Tuesday, September 29, 2009

October Teaching Schedule!

Here are my scheduled classes for October. They will all be held at Passionknit (3355 Yonge St., Toronto 416-322-0688). Please email or call for more information.

Be Square!
This ongoing class will focus on learning knitting and crochet stitches from basic to advanced. We will be focusing on a new stitch each week, and over the weeks, will create several stitch sample squares that can then be pieced together to make a blanket. Each week you will receive a new handout explaining the stitch. Pick out your favorite Passionknit yarn and get cracking! This class will be ongoing and will alternate weeks between knitting and crochet. Come to one or several! $30 plus materials.

Monday October 5, 9 – 11am (Knitting – The Moss Stitch)Monday October 19, 9 – 11am (Crochet – Singles and Doubles)Monday October 26, 9 – 11am (Knitting – Garter Stitch Triangles)

Entrelac Tutorial spells F-U-N!
WOW your friends! It looks complicated but, shhh, it isn’t! Once you learn the basic technique, Entrelac is a wonderful and versatile stitch. This class will focus on casting on, picking up stitches and casting off for creating a beautiful Entrelac pattern. We will go over everything to make a small reference sample. $30 plus materials.

Monday October 5, 12 – 2pm

Amigurumi – the Craze is here!
Amigurumi is a Japanese crochet craze! They are adorable and simple crocheted toys. In this class we will focus on creating an adorable little mouse. “Squeeks” will teach you how to begin, increase, decrease and finish using a typical shape to create all sorts of crocheted friends. Basic knowledge of pattern reading and familiarity with holding a crochet hook would be beneficial. $30 plus materials.

Monday October 19, 12 – 2pm
Thursday October 29, 7 – 9pm

Mod Entrelac Alice Band!
If you’ve dabbled with enterlac, this is the class for you! We will be knitting a groovy winter ear warmer that will help perfect your technique. This project is the perfect size for your TTC knitting bag and will certainly jazz up your winter wardrobe. $30 plus materials.

Wednesday October 14, 7 – 9pm
Monday October 26, 12 – 2pm

Crochet-a-long With Noro
Curious about crochet? Interested in enhancing your knitting through expanding your craft knowledge? If so, let’s get together and learn a basic granny square to create a beautiful afghan inspired by Noro Designer Marcia Davis. Any and every Noro colourway is like a delicious candy surprise! You can choose the weight and colourway of Kureyon that suits you. In the class we’ll go over the pattern, look at some samples and start your granny square – then you’ll be on your way to hooking up something comfy! Basic knowledge of pattern reading and familiarity with holding a crochet hook would be beneficial. $30 plus materials,

Thursday October 22, 7 – 9pm

Passionknit Stitcher’ Night: Come and “Unwind”!
Need advice on a project? Want to socialize with other fibre fanatics? Come join us at Passionknit the last Wednesday evening of every month for a fun knitting night. (Free)

Wednesday October 28, 7 – 9pm

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tanis Fibre Arts!

Tanis Fiber Arts and the lovely Tanis herself had a booth next to the Passionknit booth last weekend at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's fair. I had seen her wonderfully dyed yarns at Greenwood Quiltery about a year ago and have loved them ever since. It was great to finally meet her! I was excited she purchased one of my Sparkle Fresh Beret kits, but not only that, she gave it a good blogging! (that sounds dirty, but it could also be a good new expression).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Going Well! Fibre Fun! Victorian Hair Art!

I have been settling into my new life in Toronto and preparing for my classes to start at Passionknit. I have a very full teaching schedule this quarter. I will be posting the class schedule here in the next few days. Meanwhile, I am busy making samples and creating handouts.

I have been working on several of my own projects too. I created a pattern and sample called "The Sparkle Fresh Beret". It's a fun one! Fun to make and to wear. Here it is:

I've also been working on a few Noro projects! One is the two ball scarf that everyone made ages ago. The other (which I don't have a picture of yet) is out of the new Noro book. It's a cool book because it shows into their factory, how they make their yarns and where the fibre comes from. Intersting for those who love Noro and for those who like seeing where stuff comes from and how stuff is made. Anyway, it's made out of a new yarn they have just released called "Bonbori". It's a seed stitch cape. I'm excited about it but want to complete more before I post a picture. Here is a picture of my scarf, I've come a lot further on it over the past few days though...

An obsession I've been mulling about and researching is Victorian Hair Art. I don't know what fascinates me more, the delicate work, that it's hair, the idea that it is a keepsake from a loved one. Some samples, if you don't mind.....

Hair and fibre is my number one thing, obviously, and I spend a lot of time thinking about why. Studying hairdressing and microscopically examining hair, what makes it curly or straight, what makes it have colour or no colour and extrapolating that into how important styles have been to different culture over the ages. Styles denoting stature, where you from, all that! Then thinking about analizing hair from humans or animals and being able to tell their health, medications, DNA, genetics all from one tiny strand... Well, I'm rambling! I've started hand-spinning with human and animal blends. It's very intersting and I plan on writing more about it as my projects develop. For now, here are some pics of skeins. I have both blended the human and animal and then spun it, I've added while spinning and I've added while plying....