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How lucky are we to have Cat Bordhi return to Purl in the Pines?

September 9th-10th!

Cat’s background

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

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!

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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!

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Save the Date!

Saturday, October 21st, 2107

Beth Brown-Reinsel

Knitting Traditions

Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She has completed three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar Gloves; and a Craftsy class on Swedish Twined Knitting.

She loves to prowl the storage section of museums around the world to look at old knitted things for inspiration for her patterns and classes, which are well known for the tiny sampler sweater projects which teach technique within the context of a garment. Her articles and designs have appeared in all the major magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line, Knitting Traditions.

Beth's website, blog, and eNewsletter can be found at She lives in Vermont, USA and loves winter! 


Knitting Traditional Ganseys Workshop

In this all-day workshop, students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, the perpendicular shoulder join, picked-up sleeves, and three choices for the collar. Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored.

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars)

Class Supply List:

• One set of four 6" long dp needles, US size 5 (3.75mm).

• One set of four or five 6" long dp needles, US size 7 (4.5mm)

• 3 oz. plain-textured, solid, light-colored worsted weight yarn.

• Optional: 11 1/2" or 12" circular needle US size 7 (4.5 mm), stitch markers, waste yarn, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart. (If you prefer using the Magic Loop or 2 circulars, bring the appropriate needle.)

Homework: None. 

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omd12087-scaled.jpgUpcoming fundraiser!

On Saturday, October 7th, come in and learn how to knit or crochet these adorable wolf hats for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project!

20% of sales for these too-cute hats will be donated to the project.

Check back soon for more details!

When: Saturday, October 7th, 10:30am- 2pm (ending time not certain yet)