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    Please Note Your Preferences for Workshops – MFKR 2012

    Friday, 8/31 
    9:00 am – 10:20 am

    Basic Brioche

    The plain brioche stitch produces a reversible fabric that doesn’t curl. It’s a great stitch to use for making scarves. This workshop will teach the plain brioche stitch and a three-color variation. Other topics include selvedge stitches for brioche, how to read your work, and casting on and binding off for brioche stitch.

    If you can slip a stitch purl-wise, make a yarn over, and knit two together you have the skills necessary for working the plain brioche stitch.   

    Craft:  Knitting

    Skill:  Requires Some Knowledge

    Portuguese Knitting

    In this 1 ½ hour, hands-on class, you’ll learn how to execute the knit and purl stitches using the Portuguese Knitting technique. You’ll discover how easy the purl stitch can be. And you’ll learn how to flow smoothly between knit and purl stitches within a row.
    Skill:  knowledge of the knit stitch, the purl stitch and stitch patterns that combine the two (e.g. ribbing or seed stitch).

    Friday, 8/31
    10:30 am – Noon

    Intro to Entrelac

    Introduction to the basics of Entrelac Knitting.

    Knowledge of basic increase, decrease and picking up stitches, along with a basic cast-on.

    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

    Crochet for Knitters

    People will learn chain single crochet, double crochet, They will learn how to incorporate some basic crochet to their pieces or just how to do plain crochet.
    Skill:  Crochet

    Level:  Basic

    Friday, 8/31
    1:00 pm – 3:45 pm

    Field Trip To Skacel

    This is an annual tradition and great treat for us. We get to tour the Skacel Headquarters, see new yarns and receive a discount on all yarn purchases. Please keep in mind that we do not get 25% off needles or needle sets.
    Skill:  Field Trip

    Requires:  Some Spending Money!

    Friday, 8/31
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Cabling Without a Cable Needle

    This will be an introduction to cabling using several techniques that do not require a cable needle. We will be working in the round so that we get more chances to practice our skills of cabling without a needle.
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

    Friday, 8/31
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Crash Course in Crochet

    In this workshop you’ll learn the basics in crochet: how to make a chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet. We’ll take these basic stitches and learn how to add a crochet edging to a knitted piece. If time permits there will be an overview of how to read a crochet pattern and how to read a crochet chart.
    This class has a homework assignment to make a small knitted piece that we will apply the edging to. Details will be provided if the class takes place.
    Skill:  Crochet

    Level:  Basic

    Saturday, 9/1 
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    (with lunch break)

    Natural Dye Workshop

    Join us for a hands-on natural dye workshop taught by Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors. Working with raw dye materials: madder root, cochineal insects, osage sawdust and logwood chips, participants will dye a natural fiber sportweight blend suitable for scarves, gloves and hats. Each student will take away 6-8 skeins of yarn (approximately 600 yards total) and an instruction folio with dye information, actual sample dyestuffs, complete instructions and recipes.
    Skill:  Dyeing

    Level:  No Previous Experience

    Cost:  ~$85

    Saturday, 9/1
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Introduction to Two-Color Brioche

    In this two-hour, hands-on class, you’ll learn the basics of the brioche stitch using two colors of yarn. While there are many stitch patterns possible using variations of the brioche technique, this class will focus on brioche rib. We will also talk about how the skills you learn can be modified for brioche stockinette.
    Brioche requires some knitting experience, so this class is ideal for intermediate knitters and adventurous beginners. Minimum prerequisite skills are: long-tail cast-on, knit stitch, purl stitch and a basic familiarity with yarn-overs.
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Requires Some Knowledge