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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.
Candace Eisner Strick
Learning both music and knitting at the age of three, Candace Eisner Strick has followed these two loves all her life. A former cellist, she now devotes her time to all aspects of knitwear. She is the author of eight books, her most recent being Knit My Skirt (XRX, Inc., 2016).
She lives in rural Connecticut with her pianist/knitting husband Ken, rescue wonder-bunny Abraham, and a parrot who owns her. Her designs can be found at the Ravelry store and at Love Knitting website. Appropriately, 'strick' means 'to knit'.
For more about Candace, go to strickwear.com
STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4103 Intermediate Morphing a Mobius
A mobius shawl? What theâ€¦â€¦ ?? Itâ€™s true; it can be done, and you get the geometric beauty of a mobius framing your face. Factor in the added benefit that it will keep your shawl on your shoulders through a hurricane! In this class we will learn the super-easy cast-on to start your mobius from the spine and work outwards. Learn when and how many stitches to bind-off so you can morph directly into a shawl. The knitting is pleasant and easy to do, and it yields spectacular results.
Note: Must be familiar with circular knitting.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2018 Intermediate Skirts For Every Body
Most knit skirts use a turned-down waistband with elastic. This creates bulk right where most people don't want it! With Candace's unique method you can banish that bulk. Also learn all the necessary techniques to knit a custom-fit skirt. Sample some fun and flirty design options: from ruffles, to inserts, to handkerchief hemlines.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4109 Advanced Time For Tams
Itâ€™s a clock, itâ€™s a hat. Yes, you have read this correctly. If you have always admired Fair Isle sweaters but just donâ€™t feel up to tackling such a big project, and if cutting your sweaterâ€™s steeks gives you anxiety, then think TAM! When you are not wearing it, it can become a clock. Or it can be a clock until you move to Northern New England and find yourself in need of a hat. Learn everything you need to know to knit Fair Isle: where and how to hold your pattern color and your background color, how to strand unused yarn across the backs of stitches (which is rarely needed in most Fair Isle patterns), how to use colors for their maximum effects of showing off the pattern, and how to plug designs into a tam template. By stretching your tam over a styrofoam form and using an inexpensive clock mechanism, you can always find time to knit.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3134 Intermediate Basically Yours: Custom Skirts
Make yourself a custom-fit skirt that is completely yours. It will fit, it will drape, it will flatter, and it will look good whether you are sitting, standing, or dancing. With just a smidgeon of math and some beautiful yarn, you can enter the zone of skirt knitting. You will plan out a basic A-line skirt to custom fit you. Once you have the basics, a myriad of variations are within your reach, along with some charming hemline special effects. Come in curious; leave skirt obsessed.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6226 Intermediate Old Shale: Theme and Variation
Old Shale is perhaps the most beautiful and beloved of all the Shetland lace patterns. Its beauty and ease of knittingÂ endures, and its variations are almost limitless. It has but one fault: the bind-off does not wave as beautifully as the cast-on. Come to class and learn how to adjust and manipulate Old Shale into dozens of beautiful variations and how to cure that bind-off problem.
Note: Must be able to read a charted pattern.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6227 Intermediate Cables To Boot
Knitted cuffs for the tops of boots are fashionable as well as practical. They are also the perfect place to hone some new knitting skills. We will cover a perfectly stretchy cast-on as well as a matching stretchy bind-off, reversible cables so you can turn down the cuff, and how to cable without a cable needle.
All of the above techniques can be applied to a matching cowl.
Note: Must have some experience in knitting in the round.