Saturday, March 13, 2010

April Classes at Passionknit

March Classes at Passionknit
3355 Yonge St. 416-322-0688

Felting 101 – Slippers Adult/Baby
This class is geared toward those interested in how to felt their knitting. Participants in the class will be working on a pair of slippers or baby booties while the instructor demonstrates and explains the principals of felting knitted items. The pattern for the slippers/booties is a great pattern for learning short rows. Please know how to knit, purl, read a pattern, cast on and off. (Peachy) $30 plus materials. Thurs. Apr. 8, 7 – 9pm or Wed. Apr. 14, 7 – 9 pm

Understanding Increasing and Decreasing – Cotton Face Cloth
This class focuses on the importance of various increases and decreases in knitting. The pattern is very adaptable and can be used to make a baby blanket or lap blanket. Please know how to cast on/off, knit, purl and read a pattern. (Peachy) $30 plus materials. Wed. Apr. 7, 7 – 9pm or Thurs. Apr. 29, 7 – 9pm

Short Rows – The Scowl
This is a wonderful transitional garment! It can be worn many ways and is a quick knit out of one skein of Malabrigo’s new yarn – Rasta. The class focuses on learning short row techniques. The pattern and design was created by local designer Kate Atherley.
(Pinchy) $30 plus materials.
Thurs. Apr. 15, 7 – 9pm or Thurs. Apr. 29, 7 – 9pm

Passionknit Stitchers’ Night
This is a special night out for our Passionknit customers to come and socialize. Come join us to “unwind” the last Wednesday evening of every month for a fun knitting night. Come and let our array of amazing new yarns and patterns inspire and push your knitting to the next level. (Free)
Wednesday April 28, 7pm - 9pm

Registration Information:
We keep classes small in order to be able to spend one-on-one time with each student. Please register in advance either by coming into the shop or calling us. Payment in full for the class is due upon registration, please check your schedule and class description carefully, registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. We also do not offer make up classes.

If you must cancel a class you have registered for, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance, we will issue you a credit toward another class.

Two-hour classes are $30, which is for the class only. Materials and applicable taxes will be in addition unless otherwise noted. If a class does not run due to low registration or extenuating circumstances, you will be refunded in full.

A 10% reduction on materials costs is offered once you are registered. You may pick out your materials anytime after registration.

Doors will open 15 minutes before class and class will start promptly. Please be on time.

We also welcome suggestions for class ideas – just send us an email or give us a call!

For up-dates on Passionknit events and classes please join our mailing list by calling or emailing us.

Class Rating:
Peachy = Easy
Pinchy = Medium
Persnickety = Difficult

Alisa McRonald, Fibre Arts Teacher
My love of the fibre and textile arts came as soon as I was old enough to sit on my mother’s lap at her sewing machine.

I have been fortunate enough to exhibit my work at galleries and shops in New York, Los Angeles, Asia, England and Canada. It was in the late 1990’s when my work as an artist became solely fibre based.

My interest in hand spinning came first from my love of animals and wanting to learn about yarn production from start to finish. I was able to gain hands-on experience during a two year internship at a small fibre mill / angora goat farm in Elora, Onatrio. During this time, my fibre knowledge was expanded exponentially.

I have been teaching fibre arts classes to both children and adults for several years and I am excited to bring my teaching skills and fibre knowledge to Passionknit. I feel fortunate to be working with a group of people who are amazing knitters and believe in helping people with their endeavors.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Making it Your Own and for Someone Special

I recently completed Tanis Fiber Art's Baby Shane Blanket. Her colours are amazing and quite "adult" for a baby blanket - which I love! I made my blanket for my little niece in strong colours in hopes that she will cherish it into adulthood and it won't look silly.

Making a project your own is very important. Adding a different edging or a special personal flare gives it a personal signature. I decided to crochet the border around the blanket instead of picking up and knitting the border. It gave it a different texture and I was able to use up every bit of the Tanis' beautiful hand dyed yarn.

It's nice to be able to make something for someone with my own hands. I thought about my niece through every stitch and was so excited to give it to her. A handmade gift no matter how big or small is like giving someone a little piece of yourself....