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    Please Note Your Preferences for Workshops – MFKR 2013




    Basic Double Knitting Techniques

    Introduction to the basics of two strand, reversible knitting.
    Understanding of Knitted cast-on and basic increasing and decreasing helpful.
    Skill:  Knitting
    Level: Requires some knowledge
    Cost:  None


    Basic Crochet for Knitters

    A very basic introduction to crochet for knitters.  You will learn how to make a chain, single crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. There will be some simple hand outs.
    Skill:  Crochet
    Level:  Basic
    Cost: None


    Master Knitting Program Needs Men!

    I couldn’t go into great detail about what the actual patterns are for the program and such since those fine details are part of what you pay for, but I’d like to talk with anyone who has considered doing it and/or started it and stopped.  I’d like to just make more guys aware of the program and even help them sign up.  If someone can’t afford it maybe I could do a scholarship for someone who is truly committed.  I could possibly let people see the binder I’m working on if it’s okay with TKGA.  I’m way behind on it myself but that’s another story. 😀
    Skill:  Knitting
    Level: Requires some knowledge
    Cost:  None
    Equip:  A laptop or tablet would be handy


    Attaining better fit for men’s sweaters

    The workshop will begin with how to measure for correct fit by measuring each other, then the focus will shift to patternmaking challenges with emphasis on shoulders, necklines, and armholes. My hope is to finish by addressing additional specific problems you face in making sweaters. (I will send an email request after registration).
    Skill:  Knitting
    Level:  Requires some knowledge
    Cost:  $5
    Equip:  Pen/pencil, paper, flexible tape measure


    Icelandic Sweaters – History, Materials, Design, and Construction

    Hand knitting has been an important activity in Iceland for thousands of years and remains so today with the popular Icelandic yoke sweaters.  This course will begin with a brief overview of the history of knitting in Iceland.  We will then discuss and compare and contrast the three types of yarn used to knit Icelandic sweaters: Plotu-Lopi, Álafosslopi, and Lettlopi. Participants will receive samples of the yarns for swatching and experimentation.  The design and construction of Icelandic sweaters will be covered in detailed through examination of vintage and recently made sweaters.  We will then review how to read an Icelandic sweater pattern and discuss tips and tricks for making your first sweater.  The course will conclude with recommendations for books, websites, and suppliers for further exploration. The instructor will provide yarn samples and will have numerous sweaters and pattern books on hand to facilitate learning and discussion.
    Skill:  Knitting
    Level:  Basic
    Cost:  None


    Portuguese Knitting

    An alternative to techniques such as Continental, Throwing, English, etc, Portuguese Knitting is a technique that makes the purl stitch flow quickly and easily.  With this technique, the yarn is tensioned around your neck and a flick of your left thumb is all you need to complete the purl stitch.  Knit-purl stitch patterns like ribbing and seed stitch flow easily as well. 
    Skill: Knitting
    Level:  Basic
    Cost:  None
    Equip:  Relatively smooth yarn and appropriately sized needles.


    Intro to Two-Color Brioche Rib

    You’ll learn the fundamentals of brioche knitting, specifically one-by-one brioche rib using two colors.  Some experience with knits and purls is necessary.  This technique also involves yarn-overs, but if you haven’t done them before, we’ll go over it in class. 
    Skill:  Other
    Level:  Requires some knowledge
    Cost:  None
    Equip:  Two strands of smooth, relatively light/bright contrasting yarn, and needles a size or two smaller than you’d normally use for the yarn


    A Couple of Tubular Cast-On Techniques

    There are several different kinds of “tubular” cast-on techniques.  We’ll go over two different techniques, both of which are good for 1×1 ribbing (think sock cuffs, hats, sweater bands, etc).  Then we’ll modify one of these techniques for 2×2 ribbing. 
    Skill:  Knitting
    Level:  Basic
    Cost:  None
    Equip:  Two strands of a relatively smooth yarn in contrasting colors (one scrap and one main), and appropriately sized needles


    Intro to Drop Spindle Spinning

    In this 2 hour session, you’ll learn how to produce a singles (one strand) yarn using a top whorl drop spindle and wool top. We’ll go over spindle anatomy, fiber terms, & spinning lexicon. I will provide fiber for spinning and a handout. You will need to bring an inexpensive or beginner top whorl drop spindle. 

    Final note: We will not be learning how to ply yarn (multi-stranded yarn) during this workshop. If there is time before the end of the retreat, I’d be happy to demonstrate one of the ways to ply yarn.

    Skill:  Spinning
    Level:  Basic
    Cost: Schacht Medium Top Whorl Spindle is $20