Thursday, December 21, 2006

take a class with Beth Brown-Reinsel

Author, instructor, and knitwear designer Beth Brown-Reinsel will teach 3 classes at Loop on Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21, 2007. Beth has been involved in many facets of the fiber arts as a spinner, basket weaver, dyer, knitter and yarn shop owner, but teaching is her passion. She is the author of Knitting Ganseys and has written articles for Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, and Knitters magazines.

Beth will teach 3 classes during her visit:

Traditional Gansey Techniques
$150 – 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, January 20, 2007 (lunch break from 1 to 2 pm)

Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among fisherman in the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, shoulder straps with perpendicular joining and picked up sleeves.

This class is for intermediate to advanced knitters. You must be proficient with double-pointed needles. This is a 6 hour class with a one-hour lunch break.

Swedish Cast-ons and Scandinavian Knitting Technique
$75 – 10 am to 1 pm, Sunday, January 21, 2007

Five cast-ons from Sweden will be taught in this hands-on class. They are all one-needle cast-on methods, and can be adapted for one or two color edges for sweaters, mittens, socks, and hats. In addition, the Continental and English methods of knitting, purling, and weaving will be taught as a basis for the Scandinavian technique of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving) and Twined knitting (two yarns in the right hand). Small sample swatches will be made using all of the techniques learned in class.

This class is for advanced beginner to advanced knitters.

Latvian Wristers
$75 – 2 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, January 21, 2007

Using wristers as a template, some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit on of a pair of wristers to learn the following techniques, which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops, or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the wrister, as well as a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colors and setting up the knitting for color changes in the braids.

This class is for intermediate to advanced knitters. You must be proficient with double-pointed needles.

Reserve your space with Beth today!

These classes will fill up quickly so register today! Full payment is required when you register. There will be no refunds unless the classes are cancelled, in which case a full refund will be made. Seating is limited, so call or stop in today!