Spring is definitely in the air! New life has returned to the flower beds, and new lambs are exploring the world. At the end of the day take off those gardening gloves and relax with a cold drink and a ball of yarn. Put away the sweater project and reach for something small and lightweight - a market bag, a sock, an airy shawl. There is time enough in each day to take in the joys of God's creation and your own!
Mosaic knitting, or slip-stitch knitting, has long been one of Judy's favorite techniques. It gives you a finished product that is colorful and full of design, and yet requires very little work to produce such splendid results. Several friends have mentioned a desire to try mosaic knitting on a small scale before they work up to a
larger project. So for the newbys who are a little fearful of this technique, let's start with some mosaic coasters, small in size, requiring only 2 different color yarns. We will create this cute set of coasters while
ticing some simple slip stitches. Each coaster is knit in one piece and thick enough to protect your table from both hot and cold beverages, so learn a new skill and make something practical and giftable at the same time. Learn one pattern on Saturday, May 11th at
1 pm, and another on Saturday, May 25th at 1 pm. Classes are $10 with purchase of two skeins of Babe cotton worsted yarn. You will need size 7 straight or circular needles.
Tuesday afternoons you will find many knitters sitting around our
table working on projects of their own or knockers to make sure our bins stay full for the many requests that come in. If you have a few hours free, join us for a little "fiber therapy" and lots of fun, 3 to 5 pm. You will feel renewed and refreshed after spending time with your fiber friends.
New Class Series - Take Your Knitting to the Next Level
In 4 classes Joan will lead you from beginner to intermediate. Each class focuses on a specific skill that you will practice, making a dish cloth along the way. Class fee for the series is $30, plus the cost of materials, 2 balls of Kid Cotton. (One ball makes 2 dish cloths) Don't want to do them all? Individual classes are $10 plus materials. All projects use size 5 or 6 needles. You must already know how to knit and purl. Here's the lesson plan:
Week 1, May 3, 1:30 p.m. Wishy Washy - this creates lovely texture by alternating knits and purls. If you haven't tried continental knitting (picking), this is a great opportunity to practice. By the time you finish the dish cloth you will have the muscle memory to tension yarn in your left hand. This is a game changer, and will increase your knitting speed by at least 50%.
Week 2, May 10, 1:30 p.m. Snowbank - This cloth introduces charts.
Once you understand the legend, knitting from charts is a quick way to visualize the stitches. This pattern changes up texture with purled stitches. The seed stitch border is another perfect opportunity to practice picking.
Week 3, May 17, 1:30 p.m. Konifere
- We introduce lace concepts and directional decreases to create a lacy dish cloth. This pattern is written out rather than charted, so you will learn common abbreviations and sentence structure for knitting patterns. It's amazing to watch designs appear in your knitting!
Week 4, May 24, 1:30 p.m. Lydia's Lily Pad
- We're making a circle!This project requires DPNs and a
16" circular needle and is a nice introduction to knitting in the round. Circular skills are a must for making so many different types of projects and this is a small one to get you started.
Sock club will meet each Friday at 3:00
. Whether the group is large or small, it's always a great opportunity to pick up tips and tricks from other sock knitters. This is not a class, just a gathering of folks who enjoy making socks.
Sorry, no spinning group gathering in May. Instead, maybe we'll see you at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival! Joan will be checking out potential new sources of local yarn on Sunday. Let her know if you have a new favorite Kentucky yarn or spinning fiber.