Classes 2016

Class signups will begin Monday, May 2nd until the minute before classes start at SSK.  We will do our best to let you know what class(es) you will have by June 1st.  Class rosters are posted in the SSK group on Ravelry by time slot.If you have questions about anything to do with classes, please email or pm Laura and she will help you.

Hint: If you use the thread text search feature for your ravelry name, it makes it easy to find your classes.

Class Rosters can also be found here.

How signups work:

Your SSK fee includes one class at no additional cost from one of our amazing teachers. We will ask that you choose your top three classes, and we will do our best to accommodate your request based on demand/class size.  I try to have everyone’s selections in before I assign classes. In the past 3 years, every single person who was attending SSK at the time of class signups was able to get their first choice class.  That’s something I am hopeful will happen again this year.  

Additional classes may be available for an extra cost.  If you decide that you would like to add a class at anytime, just let Laura know via email and she will do our best to make that happen.

A special note about spinning classes:  If you would like to take a spinning class and are unable to bring a wheel with you, we will have 4-5 wheels available for rental.  We ask that you let us know on the class form because that may affect which session of class you will be able to take.  If you can only use or prefer a specific wheel, please let Laura know.


Maggie Casey (spinning)

Please note: For all classes students should bring a wheel and all the parts, especially whorls (unless you are borrowing one, please see info above) and Lazy kate and  4 bobbins

SPINNING BIG AND LOFTY YARNS

Soft yarns, full of air, are a joy to knit and wear, but not so easy to spin.  By choosing the right fiber, tweaking our wheels and choosing the right fiber, we can create those light and lofty yarns.

Beginning spinning skills required.

Material fee $ 8

PLAYING WITH ROVING

How many different colored yarns can you get from one variegated roving?  It depends!

How you spin the yarn makes all the difference.  Do you strip it, or spin across the web?  Do you use a singles, 2 ply, Navajo or cable ply?  Yes!  Come spin and ply and see how many different looks you can get from one roving.

Beginning spinning skills required.

Material fee $10

SPINNING LACE YARNS

We will start by tweaking our wheels to make them behave and then spin a little Polwarth, Merino locks and some silk/wool top.  We will practice spinning a consistent yarn, try a couple of different spinning techniques and then ply it and discuss finishing tips.  Can a lace shawl be far behind?

Beginning spinning skills required.

Number of students: 15

Material fee $10


Thea Coleman (knitting)

Design Workshop:

In this hands-on workshop, I’ll take the students through my design process, walking them through each step, from yarn choice to finished idea.  Using yarn that the students bring, we will first cover the aspects of fiber that affect choices, we will cover what to think about when choosing motifs,  and then how to work up a basic design plan.  By the time class is over, everyone will have a new perspective on pairing yarn with ideas and what to think about when creating a fabric!

Skill level:   basic to advanced.   All students should know how to knit basic motifs/stitch patterns and how to read a chart, but a cowl can be designed in simple stitches just as easily as it can be worked in complex lace.   I encourage everyone to work within their skill set.

Materials:  Each student should bring 400-600 yards of a yarn they’d like to make a cowl out of.  It’s a good time to go into stash and pull something they’ve been dying to use.  Any weight or fiber is fine.   Students should bring needles and a blocked stockinette swatch of their yarn choice(s) to class.

Optional:  they can also bring any stitch dictionary or stitch motif they would like to work with.   Bringing more than one yarn option or multiple needle sizes is also fine.  

Cable Workshop

Cables are one of my favorite things to work with.  Especially since they are simpler than people often realize.  In this class I cover  a number of  ways to understand and play with cables.  From using an existing motif in a new way, to changing cables to do what you need them to, to creating  your own cable, we will touch on a number of tricks and techniques that will give the students a new sense of empowerment over creating and changing cables on their own  knits.

Skill Level – advanced beginner and up.  You should know how to work  basic lace and cables and be comfortable  reading and working from a cable chart.

Materials – Each student should bring about 200 yards of a basic worsted weight yarn and a set of needles.  Nothing too variegated or textured, as we will play with a few cables and want them to show up.


Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark (knitting)

Introduction to Brioche Knitting

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic knitting skills, including increasing, decreasing, and yarnovers.

Description: Learn the brioche stitch, which creates rich reversible textures and lofty, insulating fabrics. You’ll discover how to use flexible cast ons, choose yarns, work basic shaping, and make neat bind offs to use on your brioche projects, as well as knitting brioche in the round. Caution: this stitch is addictive!

Materials Fee: $3, printing costs

Students Should Bring: Smooth worsted weight yarn in a light solid color, double pointed and/or 32” (or longer) circular needle in size US 5 or 6, stitch markers, locking stitch markers.

Homework: N/A

U-Turns: Short Rows for Shaping & Pattern

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable with Stockinette stitch and have a good idea of basic knitting terminology.

Description: Short rows are an invaluable skill to learn to not only shape garments, but to create color and texture patterns in your knitting. Learn four short row methods, including classic wrap and turn method, japanese method, shadow wrap method, and yarnover method, and how to use these techniques to create shaping and pattern in your knitted projects.

Materials Fee: $3, printing costs

Students Should Bring: 2-3 skeins of smooth, DK or worsted weight yarn, preferably wool. Knitting needles in size needed to get gauge with selected yarns. Basic knitting notions (markers, tapestry needle, etc.), including locking stitch markers or coil-less safety pins.

Homework: N/A

Brioche Colorwork

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of brioche knitting.

Description: Learn how to create stunning color patterns using brioche stitch in 2 or more colors. Make your brioche pieces fully reversible by learning advanced shaping methods, and explore different combinations of yarn weights and textures.

Materials Fee: $3, printing costs

Students Should Bring: Smooth solid-colored worsted weight yarn in two or more contrasting colors, small amount of contrasting lace or fingering weight yarn, double pointed or 32” needle in size US 5 or 6, cable needle, stitch markers, locking stitch markers. Optional: scrap yarns in varying textures and colors for stitch exploration.

Homework: N/A


Romi Hill (Knitting)

Shapely Shawls
Learn about different shapes that shawls can come in! We’ll go through several ways to shape shawls and how you can expect to increase or decrease to arrive at a particular shape. Then we will cast on for a small shawl made with sock yarn.

Materials: knitting needles in size depending on pattern, shawl pattern (more information will be given shortly), sock or other yarn for shawl. Note that class fee does not include pattern, it will need to be purchased ahead of time.

Homework:  The pattern that will need to be purchases is Maia.  Please purchase the pattern and print ahead of time.  SB does offer printing for $.25 a page.

Lace Surgery
In this workshop, not only will we discuss techniques to avoid lace mishaps, participants will learn how to rip a section of lace back and knit it up row by row without having to rip the entire project out. Students will be given charted knitting homework to be prepared prior to the class: a lace swatch with a mistake in it, to be operated upon during class! Materials: swatch, double pointed knitting needles at least 2 sizes smaller than used to knit swatch, small foam core sheet (or something else to which the swatch can be pinned), t pins, point protectors, patience.

SSK 2016

SSK 2016 lottery entries are now closed!  Thank you so much!

SSK is returning to the Scarritt Bennett Center for 2016!  The event will be held from July 20th-24th.

There are two options for participants.  The first is the event with lodging on campus.  The second “daypass” option is for people who are finding their own housing or live local.

Option 1 (full event including lodging):

Total cost for option 1 is $575.

What’s included in the $575?

  • Lodging at the Scarritt Bennett Center Wednesday-Saturday.  Please be aware that while you do have your own room, you will be sharing a bathroom with 1 other person.  These are less fancy than your standard hotel room, but do include wifi.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks Thursday-Saturday.  Cupcakes on Wednesday.  Breakfast on Sunday.   We do accommodate people with different dietary needs.
  • 1 three hour class with one of our fabulous teachers Romi Hill, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, Maggie Casey, or Thea Coleman (you can take up to 3 additional classes at an added cost)
  • An amazing goodie bag with lots of neat stuff!
  • A chance to win awesome doorprizes.
  • Entrance to a market with lots of cool vendors!
  • Getting to hang out with tons of cool knitters and spinners who love all the same things you do!
  • The Tasting Room, SSK Games, and Try It on Room
  • Fun knitalongs, random prizes, and other fun stuff in the Ravelry group.

Option 2 (daypass):

The cost of option 2 is $350

This includes all of the above EXCEPT lodging at the Scarritt Bennett Center.

To sign up for the onsite lottery (option 1), click here  The daypass option (option 2) is here

Both of the links are entries into the lottery for the event.

Lottery entries will be open from 8/29/15 until 9/11/15.  You can only enter ONE lottery, either daypass or onsite, not both.

We wish we had room for everyone, but if we do have more than 146 total entries, a random drawing will occur for spots.  Sign-ups will close September 11th at midnight cental US time.

Good Luck everyone!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Doorprize Sneak Peek #1

We are so lucky to have wonderful people who are willing to donate their amazing products as doorprizes for SSK.

Here’s the first of a series of sneak peeks:

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Naturally Knitty

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Into the Whirled

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Aaron Makes Stuff

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Ogle Designs

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Ladybug Fiber Company

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Vintage Rose 

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Two Sisters Yarn Company

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Chicken Boots

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Curious Handmade (Helen Stewart)

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Turtlepurl Yarns

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Foster Sheep Farm

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Bar-maids

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WM Lace donated by Karen45

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Bags By Awesome Grannie

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StarKnits

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Lollipop Yarn

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Berry Colorful Yarnings

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Sweater Kit from Webs

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KnitSpinFarm

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Lost City Knits

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Eternity Ranch

Stay tuned for even more goodies tomorrow!

 

 

Tasting room and Try It On room

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We love trying new to us products and are always searching for new stuff.  From this passion was born the tasting room a few years ago.  The tasting room occurs Thursday night at SSK and it is the perfect place to try needles, crochet hooks, looms, drum carders, blending boards, spinning wheels, and spindles of all kinds (along with lots of other stuff).

This year we are getting y’all involved by offering door prize ticket incentives.  If you have a product that you don’t mind people trying in the tasting room, bring it to SSK and we will give you 3 tickets for the loan of small items and 10 tickets for the loan of large items.  The room is supervised, but if you want to hang out with your stuff we would encourage that.    At the bottom of this page, you will find a form to print off and cut out for tagging your items.

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Last year, we also added the Try It On room.  This room is Friday night and allows everyone to try on handmade items that they may have been thinking about making.  Sometimes it allows you to see modifications that you may want to make or check the appearance of a garment on yourself.  Some of the funniest moments come from things that may look good on others but are total fails like my Tubularity which looks amazing on my friend Eloise, but less amazing on others.

Similar to the tasting room, if you would be willing to loan items for others to try, we will reward you with doorprize tickets.  A garment will receive 5 tickets and an accessory will receive 3.  We ask that you pre-tag your items with the tags below, although we can also tag them for you at SSK.

We can’t wait to see everyone in a few weeks!

tasting room:try it on room tag pdf

 

 

 

Class Rosters

Class rosters for SSK classes have been posted here.  If you have any questions or need to change anything, just let Laura know and she will take care of you.  Just 30 more days!

2015 Classes

Susan's Shawl Shape Class

Class signups will begin Friday, May1st until the minute before classes start at SSK.  We will do our best to let you know what class(es) you will have by June 1st.  Class rosters are posted in the SSK group on Ravelry by time slot.If you have questions about anything to do with classes, please email or pm Laura and she will help you.

Hint: If you use the thread text search feature for your ravelry name, it makes it easy to find your classes.

How signups work:

Your SSK fee includes one class at no additional cost from one of our amazing teachers. We will ask that you choose your top three classes, and we will do our best to accommodate your request based on demand/class size.  In the past 2 years, every single person who was attending SSK at the time of class signups was able to get their first choice class.  That’s something I am hopeful will happen again this year.  

Additional classes may be available for an extra cost.  If you decide that you would like to add a class at anytime, just let Laura know via email and she will do our best to make that happen.

A special note about spinning classes:  If you would like to take a spinning class and are unable to bring a wheel with you, we will have 4-5 wheels available for rental.  We ask that you let us know on the class form because that may affect which session of class you will be able to take.

Here are the classes being offered at SSK 2015:

Sarah Anderson (spinning)
Materials fees will apply and are the responsibility of the attendee.  The fees are as follows:
Take Control of your spinning: worsted $17
Take Control of your spinning: woolen $17
Spinning Soft Core yarns $20
Take Control of your Spinning: Worsted
“Drafting” refers to the way the spinner manipulates or draws out the fiber as twist
enters it to create yarn. Different drafting methods produce very different yarns even from the same fiber and different fibers may require different techniques. In this class we’ll work on drafting techniques that spinners of all skill levels will appreciate including diameter control, understanding twist, drafting for worsted yarn producing a yarn compatible to an existing yarn & finishing techniques.
Student level: Students should be comfortable with their wheel and able to spin a continuous singles.
Bring to class: Spinning wheel in working condition and 3 bobbins. If you have a flick card or handcards, bring them also.
Take Control of your Spinning: Woolen
“Drafting” refers to the way the spinner manipulates or draws out the fiber as twist
enters it to create yarn. Different drafting methods produce very different yarns even from the same fiber and different fibers may require different techniques. In this class we’ll work on drafting techniques that spinners of all skill levels will appreciate including diameter control, understanding twist, drafting for woolen yarn producing a yarn compatible to an existing yarn & finishing techniques.
Student level: Students should be comfortable with their wheel and able to spin a continuous singles.
Bring to class: Spinning wheel in working condition and 3 bobbins. If you have a flick card or handcards, bring them also.
Spinning Soft Core Yarns 
Fluffy and light, soft core yarns are delicious. In this class you’ll learn the basics of spinning soft core yarn with top, locks and batts. These yarns can remain a singles or be plied but no matter what you do with them, they are lovely and warm.
Students should be able to spin a continuous thread.
Supplies that students should bring: Spinning wheel in working order, lazy kate and 3 bobbins.

Mary Jane Mucklestone (knitting):

3 Essential Methods for Shaping in Fair Isle 
Maybe you love the look of Fair Isle but feel limited by the complexity of adding in shaping to your projects. Well Mary Jane is here to walk you through three different ways to add shaping in easy and creative ways. You’ll work up a swatch in class to test all the types.
Prerequisites/Experience: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; experience with Fair Isle knitting in the round.
Dominate Your Yarn! Understand Yarn Dominance in Stranded Knitting. 
Ever been terrified by the words yarn dominance? Discouraged from continuing stranded knitting because you think your stitching looks wonky? Mary Jane takes the fear out of yarn dominance and through simple exercises and practice we’ll determine our own personal yarn dominance and set our fears to rest. On top of that, we will have fun!
Prerequisites/Experience Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; experience with Fair Isle knitting in the round.
Two Color Knitting – Let’s Begin! 
In a relaxed setting, I’ll introduce you to the world of stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle knitting. In this technique class you will lear the basics, covering several methods of holding your yarns, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends and finishing techniques. This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and those looking to brush
up on their technique. We will begin knitting a stranded colorwork headband or hat. Skills covered: Left-handed, right-handed and combination style stranding. How to introduce new colors, understanding yarn dominance, weaving long floats, weaving in ends, finishing and blocking.
Prerequisites/Experience: Solid knowledge of knitting and purling and how stitches are mounted on the needle. Some experience with knitting in the round.

Gale Evans (Dyeing)
NOTE FOR ALL STUDENTS ENROLLING IN A DYE CLASS: Please plan on wearing clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty or getting permanent dye on.  Materials fees will apply and are the responsibility of the attendee (start at $12 and goes up based on how many items you dye)
Create your own gradient Dyeing
In this class, we will be using the microwave and acid dyes to create shades of color in small skeins. Students will have the option of doing one color from light to dark or shading from one color to another in 5 to 7 mini, superwash DK skein arrangements. Written dye recipes for future,at-home gradients as well as full instructions for the general use of acid dyes will be given by Gale.
 Minute Microwave dyeing
Using the microwave and simple acid dyes, create your own wonderful, faux-shibori style silk scarves and complex, multi colored yarns. Gale will show you three different silk dyeing effects that literally takes seconds to do in the microwave. But wait there is more… Yarn can also be dyed in wonderful ways too. This class is designed to show you how easy,quick and fun dyeing can be. Written instructions on what is taught as well as how to use acid dyes will be provided by Gale at the start of the class.

 


Susan B. Anderson (Knitting)

DSC_0769Exploring Shawl Shapes and Design

~ Simple and clear instruction for creating and designing your own shawl from scratch!

 Grab that languishing ball of fingering weight yarn or a favorite skein you’ve been saving for just the right project, your needles, and a pencil and away you’ll zip designing your very own shawl in one of 7 selected shawl shapes. In class you’ll get in-depth instruction on designing your own shawl, instructions on exactly how to create the shape you are going for be it crescent, triangular, long-ended for extra wrapping, half-hexagon, assymetrical, semi-circle, or more! Your shawl may have lace, garter stitch, stockinette stitch, many textures, stripes, beads, etc.

 The sky is the limit and you’ll leave with an excellent understanding of how to design your own shawl from scratch from cast-on to bind-off and everything in between!

 Provided in class:

Different options for casting on the shawl

Instructions in recipe form for creating 7 different shawl shapes

Charts for several different stitch counts that can be included in your shawls

Edgings ~ many clear options

Bind offs ~ many different options

Optional: Beads and a flosser to add beads to the shawl in the body, edging or on the bind off. Make sure the beads fit on the yarn you have selected. Bead size 6/0 will usually fit on fingering to sport weight yarn.

 Materials:

Yarn:

How big do you want your shawl to be? It’s really up to you how much yarn you’ll need!

Here are some guidelines:

100 grams of fingering weight yarn with at least 400 yards (This could also be several balls of different colors.)

OR

300-600 yards of a sport/DK/worsted weight yarn

Needles:

For fingering weight: US size 5-7

For heavier weight yarn go up a size or two:

Worsted weight: US 8

DK weight: US 7

Sport weight: US 6-7

owl to eggOwl to Egg Workshop

Egg to Owl: Topsy-Turvy Toys Made Simple!

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Owl to Egg is a brand new unreleased exclusive pattern for my SSK 2015 workshop!

Come to class ready to zip through a nearly seamless (there are only two small and quick seams that are more like tacking down. I promise!) Topsy-Turvy Toy. I have been longing to design an Egg that turns inside out to find an adorable Baby Owl inside. SSK has brought that longing to realization so it’s here! Adults love these reversible toys as much as the kids.

In class we will talk about toy knitting tips and tricks that apply to toy making in general. We will have large group discussions, small group technique demonstrations, and plenty of individual attention. We will cover simple seams, picking up stitches right on your toy for seamless part knitting, face embroidery, stuffing and gauge issue discussion for toy knitting, and more. You will leave class a much more motivated and confident toy knitter!

Homework:

Complete the Egg Pattern that will be sent out to students in June 2015 .

Materials:

Yarn for the class and pattern is worsted weight.

Yarn suggestions:

Quince & Co. Lark

Cascade 220

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted

Quince & Co. Owl

Any other worsted weight yarn!

Bring to class:

50 yards of yarn for the Egg (made before coming to class)

50 yards of yarn for the upper owl body, head, ears and wings (I used brown)

50 yards of yarn for the lower owl body and face (I used cream)

30 yards of yarn for the owl feet and beak (I used orange)

Note: Bring any colors you would like! Your owl and egg can be as colorful and crazy as you’d like ~ stripes are welcome, too.

Black embroidery floss

Yarn Needle

One sandwich baggie of fiberfill

Scissors

Suggested Needles: US size 5 dpns, a set of 4

Note: Magic Loop can easily be used but the pattern is written for dpns. It’s up to you!

Gauge: From 5.5 to 6 stitches per inch will work best in Stockinette Stitch

Skills needed:

~To cast on and work in the round on small numbers of stitches on double-pointed needles (unless you are using magic loop but the pattern is written for dpns).

~ Simple increases and decreases.

We’ll work on the rest together.

3 wee sheep

Three Wee Sheep

Class Level

Intermediate

Description

Technique Requirements: Knit/Purl; Cast on/bind off; Increase/Decrease; Working in the round; must be able to work in the round on double-pointed needles starting on a small number of stitches.

Description: Three Wee Sheep is a workshop focused on seamless toy construction and experimenting with several textured loopy stitches. While working on a bottom-up seamless wee sheep there will be lots of toy-knitting tips and tricks discussed and demonstrated. There will be lots of individual, small group and large group attention in the class. The class includes pattern for an adorable tiny sheep (2.5 inches tall), and 2 additional and slightly larger sheep patterns will be provided for everyone. Some students prefer to work on something a little bigger. Some may even finish the small-scale project during class while learning lots of toy-knitting information at the same time. Students will work hard, learns lots and have tons of fun at the same time. Students will leave being much more confident toy knitters!

Homework: Check gauge and bring necessary materials. Gauge on worsted weight yarn: 6 sts per inch in stockinette stitch on US size 5 needles or size to obtain gauge.

Supplies to bring:

MOST IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Please bring 100% wool, worsted weight, that has a grip to it. Yarns like Shelter, Cascade 220, Quince & Co. Lark, tweedy yarns, Rowan Felted Tweed are all good suggestions. The loopy stitches are more difficult with a slippery, super wash yarn especially when it is blended with other slick fibers. 

Around 100 yards of worsted weight wool yarn in selected sheep colors (More than one color is fine for faces and legs. The sheep doesn’t have to be cream or black, colorful sheep are welcome!).

US size 5 double-pointed needles, set of 4;

a large baggie of poly-fiber fill;

black embroidery floss;

yarn needle;

scissors;

detachable stitch markers;

ruler or tape measure.