Join us for our first Off the Needles retreat! It will be a time to relax, rejuvenate, refresh and learn some new knitting techniques. You will have an opportunity to meet some new fiber friends and perhaps hang out with some of your local fiber friends too! We will also have a chance to celebrate our love of all things knitting!
It will be held November 18-19, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 2465 Grant Road, Billings, MT. We are so excited to be hosting our first of what I hope will be many retreats to come. I’m so excited to announce that our “Rock Star” teachers for the retreat weekend will be Ann Budd, and Jennifer Miller! You will get 2 classes with each instructor.
There will be a VIP Dinner & Fashion Show Saturday night that is included in the price. You won’t want to miss this!
Call the shop or stop by to sign up now!
Ann will teach the following classes…..
Modified Steeks and Zippers- ( Homework required)
Learn how to add steeks so two- (or more) color patterns that are worked in rounds can be cut open—typically for a front opening, armholes, and neckline of a sweater. In this class, you’ll knit a coffee clutch with a two-color pattern and steek stitches, then cut the steek open and finish the cut edge with a colorful zipper.
ADVANCED-BEGINNER KNITTING SKILLS REQUIRED; MUST BE COMFORTABLE WORKING ON DOUBLE-POINTED NEEDLES.
Fixing Mistakes- (Homework Required)
In this class, we’ll examine how the basic stitches look in a piece of knitting, and practice fixing common mistakes, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), reversing the direction of a cable turn, and correcting a snag that breaks the yarn.
ADVANCED-BEGINNER KNITTING SKILLS REQUIRED; MUST KNOW HOW TO CAST-ON, BIND-OFF, KNIT, PURL, TURN A CABLE
Intro to Sweater Design-
Knitwear designers use gauge and body measurements to create the perfect fit in a sweater, hat, or other knitted piece. Learn the magical formulas that will allow you design your own garments or adjust existing ones with ease! No more puzzling over how to increase or decrease evenly in a single row or gradually over many rows—you’ll have the answers in moments. You’ll also learn tips and trick that simplify the knitting and finishing process.
ADVANCED-BEGINNER KNITTING SKILLS REQUIRED.
Socks at any Gauge-
Want to make socks that fit perfectly, no matter what yarn or needles or stitch pattern you use? This workshop will teach you how to measure your foot, knit a swatch, and devise a standard top-down pattern for any size foot and any gauge of knitting. ADVANCED-BEGINNER KNITTING SKILLS; MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE KNITTING SOCKS FROM THE TOP DOWN.
Jennifer will be teaching:
Working with Hand-painted Yarns-
Hands-on practice with stitch patterns that work particularly well with high-contrast handpaints; pattern and texture suggestions for handpaints alone, handpaints with tonals, and 2+ handpaints. Students work on a sampler and a mitered square.
Updates on the modular knitting of the 80s and 90s! Mitered squares, hexagons, rectangles, shells, and more, with application to hats, wraps, and garments.
Design your Own Shawl-
The geometry of shawls and how they are constructed. Make two simple decisions, choose a yarn or two, and start knitting! Modify your color and stitch patterns as you go. This class provides loads of options and suggestions for unique shawls of various shapes, and covers color combining, texture, and simple lace patterns, as well as three shawl-starting methods: garter tab, 3-stitch cast-on, and provisional cast-on.
date and time
Saturday & Sunday
November 18th & 19th
Registration begins at 8:30am & Classes begin at 9:30am