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Classes and Shows

FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING:

2nd Friday of the month from 5 - 8

April 13, May 11, June 8

APRIL KNIT ALONG

 
From Knit Purl Hunter:

 

My next knit along will be a shawl knit with the beautiful new yarn, Concentric.  Named after the concentric circles that this cake of yarn so closely resembles, these color gradients were carefully designed by the Skacel color specialists! Concentric is made from four non-plied strands, which create the distinctive color change.  The colors change at a regulated sequence allowing for a wide range of design possibilities.
In Transient, each color change will bring a different stitch pattern in this easy to wear shawl.  You will find yourself racing to the next color change to find out what comes next!
Pictured below is a prototype of the shawl.  This garter stitch example is in the exact shape of the Transient shawl and knit in color #1022 Rainbow's End.  Imagine how much prettier the real version will be with multiple stitch patterns inserted at the thirteen color changes.  Concentric is made of 100% baby alpaca with each cake containing 220g/437 yds.  One skein is all that is needed for the shawl.

The knit along is FREE.  Simply return
 
here any time after 9am EST on April 5th
 
to view the first set of instructions.
Materials:

 

 

  • Concentric By HiKoo, 100% baby
  • alpaca, 200g / 437 yds, ONE skein
  • US #8 (5mm) needle, 32" circular, or
  • size needed to achieve stated gauge.
Gauge:
Approximately 20 stitches and 40 rows

4" in garter, unblocked.

Size:
53" at widest edge, 27" deep

We will be having in store knit along times on Mondays April 9,16, 23,

and 30 from 2 to 4.  Please RSVP if you're coming.
 
 

CLASSES:


Weft-Faced Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom
 
In this class we will explore a variety of weft-faced patterns, discuss what makes a good weft-faced fabric, and choose designs for four coasters to be completed at home.
The class requires an 8-dent heddle, 4 shuttles and 2 pickup sticks, withthe loom to be warped before class. Call or stop by the shop for warping instructions and to choose appropriate yarns. A $5 materials fee includes heddle rods, strings and handout.
The yarn we are using is Brown Sheep Naturespun. There are 2 colorways available for this. The colorway shown is in White, red, blue and green.  The other colorway will contain a combination of black, natural, brown and gray.  Each 4 pack of colors will be $24.00 and will include your rug warp. You will need to have your loom warped when you come to class.
Date:  Monday April 30
Time: 10 - 1
Cost:  $60.00 
Materials Fee to Instructor $5.00
Yarns:  $24.00
Place:  Blazing Star Ranch, 3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
 
Pre-Registration Required.  Call 303-514-8780 with pre-payment to register.

   

 

Beginning Spinning                                     
Instructor:  Karen Champion
Date:  Tuesday April 24 and May 8, 
 
 
May 15 and May 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
Time: 1-4
Cost: $80.00 Material Fee $20.00
Wheel Rental Available @ $25/ week
Location: 3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
 
This is a 2 session class.  In the first session you will learn a bit about the wheel, different fibers and how to spin a single.  Then you will have homework over the 2 weeks in between sessions.  In the second session you will learn several ways to ply your yarn and set the twist.
Space is limited.  Prepayment is required. To register, call
303-514-8780
Wheel rental applies to purchase of wheels purchased up to 2 months after class.

If these dates do not work for you, please call and we will work with you on dates. If you have your own wheel, you may bring it.
 

 

 

  
Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving

Instructor: Terri Veragen


Two days, 3 hours each
 
Rigid heddle looms are a simple, portable and inexpensive introduction to weaving, yet are extremely versatile in their patterning possibilities. In part one of this class you will learn how a rigid heddle loom works, what you can do with it, how to calculate how much yarn you need, and how to warp your loom with even tension and get started weaving. In part two, you will learn how to weave with good selvedges and an even beat, change colors and work with different yarns, fix a broken warp, different finishes for the end of your weaving, and how to remove your weaving and finish your cloth. We will discuss the various weave structures that are possible on these looms.

Stop by the shop before class to choose appropriate yarns. We will have looms available (Schacht Crickets, Ashford Sample-It, etc) or you may bring your own rigid loom with all parts, and stand if you have one. You will leave with either a small sampler or a scarf, depending on the amount of yarn you choose to purchase.
Appropriate yarns for warp: smooth and strong, plied

8-dent heddle: worsted weight, 16 wraps/inch (lightly wrapped, not stretched)   
(I prefer 8-dent, it goes faster in class, but if you have 10-dent that's OK)
    128 yards for a 2-yard warp 8" wide (minimum amount for a sample in class)

10-dent heddle: sport weight, 20 wraps/inch
    160 yards for a 2-yard warp 8" wide

Can purchase 50% or more extra yarn for a 3-yd warp to make a scarf. Can also purchase 2 colors to make stripes in warp and weft if desired.

Yarns for weft: the same amount of the same yarn used for warp, the same or a different color. Can bring other yarns as desired, any color, size, texture is good for experimentation.

Date and Time:  Part 1 May 10 10 - 1, Part 2 May 17 10 - 1 
Cost: $110.00 for both parts. Materials Fee $15.00
You may take the classes as single classes. The cost for each class as a single 
is $60.00. If you have a loom, please bring all the parts, shuttles, clamps,  etc.  If you do not have a loom, we will provide one and you may rent one to  take home for practice in between parts 1 and 2 for $15.00 for the interval in between classes. The rental will apply to the purchase of a loom if you decide to purchase one within a month of your last class.
Place:  Blazing Star Ranch (inside Anderson's Vacuum)           
3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
Please call Karen at 303-514-8780 to prepay and reserve your spot.
Minimum of 2. Limited to 5.

 

Building with Lace Class


Learn to knit lace for only $10.00 an hour. Each class is 2 hours long. During this year long class, you will learn ten different lace patterns and gain the confidence to tackle any lace pattern you encounter.  In addition we will cover: provisional cast on, cables, knitting with beads, bind off edging, chart reading, and so much more.
 
Class 1: (Feb 14) provisional cast on, lace basics, chart reading
Class 2: (March 14) Japanese stitches, bobbles, passing stitches
Class 3: (April 11) double yarn over, wraps
Class 4: (May 9) cables and lace
Class 5: (June 13) beads
Class 6: (July 11) smocking stitch
Class 7: (Aug 8) circular designs 
Class 8: (Sept 12) nupps 
Class 9: (Oct 10) knitted lace
Class 10: (Nov 14) bind off edging, beads, blocking

The Building with Lace class follows the book by the same title.  By the end of the class you will have a sampler to enjoy or a handmade holiday gift.



Stop by and see our oversized sample.

Prerequisite: knitting basics (knit, purl)

Meets the second Wednesday of the month from February to November, 4-6pm
Cost: $200 for all 10 Paid in advance--includes Building with Lace book by Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter ($20.00 value)
May also register for single classes for $25 each 2 hour session

Ask about available kits.
Call 303-514-8780 to reserve your spot if you want to do all 10!

 

 
 

 


KNITTER'S GUILD OF DENVER


The Knitter's Guild of Denver meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at the Englewood Library.  Great group--lots of knitting!


UPCOMING EVENTS:

MAY 4-6 GREAT WESTERN ALPACA SHOW

at the National Western Complex

MAY 19 & 20 SHEARING DAYS AT THE FARM

JUNE 9 & 10 ESTES PARK WOOL MARKET

Updated April 24, 2018