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Have a problem with your project? Come see Bev at the store and she'll get you sorted! Perfect for the knitter who needs more than a few minutes of help, Bev fixes mistakes, demonstrates techniques, and gets your project back on track. With appointment times available most days, we'll get you in to see the "doctor" in no time! Semi-private class: up to 4 people per hour.
Learn to knit in just 4 weeks! This 6-hour introductory course will teach you the basics of knitting with a fun, hands-on approach by an experienced instructor.
Class 1: Cast on, knit, purl, yarns
Class 2: Gauge, stockinette, patterns, tools
Class 3: Decrease, increase, ribbing
Class 4: Blocking and finishingDevelop a new passion, make some new friends, and join the knitting revolution!
Learn the basics of knitting continental-style. Knitting continental (yarn in your left hand) requires less movement and causes less strain. As a result is easier, more efficient and faster. Is good for everyone but is the best choice for people affected by arthritis, left-handed people and for 2-colour work. Great for people with crocheting experience, since the yarn is held in the left hand and the motion of the right hand is similar to the motion seen in crochet.
This 6-hour introductory course will teach your child the basics of knitting. Meet new friends, and join the knitting revolution!
Class 1: knit, cast on and bind off
Class 2: purl, stockinette and yarns
Class 3: fixing mistakes, ribbing and other simple stitch patterns
Class 4: slipping stitches, decreases, increases and attaching new yarn
Class5: gauge, blocking, simple pattern reading and tools
Class 6: finishing (weaving in ends and seaming knitted pieces together)
Expand your knowledge of knitting. Learn to identify most common mistakes and how to fix them. Learn to insert a life line in case you have to rip back or pick up stitches on a previous row (before a mistake) and then rip back. Learn about choosing yarn, pattern reading, measuring and sizing. Also learn new technics like picking up stitches, making cables, lace knitting, finishing, knitting in the round and more. We’ll deal with problems you might have in your individual projects. For both continental and English style knitters.
This class is will introduce the Continental style (picking) of knitting to English-style (throwing) knitters. Knitting continental style (yarn in your left hand) requires less movement and causes less hand and arm strain. It’s the easiest way to frequently alternate between knit and purl stitches (think seed stitch, moss stitch and basket weave stitch patterns, ribbing…and the like) and helps enormously with colour work. Just imagine - colour work done using both hands! It’s also good to know so that you could alternate between the two styles of knitting, in order to avoid repetitive stress injury.
Bored with you usual methods to cast on (long tail, cable and knitted) and bind off? Expand your knitting knowledge as you work on more than five different cast ons and as many bind offs while making small swatches. Learn which is suited to what project when the pattern doesn’t specify. For both continental and English style knitters.
Learn the short row technique and the many uses of it. Learn when a wrap is needed and when not. Learn multiple ways of avoiding holes in your knitted fabric while performing the short rows (wrap and turn, yarn over, Japanese method and more). Also learn how to use the technique for shaping garments: shoulder line, adding extra shoulder room and extra upper back length in yoke and raglan sweater designs, sleeve caps, bust darts, elbow, hem line, sock heel and more.
For both continental and English style knitters.
Learn to graft two pieces of: stockinette, garter stitch and ribbing. Learn when grafting works and when not, as well as applications of it. Also learn to use Kitchener stitch as a bind off for 1x1 ribbing (very stretchy, ideal for top of socks, collars and neck bands). Get ideas and recommendations on when to use it and when not.
Fair Isle it’s a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. Learn to work with two active colours. Learn to read and follow the pattern from written instructions or chart. Also learn ways to deal with the strands of yarn this colourwork technique creates at the back of the work, the challenge when using this technique.
Add some bling to your knitting. Learn techniques of adding beads to knitted fabric while working on swatches.
Learn to identify and fix most common knitting mistakes (on same row or few rows down) as well as how to avoid them in the first place. Learn to safely rip back, pick up dropped stitches and untwist them as well as how to deal with wrongly crossed cables, missed: yarn overs, increases and decreases. Learn to insert a life line in case you have to rip back or pick up stitches on a previous row (before a mistake) and then rip back and more. For both continental and English style knitters
Learn to increase and decrease while working on a swatch. Learn how to work the many ways of increases/decreases: simple, double, center, left or right leaning, lifted, invisible or too visible and which one to use when the pattern doesn’t specify. Also learn to read/interpret the abbreviations and terms used in patterns for increases/decreases: m1, kfb, yo, ssk, sssk, k2tog, k3tog, sl1, psso, inc/dec one st at each end …
Learn the many finishing techniques: grafting in stockinette and garter stitch, cast on look-a-like bind off (very stretchy), tubular bind off, perfect match for tubular cast on in 1 x 1 rib (also very stretchy) and more. We’ll also review the mattress stitch for stockinette and garter stitch and weaving in the ends (tails) in knitting including reversible stitch patterns.
For both continental and English style knitters.
Learn to knit in the round with double pointed needles, one short or long circular needle, two circular needle and even two straight needles. Learn to cast on and join in the round for each of these methods. Learn the circular cast on (in the center of a piece) and what you use it for.
For both continental and English style knitters.
Learn how to read knitting patterns. Learn to follow written instructions or chart and how to keep track of your pattern. Learn common pattern abbreviations and terms, as well as chart symbols. Also learn how to read and execute multiples/repeats.
Learn the beautiful textured pattern of Entrelac. It isn’t as difficult as it’s described to be. To learn Entrelac, you have to know just a few techniques that you probably already use like: knit, purl, right/left leaning increase/decrease, knit/purl 2 together, and pick up stiches along the edge. We’ll work on flat Entrelac and also in the round Entrelac in stockinette reading from written pattern or chart. For both continental and English style knitters.
Brioche stitch produces an extra-thick and squishy reversible fabric, that is great for sweaters, hats, cowls, scarfs and blankets.Two colour brioche looks like 1x1 rib, only the knit stitches are one colour and the purl stitches a different colour. Learn to work brioche flat and in the round. Learn to read patterns for brioche, how to fix the most common mistakes that occur while working it, and how to increase and decrease. Also lean the special cast-on required for two colour brioche, as well as the best bind-off (perfect match for the cast on). Scarf and cowl patterns included.
If you can knit and purl, you CAN cable! Cables are easy to make, and can be used to produce textured fabric and interesting design. Learn how to work cables and traveling stitches both with and without a cable needle, as well as how to read cable stitch patterns from written instructions or chart.
Learn different kinds of decreases used in lace and how to combine them with increases/yarn overs to produce lace stitch patterns, while working on swatches. Learn how to read lace charts, keep track of your pattern and insert a lifeline (and why that is important in lace knitting). Learn to identify common mistakes and how to fix them. Alsolearn the tab cast-on, required for shawls that start with 3 or 4 sts at the nape of the neck and grow into a triangle or butterfly shape.
Mobius designs are circular knits which emerge symmetrically from the center up and down, with one twist, used for knitting the very popular infinity scarves and shoulder shawls. Learn 2 ways of casting on (the only difficult part of Mobius when knitting vertically), as well as provisional cast on without waste yarn and grafting (for knitting it sideway). Learn which stitch patterns work best and why.
Learn to work intarsia, the knitting technique used to incorporate areas of color. Learn to read and work intarsia patterns. Learn how to secure floats and weave in ends for a beautiful finished look. Also learn how to keep your yarn untangled, the biggest issue when using this technique.
This class will introduce you to a number of knitting techniques like: provisional cast on, sewn bind off, 3 needle bind off, picking up stitches, using life lines, knitting through back/front loop, knitting/purling into the stitch below, slipping stitches wyib/wyif…and more. Other techniques/terms/instructions you encountered that “give you headaches”? Just ask!
One of our most talked about classes! Come and join the "Sock Lady" for this fun, introductory course that is sure to have you addicted to making your own top-down socks.
Learn how to make top-down socks on double-pointed or circular needles - from working in the round to turning the heel to shaping the toe. There is also talk about how to choose yarn for socks, tips for socks as the perfect travel project, and suggestions for simple but high impact design variations like stripes and interesting ribbings to make a basic sock more fun.
This is the easiest style of sweater to make and you can try it on for size as you go. It‘s also made almost entirely in knit stitch. Learn all the techniques: knitting in the round, placement of markers to divide the stitches for the body of the sweater and sleeves, short rows (for shaping), increasing for the raglan sleeve, working the sleeve from the top down and ways to bind off loosely. Pattern and schematics will be provided. For both continental and English style knitters.
Learn the basics of sock knitting. You will learn to make socks the easy way (short row heel), top-down and toe-up working in the round on circular needle or double pointed needles. You will learn to turn the heel, shape the toe, do the tubular cast on, graft the toe when starting from top and work a stretchy bind off when starting from the toe (tubular bind off). If time permits we’ll work a variation of the heel on a swatch, the afterthought heel. Socks are great to give as a gift or to make for yourself. For both Continental and English style knitters.
Learn the art of reading charts or untangle the mystery of reading charts
This class will introduce you to knitting in the round using the Magic Loop technique.
Mittens are an essential item in every knitter’s toolbox. The perfect go-to item for gifts in a hurry! This class will teach you how to knit a basic mitten in the round with a thumb gusset. Once you’ve got these basic skills mastered you’ll be all set to customize with stripes, fair isle or even cables!
This 3 part class will take you through knitting a pair of socks starting from the toe with a super simple Turkish method cast on using one long circular needle. We’ll work the heel over short rows and a simple stockinette stitch leg. This sock pattern is simple and super quick to knit - you’ll even be able to try it on as you go to ensure the perfect fit! We will also discuss how to work 2 socks at once on one circular needle so your next pair will be finished even quicker and best of all they’ll match perfectly!
This one-hour class will explain how to take any sock pattern whether it be toe up or cuff down and convert it to work both socks at once. This method ensures you have perfectly matching socks and can use up all your yarn. Bring in your favourite sock pattern and we’ll guide you through casting on both socks at once, working the heel, gusset and toe increases and decreases so you can go home with the tools for success.
So many new sock knitters experience the Second Sock Syndrome and never finish their first pair of socks! This one hour class is for those of you who’ve finished their first sock but just couldn’t bring yourself to start the second. Bring in your yarn, needles, pattern and finished sock and we’ll give you a refresher on getting your second sock finished and out of your UFO basket. We’ll also discuss the pros of knitting both socks at once - ‘Two-at-a-time’ -so you can avoid SSS in the future!
This class will teach you how to knit in the round, join new colours, adding stripes in the round, a bit of lace knitting, decorative eyelets, etc.
Learn the beautiful art of crochet in just 6 hours! This introductory course will teach you the basics of crochet with a fun, modern approach by an experienced instructor.
You will learn the basics of crocheting : Foundation chain, Slip stitch, Single crochet, Double crochet, Half-double crochet, Treble crochet.
You learned to crochet, and now you're addicted! This course is the next step in your crocheting education. We will expand the theories learned in the LTC-Beginner class, and touch on important skills such as increasing, decreasing, crocheting in the round, reading patterns, and advanced stitches.
Cowls are a cozy comfort for winter, and you can crochet this cowl in just a couple of hours! Cowl is reversible as it looks great from both sides. Requires only one skein of a super bulky yarn like Malabrigo Rasta. This is a beginner project class where you will learn a foundationless start, working in the third loop, joining and working in the round, and following a basic written pattern.
Love the look of knit but can't knit? Need a hat for yourself or to gift to someone for the holidays? This is the workshop for you! This trendy hat pattern is available in sizes preemie through adult large and uses a cozy worsted weight yarn, and can be made in either a bonnet or traditional toque style. You will learn to crochet short rows, a technique often used in knitting, to provide great shaping.
Ever thought of crochet your own socks?! Now you can with this class. We will crochet a pair of toe-up socks so you can try them on as you go and adjust the calf length to the amount of yarn remaining.
Mittens are an essential item for the Canadian winter or the perfect go-to item for gifts in a hurry! This class will teach you how to crochet a basic mitten in the round with a thumb gusset. Once you’ve got these basic skills mastered you’ll be all set to customize with stripes, design motif or even cables!
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. This class will teach you how to crochet, stuff and assemble a solid-colour arigurumi bunny - great for upcoming Easter as decor or a gift.
Tunisian (also known as Afghan) Crochet makes a dense and squishy fabric with a beautiful texture. It’s very easy to learn and very satisfying to hook up! Join us in this unique workshop to learn the Tunisian Crochet technique, using a luxurious ombre DK yarn hand-dyed by a local artist - The Blue Brick. The bonus - you will have a truly one-of-a-kind shawl to use or to gift at the end of the workshop.
Back by popular demand! This course will make anyone passionate about turning fleece to yarn. The course teaches basic techniques of spinning and plying wool, including parts of the wheel, tension, and fibre. You will learn to spin from sheep to shawl.
Please Note: This class is limited to 3 students.
Learn how to spin fun funky yarn. Thick and thin, singles. Creating coils, and puffs, making core spun yarns, and adding beads and locks to your fun yarns to create tail spun yarns. We will learn how to create all these fun yarns. We will practice plying with threads to enhance your thick and thin yarns. We will learn how to set these fun yarns after spinning. 6 hours of fun spinning.
If you would like to learn how to spin, but buying a wheel just isn't in your budget, a hand spindle or drop spindle is the answer. As far back as the Iron Age, the spindle has played a role in producing thread and yarn and it is still used in parts of the world today. The form and function of the spindle is basically the same everywhere - to spin yarn from fleece for knitting or crocheting.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be a half-hour lunch break, so feel free to bring a lunch and/or snacks. There are also restaurants within walking distance.
*This class is limited to 4 students.
This class will show you how to use hand carders for fleece. We will also cover how to blend fibre on carders, creating new colours, how to create rologs or punis from carders, what can you do with a blending board, how to layer colours and create beautiful rologs to spin. If time permits we will also create bats from drum carders, showing how to layer colour or create strips of colour in the form of bats. We can also touch on how to add a bit of sparkle!
Students will be permitted a break during this afternoon workshop, so feel free to bring lunch and/or snacks.
Have lots of singles but not sure how to ply them? Have you heard about Navajo or Chain plying but are not sure what it is, why you would use it or how to do it? Wondering what the difference is between a 2 ply and 3 ply and more? This class will take you through the basics of setting up your wheel for plying, How to use your lazy kate, Tension or no tension, and plying your singles into beautiful yarns for knitting, crocheting or weaving.
Learn the basic techniques of needle felting by creating a bullet shaped orange cartoon cat figure. Techniques include creating a core shape using the rolling ball technique, blending wool colours, applying outer colour, triangle ear shapes, roll balls for mouth, skewer technique for tail, and eye detailing.
Learn the basic techniques of needle felting by creating a bullet shaped brown dog figure. Techniques to be learned include: creating a core shape using the rolling ball technique, applying outer colour, rounded ear and tongue shapes, roll balls for mouth, skewer technique for tail.
Take your beginner’s training to the next level and learn to needle felt an animal with 4 legs and a long neck.
Take your beginner’s training to the next level and learn to needle felt an animal with 4 legs and a fluffy pelt.
Learn the more advanced techniques of needle felting and celebrate Easter by creating a cute bunny figure. This is an intermediate class to help you take your needle felting to the next level.
Techniques to be learned: create a core shape using core wool, apply an outer color, create bunny shaped ears with pink inside, roll balls to make mouth, triangle shape for nose, square shape for tooth, and eye detailing.
Learn the basic techniques of needle felting and celebrate Easter by creating a cute yellow chick figure. This is an introductory class to start you on your way to becoming a needle felting addict!
Techniques to be learned: create a core shape using core wool, apply an outer color, create triangle shapes for wings, roll wool for beak and feet, and basic eye detailing.
Learn the basic techniques of needle felting and celebrate Easter by creating a lavender color egg and add a cute yellow chick for detailing. This is an introductory class to start you on your way to becoming a needle felting addict!
Techniques to be learned: create a core shape using core wool, apply an outer color, and learn to create finer detailing to needle felt onto the egg.