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    Please Note Your Preferences for Workshops – MSKR 2015




    Thursday – 5/14
    10:00 am – Noon


    Unofficial Road Trip to Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch

    A visit to an alpaca ranch where you’ll get to visit with the ranch to pronk with a cria.  Opportunity to buy fiber-related items as well


    Friday, 5/15
    9:30 – Noon

    Learning to Knit:  The Basics

    Instructor: Nick Cox
    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.

    All materials will be provided

    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Cost: None

    Introduction to Weaving

    Instructor:  Dave Sledesky

    If you’ve ever wanted to give weaving a shot, consider taking this two-part class where you will learn how to warp a rigid heddle loom and weave a fabulous pinwheel scarf that you will take home with you from the retreat.
    Skill:  Weaving

    Level:  Basic

    Cost:  $20 if you need to rent a loom


    Friday, 5/15
    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Entrelac and Backward Knitting

    Instructor: Chad Bremmon

    I learned a lot of things from Annie Modesitt about entrelac knitting at NCFF last September.  She had several little tips to make entrelac smoother.  Her focus was on using entrelac in lace projects.

    A pattern and instructions for an entrelac scarf will be provided.  Students should bring between 150 and 200 grams of their own worsted weight yarn in a matching colorway.  Remember that self striping yarn with long color repeats looks very good in entrelac.

    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Cost: None

    Design Your Own Icelandic Sweater

    Instructor: Lars Rains

    We will examine the various components of a bottom-up, seamless yoke sweater.  After we have recorded all of the measurements required for this type of garment, we will work step by step through all of the simple calculations needed for you to leave with a personalized pattern that you can take home to create your very own Icelandic lopapeysa.  A sample band chart and a sample yoke chart will be provided for you to incorporate into your design  Pre-work will consist of recording 8 different body measurements and preparing a 6″ by 6″ gauge swatch in stockinette stitch using either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi. Other brands of worsted weight or bulky weight yarns may be used, but at the risk of offending the huldufólk.  (Design class, some arithmetic required)
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Cost: None


    Saturday, 5/16
    10:00 am – Noon
    Official Road Trip to Battenkill Fibers
    A tour of a working wool mill, with the opportunity to see all areas of fiber preparation from scouring, to picking , to carding, to pin-drafting, to spinning and to skeining.


    Saturday, 5/16
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Beyond Beginner Knitting

    Instructor: Joe Wilcox

    A follow-up workshop for the Beginning Knitters Workshop to help you expand your learning of knitting.  We will adapt the workshop to the skill levels, but possible topics will include stitch patterns, reading patterns, quick fixes for mistakes, binding off and joining in new yarns.

    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Cost:  None

    Textures and Colorwork with Slip Stitch Knitting

    Instructor: Michael Ross

    Learn how to create interesting color work and textures in your fabric by using only one color at a time. No stranding or intarsia needed. I will also describe strategies to use with variegated yarns to minimize pooling of colors that frequently happens.

    Materials you will need to bring:  2 or more contrasting colors of yarn (any weight), needles – any size, but if you can bring a variety that’s great!

    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Cost:  None


    Spinning and Spinning Wheels for Beginners

    Instructor: Aaron Bush

    In this workshop we will learn about all the different types and parts of a spinning wheel and how they, and you, all work together together to put twist into fiber.  We’ll get acquainted with fiber, learn about staple length, preparation types, and drafting.  Finally, we’ll put everything together to make our very first yarn!

    Wheels and fiber will be available for us to use in the workshop.

    Skill:  Spinning

    Level:  Basic


    Cost:  None