Friday, February 18, 2011

March Classes

I’m teaching the following classes at Greenwood Quiltery In Guelph.
Please call them at (519) 822-2790 for information and to register:

Beginner Lace Shawl Learn the lace basics to make this cozy shawl and attain the knowledge & confidence to venture into more detailed patterns. (Thank you to Jill Draper for the use of her pattern) (Pinchy) Tues. Feb. 22, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $20.00 plus supplies.*

Drop Spindle Spinning
Entranced by handspun yarns and longing to move deeper into the creative waters to knit your own handspun yarns? Using the drop spindle, learn to spin your own yarns! Inexpensive to start, this is a great portable hobby! Tues. March 8 and Tues. March 22, 6 – 8 pm. (Pinchy) $30 plus suplies.*

I’m teaching the following classes in March at Passionknit in Toronto. Please register in advance either by coming into the shop or calling Passionknit at
(416) 322-0688:

Sock Knitting! This is a two-part class where students will learn the basics of sock knitting. We will be working on five needles from the cuff down. Please know how to work on 5 needles, read a pattern, cast on/off and be available for both classes. (Pinchy) Tues. March 15 and Tues. March 29, 7 – 9 pm. $50 For both classes; materials additional.*

Absolute Beginner Knitting
If you are interested in learning the basics of knitting this is the class for you! This class is for those of you who have never knit before and want to get started. We will learn how to cast-on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. We will talk about different ways of knitting as well as knitting terminology. (Peachy) Thurs. March 17, 7 – 9pm. $30 plus materials.*

Learn to Knit on Four Needles
Don’t be scared! It’s easy and fun! Knitting on four needles allows you to make all sorts of small items in the round. In this class we will be making simple wrist warmers on 4 needles using a luxurious Alpaca yarn. Please know how to cast on, bind off, knit and purl. (Pinchy) Thurs. March 31, 7 – 9pm. $30 plus materials.*

Class Rating:
Peachy = All Levels
Pinchy = Medium
Persnickety = Difficult

*Please bring your knitting tool bag to class: Needles, stitch markers, scissors, note pad, etc. Also, please roll any skeins into balls before class!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sore Wrist and Cylons

I have been on a handwork diet. My several hours a day habit caused some bad things to happen to my wrist and arm. I have been going to a wonderful Chiropractor/Acupuncturist and she has helped me so much and, most importantly, has taught me how to take care of my hands.

Hands are so important to us crafters' and when something is wrong with your hands it travels to wrists, elbows, necks, shoulders, and on… Ouchy! Please don’t forget to take a break every 20 minutes or so and do some great stretches – your body will thank you!

The good thing is that I have used this re-coop time to start dying some fibre. Here are some pics of myself mixing up some stock solutions:

I love to listen to podcasts or music or watch great TV shows while doing my handwork…. Sometimes the two cross over. In this case Lick the Light Switch kindly posted this Cylon Centurion hat pattern! I love Battlestar Galactica! It was so fun to make.