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Denise Bell
Denise is the designer behind two books, each of which draws inspiration from a specific region and its culture. Her first book, Ultima Thule, is set in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland, and features incredible lacework inspired by life on the islands. Her Kailyard shawl draws gasps when it is unfurled. Her second book, Deep Roots, considers the landscape and personalities of the Flint Hills of Chase County, Kansas, a unique tallgrass prairie uninterrupted by mechanized agriculture. Along with these two books, Denise has designed lace shawls, skirts, colorwork vests, sweaters, and other interesting garments.

Her teaching experience includes events from coast to coast and border to border at large conventions, small retreats, guilds, and yarn shops. Denise's goal is to encourage students at all levels to be intrepid and eclectic in their knitting adventures.

Denise and her husband Chris run Lost City Knits, a small independent company named for the town nearest their Eastern Oklahoma farm.

STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, read a basic chart, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6225 Easy Take Flight: Knitting your First Lace Shawl A beginning knitter may tire of garter-stitch scarves, socks, and hats. When that happens, try a simple small shawl and learn a few more skills. As you begin the Monarch Shawl, you'll practice reading a chart, learn how pattern repeats work, knit simple lace, and gain an understanding of basic triangle construction.