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Marly Bird
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch a career in the yarn industry and she hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-crafty girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.

She is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, hosts the YarnThing podcast, is the author of Cold Weather Crochet and I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting, and co-author of Knitting for Dummies, 3rd ed. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, and in the books Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Lace Yarn Studio, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Knitting Plus.

Along with her designing and podcast, Marly has a successful YouTube channel where she teaches both knitting and crochet. On top of all that, Marly also has several online classes available with Creativebug and Craftsy.com.

In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids, and because life was not crazy enough—has three dogs.

For more about Marly, go to www.marlybird.com.



STITCHES Midwest 2017 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac Let's try something new. How about learning to crochet a fabric that resembles basket-woven stripes? That sounds a lot like entrelac. 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. Simple single crochet is all you need!
Amaze your friends with your newfound crochet skill. Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments. And have fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5252 Intermediate Miter Me This, Miter Me That Learn how to knit the building blocks of the knitting world. The mitered square has long been a staple in knitting design, and now it will be a staple in your knitter's toolbox. These magical mitered squares are knit in a variety of stitches. In class, learn how to make one in garter, a mix of garter and stockinette, and plain stockinette as well as a variety of center decreases that can be used to create the dividing line down the center. Also, these squares are joined as you go making miters the perfect traveling project for any knitter.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8082 Intermediate Interwoven Crochet Similar to double knitting, Interwoven Crochet is created by working two sides of fabric with two different yarns at the same time. Marly shares how to layer your lacy stitches with techniques for interwoven crochet. By working into the front and back of your two base layers, you'll create reversible fabric, but it's up to you whether both sides match!
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Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5279 Easy Dual Cables This is a little fancy knitting with traditional techniques. The Dual Cable class teaches knitters how to work with two colors at the same time while adding cables to the knitting. It is a new adventure in knitting for many and one that you will want to take many times over. On this adventure you learn how to make your very own pair of boot toppers!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPN's Let Marly show you how to master those double-pointed needles. No more dropped needles, lost stitches, or unsightly runs in your knitting! Learn a unique, never-fail cast-on; how to keep the stitches between each needle join snug; and how a few tips and tricks along the way can help in your future knitting projects.



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