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:
Mary Jane Mucklestone (knitting):
Susan B. Anderson (Knitting)
~ 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.
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.)
300-600 yards of a sport/DK/worsted weight yarn
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
Egg to Owl: Topsy-Turvy Toys Made Simple!
Susan B. Anderson
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!
Complete the Egg Pattern that will be sent out to students in June 2015 .
Yarn for the class and pattern is worsted weight.
Quince & Co. Lark
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
One sandwich baggie of fiberfill
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
~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.
Three Wee Sheep
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;
detachable stitch markers;
ruler or tape measure.