Classes 2022

Class sign up link (This will go live on May 27th and will close June 3rd for first choice selection). An email will be sent to all SSK participants when the signups go live.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura and she will be happy to help you!!!!

Class signups will begin May 27th and will continue until June 3rd.  You will have the option to add additional classes (availability pending) until the minute before classes start at SSK.  I will add a google form link to this page on May 27th  for people to fill out.  I would prefer that all current attendees of SSK try to get this filled out by June 3rd.  We will do our best to let you know what class(es) you will have by June 15th.    Class rosters are linked here via a google document. If you have any questions, email or pm Laura  and she will help you.

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 5 years, almost 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 $60 per class 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 free 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.

And now to the good stuff, classes being offered!


Kira Dulaney

Hybrid Crochet (aka Tunisian Crochet): Delve into a hybrid crochet technique which is easy for beginners and interesting even for experienced crocheters! Hybrid crochet, also called Tunisian crochet, uses two passes to create a single row, building up stitches on your crochet hook, then working them off on the return pass. It creates a soft, squishy fabric in a process that feels like a mix between knitting and crochet, with endless possibilities for texture and lace.
Materials: 40 yards smooth worsted or aran weight yarn, G or H crochet hook -this can be a long-handled Tunisian hook, a hook with attached cable, or a smooth-handled hook (no rubber grips or thumb grooves) with a rubber band on the end.
Prerequisites: none

Short Rows: Working short rows creates curves or wedges in your knitting, which can be used for asymmetric hems, easy sock heels & toes, bust darts to accommodate curves, slanted stripes, or smoothly bound-off shoulders. We’ll talk about when to use short rows, how to alter patterns to include them, and practice different techniques so you can choose your favorite.
Materials: 30 yards of smooth worsted or aran weight yarn, knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, removable stitch markers.
Prerequisites: comfortable casting on, knitting, and purling

Seaming & Finishing: Neat seaming and finishing make such a difference in a handmade project, but so many knitters and crocheters don’t feel confident in their finishing skills.  We will cover weaving in ends, seaming in various directions, picking up stitches, and buttonholes.
Materials: Three stocking stitch or single crochet swatches made with similar weight yarns, additional yarn in a similar size, knitting needles or crochet hooks in an appropriate size for your yarn, darning needle. Optional: a project ready to seam and finish, swatches in other stitch patterns.
Prerequisites: able to make swatches for the class. Swatches need to be around 3 inch square or larger. Swatches made for previous projects are fine.


Francoise Danoy

Asymmetrical: Have you always wanted to learn how to knit gorgeous shawls but don’t know where to start? We have the beginner’s knitting series designed just for you! Learn your Shawl ABC’s by knitting asymmetrical shawls, basic (triangular) shawls, and crescent-shaped shawls! This class will cover the asymmetrical shawl shape.

By the end of this 3-hour class, you will be able to:
– understand the basics of shawl knitting
– substitute increases
– lean knitting in different directions
– make modifications

Supplies for Class:
Bring a skein of DK-weight yarn, US 7 needles, and stitch markers.

Crescent: Have you always wanted to learn how to knit gorgeous shawls but don’t know where to start? We have the beginner’s knitting series designed just for you! Learn your Shawl ABC’s by knitting asymmetrical shawls, basic (triangular) shawls, and crescent-shaped shawls! This class will cover the Crescent Shawl shape.

By the end of this 3-hour class, you will be able to:
– understand the basics of shawl knitting
– make guarded tab cast-on stitches -> Garter Tab Cast-On
– make KYOY increases
– even out yarn-overs
– make modifications

Supplies for Class:
Bring a skein of DK-weight yarn, US 7 needles, and stitch markers.

Painting with Yarn: Have you ever looked at your mountain-high stash of yarn and pondered all of the possibilities of creation that you could draw from it? Do you find yourself wanting to dive more deeply into expressing your colorful, eccentric and unique self through the magic of yarn? 

We are going to dive deep into the psyche of the Dreamer Fibre Muse and manifest her magic of self-expression through exploring the interplay of color, fiber, and texture, to inspire and delight her sensibilities and open our yarn world up to new methods and ways of self-expression. We will knit up a simple stockinette swatch: think of it as your canvas, and you are the painter. On this canvas, we will experiment and play with different types of “paint brushes” to produce beautiful paintings and inspire your inner Dreamer Fibre Muse and give her new creative wings. 

Skill Level: Advanced beginner; the student needs to be comfortable with knit and purl stitches. 

Supplies: An assortment of fingering weight or DK yarns. Appropriate size needles for knitting a swatch – circulars recommended. Size US 4 – US 6 depending on yarn weight. Pen or pencil for taking notes.


Jillian Moreno

Default Yarn: The Key to Your Spinning

Your everyday spin is the yarn you make without thinking about it, your preferred prep and draft, resulting in your favorite yarn. 

It’s the yarn equivalent of your favorite jammies. Some people call this spin a rut, but it’s actually the key to spinning any yarn you want to spin. 

In this class we’re going to examine your go-to yarn in detail from fiber, wheel set-up, prep, draft, ply, size, to finish. Once you know all of the details that go into building your favorite yarn, you’ll be ready to tackle almost any yarn for any project. 

Through detailed examination we’ll see how each aspect of spinning affects yarn, and in the end your project. We’ll learn how to make choices and shift techniques to consistently create the yarns that pair perfectly with the projects you have in mind. 

Any yarn is within your reach, once you know all about your default yarn.

Homework: Have some of your latest default yarn to measure.

Materials Fee: $20 payable ahead of time

Draft O Rama: Woolen and Worsted Prep and Draft

Do you know how to make yarn, but not sure about the difference between woolen and worsted drafting, or even what it means?

In this class we’ll explore the mysterious and sometimes daunting world of woolen and worsted. You will learn woolen and worsted drafting techniques, how they are different, how they can be similar and what is the key factor for each one. Hint: It’s not the direction you draft.

You’ll learn how to set up your wheel and the right rhythm between hands and feet to make spinning woolen or worsted easy.

As you practice your drafting, we’ll talk about how woolen and worsted drafts change a yarn’s characteristics and what that means to your knitting and other fiber crafts.

Working with both combed top and carded roving you’ll learn how to make each a draft work in sync with different fiber preparations, wools and blends and what type of yarn you can expect.

Is a short forward draft always worsted? Is long draw the only woolen draft? What about spinning from the fold? Can I spin top woolen? Which draft is good for sweaters? For socks? 

You will leave this class knowing the answers to those questions and with the satisfaction and confidence of knowing several ways to draft woolen and draft worsted.

Materials Fee: $20 payable ahead of time

Mix It Up: The Basics of Combining Color with Braids

This class focuses on the fun of mixing and blending painted braids with other colors and other braids.

We’ll explore how to choose colors that go together, what affects color in spinning, and how to avoid mud in your yarn. You’ll learn how to mix and blend colors in the ply and draft, and how to choose the easiest fibers that work well together. 

While you practice your mixing and blending, I’ll show you how to choose colors to turn up or turn down the brightness of a braid, the best way to stretch braids for projects. 

Finally, I’ll show you how to sample to learn the most about spinning braids for color, and how to use those samples as shortcuts for your future braid spinning. 

Materials fee $30


Jill Duarte

Beyond Merino: An Exploration of Breed Specific Yarns

There’s such a broad range of possibilities when it comes to yarn these days, but how is one  supposed to choose the “best” yarn for their projects. In this workshop, we will discuss a  variety of commercially milled wool yarns that go beyond the Merino and Superwash Merino  wool yarns people are typically familiar with. We will talk about specifically about Targhee,  Superwash Targhee, Superwash Blue Faced Leicester, Polwarth, and finish with talking about  what happens when you blend multiple breed-specific wools together.  

Materials, equipment and supplies the student must bring to class: Paper and writing utensil. 

Materials Fee: $25 to cover the cost  of the mini skeins. 

Knitting with Handspun Yarn  

Turning hands-on yarn into a finished knitted object can be intimidating. How do pick a pattern  when your yarn is one of a kind? In this workshop, I’ll go over how to classify your handspun  yarn in terms of yarn weight, yarn structure and grist and then how to pick a pattern that will  make your handspun yarn shine. We will go over how to measure wraps per inch, angle of  twist, yarn structure and grist.  

Materials, equipment and supplies the student must bring to class: A handspun yarn they want  to turn into a knitted object. 

Materials, equipment and supplies you will provide: Wraps per inch tool, Angle of Twist Gauge,  Digital Scale 

An Exploration of Fiber Blends  

Explore a dozen different fiber blends while discussing approaches to spinning different  fibers – which drafting methods pair well with particular fiber preps or blends? We will discuss  worsted and woolen drafting methods and how they relate to the fiber you spin. 

Proficiency: Open to all levels of spinners. This is a spinning based class.

Materials, equipment and supplies the student must bring to class: A spinning wheel (with 3  bobbins) or 4 spindles in good working order,  

Materials fee: $30 to cover the cost  of the fiber sampler.  

SSK Lottery for 2022

We’re back!!!!!!!

The SSK lottery for 2022 is officially open! Here is the updated information for this years event/

On-Site Spots $825 each, Day Pass Spots $525 each
Lottery will be open until 3/5/22 and we will use a random number generator to choose participants. Any entry not chosen immediately will be put on a waiting list, which we pull from throughout the year. We will notify all who enter the lottery of their status (participant or wait list) no later than 3/11/22.

ACCOMMODATIONS
The sleeping room setup has also changed at the event center, Scarritt Bennett. The rooms are now managed by an outside company and as such the way that they are sold and accessed is different. All guests (except teachers) will still have roommates, and you will have the ability to choose your roommate – as always. However, in previous years, each room in a set (where ‘a set’=2 rooms with a shared bathroom) had its own entrance. These rooms are now set up as suites with the management company, and as such there is only one entrance for each set of rooms. See diagram below.

COVID Protocols
While both Laura and I hate the idea of dictating the choices of others, we have decided that we will be instituting a vaccination requirement for all attendees of the 2022 Super Summer Knitogether. There is simply no physical way to spread everyone out 6 feet at our event center during all activities. There are also activities like market, tasting room, etc where it is unavoidable to be in close contact with others. You will have to show proof of vaccination to attend the event or the market. You should also plan on wearing a mask during the event unless you are eating or drinking. We will have disposable masks available for your use at several spots in the main buildings. It’s possible that the mask requirement may change due to state or regional requirements – we will let you know if that happens.

TEACHERS
We all know that life happens. As such, the teachers we signed up for 2020 are not all available for 2022. We are still thrilled to host Francoise Danoy (Aroha Knits) and Jillian Moreno (spinner extraordinaire). We’re happy to announce that longtime vendor Jill Duarte of HipStrings will be teaching many fiber-related classes (for spinners AND knitters)! Jill is brilliant with bases and blends and we are excited to see her share that knowledge with our attendees in a professional setting. We are still searching for our fourth teacher, and we’ll let you know when we have that info finalized.

Payment schedule will be as follows:

Deposit – $125 non-refundable deposit due by 3/31/22
Payment #1 – $200 for daypassers, $350for on-site attendees, due by 5/1/22
Payment #2 – $200 for daypassers, $350 for on-site attendees, due by 6/1/22

Like always, if you have any questions please email us or contact Laura on social media and we will be happy to help!

Got this far? Here’s a link to the signup form

SSK 2021 Virtual Market Videos

Here are the wonderful videos our fabulous vendors made. The SSK virtual marketplace will be live Saturday, July 17th, at 8am central! Make sure you jot down the secret words and submit at least 5 to the Google Form by 7/19/21 to be entered for fabulous prizes from Miss Babs, Teeny Button Studio, Geektastic Fibers, Woolens and Nosh, Spotted Circus, Hipstrings, Akerworks, Un Besito Fiber, Cornbread and Honey, and Bumbebee Acres.

Without further ado, our vendors!

Geektastic Fibers

Woolens and Nosh

Spotted Circus

HipStrings

Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns

Knittyandcolor

Tuft Woolens

Plies & Hellhounds Yarn

TeenyButton Studio

Akerworks

StarKnits

Un Besito Fiber

Cornbread and Honey

Bumblebee Acres Farm

SSK Virtual Market 2021

We wish that we could be seeing all of your lovely faces this July, but SSK will be back in 2022. In the meantime, we have a virtual marketplace that will be occurring on July 17th, 2021.  Since you aren’t able to scour their booths in person, we’ve invited them to create videos highlighting their goods and special colorways, which will be hosted on the Super Summer Knitogether website (here!) and the Knitgirllls Youtube Channel. This marketplace will be going live on our original market date, Saturday, July 17th, at 8am central!  Joining us are the following vendors!

Geektastic Fibers

Woolens and Nosh

Spotted Circus

HipStrings

Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns

Knittyandcolor

Tuft Woolens

Plies & Hellhounds Yarn

TeenyButton Studio

Akerworks

StarKnits

Un Besito Fiber

Cornbread and Honey

Bumblebee Acres Farm

To make the event extra fun for you, we have a scavenger hunt! You can enter for a chance to win a fantastic prize-pack of goods donated by some of our vendors. To enter the drawing for the prize pack, fill out this Google Form with at least five of the special code words unique to the participating vendors, which you will find in their custom videos, in their social media, or their website. Our prize pack is open for all to participate! The winner will be randomly drawn by 7/22/21 and the winner notified. Prizes will be mailed directly from us and from the vendors. Happy Shopping!

SSK Virtual Market is Live!!!

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Check out our vendors videos below:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And don’t forget about the scavenger hunt! To enter the drawing for the prize pack, fill out this Google Form with at least five of the special code words unique to the participating vendors, which you will find in their custom videos, in their social media, or their website. Our prize pack is open for all to participate! The winner will be randomly drawn by 7/22/20 and the winner notified. Prizes will be mailed directly from us and from the vendors who can safely reach their postal carrier.

 
https://youtu.be/me0IOgK9z2Y

SSK Virtual Marketplace 2020

It’s hard to believe that we’re not going to be together next week, but we hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.
As promised, we got together with our amazing vendors and put together a virtual marketplace! Joining us are some very talented artisans showcasing breed-specific fleece and natural roving, hand-dyed fibers and yarns, bags, spindles, spinning wheels, and lotions and soaps. Since you aren’t able to scour their booths in person, we’ve invited them to create videos highlighting their goods and special colorways, which will be hosted on the Super Summer Knitogether website (here!) and the Knitgirllls Youtube Channel. This marketplace will be going live on our original market date, Saturday, July 18th, at 8am central! 
 
Vendors participating with videos and/or special items include: 
 

To make the event extra fun for you, we have a scavenger hunt! You can enter for a chance to win a fantastic prize-pack of goods donated by some of our vendors. The prizes include a $75 gift certificate to spend at Miss Babs, a sock set from Old Rusted Chair a handmade project bag and enameled pin from Whimzees Stitches, a super skeiner from Akerworks, hand-dyed goodness from Woolens and Nosh and un Besito Fiber and more! To enter the drawing for the prize pack, fill out this Google Form with at least five of the special code words unique to the participating vendors, which you will find in their custom videos, in their social media, or their website. Our prize pack is open for all to participate! The winner will be randomly drawn by 7/22/20 and the winner notified. Prizes will be mailed directly from us and from the vendors who can safely reach their postal carrier.

Please don’t hesitate to also visit some of our other lovely vendors who would have been with us this year, including:

SSK 2020 will be moving to 2021

SSK Attendees and Vendors, please check you emails for more information.

After close study of the local, national, and global situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Super Summer Knitogether. However, we plan on holding the event July 14-18, 2021 with this year’s announced teachers: Sadie Bellegarde, Francoise Danoy, Romi Hill, and Jillian Moreno.  We have confirmed the new dates with our teachers at this time and we’re grateful at how receptive and flexible they’ve been.

This was an hard decision to make and one that we didn’t make lightly.  SSK is something we look forward to every year – a bright, shiny spot in the calendar.  It’s a time when we know everyone will be surrounded by friends, new and old. We’ve told our attendees more than once that the whole point of SSK is to help adults connect and make new friends.  We consider you all a part of our family and sincerely regret having to make this decision. It was made with genuine concern for your health and well-being. If there is anything else we can do to help you or your business, or if you have any questions, please let us know.

We do plan on holding a virtual marketplace, and more details of that will be posted in July.  Stay safe everyone!

Vendor Signups for 2020

Interested in vending at the market for SSK 2020?  Our application process is now open!  You can apply until 11/7/19 using this link

Signups for attendees as well as all information (teachers, cost, etc) will be available on the website and through our mailing list on 11/11/2019.