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    Please Note Your Preferences for Workshops – MSKR 2012




    Thursday – 5/17
    10:00 am – Noon

    Unofficial Road Trip to Battenkill Fiber Spinning Mill

    There is a local fiber mill that will be giving anyone who cares to get to the retreat by at least 10:00 am on Thursday, 17-May.


    Friday, 5/18
    10:00 am – Noon

    Blocking Lace:The BDSM of Knitting

    Blocking with pins and wires can become a race against the clock, especially for large pieces.  This workshop teaches a modified version of the Russian method involving PVC, nylon cord, paper clips, and rubber bands.
    Craft:  Knitting

    Skill:  Basic

    Intro to Spinning Wheels/Beginner’s Spinning

    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 who need coaching, and great for those looking to get their first wheel or have just gotten a wheel they need to get acquainted with.


    Friday, 5/18
    2:00 – 5:00

    Road-trip to Cotswold Sheep Farm

    Leaving from Easton Mountain parking lot, we’ll travel about 30 minutes to a sheep farm where they breed and raise Cotswold and other sheep.


    Saturday, 5/19
    10:00 am – Noon

    Knitting (and purling) Backwards

    There are any number of knitting situations where turning the work creates major headaches, minor glitches, or small delays.  This class will teach you to knit and purl backwards (i.e., with the stitches worked from the right-hand needle to the left), which means you do not turn the work at the end of the row. 
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic

    Intro to Naalbinding

    Want to learn a new way to make clothing and accessories? Learn a craft that predates even knitting and crochet. Naalbinding, also known as knotless knitting, is formed by using a single large and flat needle and using finite lengths of feltable yarn.
    Skill:  Other

    Level:  Basic

    Tunisian Crochet – Spiral Square Blanket

    Using the spiral square blanket as a springboard for teaching a fiber technique, participants will learn how to do basic Tunisian Crocheting and everything they’ll need to know to make the colorful spiral square blanket.
    Skill:  Crochet

    Level:  Basic


    Saturday, 5/19
    2:00 – 4:00 pm

    Overview of spinning silk on a drop spindle

     This class with get you started and give you a taste of lots of different silk options.
    We’ll cover choosing a spindle appropriate to the silk you want to spin, spinning silk from several preparations including top, silk bricks and hankies, working with commercial silk blends, and if time, hand blending silk. Finally we’ll cover some options for plying your yarns.
    Students will be supplied with silk and silk blend fibres and class notes. There will also be fibres to try hand blending that students can take samples of as well.
    Skill:  Spinning

    Level:  Able to spin and ply using a drop spindle

    Cost:  $10 each participant for supplies (paid to instructor at the retreat)

    Four Directions Hat

    Knit the Four Directions Hat!  A great introduction to fair isle (or stranded) colorwork knitting, this pattern requires basic knitting knowledge including: working in the round, and decreasing.  The workshop will teach twisted german cast on, simple stranded colorwork, creating jogless stripes and decreasing, all on double point needles.
    Participants will get a copy of the Four Directions Hat pattern.
    Skill:  Knitting

    Level:  Basic