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    Please Note Your Preferences for Workshops – MFKR 2014

    The Fun of Double Knitting, Making DK Reversible

    Double Knit (DK), allows you to have a Front Side (FS) on both sides of your project. This allows you to mirror what is on the front to the back.
    Reversible DK, the front and back can be exactly the same, or completely different. This will explain how to create and read a Reversible Chart.
    Both classes will be using a simple knitting chart.
    Skill:  Knitting
    Level: Requires some knowledge
    Cost:  None

    Nigel’s Short Row Heel

    I created a new short row heel technique for my Tom and Ethel sock pattern which was published by Skacel. The heel uses shadow stitches which are created then later incorporated into the heel as it is worked. The technique makes a strong heel which really hugs the foot and is very comfortable. The heel works for both toe-up and top-down sock knitting so is very versatile.
    In this session you will work a complete heel turn based on a piece of circular knitting. Homework will require you to complete this piece of circular knitting to be used as a base for the heel.The technique will work with Magic Loop, two circulars or five needle sock knitting.
    Skill:  Knitting
    Level:  Requires some knowledge
    Cost: None – students will be prepared with their homework piece on their chosen needle style.

    Technology and Fiber Round Table

    Web sites, Tablets and Smart Phones have helped the fiber user (knitter, crocheters, spinners, weavers, etc) integrate technology with their craft.  Come share these technologies with other crafters.

    Skill:  Other
    Level: Basic
    Cost:  None
    Equip: Technology Device to demonstrate.  (iOS, Android, or laptop)

    Card Weaving Demo

    A quick demonstration and explanation of what card weaving is and why  it is so versatile and incredible.

    Skill:  Weaving
    Level:  Basic
    Cost:  0
    Equip:  None

    Spindle Spinning for Beginners!

    Before the invention of the spinning wheel, every culture around the world used some variation of a spindle to put twist into fibers to create yarn, and you can learn how in this fun and educational workshop.  
    You’ll learn the difference between top and bottom whorl spindles as well as the pros and cons of each; how different sizes, weights, and shapes affect the yarn;  how to draft fibers; and using a basic suspended spindle (also called a drop spindle) how to add twist to fiber and create yarn.  
    A small number of spindles may be available for purchase for this workshop and fiber will be provided, but if you have a spindle of your own, please bring it!
    Skill:  Spinning
    Level:  Basic
    Cost:  None

    Judith MacKenzie McCuin: History of Textiles

    Judith MacKenzie has kindly agreed to join us at MFKR 2014 to give a presentation on the history of textiles, and will follow-up with a short spinning demonstration for those who are interested.
    Judith teaches yearly at Black Sheep, Madrona, at several spinning retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest, at the John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, and her classes fill up almost instantly.
    We are lucky to have her visit with us this year.
    Skill:  Other
    Level:  Basic
    Cost:  None

    Indigo Dipping with Kathy Hattori

    Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors has kindly offered to do another Indigo Dyeing workshop like we did 3 years ago. We will be able to dip yarn, fiber and fabric. The charge will be $25 to do the indigo dipping. You should also purchase yarn/fiber/fabric you can dip dye.
    The following yarns will be available for purchase at Maker’s Mercantile (price is before 20% discount!):

    1. Reggae – 100% Merino – slightly felted single ply, 100 gram hank = 200m/218 yards ($10.00/hank)
    2. XL – 100% Merino – slightly felted single ply, 100 gram hank = 66m/72 yards ($12.00/hank)
    3. Sockenkleckse – 75% Wool, 25% Nylon.  100 gram knitted panel = 420m/459 yards ($11.00/hank)
    4. Flying Saucer –  75% Wool, 25% Nylon.  100 gram (2 strands wound together) = 420m/459 yards ($18.00/hank)
    5. CoBaSi – 55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon.  100 gram hank = 400m/436 yards ($12.50)
    6. Wolkenspeil – 80% Merino, 20% Nylon (You can feel the softness difference) 100 gram hank = 400m/437 yards ($17.20/hank)
    Kathy will have enough indigo for each person to dye a tee shirt and also dye about a pound (500 grams) of fibers. They can be yarns (must be skeined) or roving (nice and clean and put in a net laundry bag) or finished small items like socks, scarves or hats. The two key things are: natural fibers, and clean. Acrylic and poly won’t dye. A small percentage of synthetic content like nylon, Lycra or elastane is fine.

    Skill:  Other
    Level:  Basic
    Cost:  $25

    Mosaic Knitting: Colorwork the Easy Way!

    With Mosaic Knitting, you knit with only one color per row to achieve intricate looking patterns without stranding or intarsia wrapping. You simply knit and slip stitches, but the result is stunning!  We will cover several variations of Mosaic Knitting, low and high contrast colorways, the use of variegated yarns,   how charts are written and  read differently for Mosaic Knitting, and practical tips about the best uses for Mosaic Knitting. 

    Skill:  Other
    Level:  Basic
    Cost:  None