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Weekend Workshop with Donna Druchunas
April 27 - 28
The Windy City Knitting Guild is pleased to welcome Donna Druchunas for a weekend workshop in April.
Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research, and writing. She is the author of six knitting books including Arctic Lace, Successful Lace Knitting, Kitty Knits, and Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland. She teaches in the United States in Europe and has just started offering online sock-knitting classes at Craftsy.com. Her workshops are designed to empower knitters and writers, and to inspire fearless creativity. Donna’s website and blog can be found at www.sheeptoshawl.com.
Class 1: Lithuanian Beaded Wristwarmers
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (3 hours)
Class size: 20
Level: Beginners welcome! If you can do the knit stitch, you can make these beaded wristwarmers.
Beads add a fabulous touch! Knowing just the basics of knitting, you can easily create colorful designs with beads. Using only garter stitch and learning how to read and work from beading charts, in this workshop we will make beautiful jeweled wristwarmer cuffs that are inspired by those popular in Lithuania. We will also learn beautiful crochet trim stitches – with and without beads – for trimming the wristwarmers.
- Beginner: 1 skein of Cascade 220 (or equivalent worsted-weight wool) in a medium or dark color, size 5 straight or circular needles (see homework)
- Intermediate: 1 skein of Koigu (or equivalent fingering-weight wool) in a medium or dark semi-solid color, size 1 straight or circular needles (see homework)
- Advanced: 1 skein of a fairly heavy lace-weight wool yarn, something that has some body and is NOT cobweb weight, size 000 needles (see homework)
- Everyone: crochet hook same size as needles or close, basic knitting toolkit, needle nose pliers (optional)
Homework: CO 30 sts and work in garter stitch for about 3 inches. Make sure your stitches are tight and the fabric is firm. If they are loose and the fabric is soft, try again with smaller needles. Bring the swatch to class.
Class 2: Amish Oval Rug
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 1:30 – 4:30 PM (3 hours)
Class size: 20
Level: Easy+ level. Students need to know to knit and purl, cast-on and bind-off, and have experience making 2-3 projects.
Rugs provide a stress-free way to learn to knit. Even if you only know how to cast on and do the knit stitch, you can create stylish and functional rugs for your home. Since rugs are simple shapes, there are no armholes or necklines to shape, no buttonholes to remember, and no constant measuring to ensure proper fit. You can use your precious knitting to slow down and let your hands memorize the motions. Knitted rugs also provide a perfect palette for exploring creativity, experimenting with new types of yarns, and creating pieces of knitted art. If you’re looking for a challenge, you can create truly beautiful works-of-art while learning new skills.
In this class, we will learn to make an oval knitted rug inspired by Early American braided rugs. Made from old rags, these early rugs represent frugality and parsimony, but their flamboyant colors speak of a love for beauty. This rug, made of alternating Garter and Stockinette Stitch strips, gives you the chance to bring the classic braided look into your own home.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- Materials and supplies needed for rug knitting
- Selecting and arranging colors
- Designing and knitting the rug center
- Designing and knitting the rug strips
- Seaming techniques
- Edging options
- Size 10 1/2 straight or double-pointed needles,
- 6 skeins of Brown Sheep’s Burly Spun yarn (or equivalent yarn)
- 1 skein color A
- 2 skeins color B
- 3 skeins color C
- Basic knitting tools.
Class 3: Knitting Socks from Japanese Pattern Books
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (6 hours)
Class size: 20
Level: Intermediate. Knitters should have experience knitting several pairs of socks on double-pointed needles and understand the basic construction of a sock (cuff, calf, ankle, heel, heel-turn, instep, foot toe).
Japanese knitting books are hot right now. Although the patterns are written entirely in Japanese, they are not impossible for American audiences to read. Very light on text and very heavy on charts and schematics, with a cheat sheet of translations, any adventurous knitter can enter the world of Japanese knitting. In this class we will learn how to understand Japanese sock patterns, focusing on the charts and schematics. Because Japanese patterns usually are written for one size, we will also discuss how to resize the patterns. In addition, we will learn a few interesting Japanese stitches and techniques that can be used to add an extra level of finesse to any project.
- About 50 yards of worsted or sport weight yarn
- Size 7 or 5 needles for swatching.
- Pencil, eraser, calculator
- Basic knitting tools.
Pricing & Registration
You may register online below or download the registration form to print out and mail in. See below for individual workshop pricing.
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All classes will be held at The Admiral at the Lake, 929 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL. If you need assistance getting there please contact Tina Stevens (KnitterS@sbcglobal.net) for assistance.
Food and beverages are not provided at the workshops. There are several restaurants nearby or you may bring your own food and beverages.