Monday, May 29, 2017

Dropped Stitches

It's just over 16 weeks until Camp. It sounds like a long time but September will be here before we know it.

Dropped stitches are a knitters nightmare but Fiona is doing this on purpose. Her class on Saturday afternoon is centred around dropping stitches.
Fiona’s latest technique fascination is with creating openwork by means of dropped stitches. In this workshop you will learn how to add them to your projects, how to have them meander and work around shaping and then go on to look at adding hand embroidery to the panels.
If you've registered for Camp, watch your inbox. Class confirmations are going out this week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Colour Duet

The brochure is almost finished. I'm hoping to have it proofread and ready to go on the weekend. We are very excited about the class being offered on Friday.

Colour Duet

Camp is all about yarn and having fun! So this year we’ve worked with our instructors to come up with something extra special.

What’s better than learning from one instructor?...how about learning from TWO?

Beginning on Friday morning after breakfast and continuing after lunch, this amazing class will harmonize instruction from both Fiona and Beth.

It will open with Fiona & Beth talking about to choosing your colours, then you will go on to dye 5 mini skeins of Shepherd Sock from Lorna’s Laces.

While one group is laying it down with Beth, Fiona will lead a jamming session looking at working with your mini skeins to use in a small project such as mittens, hat, socks or a cowl; maybe some Fair Isle? some embellishments? some cables? and of course transitions.

In the dying session, maestro Beth will be guiding you to dye your mini skeins into colours that will work for your project.

The finale of the class will be a review of what has been learned with an encore from both instructors.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Camp 2017

We've started working on the brochure for Camp and I hope to have it ready for the middle of February.

Dates: September 21-24, 2017

Venue: Bayview-Wildwood Resort

Instructors: Fiona Ellis and Beth Casey (owner of Lorna's Laces) with another instructor to be added.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Easy Wrap Jacket

Sally wore her beautiful wrap/jacket at Camp and many of the campers tried it on. It is amazing! Easy to throw on and simple to knit.

The pattern is now available on Ravelry.
I called this a wrap jacket, not because it overlaps or ties in front … but because it is a cross between a wrap (a rectangular shawl) and a jacket—and functions beautifully as both!

It is a one-size-fits-all piece that is both easy to knit and to wear. For two weeks after I made it, I wore it every day—over a dress, a shirt, a sweater, even my pajamas! I am now thinking I need to knit a second version, in an alternate colour, but am finding the chartreuse surprisingly versatile!

What makes it easy to knit is that it has absolutely no shaping and only 2 tiny, near-invisible seams.

What makes it easy to wear is that it is spacious enough to slip over most anything!

There are notes in the pattern for how to add circumference or how to choose an appropriate substitute yarn. And there is a photo for the two tiny seams you will execute!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Two More Sleeps

It's almost here. The van is packed and we're ready to go.

Here is the updated weather report.

Safe drive to everyone and we'll see you soon.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Camp Weather Report

I hope the weather man is correct - it looks like a nice weekend for Camp.

Don't forget your umbrella. It rains every year on Camp weekend. Some years lots and some years just a sprinkle but it always comes and usually on Friday.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Homework

Friday morning

Sally - Two Colours, Two Hands

Homework: With DK or finer yarn and appropriate size circular needle, long-tail cast on 120 stitches (or whatever number of stitches fits comfortably on the needle). Join work, and knit 1 round.

To Bring:
more homework yarn
part ball of another colour

Fiona - Walk on the Wildwood Side

Homework: none

To Bring:
small quantities of yarn from your stash
needles
usual project bag goodies (stitch markers etc)
pencil & paper
coloured pencils
graph paper
inspirational images (optional)

Saturday morning

Sally - First Choices, Basic Shapes

Homework: none

To Bring:
tape measure

Fiona - Creating Cables

Homework: none

To Bring:
If wishing to work on a blanket or pillow project a ball of light coloured DK or worsted weight yarn

if wishing to work on a mitten project a ball of light coloured sock weight yarn
yarn appropriate needles
cable needle
pencil & paper
graph paper

Saturday afternoon

Sally - Essential Skills

Homework: none

To Bring:
yarn
knitting needles
crochet hook

Fiona - Thumbs up for mittens

Homework: none

To Bring:
ball of light coloured sock weight yarn
yarn appropriate needles
cable needle
pencil & paper
graph paper
tension swatch over an interesting stitch pattern / stranded colour work / cable pattern

Sunday morning

Sally - The Most Common Mistakes

Homework: none

To Bring:
measuring tape
calculator
the following are optional
a swatch
more than one swatch in the same yarn
a pattern whose tension does not match the swatch
a sweater that did not work
a favourite garment
yarns of similar weight

Fiona - Fun with I-Cords

Homework: with worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm-5mm needles, cast on 30 stitches. Work in stocking stitch for 6". Leave the stitches on the needle or on waste yarn.

To Bring:
part ball of medium weight yarn
pair of yarn appropriate needles
pair of double pointed needles (yarn appropriate).