will be examined with Kellie as we start on a bag project.
Materials: 10-50 yards each of 4 or 5 different colors of #4 (worsted-weight) yarns, US 7 needles (straight or circular).
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