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Denise Bell
When she was growing up, Denise always performed some kind of handwork. When she learned to knit she was instantly addicted. Wherever she looks, Denise sees patterns, so it's no surprise that her knitting emphasis is lace. What is surprising to many knitters is that Denise is also a quilter who loves needle-turn applique.

Travel and spending time in the natural world provide inspiration. She recently visited Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting. Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers fine hand-dyed yarns and original designs. When not knitting, teaching, dyeing, or designing, Denise puts her pattern-seeking abilities to work solving cryptic crossword puzzles, and because no one can do just one thing, she also kayaks on lakes and streams near her eastern Oklahoma home. Along with her husband, she is the author of the book Ultima Thule: Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands.

For more about Denise, go to lostcityknits.com

STITCHES Midwest 2016 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
6209 Intermediate Get the Skinny on Lace While it's true that any type of yarn can be used to make lace and that there are many wonderful works made from heavier yarns, there is something special about a lace shawl made from true lace weight yarn. There is no need to be lace-phobic!
If you've admired light-weight shawls that lift with a gentle breeze and weigh next to nothing but felt intimidated by wispy yarn, it's time to get your skinny on. Learn the basics of triangle shawl knitting from a self-acknowledged lace junkie and the confidence to complete it.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5268 Easy Anatomy of a Yarn Everything you have always wanted to know about yarn, but didn’t know who to ask!! Why does chenille worm? What makes a yarn bias when knit? What stitches are best for a boucle? Why are some yarns are limp when knit or crocheted? Develop a notebook of yarn types with examples for future reference. Learn how different yarns are constructed, how different fibers behave, and how construction affects that behavior. Learn which stitches and sweater styles suit which type of yarn.

Materials fee $3.00 includes notebook materials and yarns.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6113 Advanced Estonian Style: Nupps and Starflowers The Estonian style of lacework involves several stitches that may be unfamiliar or intimidating to many lace knitters . A nupp, unlike a bobble, lies flat and has little surface disruption. A starflower begins with the same first step as the nupp, but rather than building inwards it blooms into an open feature.
Students will learn the techniques for nupps and starflowers and examine finished projects using both.
Note: Students must be skilled at working standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3138 Intermediate Possibilities of Pi Whether you learned about Pi Shawls from reading an Elizabeth Zimmermann book, from seeing them in Ravelry, or admiring them on display in a museum, you already know they are round and use the precision of the mathematical ratio Pi for increasing the size of the shawl. Don't let that math scare you! When knitting a square, rectangle, or triangle shawl you have numerous options on how to begin, including bottom up, side to side, and top down. A Pi Shawl, on the other hand, always starts in the center and grows in circumference. In this class we'll start by learning the Emily Ocker cast-on, then using an easy-to-understand mathematical formula and stitch dictionaries, we'll begin a shawl swatch using lace weight merino.
What's fun about circular shawls? They are knit in the round, sometimes with an attached border which is knit flat. You'll knit the majority of a Pi Shawl on a circular needle. Instead of long purled rest rows, you’ll enjoy long knit rest rows.
We'll start on double-pointed needles and move to a shorter circular needle as we progress in class. You'll learn the Pi Shawl formula and tips on choosing stitch patterns to enlarge your swatch. We'll talk a little bit at the end of class about blocking and various ways to wear a circular shawl.
Note: If you are proficient using the Magic Loop method, feel free to bring a circular needle the appropriate size and length although we will NOT be learning or discussing Magic Loop in this class.

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