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Marly Bird
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch her Yarn Thing podcast and hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-craftsy girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.
She's creative director for Bijou Basin Ranch Yarns and the co-author of Curvy Crochet. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Knit Simple, Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Inside Crochet, Wild Fiber, Crochet Today, Knitting Today and Petite Purls, and in the books: Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Perfectly Plus, and Knitting Plus.
In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids and teaches at her local yarn store in suburban Denver.

For more about Marly go to www.marlybird.com and www.thepurseworkshop.com.

STITCHES West 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6119 Intermediate Twist and Turns: Cables Knitted cables and braids make some of the prettiest and most complex-looking knitted stitch patterns. The secret? They’re easier than they look.
Learn about the history of cables while knitting samples that can be turned into a hat or scarf. You’ll leave with the confidence and understanding of the importance of gauge, how to create cables with and without a cable needle, and how to read cable charts.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
3109 Intermediate Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer You have fallen in love with knitting and crochet and now you want to become a professional designer but are not sure where to start.
Have I got the class for you! Learn from Marly Bird, crochet and knitwear designer and creative director for Bijou Basin Ranch, how to take your design from an idea to a full proposal. This is a comprehensive class that will benefit all levels of designers and will make you ready to venture into design.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master Double-Pointed Needles If you have always knit flat but never circularly, it's time you take the next step and learn this fantastic skill. Knitting circularly makes it possible for you to always work on the right side of the fabric; so, if you're knitting stockinette you will never have to purl! Do I have your attention now?
Learn about circular knitting tools, techniques, and tricks. You'll be able to use your new circular knitting skills to make hats, mittens, gloves, cowls, socks, and sweaters! Join Marly and learn the essential techniques to master knitting in the round.
Friday 10:01 pm - 11:30 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers and join Marly Bird and her co-hosts for an evening of games, prizes, laughter and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
8048 Intermediate Single Crochet Entrelac How about learning how to crochet a fabric that resembles basket-woven stripes?
But entrelac is only for knitters, you say. NOPE! Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook instead of knitting needles. This class doesn’t use the Tunisian technique to complete each square or diamond and triangle respectively—simple single crochet is all you need.
Amaze all your friends with your newfound crochet skill and create amazing blankets, accessories, and garments!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
3084 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain.
In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting, you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline, and other trouble spots. Learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use for a perfect fit and finish every time.
Note: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease and read a pattern.

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