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    Please Note Your Preferences for Workshops – MSKR 2014




    Thursday – 5/15
    10:00 am – Noon

    Unofficial Road Trip to Wunsapana Farms

    A visit to a llama farm where you’ll get to visit with the llamas and watch a demonstration of a llama being sheared.  Opportunity to buy fiber-related items as well


    Friday, 5/16
    9:30 – Noon

    Road-trip to Blind Buck Farm

    Local farm raising Angora Goats and Merino Sheep.  We might even get a demonstration of their beautiful dyeing techniques.


    Friday, 5/16
    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Learning to Knit – The Basics

    Instructor: Ben Walker

    This workshop is for true beginners.  We will start with the basics, including needle sizes, yarn (weights, plies & texture), and review what items could be included in a typical knitting project bag.
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Cost: All materials will be provided

    Intro to Spinning Wheels/Beginner Spinning

    Instructor: Aaron Bush

    A workshop for beginning spinners that gives a hands on look at different styles of wheels from treadle to tension and how all the parts come together to put twist into fiber.  Practice basic drafting methods with different fiber preparations with each of the wheels and see how they differ and what appeals to you or doesn’t appeal to you with each.
    Skill:  Basic
    Workshop is for those who have never spun or beginners or for those looking to get their first wheel or have just gotten a wheel they need to get acquainted with.

    Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom – Part 1

    Instructor: Dave Sledesky

    Learn how to warp a rigid heddle loom for a beautiful pinwheel scarf which you will make on the loom over the weekend. You’ll also learn some basic weaving techniques that you will use throughout the weekend as you weave your scarf. 
    Skill – Weaving

    Level:  Basic

    Cost:  $20 (if you need to rent a loom for the class)

    Materials: Must bring 2 skeins worsted weight yarn with at least 200 yes per skein

    Choosing Colors that Work Together

    Instructor: John Crane

    Some color combinations sing while others scream and fight.  This workshop will give you some tools for selecting beautiful and interesting color combinations.  Add more color to your knitting with confidence *before* you buy the yarn!
    Skill:  Other

    Level:  Basic

    Cost:  None

    Sami Mittens

    Instructor: Chad Bremmon

    Sami people use bright primary colors in their clothing, also in knitted mittens, socks etc…  Red, yellow, green and blue lift up the spirits of the long dark winters.  It involves complex color work.  Some is stranded, and some is intarsia.  

    Lamb’s Pride Nature Spun yarn will be provided.

    I can provide 2 circular needles for an additional $17.  Please let me know if you need them.

    Craft:  Knitting

    Skill:  Basic

    Cost:  None

    Materials: You need to bring a set of US 5 (3.75mm) double pointed needles, or two circular needles  


    Saturday, 5/17
    10:00 am – Noon

    Beyond Worsted – Drafting Lofty Yarns
    Instructor: Aaron Bush

    This workshop introduces woolen drafting techniques to spinners with some experience. We’ll experiment with different fiber preparations and drafting methods to put some bounce in our yarn.
    Skill:  Spinning

    Level:  Some Experience

    Cost:  None

    Do You Measure Up? (or Attaining Better Fitting Sweaters)

    Instructor: Michael Ross

    Part 1: Thorough explanation of how/where to take accurate measurements with consideration for non-standard shapes and sizes. We will be measuring each other and everyone will have a complete set of measurements to use for their own patterns.
    Part 2: The impact that various styles of sweaters have on fit including design elements: Drop shoulder vs. Set in Sleeve, Sloped Shoulder vs. Flat Shoulder, etc.
    Part 3 (if time allows): Putting it all together: applying your measurements to a custom sweater design. Including various tips, tricks and methods I use in constructing sweaters.
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Cost:  None


    Materials:  Pencil, paper and tape measure


    Handouts will be provided

    Heels for Human Feet
    Instructor: Joe Wilcox

    Demonstration of a toe-up heel that doesn’t require picking up stitches but is shaped like a human heel.
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic


    Cost:  None


    Saturday, 5/17
    2:00 – 4:00 pm

    Beyond Beginner Knitting:  Purl and Beyond
    Instructor: Kirk Hochstetler

    In this workshop, we will review the topics covered during the beginners workshop, explore knit/purl stitch combinations to create simple patterns, explore how to fix common mistakes, learn how to join yarns, and bind off.
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic


    Cost: None

    Finger-Tip to Cuff Glove Workshop


    Instructor: Danny Ouellette

    Traditional glove patterns start at the cuff and work up to the tips of the fingers. This class presents one method of working in the other direction.

    The class will present different methods for casting on the tips of the fingers and go through the making of a sample glove that shows all the construction techniques needed for a full sized glove.


    Students will be given hand-outs outlining how they can design their own gloves and also the instructions for the various cast-ons and cast-offs.
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Some Experience

    Cost:  $2 

    Materials: You need to bring DK or fingering weight yarn and a set of 5 double pointed needles, or two circular needles of a size to make a firm fabric with the yarns you bring.  

    Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom – Part 2

    Instructor: Dave Sledesky

    This is the second session in a 2 part series on weaving on a rigid heddle loom. You should plan on attending Part 1 in order to attend Part 2.


    In this session, you will learn how to cut your project off the loom and finish the ends (fringe). Various finishing techniques will be reviewed. If time permits, we’ll go over how to calculate warp and weft yardage for future projects.
    Skill:  Weaving

    Level:  Basic

    Cost:  None

    Striping, Shading, Patterning

    Instructor: Michael del Vecchio

    During this workshop, we’ll review the ins and outs of making the most of yarns with colorful flair. We’ll learn to identify which types of yarns produce which kinds of effects, then we’ll review some of the cool things you can do with them – slip stitch patterns, simple color work, miters, and the effects of changing the surface area.
    Skill: Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Cost:  None

    Yarn will be supplied, you will need a needle sized for knitting with worsted weight yarn