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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.

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 booksUltima Thule: Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands and Deep Roots: Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie.

For more about Denise, go to lostcityknits.com



STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2057 Intermediate Magic Blocking with Wires, Pins, and Frames Every shawl knitter talks about the "magic" of blocking lace. Turning a puddle of lace into a striking shawl takes more than just the wave of a magic wand; it takes tools and attention to detail. We will look at typical shawl shapes and discuss how to use blocking wires, pins, rulers, foam mats, a towel, a yard stick, and Shetland dressing frames to stretch and pin them for maximum effect. A variety of shawls will be on hand, but students are welcome to bring a lace shawl to facilitate discussion and demonstration.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 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: 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
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.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1144 Intermediate Stratocumulus Capelet Class Unspun Icelandic Plötulopi wool yarn is soft and airy, but knitters unfamiliar with working without twist in their yarn might find it intimidating. Its unspun strands are a delight once one discovers how they behaves and learns a few ways to handle this unique yarn. We’ll spend some time learning the ins and outs of how best to handle the Plötulopi wool yarn, swatch for gauge, take a few measurements to ensure a good fit, and cast on for the Stratocumulus Capelet.

Note: You should have basic knitting skills and experience reading charts. 
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Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5389 Intermediate Stress-free Steeking You've heard about cutting your knitting, and maybe freaked out a bit about the prospect, but there's no need to stress. Learn the right wool to use, a few good ways to prep the project, how to process the stitches after you've cut them, and you'll be fine.
You will work on a small sample with 2-color patterns (peerie bands), fortify the knitting, snip, snip, snip, then stabilize the cut stitches. A variety of stitch patterns are included in the class handout.