2016 Teachers/Classes

Joeli from Joeli Creates

Joeli of Joeli Creates is a knitter, teacher and small business owner. Knitting is something she picked up when she was 6 and never put down and completely surprised her parents by turning it into a business! She likes to create and inspire knitting adventures through her patterns, tutorials, and online courses. Joeli has worked as a tech editor with magazines, book publishers, and hundreds of designers and has her own designs published in Knitty and Knit Now, and a book with Cooperative Press. You can find her as joelicreates on Twitter and joelicreates on Instagram, as well as on Ravelry where she is Joeli.

Discovering Seamless Sweaters
There’s actually a lot of techniques that go in to knitting a seamless sweater and it can be a little overwhelming if you’ve never tackled one before. We will go over knitting sweaters both from the bottom up and from the top down and talk about the different types of yokes you might come across. You will leave feeling comfortable with all the techniques you need to knit a seamless sweater. Whether you’ve been too scared to tackle a garment yet or intimidated by the idea of working in the round, this class has something for you.

What to bring?
• A size US7 (3.5mm) circular needle that is 32" (80cm) long
• Yarn will be provided for this class

Designer Bootcamp
Are you one of those people that maybe has a design thought up but you haven't gotten around to writing the pattern or publishing it yet? Or maybe you have tons of ideas, but you're not really sure about how to turn them into patterns? Maybe you keep giving yourself reasons why you can't publish these designs or you tell yourself that your designs aren't original enough? After taking this class, you won’t have any doubts about what to do and you certainly won't be able to use any of those excuses anymore! Together we will go through swatching and drafting up a pattern all the way to publishing and every step in between.

What to bring?
• A set of interchangeable needles (if you have them) or a variety of needle sizes for swatching and playing around with different yarns
• Yarn will be provided for this class

Louise Tilbrook

Louise Tilbrook of Louise Tilbrook Designs is an enthusiastic (some would say obsessed) sock knitter living in Essex in the UK. Taught to knit at a young age, she encountered Ravelry and hasn’t looked back since. She has a range of patterns (including socks) available on Ravelry and many more in the pipeline. A northern girl at heart, she is inspired by frequent visits to the beautiful English Lake District and loves cables, simple, stylish lace, and soft subtle colours of nature. She loves to support the many wonderful independent dyers that are currently working in the UK. You can find her as Madmumknits on Twitter and louisetilbrookdesigns on Instagram, as well as on Ravelry where she is LouiseTilbrook.

Toe-up Socks Two-at-a-time Using Magic Loop
A class for knitting two socks at a time from the toe-up using the Magic Loop method of knitting in the round on one long circular needle. Lasting approximately three hours, the class will give you all the skills you need to avoid second sock syndrome forever. Making small baby socks in DK weight yarn will enable you to practice the skills needed in knitting two socks at the same time.

Why toe-up and magic loop?
• Achieve a better fit as you can try on as you go.
• Get the most out of your sock yarn by knitting a longer leg – without fear of the yarn running out.
• Never lose a DPN again – using one circular needle is highly portable and well suited to knitting on the move.
• Less re-arranging of stitches means that many knitters find the magic loop method quicker than using conventional double pointed needles (DPNs)

What will learn I learn?
• Principles of toe-up construction
• How to cast on for toe-up socks
• How to use the Magic loop method for knitting in the round
• Strategies to manage your yarn and avoid tangles when working from 2 balls.
• Working a heel for toe-up socks
• Stretchy cast off

What experience do I need?
• This class is suitable for someone who has knit a few pairs of socks before.
• Experience of knitting toe-up is not essential.
• Previous experience of knitting in the round is required and familiarity with the principles of sock construction (e.g. turning the heel, etc.)

What to bring?
• A circular needle at least 100cm long (120cm or 150cm is better) - Needle size should be appropriate to the yarn choice (suggested 3.5mm for DK yarn)
• Approx 2x 25g ball of smooth, firmly plied DK yarn, ideally use 2 different colours of yarn.
• 2 stitch markers

• Students will receive written materials to support the class and allow for additional support at home. These will include links to online resources and recommended reading.

Take Control of Your Knitting
Scared of charts? Can’t tell your left leaning decrease from your right? Or do you yearn to be able to fix cables without ripping out your work? If so, then this is the class for you. Lasting approximately two hours, this class will help to improve your confidence in ‘reading’ your knitting, using charts, and fixing some common mistakes. Take control and show your knitting who is boss!

What will learn I learn?
• Left and right leaning increases/decreases and when they might be used
• Common chart symbols
• Tips and tricks for reading charts
• Cabling without a needle
• How to fix an error in a cable

What experience do I need?
• Students should be able to cast on/off and to knit and purl confidently.
• Some experience of cabling or lace work is desirable but not essential.

What to bring?
• 4mm needles – either straights or circulars – whichever you are most comfortable using, wooden needle tips are recommended as metal ones may be too slippery
• Approx 25g ball of smooth, firmly plied DK yarn
• 4mm Cable needle
• 2 stitch markers
• Small crochet hook
• Small length of waste yarn
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors

• Students will receive written materials to support the class and allow for additional support at home. These will include links to online resources and recommended reading.

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown of Porpoise Fur is an ex-Bostonian neurobiologist now living in London by way of southeast Texas. When not knitting, she's likely to be spinning or dyeing fibre for Porpoise Fur, or wrangling other people's designs as a technical editor for independent knitwear designers, Knitty.com, and SweetGeorgia Yarns. In addition to adventures in wool, she is one half of the dynamic duo behind Yarn in the City, organizing knitting and yarn-related events in and around London, and generally trying to build as large a fibre community as possible. You can find her as porpoisefur on Twitter and porpoise_fur on Instagram, as well as on Ravelry where she is porpoise.

Swatching Success
Mastering the Art of Swatching is key to knitting items that fit properly without (gasp!) running out of yarn. In this class, we will discuss different ways to swatch, covering yarn and fibre choice, fabric characteristics, and when you might decide to work at a different gauge than the one recommended by the pattern. We'll also cover why it's important to block your swatch and when you can maybe get away without swatching at all.

What to bring?
Prior to the class, students will need to pick a pattern they want to swatch for and knit a preliminary swatch (4x4"/10x10 cm minimum size) using the needle size called for by the pattern.
• For the class, students will need to bring their pattern, their yarn and preliminary swatch, and a range of needles bracketing the size suggested for the pattern and their yarn. For example, if the pattern calls for a 4.0 mm needle and the yarn recommends 3.5 to 4.5 mm, bring needles from 3.0 or 3.25 mm to 5.0 mm.
• A notebook, pen or pencil, and a calculator will also be needed.
• Extra needles in various sizes and materials will be provided in the class.

Spin Doctor
Are you new to spinning? Tried to spin before but couldn't get the hang of it? Wanting to expand your skills at the wheel? In this class we will cover a range of topics depending on student interests, ranging from basic spinning techniques and terminology, wheel mechanics, different ways to prep your fibre, drafting techniques, and more as time permits.

What to bring?
• Students will need to provide their own wheel.
• Students will also need to provide some information to the instructor about their spinning experience and goals via a questionnaire prior to the retreat.
• A range of fibres will be provided during the class for students to use.

Tara Swiger

Tara Swiger of TaraSwiger.com is the author of Market Yourself, a workbook on creating marketing plan for your a handmade business. She began her entrepreneurial journey as a yarn-maker, and quit her (boring!) day job in 2009 to be a full-time maker. She has been writing and teaching about handmade businesses for over 6 years, via (free) email lessons (sign up here!), her weekly podcast, and in-person and online courses. Her superpower is translating complex business principles into the language of artists and makers and turning theory into do-able Action Plans. You can find her as taraswiger on Twitter and taraswiger on Instagram, as well as on Ravelry where she is TaraSwiger.

Map Making
If you’ve got big plans but you never seem to get around to making them happen, you’re not alone. A lot of us creatives struggle with one common enemy: distraction. We want to do everything. Right now. And our lack of focus keeps us from getting very far with anything. Super-frustrating, isn’t it?

In this class, you'll:
• Learn how to create goals that work (for YOUR unique way of working)
• Break a goal into do-able To Dos
• Create a path of actions to follow, as soon as you leave the retreat!

We'll turn your goal and list into something visual and fun: an actual, physical, visible map.

What to bring?
• Your favourite markers, crayons, stickers, washi tape, or other fun map-prettifying supplies.

Get More Done in Your Business
Do you get distracted in your workday? Waste your time on stuff that doesn’t matter? This workshop is a step-by-step process that will help you create a workday that works for you (and your life!).

You will:
• Learn when you work best.
• Discover what you should be spending your time on.
• Create a way to track all the many, many things you want to do in your business.
• Develop a workday (no matter how small or big) that works for your real life.

What to bring?
• Nothing but a pen

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