Wednesday, February 22, 2012

March Classes at The Fiber Closet

Spring knitting fever has struck at The Fiber Closet.  Check out these classes that are scheduled for March.  Some classes will be ongoing.  All classes will be held on Saturday's.

March 10:  3-5 PM.  Knit Happy.  This is a monthly group. A new technique, pattern and recipe are provided.  In March, we will be learning slip stitch patterning.  If you are interested in joining this group, the fee will be $10 per meeting.  Please contact The Fiber Closet for more details.  This group will also meet on April 14th and May 5th.

March 10:  1-3 PM.  Sock Club.  This club will meet every month to explore and knit socks.  This club is free.  First meeting we will review the book, Sock Club.  Please let The Fiber Closet know if you plan to attend.

March 17:  1-5 PM.  Spinning on Your Wheel.  Fee $40.  I will help you get acquainted with your wheel.  You will learn drafting, spinning, carding, wheel maintenance, and plying.  Class limited to 4 spinners.  Student must bring their own wheel.  Fiber will be provided by The Fiber Closet.

March 24:  1-5 PM  Stranded Knitting.  Fee $25.  Materials charge is extra.  Learn to make a pair of colorful mitts.  This will be an intensive color workshop plus knitting techniques.  Learn different methods of holding your yarn for color work and different methods of carrying for the floats created by color work.  Class limited to 10 knitters.

March  31:  1-5 PM. Top Down Seamless Sweaters.  This will be an intensive workshop where the knitter will take personal measurements, create gauge swatches, learn blocking, lace, increasing, learn how to fit your garment and more.    This will also be a kind of knit-a-long for a short and a long sweater.   Class will also meet on April 7th and April 28th.  We will also schedule when we want to meet for more knitting.  Fee $40.  Materials fee is extra.   Class limited to 10 knitters.

Sign up online by clicking the class name or contact The Fiber Closet at 765.569.2953 to sign up for these classes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"The Kntter's Life List" Review

Just received a copy of  "The Knitter's Life" by Gwen W. Steege.  At first glance, I thought it was going  to be a knitter's bucket list but it is much more.  I soon discovered that I was being challenged to broaden my knitting experience.

At the beginning of every chapter there are checklists.  Chapter 1 invites one to learn all about yarn--meet animal breeders and buy yarn from the source, visit spinning and weaving mills, learn about color, knit with different fibers, attend fiber events and festivals. (I was pleased to see Hoosier Hills Fiberarts Festival listed.

There is a chapter on "The Know-How" encouraging one to learn different techniques  This chapter is 34 pages long and chocked full of great information.  This book really isn't the typical instruction book but it peaks one's curiosity to learn more.  It is a resource manual.

Other chapters explore socks, scarves and more.  Must knit patterns, learn other knit-related crafts such as weaving, spinning and crochet and reading lists are just a few of the things that await the fiber lover reader.