xx-Sold Out-xx K01 The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop with Franklin Habit

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair Office

If the prospect of mixing colors gives you fidgets, but you’ve dreamt of creating your own complex color schemes, this class is for you. We’ll begin by learning a simple, strikingly effective method for knitting plaid – a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we’ll use the plaid as the point of departure for fun but practical, hands-on lessons and challenges in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes–all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness. Skill level: Advanced beginner. Pre-requisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting. Maximum number of students: 15. Students should bring: Yarn – Five to ten balls of any smooth (non-fuzzy) yarn in sport, DK, or worsted weights (for example: Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted or Shepherd Sport, HiKoo Simpliworsted) in different solid or semi-solid colors. Please note that partial balls are absolutely welcome! This is a great class for using up leftovers from stash. You’ll be mixing and matching with yarns brought by other students, so be prepared to share what you bring. Needles – One 16- or 24-inch circular needle, or one pair straight needles, in a size that will give you a firm gauge with your yarns. Notions – Tapestry needle. It is also expected that students will have with them the usual notions basic to knitting: scissors, a selection of stitch markers, etc. Other – Notebook and pen or pencil for making notes. Homework: None.

Class Code: K01 Class Fee: $110. Materials Fee: None.

Franklin Habit is a designer, teacher, author and illustrator. He is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book (Soho Publishing, 2016). His ongoing “Dolores Van Hoofen” collaboration with WEBS, based his wildly popular series of short stories, is in its second year. He travels constantly to teach knitters across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, Stitches events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, and the Taos Wool Festival. Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular “Fridays with Franklin” feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com. Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.

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