Classes 2019

Class Rosters will be linked here on June 15th

Class sign up link (This will go live on May 24th and will close June 1st 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 Thursday, May 24th and will continue until June 1st.  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 24th  for people to fill out.  I would prefer that all current attendees of SSK try to get this filled out by June 1st.  We will do our best to let you know what class(es) you will have by June 10th.    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: Once the rosters are posted on Ravelry, 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.  I try to have everyone’s selections in before I assign classes. In the past 4 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 $50 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!


Olga Buraya-Kefelian

3D KNITWEAR

Level: Beginner

This class is part demonstration with AV presentation and lecture about my approach and part swatch-fest, and all inspiration process. I present my 3D design philosophy, to reveal a slightly different angle of knitwear and putting your knitting skills into a novel path.

Skills needed: students need to know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase, decrease

Skills learned:

  • Introductory lecture on basic principles of dimensional texture used in knitwear.
  • Learning cast on and bind off varieties for stretchy edging and its purpose for dimensional knitwear.
  • Learning to work specific short rows and partial knitting and their differences.
  • Study a variety of swatches and examples presented used in my present and future designs.
  • Swatching a series of techniques and reviewing all the possibilities and how to combine them to achieve new varieties of stitch patterns.

● Students will have a choice of making Moko-Moko Cowlor Ginga Cowl​ patterns.

Class Materials: Purchase and print the pattern (either Moko-Moko Cowl or Ginga Cowl​).  The rest of the materials and homework will be posted by June 1st.

MODULAR KNITTING

Level: Beginner

This adventurous beginner class is based on Aranami Shawl​ or ​Asanagi Wrap​ design and is worked in modular technique. In this class you will learn the theory of modular knitting and create this stunning ombré wrap of scalloped patterning with yarn of your choice. But what is more, you will learn numerous vital techniques as a knitter which will be crucial for your future skill set. Many of the tricks and tips and customization suggestions taught during this class will prove to be a lot of fun!

Skills needed: knowing how to cast on, knit and purl.

Skills learned:

  • Basic theory for Modular knitting
  • Various cast on methods and their benefits
  • Several ways of picking up stitches on both knit and purl sides
  • Different methods of knit and purl decreases
  • Numerous tips and tricks on improving your skills with this technique

Class Materials: Purchase and print the pattern (either  Aranami Shawl​ or ​Asanagi Wrap​ ).  The rest of the materials and homework will be posted by June 1st.

BRIOCHE AND BEYOND

Level: Beginner

Ever wondered what is the difference and what is in common between Brioche and Tuck and Fisherman’s rib and how to work them? Join this class to learn these methods and know how to tell them apart and how to benefit from using either of them. We will make this reversible cowl using either of 2 methods. Two cowl pattern options available Reimei Cowl and Boshoku Cowl

Skills needed: knowing how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off.

Skills learned:

  • Brioche stitch
  • Tuck stitch
  • Fisherman’s Rib
  • How to differentiate them and their best uses
  • How to do stretchy cast on and the benefits of its use

Class Materials: Purchase and print the pattern (either Reimei Cowl and Boshoku Cowl ).  The rest of the materials and homework will be posted by June 1st.


Maggie Casey

WOOLEN OR WORSTED—HOW DO YOU DECIDE?

There are the rules: Long fibers—short draw, short fibers—long draw.  But sometimes rules are meant to be broken.  The best way to decide how to spin for a project is to spin a little fiber and make a swatch or a sample.  In this class we will spin fibers with different drafting techniques and you will have enough yarn to make a sample.   We will look at other factors as well, so you can design an amazing yarn for your project.

Beginning spinning skills required. Students should be able to spin a continuous yarn and be comfortable with their wheel.

Material fee $15

Students should bring:

Spinning wheel and all its parts

Lazy kate and at least 4 bobbins

ENGLISH LONGDRAW VS AMERICAN LONGDRAW

What is the difference between English longdraw (double drafting) and American longdraw?  It depends.  We will spin wool and cotton both ways and you can see the difference between the two techniques and add another drafting method to your spinning repertoire.

Beginning spinning skills required.

Material fee $10

Students should bring:

Spinning wheel and all its parts

TWIST

Yarn needs twist, without it we would just have fluff.  The question is how much do we need and how much do we want?  It depends!  It all depends on how you are going to use your yarn; sock yarn needs more twist than yarn for a lace shawl.  In this class we will practice controlling the amount of twist that goes into yarn so you can make the most appropriate yarn for your project.  We will spin  different fibers to see that twist is not a one size fits all proposition.

Beginning spinning skills required. Students should be able to spin a continuous yarn and be comfortable with their wheel.

Material fee $10

Students should bring:

Spinning wheel and all its parts

Lazy kate and at least 4 bobbins


Julia Farwell-Clay

Steeks for Scaredy Cats

Yup: we’re going to cut our knitting, no w(h)ine required. Be it stranded or plain work, cut steeks are (if you’ll allow for the pun) a shortcut for knitting in the round and can accommodate design aspects that might not be possible otherwise. But before we touch our scissors, we’ll stabilize our work, and explore finished (or not!) edges after they’ve been cut.

Skill Level: Adventurous beginner plus

Homework: Please bring to class a completed 6″ stockinette cuff (or flat piece) of 48 stitches in worsted weight or heavier yarn. It is optional to have used color work; plain stockinette is fine. Completed projects needing steeked finishing also welcome for consultation!

Materials: Contrasting yarn, needles used for work and one size down from work, crochet hook of similar size, scissors, a few yards of sock yarn (the kind with nylon or spun from long wool).

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Percentage System 

It’s hard to beat the classics. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Percentage System stands the test of time, offering a basic and foolproof guide to fit in both traditional and modern silhouettes. In this class we will demystify the fundamentals of gauge as it applies to garments, and follow in EZ’s footsteps to gain mastery over our own knitting to make sweaters that fit. 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner and up
Homework: Please bring to class a washed and blocked swatch at least 7″ square in a yarn and stitch pattern of your choice (stockinette is fine) but worked without edgings or borders which means no garter stitch edges or ribbed  hems. 
Materials: pencil, measuring tape, a calculator (the one on your phone is perfect), and a garment you already own whose fit you like, be it a sweater or a T-shirt from the store.

Combination Knitting

Learn the difference between Western and Eastern knitting styles, and how their marriage in Combination Knitting is the best of both hemispheres. With practice, you may knit faster and more comfortably than any other way of knitting. See what modifications one needs for lace and cable work, and what benefits Combination Knitting wisdom brings to everyday technique even if this doesn’t become your favorite way to knit. 

Skill Level: beginner

Homework: None
Materials: Knitters need only yarn and matching needles


Tanis Gray

Fair Isle 101

Freaked over Fair Isle? Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, color theory, how to trap floats, Fair Isle history and setting good Fair Isle knitting habits. We’ll put these techniques into practice while working up the Suburban Warrior Cowl.

Materials:

  • 2 Highly-contrasting shades of sport weight yarn, 230 yds each
  • Size US 5 (3.75mm) 24” circular knitting needles
  • Size US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular knitting needles
  • Stitch Markers
  • Sticky Notes
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Copy of Suburban Warrior Cowl pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/suburban-warrior-cowl

Homework:

  • With A and smaller needles, CO 132 sts. Join into round being careful not to twist.
  • Work [knit 1 round, purl 1 round] three times,

Design Your Own Fair Isle Cowl Workshop

Ready to move beyond basic stranded colorwork? Interesting in trying your hand at designing? Let your imagination and creativity take over in this Design Your Own Fair Isle Cowl workshop! Working with simple graph paper, we’ll start your very own design from scratch, beginning with inspiration, sketching, moving onwards to design, figuring out how to manipulate the math, and finally start knitting your own work of art! Worried that you’re not an artist? All you need is an idea, a love of knitting, and the desire to try something new.

Materials:

  • 200 yards worsted weight yarn in contrasting colors (or desired yarn weight – thinner yarn requires more yardage)
  • Size US 7 (3.75mm) 24” Circular Knitting Needles (or one size smaller than desired gauge)
  • Size US 8 (4.5mm) 24” Circular Knitting Needles (or size needed to get desired gauge)
  • Stitch Markers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Sticky Notes
  • Graph Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Highlighter
  • Calculator (most phones have one)

Homework:

  • Work a 6 x 6” solid-colored stockinette swatch in desired yarn and block.

All About the Braids

Looking to add some dimension to your knitting? Do knitted braids intrigue you? We’ll learn how to work 2-color Latvian (sometimes called the Baltic Braid) and 2-color Estonian braids while knitting up a textured cowl! We’ll also cover finishing techniques, and a brief history of these braids.

Materials:

  • 2 Hanks aran (250 yards each color for shorter cowl version) or heavy worsted weight (400 yards each color for longer version) in contrasting shades
  • Size US 8 (5mm) 24” circular knitting needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Copy of Heirloom Braid Cowl pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heirloom-braid-cowl

Homework:

  • With MC, cast on 120 sts, join into round being careful not to twist. Place marker for beginning of round.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • Purl 1 round.

SSK 2019

SSK is returning to the Scarritt Bennett Center for 2019!  The event will be held from July 17th-21st.

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 $700

What’s included in the $700?

  • 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 (you can take up to 3 additional classes at an added cost of $50 per class).

Our Teachers are:

and Maggie Casey will be returning to teach us all of the spinning things!
  • An amazing goodie bag with lots of neat stuff!
  • A chance to win awesome doorprizes.
  • Entrance to a market with lots of cool vendors (The vendors for the market will be posted by 12/1)!
  • Getting to hang out with tons of cool knitters and spinners who love all the same things you do!
  • The Tasting Room 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 $425

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

You can sign up for the event starting October 29th  sign up link is here

Lottery entries will be open from 10/29/2018 to 11/12/2018.

When you enter, you should have the ability to receive an automated response letting you know that we received your entry.

We wish we had room for everyone, but based on historical numbers, we have more people apply than there is available space.  If we have more than 150 total entries, a random number generator will choose spots.

For more information you can watch our video about the event here

SSK 2019 Announcement

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

2018 Doorprizes post 3

Last Doorprize post!

The Martini Knitter donated a plethora of bags

Slate Falls Press donated some of their lovely artwork

Desert Vista Dyeworks donated skeins of self striping yarn

Another Crafty Girl donated some lovely yarn (one is rainbow brite inspired)

This Handmade Life donated some lovely bags

Stranded Dyeworks donated some lovely yarns and fiber

Hopkins Studio donated a lovely braid of fiber and a bag

Charan donated one of his lovely mugs

Must Stash donated yarns from her new SS line (which I am in love with!)

Bags by Awesome Grannie donated a ton of lovely bags

Chicken Boots donated a lovely assortment of her products

Gynx yarn donated a lovely skein of SS yarn and a cool pin

Akerworks sent all the spinning stuff including their new making quotes and a brand new spindle that hasn’t been made available to the public yet

Roses and Purls sent some really neat wood journals

A Good Yarn Sarasota sent a bag full of goodies that makes me wish they were my local yarn shop

For the special charity auction, littlehipkitty wove this incredible shawl out of yarn donated by Dream in Color, who also donated the dorrprizes below

Doorprizes 2018 Post 2

I’m back with more doorprizes to share!  And I’ll be back tomorrow with even more!

The first doesn’t have a picture because it’s a gift certificate from the lovely Sheri at The Loopy Ewe for $25.

2 balls of self striping yarn from Lollipop Yarns

Daizie Knits sent yarn and a cool learn to spin kit along with other 3D printed goodies from Madhatter Ideas.

Emily Linneman donated a skein of Knitcircus yarn

Bling Your String donated a bag and skein of yarn.

Lost City Knits donated a copy of their fabulous new book and the yarn and beads to make one of the projects inside

Deep Dyed Fibers donated a gradient set of her new base.

Nomadic Yarns donated one of her lovely SS yarns and a cool project bag

Copper Corgi donated a sweaters worth of her Jone Street base

Truffles Shuffle stitch markers donated some of her adorable (and hard to get) stitch markers

Knit Spin Farm donated some of her SS yarn and some rolags

Doorprizes 2018 Post 1

We are so lucky to have so many fabulous doorprizes this year!  I’m going to be splitting them into 2-3 posts so that everyone can be shown the love!

A skein of yarn from Ladybug Fiber Company

Lots of lovely kits and mini skeins from Flock Fibre Studio

Kits from Queen City Yarn

Some skeins of Gynx Yarn donated by Emily Linneman

Skeins of a breed specific yarn from Foster Sheep Farm

A skein of Loop’s new artisanal millspun yarn from Loop

Bags from Frankelyy

Neat new face buttons from Hello Yarn

Unified Gradients from Fiberoptic Yarns

6 kits from Leading Men Fiber Arts

Loads of stitch markers and counters from Velvet Hippo

Vibrant skeins of yarn from Knitty and Color

Cool pins, stitch markers (cats!) and tin from Firefly Notes

A lovely shawl kit from Into the Whirled

A project bag and notions pouch donated by a viewer from Hikari Handmade

I’ll be back Thursday with even more cool doorprizes!

Classes 2018

Class Rosters will be linked here on June 15th

Class sign up link 

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

Class signups will begin Monday, May 28th and will continue until the minute before classes start at SSK.  I will add a google form link to this page on May 28th  for people to fill out.  I would prefer that all current attendees of SSK try to get this filled out by June 4th.  We will do our best to let you know what class(es) you will have by June 15th.    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: Once the rosters are posted on Ravelry, 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.  I try to have everyone’s selections in before I assign classes. In the past 3 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 $50 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 and weaving classes:  If you would like to take a spinning or weaving class and are unable to bring a wheel or loom with you, we will have 4-5 wheels and 3 looms 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!


Gale Evans

Dye an “unique to you” sock blank
In this class you will learn how to dye a sock blank
that has a special layer of meaning for you. Topics covered include: basic sock blank dyeing methods, color theory,  dye theory, and how to go beyond basic to stamp and/or stencil and make it your own special creation. Be prepared to get your gloves dirty and create something as unique as you!

Class material fee – $16.00 and includes one single strand sock
blank, access to all dyes, stencils and mark making tools I can
cram into my car and a hand out with information to recreate
this at home. More sock blanks will be available for purchase in
the class.

Dye Silk Scarves

Looking to create a lovely personalized gift in very little time?  Or maybe you love the silk scarves that you see people wearing and want to make your own unique creation?  In this
3-hour class beginner class, we will create outstandingly beautiful scarves in no time at all using a microwave and simple dye techniques. Dye and color theory along with dyeing silk techniques will be taught.

Class materials fee of $16.00 will includes 3 silk scarves, dyes
and equipment for dyeing as well as a handout to work from
home.


Esther Rodgers

BASIC WEAVING ON A FRAME LOOM- BEGINNER

In these basic classes you’ll learn the techniques for weaving on a tapestry/frame loom.  The beginner class will cover warping and initial skills like making shapes and different types of knots for texture.  Students will also learn how to remove the weaving from the loom and finish it for hanging.

 **Students should bring white or black yarns for the warp,  weaving tools, as well as an assortment of yarns  in different colors and weights to use as weft

If you need to purchase a loom, Hipstrings will have the 8×10 size Lisa Frame Loom for $28.

TWISTED TOGETHER- Crepe, Cables and the Endless Possibilities of Layered Plying (advanced beginner/intermediate)

This is a great class for all sorts of spinners- from ultra textured art yarn spinners, to the most traditional laceweight spinners!! In this half day class students will explore the basic structure of crepes and cables. First spinning the basic crepe, boucle and cables,  then we’ll see what happens when you combine techniques like chain ply a boucle, or cable thread plies.. Students should be able to spin a single of different weights, and ply comfortably.  Corespinning knowledge is helpful, but not required. Included materials are: assorted hand dyed tops and batts, use of plying yarn. Students should bring mix of colors of batts and top/roving- including 4 oz of a solid color.  Also please bring your Spinning wheel, 3 bobbins, bobbin of fresh overspun singles (as even as possible), niddy noddy, lazy kate, any plying yarns they would like to play with. Multiple types of fiber prep tools will be provided. We will play with creating textures by plying and plying again.

Material Fee: $20

CORESPINNING for FUNK and FUNCTION (Advanced beginner)-

Ever wonder how to make that cloud of  expensive cashmere go as far as possible, or how to spin those fun textured yarns?  In this corespinning class you’ll learn how to do both! Combining the fun with the function, corespinning is a wonderful way to make the most of your expensive fibers, as well as preserve texture and spin those funky art yarns – even the expensive tailspun yarns! As a bonus in this class we will talk about how these corespun yarns are used in knitting. Patterns will be provided, as well as knitted and woven samples will be available for examination and discussion. Carding textured art batts will also be demonstrated.  Students must be able to spin a single and ply on a wheel. Included materials are: unusual fibers and add in’s. Students should bring their wheel, bobbins, lazy kate, assorted carded fibers (batts, rolags, roving), any other loose fiber (farm wool/locks/fleece) scissors, a tapestry needle, a niddy noddy and any  add in’s they’d like to corespin into yarn. (sequins, ribbon, pom poms etc)

 Material Fee: $25


Kirstin Kapur

Learn Stranded Colorwork with the Trillium Mitts —

These adorable mitts area great first colorwork project. They begin with a Latvian braid, before moving into simple stranded colorwork patterning. We will learn two handed colorwork knitting, Latvian braid, controlling tension in colorwork, catching long floats without dropping the yarns, and following a colorwork chart.

Skill Level: Intermediate and up. Must be comfortable casting on, binding off, working small circumferences in the round (on dpn’s, two circulars, or magic loop), working increases and decreases, and following simple stitch patterns from charts or written instructions.

Materials: Trillium Mitts Pattern (available on Ravelry), two or three different colors of sport weight yarn to make the mitts, (100% wool is best), double pointed needles or circulars for magic loop in US sizes 3, 4, & 5, stitch markers, scissors, tape measure.

Mosaic Knitting and the Amalgamation Shawl

Mosaic knitting is a wonderful way to achieve colorwork without having to carry two yarns at once. In this class we will explore mosaic stitch patterns and how we can use them to add color to our knitting. We will learn to select colors to achieve the look we want. By the end of class we will be ready to cast on and begin to knit the Amalgamation Shawl pattern.

Skill Level: Intermediate and up

Materials: Amalgamation pattern (available on Ravelry), fingering weight yarn for swatching in a variety of colors, fingering weight yarn to knit the shawl pattern (colors with a lot of contrast between them are recommended, if using variegated yarn for one of your colors DO NOT match the contrasting yarn to any of the colors in the variegated yarn) 24 or 32″ circular needles in sizes US 2-4  (if you are a very loose or a very tight knitter bring additional sizes), stitch markers, scissors.

Darn That Sock! —

It’s a fact of life, socks wear out. When those socks are handknit it’s pretty hard to throw them away. If you’re like me, you have a bag full of old socks that you just can’t part with. Let’s give those socks a new life with the traditional art of darning! No need to worry if you didn’t hang on to the leftover yarn from your socks, visible mending is a popular trend that works great for darning socks. So pull out your contrasting scraps and let’s give darning a try.

Skill Level: Beginner and up.

Materials: Your worn out handknit socks (bring several options if you can) scrap yarn in a variety of colors in the same weight as your socks — be bold, remember visible mending is fun, darning egg (can be purchased from several online sources), tapestry needle, scissors

Homework: None


Isabel Kraemer

Top down knitting – Basics and beyond

You’re confident with basic stitches and construction techniques? In this workshop, I’ll try to guide you through some techniques to expand your skills and take your knitting to the next level – I’ll take you on a (knitting) trip from the top down – a method that enables you to try your sweater on from time to time to check the overall fit while you’re knitting.

We’ll discuss different ways of knitting a sweater from the top down and learn some useful tricks.

Level: Intermediate (knitting in the round, basic knowledge about sweater construction)

Materials: Notebook and pen, knitting yarn and matching circular and double pointed needles (dk or worsted weight will work best), safety pins or locking stitch markers, darning needle, crochet hook (same size as knitting needles) and some waste yarn.

Homework:

1.: Neckband (starting point for short row use in neck shaping): cast on 60 sts and join to knit in the round. Work 4 rounds in 1×1 Rib (k1, p1), then knit 1 round. Stitches should be left ‘live’ on the needle to be able to work from this point.

2.: 2 tiny rectangles – provisionally cast on 10 sts for each of the rectangles and work 10 rows in Stockinette stitch. Stitches should be left ‘live’ on the needle (or holder/scrap yarn).

 

Seamless Set-in Sleeves

What about being able to get the tailored look of a classic set-in sleeve without any sewing? This workshop will guide you through the techniques needed to work a set-in sleeve seamlessly from the top down.

Level: Intermediate (knitting small circumferences in the round, basic short row techniques (wrap and turn))

Materials: Notepad and pen, knitting yarn and matching circular and double pointed needles (dk or worsted weight will work best), safety pins or locking stitch markers, darning needle, and some waste yarn.

Homework: Additional file will be emailed to participants.


Laura Nelkin

Knitting a Novus Sweater

In this 3 hour class, Laura introduces you to the “novus” constructions, her seamless yet structured modern approach to the side-to-side sweater.  She’ll cover how the construction works, how to modify the construction to fit your body, any necessary skills (provisional cast on, lifted increase, german short rows) and how to plug a stitch pattern or motif into it.  Then we’ll discuss choosing yarn to knit the sweater and cast on for a sleeve.  By the end of class you’ll be ready to independently knit your own sweater from the collection.

Skills Needed: Best for knitters who have knit a sweater before or are adventurous first time sweater knitters.  You must be able to knit and purl and have comfort reading a pattern.

Materials list: Dk or worsted weight yarn for swatching, size 6-8 needles (please do not purchase yarn ahead of time for the sweater since a fair amount of time discusses yarn choices).

Shetland Lace Basics

What is Shetland lace? How does it differ from other lace styles?  What are the tips and tricks you need to know to work it successfully? Laura will cover some history of Shetland lace and the delve into techniques to help you knit it successfully.  The class will cover basic increases and decreases, walk you through chart reading, and get you on your way to becoming a more advanced lace knitter!  Skills gained in this class will translate over to many patterns that use lace stitches.

Skills needed: basic lace skills

Materials list: 30 yards of fingering or sport weight yarn, US size 5 or 6 needles, stitch markers.

Save your Stitches: Fixing Lace Mistakes

do you want to knit lace but have no idea what to do when you make a mistake? Laura will demystify the anatomy of your lace with you and teach you how to know when you can fix and when you have to rip.  You’ll learn how to replace yarn overs, insert missing decreases, rebuild sections of your knitting, and even how to avoid making mistakes in the first place.

Skills Needed: Knit, purl and basic lace stitches.

Materials: 30 yards smooth, light or bright colored sport weight yarn, size 6 straight or circular needles, size 6 dpns, 1 size 4mm crochet hook.

 

Vendors for 2018

We are so pleased to announce the vendors for SSK 2018.  Market will be on Saturday, July 21st.  It will be open to full retreat attendees from 10-12 and the public from 1-4.  Public entry is $5 at the door.  Directions to Scarritt Bennett center can be found here.  The market is in the Laskey building.  Free parking is available in lots A and B (please note that these fill up fast) and metered street parking is also available.  Access to the parking lot is on 18th street and metered parking can be found on 19th street.

Vendors for SSK 2018:

Tuft Woolens
Ross Farms
Junk Yarn
Camel City
Stranded Dyeworks
Hipstrings
Whimzee Stitches
Fat Squirrel
Miss Babs
Jeri Brock
Leading Men
Star Knits
Once upon a Corgi
Fiber Seed
Spotted Circus
Gale’s Art
Laura Nelkin’s Kits
Two Guys Yarn
Knitterly Things
Rock and String
Teeny Button Studio

Queen City Yarn will now be vending at SSK!

Sometimes vendors will have to change at the last moment.  If this happens, I will edit this list with an updated one.

SSK 2018

SSK is returning to the Scarritt Bennett Center for 2018!  The event will be held from July 18th-22nd.

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 $675

What’s included in the $675?

  • 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 (you can take up to 3 additional classes at an added cost of $50 per class).

Our Teachers are:

and Gale Evans of Gale’s Art
  • 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 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 $400

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

You can sign up for the event here

Lottery entries will be open from 11/21 to 12/4/17.

When you enter, you should have the ability to receive an automated response letting you know that we received your entry.

We wish we had room for everyone, but if we do have more than 156 total entries, a random drawing will occur for spots.

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