Monday, June 18, 2012

Class I am teaching in the fall

Forty Years of Knitting to Teach You
For Absolute beginners to quite experienced knitters

Heritage Weavers Spinners and Dyers
Art Pointe Studios
 4 Thursday Afternoons, 1  to 3
Sept 6 to 27

120.00 to HWSD members and 150.00 to non-members, pre-register
25.00 for supplies, paid on the first day

          This is a class for absolute beginners with an adventurous streak, we are going to cover all the basics but any level of knitter  would be interested because all three knitting methods will be covered. Spinners and dyers will have their interests and skills focused on too.  Yarn, needles, stitches, patterns, theory and history of knitting, ergonomics and mental health, the internet and knitting,  you are getting 40 years of knitting education, research experience and opinions. 

Day 1 starts with the Thumb or Portuguese purl, of all the methods this is the easiest.  If you are an absolute beginner I will cast on for you.  But a cast on comes next,  then 2 coloured knitting in the round (don't panic, really). 

Day 2 will be the Left hand Carry knit Stitch, that's the Continental or German method, then the purl, then the simplest cast off.  Somewhere in between we cover increasing and decreasing. 

Day 3 back to the Thumb method and it's knit stitch.  Then a few stitch patterns, garter, ribbing, stockinet and seed stitch and edges.

Day 4 will be an different cast on and cast off,  sewing together. And maybe cables if we have time or knitting circles.

Supplies and projects

One circular knitting needle, two balls of wool yarn (if you have sensitivities notify instructor)
Handouts including 2 patterns
Use of scissors, crochet hook, sewing needles, measuring tape etc. including opportunity to try different needles

Students should bring paper and pen.  And anything else you feel might be helpful or interesting. Second or third class bring a pattern you would like to knit.

Time and place
There will be a coffee break and coffee will be available,  bring snacks if desired. Smoking outside.  Art Pointe is 5 minutes from the # 1 bus and there is ample parking.  for map.
Instruction will be 1 to 3 for those who have commitments but Thursday morning is members only drop in and the instructor will be there if you want to come and practise, anytime from 10 to 1.  I don't rush off after either so we can sit around and practise.  To get the most from the class you will need to practise between classes.

The instructor, Jani Meyers has knit for 40 years, taken classes at Olds Fibre Week and Madrona  including "how to teach",  taught at Calgary Public Library and Olds Fibre Week.  She's janientrelac on Raverly and blogs at Knitting behind your back. Reach her at