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NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
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
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6122 Intermediate Shetland Sky and Sea
The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs. Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?
In this fine-lace class, we'll look at 2 traditional Shetland stitches: the Bird's Eye and the Cockleshell. Both stitches involve patterning on every row and do require a bit of concentration. And both are well worth the effort!
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6123 Advanced Shetland Lace: A Londoner's Approach
Shetland lace knitting is a beloved tradition with a unique construction method. In 1975 Gladys Amedro, originally of London, moved to the island of Yell in Shetland and began designing Shetland lace using a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods. In this class we will knit a swatch using Mrs. Amedro's method of working from the edge to the center.
Lace-weight merino yarn will be supplied by the teacher.
Note: Must be able to execute standard increases and decreases, and basic chart reading. Experience with lace-weight yarn required.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2057 Intermediate Magic Tricks with Wires, Pins, and Frames
Every lace shawl knitter talks about the "magic" of blocking.
Turning a puddle of finished lace knitting into a striking shawl takes more than just the waving of a magic wand. It also takes tools and attention to detail.
In this class we will look at typical shawl shapes and discuss how to use blocking wires, pins, rulers, foam mats, a towel, and a yard stick to stretch and pin them for maximum jaw-dropping lace effect.
A variety of shawls will be on hand but students are welcome to bring an additional lace shawl to facilitate discussion and demonstration.