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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 East 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5083 Easy The Confident Knitter Confidence in using patterns, fixing mistakes, and reading your knitting are all fundamental to feeling calm and in control when you knit. In this class we will become more familiar with the language of knitting patterns and the skills involved in reading them. We will also learn and practice the fundamentals of fixing mistakes and learn to identify both the problems and the remedies. Come prepared to work a sample from a pattern, mess it up and learn to make it right.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5029 Easy Mastering Yarn Substitution: Art, Science, or Black Magic? Learn to predict the results of yarn substitution by understanding yarn weights, fiber content, gauge, measuring, and how these elements interact with each other. Gain confidence and prevent disappointment as you learn why things can go wrong. Then spend time practicing the basic math involved with a real pattern.



STITCHES East 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.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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.
Materials: Any yarn and appropriate needles for sampling.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT8 Basic 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.
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Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT26 Basic 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 stitches to pick up? These and other mysteries will be examined with Kellie as we start on a bag project.
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
CC2 Easy 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
TT27 Basic Arm Knitting The phenomenon of arm knitting hit the internet a little while ago, and it's no wonder it was instantly popular. In an hour or less, you can begin a luxurious scarf, cowl, or wrap, finish it, and head off to a party wearing your creation. In this class, we'll learn the movements of arm knitting and start on a piece that will measure approximately 60x20, depending on how you stretch it and wear it.
Materials: Approximately 120 yards of super-bulky yarn (gauge of 2 sts or less on size 13 or larger needles). Yarn should be purchased in two balls or pre-wound into two balls.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Materials: Any yarn and appropriate needles for sampling.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CC4 Basic 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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