Classes 2024

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 email a google form link 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 will be linked here via a google document. If you have any questions, email or pm Laura  (laura@theknitgirllls.com) 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 four classes, and we will do our best to accommodate your request based on demand/class size.  Please be aware that some classes do require materials fees that will need to be paid ahead of time. I try to have everyone’s selections in before I assign classes. In the past 7 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!

Kim McBrien Evans

Boob Camp: Bust Darts for Every Body
Learn life changing techniques for those of us with larger chests.
Sweaters look best when they fit us in our shoulders and properly
accommodate our chest. Bring your yarn, your needles and learn
how to choose a size and to construct 2 types of bust darts for your
chest, giving you endless choice for modifying any sweater pattern.

Homework:

  • Take measurements of your natural
    waist, your full bust/chest and your
    upper torso as per homework
    document, and bring them to class
    What to Bring:
  • Pencil, pen, notebook for making
    calculations
  • optional: calculator
  • Stitch markers
  • Measuring Tape

Bums and Bellies: Sweater Shaping for Your Body
Using your measurements and worksheets, we’ll look at how to
master the fit of sweater patterns to YOUR body, and what those
modifications look like in a simplified form.
Learn:

  • How to choose a size to start with.
  • How to compare your measurements to sweater schematics to
    learn how a “hybrid size” can be a solution when your
    measurements span more than one size.
  • What to do when your weight is carried more in front or back
  • What to do when your gauge and the pattern gauge don’t agree.
  • Where and how to place shaping darts to help with fit

Homework:
Come to class with a set of
measurements that include:

  • Upper torso measurement
  • Full bust measurement
  • Armhole depth
  • Natural waist circumference
  • Hip circumference at mid-hip
  • Bicep circumference
  • Wrist circumference
    Instructions for taking these measurements are in the handout
    What to Bring:
  • Pencil
  • Handout (Modifications workbook)
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Your measurements (see
    homework)

All About Sleeves
If the shoulders fit, the sleeves don’t. If the sleeves fit, the bust
doesn’t. These are common fit issues in our sweaters. Let’s fix
them!
We’ll explore:

  • An overview of sleeves and armholes
  • How the sleeve should fit
  • How to measure for armhole depth and sleeve fit
  • Easy fixes for quick sleeve fit
  • More detailed fixes to get the sleeve just right

Homework:

  • None
    What to Bring:
  • Handout
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler (minimum 18”)
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Pencil, pen for making notes and
    calculations
  • optional: calculator

Kira Dulaney

Visible Mending

Visible Mending is a creative way to extend the life of your clothing and household items while embellishing them for a unique look. We will cover basic patches with running stitch as well as more decorative embroidery and woven darns using Speedweve looms. After this class, you’ll look at holes and stains as opportunities rather than tragedies!

Materials: embroidery hoop, embroidery needles, embroidery floss, scissors. Optional: Speedweve style mending loom, 10 yards fingering weight yarn. We will provide fabric for practicing and/or patching, but you can also bring your own items to mend. 

Optional: materials kits are available, with embroidery kits (hoop, needle, fabric, embroidery floss) for $10, and options of Speedweve looms with needles and yarn for $30, $60, or $120.

Intro to Tapestry Weaving

Weaving is an ancient art that is easy to learn yet has endless possibilities. Unleash your creativity while playing with color and texture! We will use a simple frame loom to make an artistic wall hanging while exploring plain weave as well as rya fringe, soumak, and clasped weft weaving techniques.

Materials Kit: $40 Black Sheep Goods Pop Out Loom, scissors, darning needle, yarn.


Tips and Tricks for Crocheters

This class does require advanced beginner knowledge. Students need to already know the basics of chain stitch plus single crochet and/or double crochet, and if anyone needs to brush up Kira has a Beginning Crochet playlist on YouTube.

Kira has been crocheting since she was three years old, and has picked up lots of tips and tricks for the fastest, easiest, neatest projects. Learn her favorite shortcuts and uncommon but useful techniques in this fun class. 

Materials: Bring your crochet toolkit, some easy-to-see yarn and appropriately sized crochet hook

Maggie Casey

Please be aware that none of these classes are beginner level. You need to be able to spin a continuous single and ply prior to taking a class.

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 yourself and add
another drafting method to your spinning repertoire.
Beginning spinning skills required.
Material fee $15
Students should bring:
Spinning wheel in good working condition and all its parts

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 $25
Students should bring:
Spinning wheel in good working condition and all its parts, especially whorls and bulky flyers
Lazy kate and 3 bobbins

TWIST UNRAVELED

In this class we will unravel the mystery of twist. First, we will look at how to measure twist and
then practice ways of increasing or decreasing it in our yarn. Then, we’ll talk about some projects
and decide how much twist they might need and make samples.
At the end of the class twist won’t be so mysterious after all.

Materials fee: $10

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

Students should bring:
A Spinning wheel in good working condition and all its parts
Lazy kate and at least 4 bobbins

Olga Buraya-Kefelian

NOVELTY CABLES
Level: Intermediate
We all love the look of cabled knits but some of them can be quite complex to
execute! In this class you will be presented with 5 other novel options of creating
cables using other than the traditional technique! Students will be presented with a
headband accessory pattern to make using one of these techniques as well as
instructions for the other methods to try later!!
Skills needed: knowing how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off.
Skills learned:
Various cast on methods and their benefits
Ways of picking up stitches on the purl side and work welts.
Different methods for achieving 3D look of cables using 5 methods
How to perform several methods of cable decreases
Tips and suggestions on when to use all of these techniques in knitwear
Materials:
2-3 colors of 200 yds of worsted weight yarn for swatching
US 6 (4 mm) needle
US 7 (4.5 mm) needle
Double pointed needles in sizes US 4 (3.5 mm) and 5 (3.75 mm)

Crochet Hook Size F or G
Tapestry needle
Homework: None

MAGICAL BRIOCHE
Level: Advanced Intermediate
Learn a relatively unused technique of Double Brioche, discover various ways of
adapting and customizing it for your style of knitting, creating incredibly elastic
fabric and its use in knitwear. Create a completely reversible and incredibly elastic
top-down hat in either sizing of your choice, customizing crown height and choice
for brim. (brand new design using DITW+DITS called “Fireworks”).
Skills needed: knowing how to work basic brioche
Skills learned:
How to make a disappearing circular cast on.
How to work Brioche and Tuck techniques simultaneously in the same pattern in
the round and its nuances.
Learn how to work double brioche in solid or bicolor
How to increase in 2×2 Brioche rib
How to work several methods of elastic bind off
Materials
Approx. 200 yds each in MC and in CC of sport weight yarn
US 2 (2.75 mm) circular, 24-36” long
US 2 (2.75 mm) set of 5 dpns or 2 circulars or long circular (to work small
circumference in the round)
Removable stitch marker or safety pin
Cable needle
Homework: None

BRIOCHE AND BEYOND
Level: Beginner Intermediate
Ever wondered what the difference is 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 the 2 methods. (Two cowl
pattern options available Reimei Cowl and Boshoku Cowl )
Skills needed: knowing how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.
Skills learned:
Brioche stitch
Tuck stitch
Fisherman’s Rib
How to differentiate them and their best uses
Materials:
For Reimei Cowl
140 yds of chunky weight yarn in MC.
140 yds of chunky weight yarn in CC.
US 10 (6 mm) circular needle, 24″ or 36″
Crochet hook size G
For Boshoku Cowl
240 yds of chunky weight yarn.
US 11 (8 mm) circular needle, 24ʺ long
Crochet hook size G or H
For both as well:
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Please purchase a copy of either Boshoku Cowl or Reimei Cowl patterns and bring
to class
Homework
For Reimei Cowl:
Using the Crochet Chain method and Color A, CO 136 sts. Join work into rnd, pm at
the join.

Rnd 1: With Color A, knit.
Rnd 2: With Color A, purl.
For Boshoku Cowl:
Using the Crochet Chain method CO 101 sts. Join work into rnd, pm at the join.

SSK 2024 Lottery Open

Event Dates: July 17-21, 2024
Event Address: 1009 18th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
Contact us at ssk@theknitgirllls.com

We will open the lottery 11/30/23 at 11am central and close the lottery at 12/06/23 at 11am central.  This is not a first come, first serve signup.  If we have more entries of those that want to attend than available spots, we will pull entry numbers randomly. If your number isn’t chosen on the first round, we will automatically place you on the wait list.  We regularly pull folkx from the wait list and will notify you if your number is pulled.  

We will notify everyone of their status in the lottery pull by Monday December 11th.

Attendee Spots $525 each
Deposit – $125 non-refundable & non-transferable deposit due 01/15/23.  

What’s included in your $525 fee:

  • A three hour class with one of our amazing teachers (You will be able to add additional classes if there is availability for an additional fee). To see how class signups work, scroll down to last years post.
  • Breakfast and lunch Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Breakfast Sunday.
  • Entrance to the marketplace before it is open to the public
  • A goody bag that includes either a skein of yarn or 4oz of fiber plus loads of other goodies. Our goody bags typically have a retail value of over $100.
  • Entrance to Laskey hall crafting spaces, the try it on room and tasting room, breakout sessions, and opening/closing ceremony (possibility of door prizes).
  • Weekly zooms with attendees and Laura.
  • Ability to participate in KALs/CALS/SALs for the event.

ACCOMMODATIONS
At the request of the event center, we are requiring you book your own stay at Scarritt Bennett.  We will provide you with details on how to do that and get our group rate in the welcome email if your entry is selected.

***Rooms will be $80.00 per person for twin bed room with a shared restroom (pre-tax price) $94.70 with tax included.  You will be required to pay 1st night’s deposit at the time of booking. The remainder is paid at check-in. There is also a $25 cleaning fee added to the stay. Cancellation: As long as you cancel 48 hours in advance you will not be charged for the room. If you do not cancel, you will lose your deposit.  Note that this is ONLY for the room – the deposit for attending the event itself is not refundable.

COVID Protocols
At this time, we are not expecting to require proof of vaccination or mandatory mask wearing.  However, that may change if the overall situation around COVID or any other widespread health issue changes.  

TEACHERS
Our lovely teachers for 2024 are:

Olga Buraya-Kefelian (OlgaJazzy)

Maggie Casey

Kira Dulaney

Kim McBrien Evans

Payment schedule will be as follows:

Deposit – $125 non-refundable & non-transferable deposit due 01/15/23.  

1st payment – $200 due 2/28/23

2nd payment – $200 due 4/15/23

If you’re still interested after reading all the details, please click here to submit your lottery entry!

Doorprizes 2023

We have had so many wonderful folkx contribute door prizes this year!

Queen City Yarn
Stranded Dyeworks
Leading Men Fiber Arts
Hikari Handmade
Yarn Cafe Creations
Loop Fiber Studio
Tomato Moon
Wee Chickadee
Laura Nelkin
Modus Operandi Fibers
Old Rusted Chair
Knit Spin Farm
Birdie Parker
Fiber Seed
Wild Stitcher
Akerworks
Bags By Awesome Grannie
Ply Magazine
Faboo Yarns
Nomadic Yarns
Geektastic Fibers
Creative With Clay
Tangerine Designs

Plus more prizes from our amazing market vendors!

Classes 2023

Class Rosters are linked here

Class signups will begin June 1st and will continue until June 7th.  You will have the option to add additional classes (availability pending) until the minute before classes start at SSK.  I will email a google form link on June 1st for people to fill out.  I would prefer that all current attendees of SSK try to get this filled out by June 7th.  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  (laura@theknitgirllls.com) 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 four 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 6 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!

Jillian’s Classes

Skill Level: If you are familiar with your wheel, have used it recently, can spin a continuous thread,
and have plied a yarn (even one), this class is for you.
Students should bring:  A wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, a lazy kate, a niddy noddy, tags to mark samples and pen and paper to take notes, baggies for sample fiber. 

Woolen Prep and Draft
$25 materials fee
Get the air in there! Interested in spinning a lofty, cozy woolen yarn? This class explores different woolen preparations and drafts. We will spin several woolen and woolen-ish preparations, roving, sliver, rolags, batts, and spinning top from the fold. They all spin with different amounts of loft, and spinning them side by side will help you fine-tune your woolen yarns.
We’ll practice woolen drafting from short forward and backward drafts to longdraw, keeping an eye on drafting zones and twist to manage size and consistency. Once we have woolen singles spun, we’ll ply, woolen-style, and see how adjustments for consistency can be made to woolen yarns when plying.

Twist and Ply: Plying Basics and Beyond
$20 materials fee
Have you ever knit with your handspun and something just wasn’t right? The answer may be in your plying.
In this class we will go over the basics of plying, setting up your wheel, your lazy Kate, and your body. We’ll talk rewinding bobbins, resting bobbins, counting in plying, the difference between woolen and worsted plying, and how to use a ply back sample for plying. We’ll explore the number of plies in a yarn, including chain plying, how to control it and what
effect the number of plies has on your knitted fabric.
There will be discussion about designing your yarn through ply, the number of plies, the how and why of color combinations, and breaking some plying ‘rules’ to make easy textured yarns.

True Color: Exploring Dye Patterns in Braids
$25 materials fee
Speckled, striped, dyed in a repeating pattern, or dyed in no pattern at all, painted braids come in a huge variety of styles. It’s hard to know what your yarn will look like when spinning a particular pattern of braid.
In this class we will explore several popular dye patterns so you’ll have a better idea of what your yarn will look like no matter the braid you spin.
We’ll first look at braids, unchain them, and investigate how the dye has been applied to the fiber. Pattern? No pattern? Lots of white spots? Something else? How much of a pattern can you see when
buying a braid? Then you’ll spin several pattern types to see exactly the outcome a particular dye style has on your yarn. There will be lots of samples on hand to see each dye style from fiber, to yarn, to knitted swatch.
Don’t really like the dye pattern in your braid? That’s an easy fix! We’ll explore manipulating the colors in our braids to play with switching up the patterning.
You’ll leave this class ready to tackle your braid stash (or add to it) with color confidence.

Shana’s Classes

MODULAR KNITTING


Learn to embrace garter stitch and work on modular joining and finishing techniques while making a useful object or 2. Learn or brush up on a few techniques including: provisional cast-on, picking up stitches, modular join-as-you-go knitting, basic increases and decreases, icord bind-off. 

Materials: 

50 g of DK weight yarn in 2+ colors OR fingering weight yarn (to hold doubled)

2 pair of knitting needles with 32” / 80 cm cord or longer (choose a size to achieve approx. 22 st over 4” / 10 cm– suggested size US 2-4 / 2.75-3.5 mm)

smooth waste yarn in contrast color

crochet hook in similar size for provisional cast-on

10+ light bulb stitch markers, preferably in different colors / different styles

scissors

tapestry needle

tape measure / ruler

pencil(s) / preferred note-taking device

Optional: 

interchangeable cords for needles

gram scale to weigh yarn

tubing / waste yarn / stitch holder to hold live stitches (NOTE: spare tubing will be provided!)

Homework: Knit 2 swatches in garter stitch. Laura will email specific dimensions to students.

RECALIBRATING 

Using my popular fingering weight design, Recalibrate, as a jumping off point, this class will teach knitters how to make adjustments on the fly! Prepare for this class by looking at some of your favorite garments – knit or store bought– and familiarizing yourself with a few of your measurements– but don’t worry, we’ll also cover your preferred dimensions during the class. We will do a little bit of math and talk about gauge adjustments and the basics of estimating how much yarn might be needed for these adjustments. Topics covered will empower students to be able to make suitable adjustments to meet their needs. Students will get a copy of  Recalibrate to reference during this class and work on beyond!

Materials

50 g of DK weight yarn in 2+ colors OR fingering weight yarn (to hold doubled)

2 pair of knitting needles with 32” / 80 cm cord or longer (choose a size to achieve approx. 20 st over 4” / 10 cm– suggested size US 3-5 / 3.25-3.75 mm)

smooth waste yarn in contrast color

crochet hook in similar size for provisional cast-on

10+ light bulb stitch markers, preferably in different colors / different styles

scissors

tapestry needle

tape measure / ruler

gram scale to weigh yarn

pencil(s) / preferred note-taking device

Optional: 

interchangeable cords for needles

colored pencils / digital coloring materials

tubing / waste yarn / stitch holder to hold live stitches (NOTE: spare tubing will be provided!)

Homework: Bring in a shirt (t-shirt or hand knit) that you like and be ready to photograph and measure it! Also, knit a swatch in garter stitch. Laura will email specifics to students.

SCRAPPY STUFF

Experiment with different techniques on a small scale, creating useful and decorative pieces. Students will learn a variety of techniques and make custom and unique mug rugs in the process. Instruction will also be provided for Textured Marble Fidget Toy, and students will get a copy of this pattern to work with. This class will present a menu of techniques to try including:  tubular cast-on, tubular bind-off, basic double knitting, knitted welts, German short rows, icord cast-on, icord bind-off, marling yarns, magic knot, clasp weft join. Examples will be shown at the start of class and students can choose to explore as many of the techniques as desired while creating a unique technique exploration.

Materials: 

50 g of DK weight yarn in 2+ colors OR fingering weight yarn (to hold doubled– choose this option to practice marling techniques) 

knitting needles with 32” / 80 cm cord (needle size to achieve approx. 24 st over 4” / 10 cm– suggested size US 1-3 / 2.25-3.25 mm)

needle size to achieve approx. 22 st over 4” / 10 cm – 22 st over 4” / 10 cm– suggested size US 2-4 / 2.75-3.5 mm)

smooth waste yarn in contrast color

crochet hook in similar size for provisional cast-on

10+ light bulb stitch markers, preferably in different colors / different styles

scissors

tapestry needle

tape measure / ruler

pencil(s) / preferred note-taking device

Optional: 

interchangeable cords for needles

gram scale to weigh yarn

extra yarn in DK weight or fingering weight – any length

tubing / waste yarn / stitch holder to hold live stitches (NOTE: spare tubing will be provided!)

Homework: none! 

Sarah’s Classes

Gno Fun like Gnome Fun: Beginner Gnome Class

Learn the basics of Sarah’s gnome patterns with Gnoah. Cute,
sweet, simple, and fast to knit, he’ll give you confidence to tackle
other gnomes and toys. Knit on worsted weight yarn using your
choice of knitting in the round methods.
More detail: Fundamentals of gnomes/toys including i-cord,
stuffing, changing colour, sewing pieces, dealing with ends.
Students get a special learning version of Gnoah, plus a code for
downloading the full Gno Fun Like Gnome Fun pattern.
Note: a festive Santa gnome version of Gnoah is available
Supplies:

Worsted weight yarn in 3 colours – hat, body,
beard/nose/hands. Wool or wool-blend suggested.
Weighted stuffing (poly pellets or beans) and fluffy stuffing
(polyfill or roving).
Yarn needle, scissors, removable st marker.
US 5 / 3.75 mm needles needles for knitting a small number of
stitches in the round (double pointed needles, long circular for
magic loop, 2 circulars for the 2 circs method)

Required Skills:
Able to knit, purl, and work in the round with one of the following
methods: DPNs, magic loop, or the 2 circs method.

Tips for Stuffing and Finishing Toys

So much of the personality of a toy is created in the finishing steps
and it can be frustrating. Knit a wee worsted ball toy and practice
stuffing, dealing with ends, attaching safety eyes, and attaching
limbs. Perfect for beginner toy-knitters and those looking for more
confidence in their finishing techniques.

More detail: Homework to preknit most of the ball. Laura will email homework once class rosters are finalized.

Supplies:

Worsted weight yarn in 2 colours, wool or wool-blend
suggested.
Weighted stuffing (poly pellets or beans) and fluffy stuffing
(polyfill or roving).
Yarn needle, scissors, removable st marker, safety eyes.
US 5 / 3.75 mm needles needles for knitting a small number of
stitches in the round (double pointed needles, long circular for
magic loop, 2 circulars for the 2 circs method)


Required Skills:
Able to knit, purl, and work in the round with one of the following
methods: DPNs, magic loop, or the 2 circs method.

Getting to Gnome Colorwork Part One: Stranded Colourwork Fundamentals

Try stranded colourwork! We will cover choosing colours,
understanding charts, and what on earth to do with your hands
when you have 2 strands of yarn. Three hour class includes the
Emotions of Colour Choices framework, discusses colour moods,
and develops a personal colour vocabulary to use to help you
easily pick colours that will make projects you love.

Note: 3 hours with Emotions of Colour Choice or with more focus
on time spent knitting

Supplies:
5-10 g of two colours of worsted weight in high-contrast colours
and appropriate needles for working in the round.
scraps of yarn in various colours (bring 3 or more 2-5 g balls).
These scraps will be used communally to experiment.
a phone or digital camera is recommended
Required Skills:
Able to knit and purl in the round.

Tian’s Classes

CARDIGAN FOR EVERY BODY (ANY YARN CARDIGAN)

Do you struggle with finding cardigans for your body? Do you struggle with what yarn to use or figuring out if you have enough yardage of the yarn you choose?

I believe that you deserve to fit the body you’re in now and not wait or not change your body to fit the pattern.

In this class, we choose a size that is your fit or close to your fit and then we work through the math to figure out how to make it YOUR PERFECT FIT! Choose your yarn (any yarn weight) and we’ll walk through step-by-step how to make a swatch, measure the gauge, determine fit, and use simple math to make modifications and determine the amount of yarn needed.

This is a great class to take before you go yarn shopping because you will know exactly how much yarn you need to buy for your size. Also, it’s great for stash diving.

Fit the body you’re in now!

Prerequisites:Basic skills
• crochet: chain, basic stitches (sc, hdc, dc), increasing, decreasing
• knit: casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing
– Basic understanding of patterns, schematics, and terminology
– Basic understanding simple math

Course Materials:Any yarn of your choice
Hook/needle size appropriate for the yarn
Any stitch pattern of your choice
Removable stitch markers
Tape measure
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Button(s) (optional)
Paper, pencil, calculator

Homework:Make a swatch (at least 6” x 6” square) in desired stitch pattern in desired yarn

MOSAIC CROCHET (ORCHID PATH SHAWL)

Colorwork can be intimidating to start. It might look complex and feel overwhelming trying to figure out how to juggle multiple colors and strands of yarn.

In this class, we’ll walk through step-by-step how to manage your yarn so that you end up with a beautiful finished object and not a tangled mess. All you need it 2 colors.

Choose your two (2) colors. Choose colors that are highly contrasting for a dramatic effect or similar color palettes for a more muted feel. The sky is the limit.

Prerequisites: – This is not a BEGINNER class
• basic crochet skills: basic stitches (sc, hdc), read charts, changing colors

Course Materials:
– Two (2) contrasting colors
• Yarn recommended: worsted weight wool
• Hook size recommended: US size 8/H/5.0mm
– Scissors
– Tapestry needle
– Phone (for taking pictures)

Homework:
– None. Come ready to play

SWEATER COPYCAT: HOW TO HAND-KNIT A SWEATER TO FIT USING A STORE-BOUGHT VERSION

In this class, you’ll learn how to hand-knit (and crochet) a sweater that fits perfectly using a store-bought version as your guide.

We’ll cover everything from selecting the right yarn and needles/hook to customizing the pattern (all the calculations) to suit your style.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter/crocheter, you’ll leave with the skills and confidence to create your own cozy sweater copycat.

Prerequisites:Basic skills
• crochet: chain, basic stitches (sc, hdc, dc), increasing, decreasing
• knit: casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing
– Basic understanding of patterns and terminology
– Basic understanding simple math

Course Materials:Store-bought sweater for reference
Swatch and gauge measured
• Yarn recommended: worsted weight wool
• Hook/needle size recommended: US size 8/H/5.0mm or 9/I/5.5mm
Removable stitch markers
Tape measure
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Paper, pencil, calculator

Homework:Make a swatch (at least 6” x 6” square) in desired stitch pattern

Last Minute SSK 2023 Spots

We have a limited number of SSK spots open for this year’s event.

We are first offering these spots to those folkx who are ALREADY on our waitlist and were notified of this process via email. If you submit the form on 5/30/23 and are not on the waitlist, you will not be given a spot.

If we still have open spots after 24 hours, we will open them up to those who were not already on the wait list. These spots are NOW OPEN to the public – there are a few spots left!

If you are able to submit the form, then you are tentatively on the list – you must send your deposit within 24 hours to secure your spot. All the instructions are on the form itself.

Click here to submit the form and claim a spot!

SSK 2023 Signups

Event Dates: July 19-23, 2023
Event Address: 1009 18th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
Contact us at ssk@theknitgirllls.com

If you are a vendor looking to apply for the market ( +/- attending the full event), you can click here https://forms.gle/X12X1MTYxnbDuGu6A .

Link to sign up to attend SSK
We will open the lottery 12/5/22 at 4pm central and close the lottery at 12/12/22 at 4pm central.  This is not a first come, first serve signup.  If we have more entries of those that want to attend than available spots, we will pull entry numbers randomly. If your number isn’t chosen on the first round, we will automatically place you on the wait list.  We regularly pull folkx from the wait list and will notify you if your number is pulled.  
We will notify everyone of their status in the lottery pull on Saturday December 17th.
Attendee Spots $525 each
Deposit – $125 non-refundable & non-transferable deposit due 01/17/22.  

What’s included in your $525 fee:

  • A three hour class with one of our amazing teachers (You will be able to add additional classes if there is avalability for an additional $60 fee). To see how class signups work, scroll down to last years post.
  • Cupcakes Wednesday night. Breakfast and lunch Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Breakfast Sunday.
  • Entrance to the marketplace.
  • A goody bag that includes either a skein of yarn or 4oz of fiber plus loads of other goodies. Our goody bags typically have a retail value of over $100.
  • Entrance to Lasky hall crafting spaces, the try it on room and tasting room, breakout sessions, and opening/closing ceremony (possibility of doorprizes).
  • Weekly zooms with attendees and Laura.
  • Ability to participate in KALs/CALS/SALs for the event.

ACCOMMODATIONS
At the request of the event center, we are requiring you book your own stay at Scarritt Bennett.  We will provide you with details on how to do that and get our group rate in the welcome email if your entry is selected. 
Rooms will be $80.00 per person for a twin (pre-tax price) $94.70 with tax included.  You have your own bedroom with it’s own entrance, but will share a bathroom with one other person. You will be required to pay 1st night’s deposit at the time of booking. The remainder is paid at check-in.

Cancellation of room (Not event): As long as you cancel 48 hours in advance you will not be charged for the room. If you do not cancel, you will lose your deposit.  Note that this is ONLY for the room – the deposit for attending the event itself is not refundable.
COVID Protocols
At this time, we are not expecting to require proof of vaccination or mandatory mask wearing.  However, that may change if the overall situation around COVID or any other widespread health issue changes.  

TEACHERS
Our lovely teachers for 2023 are:
Shana Cohen

Tian Connaughton

Jillian Moreno (we just can’t get enough!)

Sarah Schira

Payment schedule will be as follows:

Deposit – $125 non-refundable & non-transferable deposit due 01/17/22.  1st payment – $200 due 2/15/232nd payment – $200 due 4/15/23

SSK Doorprizes

So much gratitude to all these generous makers for their donations!

Jillian Moreno
Republica Unicorna
Creative with Clay
Geektastic Fibers
Yarn Cafe Creation
Bags by Awesome Grannie
Akerworkshttps://www.akerworks.com
Akerworks
Hikari Handmade
Loop
Knit Spin Farm
Fibernymph Dyeworks
String Theory Colorworks
Foster Sheep Farm
Nomadic Yarns
Hello Yarn
Dragon Thistle Fibers
A Good Yarn Sarasota
Laura Nelkin Designs
Lollipop Yarn
Velvet Hippo
Hook and Needle A Yarn Studio
Tomato Moon

Plus more prizes from Shanalines Designs, UnBesito Fiber, Suburban Stitcher, Knitterly Things, and all our vendors!