That’s right! Iceland. Land of Ice and Snow. And the Midnight Sun!
With my wonderful friend Gudrun. And my new friend Ragga.
There are still one or two places open so have a look here.
Gudrun will be teaching Shetland Lace.
In this class we will explore the techniques and patterns that pertain to Shetland Lace knitting. We will practice knitting the more complex lace patterns where motifs are worked on both the RS and WS of the work.
We will also cover how to work a knitted on edging, grafting and a provisional cast on. An overview of typical Shetland shawl/stole constructions will be provided as well as some historical background.
A small sampler using Shetland lace-weight yarn willbe started during class.
I’ll be teaching a Fair Isle Workshop:
We’ll enjoy a full day workshop with Mary Jane:
Colorful Fair Isle Knitting – A cheery introduction to using color in two-color stranded knitting! Though it seems complicated, Fair Isle knitting is easier than it looks, even when it comes to choosing colors!
This class will introduce the basics of color theory as well as study color usasge in various stranded knitting traditions, including Icelandic! We will jump right in and begin to design our own personal colorways starting with a simple 4 stitch repeat and moving on to more complex patterns.
Along the way, we’ll explore various ways of holding the yarn to make your knitting comfortable to execute and your knitted projects even and smooth. Reading color and black and white charts will be covered as well as understanding yarn dominance, tips for weaving in ends, and the necessity of proper finishing.
Mary Jane believes exploring color in an informal classroom environment like this is the best situation; you will learn as much from your classmates work you will your own! As a bonus, Mary Jane will bring all 200 swatches from her book 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory for you to see.
Participants will receive class handouts which include charts and a new fingerless glove pattern, developed just for our Icelandic adventure!
Ragga is teaching the traditional Lopapenysa yoked sweater of Iceland and Steeking:
The little Lopapeysa – Ragga’s class where you will learn to knit a tiny version of the Icelandic classic patterned yoke sweater, and by doing that you’ll get all the information you’ll need to complete a Lopapeysa of any size.
Steeking without fear – We’ll continue and steek our little lopi sweaters. No worries… you’ll learn Ragga’s tricks that will boost your confidence and eliminate your fear of steeking for good.
Check your calendar, we’d love to have you along for the fun.
We’ll be spending time in Reykjavik and the beautiful Westfjords.