TRUNK SHOW & CLASSES WITH SUZANNE NIELSEN
JULY 29-30, 2017
Day 1 Workshop
Stitch School MittsThese mitts are the perfect quick gift or item to whip up for yourself, plus you will get to try a few new techniques! Provisional cast on, I-cord edging, Quaker ribbing, lace, Kitchener stitch, and I-cord bind off are all useful techniques that you will learn.
Day 2 Workshop
Mountain Gods Vest
The lace design in this vest was inspired by a brief but lovely stay at “The Inn of the Mountain Gods” in Southern New Mexico. I’m no expert, but growing up in New Mexico has given me a fascination and respect for the Indians of the Southwest. This resort is run by the Mescalaro Apache Tribe. It was named after The Mountain Gods who are said to have saved two injured people who had to be left by the rest of the tribe as they were fleeing an enemy. The two survived for several days in a cave after which their injuries were miraculously healed allowing them to evade capture and reunite with their people.
A unique cast on and bind off give this piece a clean, professional look. Strategic stitch marker placement makes it easy to keep track of your work without having to read the pattern on every row.
It can be worn upside down, right side up, open, or closed with your favorite shawl pin.
And, lots and lots of Zen Yarn Garden luscious yarns to choose from...
SAVE THE DATE!
How lucky are we to have Cat Bordhi return to Purl in the Pines?
Cat is a passionate teacher who teaches all over the world, and who puts her students at ease while she nurtures the best in them. As one of her students wrote, “Your generosity of spirit and kind attention to everyone set the stage for all to grow and learn.” Her Youtube knitting tutorials have four million views, and her innovative books, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, A Treasury of Magical Knitting, A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, New Pathways For Sock Knitters, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks, The Art of Felfs, Versatildes—a New Landscape for Knitters, and an award-winning novel, Treasure Forest, have reached hundreds of thousands of readers. Cat teaches throughout the Americas, and has a great love for the people and textile traditions of Peru. She and her brother Jim “Pecos” Petkiewicz bring small groups of knitters into intimate contact with their friends among the indigenous communities high in the Peruvian Andes, and also take knitters to Iceland, Scotland, and Mexico. For more information, visit www.catbordhi.com.
Day 1 Workshop:
A Fingerless Mitt Recipe, with a Menu of Variations
I am smitten with this garter stitch fingerless mitt recipe and its affinity for design experimentation and placement of the bands. The mitts are very easy to fit, evoke deep contentment in the knitting, and are lovely to wear or gift.
You will learn several invaluable techniques, including “Robin’s Relatively Ridgeless 3-Needle Bind-Off,” or the “RRR-3BO”, which one of my retreat participants developed during a retreat recently; grafting for garter stitch (easier than for stockinette because it is the same set of moves on both needles); traveling twisted slip stitches; and Judy’s Magical Cast-On.
Any of the mitt designs can be transformed into gauntlets (a thumbless mitt), or a shortened version I call pulse-warmers (shown below)—a particularly fast gift project. We will also use stitch dictionaries to search for suitable designs to insert in the bands, and you will learn how to swatch to discover the most beautiful combinations. I can’t stop making them!
Skill level: Must be able to do the following without supervision: basic knitting; distinguish between inserting the needle purlwise or knitwise, slip a stitch, pick up and restore a dropped stitch, and be curious and eager to learn new things!
Day 2 Workshop:
Moebius Navajo Wedding Vessels, carrying Sublime Wisdom
Several years ago I fell in love with the myriad ceramic Navajo wedding vases I saw while visiting the Grand Canyon with my dear friend Michele Roberts, owner of Purl in the Pines in Flagstaff, AZ. I wondered why no one had ever given the clay handle a half-twist to turn it into a Moebius! When, after many complex approaches that failed, I finally succeeded, I had to laugh at myself. The actual solution is so simple I had missed it, and this is what I shall teach you. The half-twist in the bridge joining the tunnels creates the Moebius characteristics of one continuous edge and one continuous surface (in spite of the illusion that they are each dual); this vessel literally has no inside or outside! Now imagine the sublime wisdom of an intimate, loving partnership of two people each enjoying healthy independence—as expressed in this timeless Moebius form. It is a beautiful gift to friends committing to a shared life, or to new parents, or is an elegant art piece. I will teach you how to create your own, how to felt and refine the shape, and how to take any ceramic version you admire and use that as a springboard for designing a Moebius knitted and felted relative to the original. My hope is that you will make many!
Skill level: Must be able to do the following without supervision: basic knitting; distinguish between inserting the needle purlwise or knitwise, pick up and restore a dropped stitch, be comfortable using circular needles, and be curious and eager to learn new things!
DanDoh Trunk Show!
August 1 - 26th
We have 7 more of Yumiko's favorite designs worked up here in the shop for you to try on! All of these models are made in gorgeous DanDoh yarns.