xx-Sold Out-xx K16 History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting with Franklin Habit

Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair Office

In this three-hour session, we’ll examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting’s grandest tradition. Students will learn about the history of lace knitting, examine examples pieces both modern and antique, and see the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was raised to the highest level of artistry. We will not only discuss, but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions. Skill level: Intermediate. Pre-requisites: Participants must be fluent in the basics of lace knitting, including working from charts. Maximum number of students: 15. Students should bring: Yarn – One ball smooth (non-fuzzy), sport- or worsted-weight (example: Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Dale Baby Ull, or any similar yarn) in white or a light solid color. Wool or another non-slippery animal fiber is recommended. If you cannot handle wool or do not knit with animal fibers, select a fiber that pleases you. Needles – One pair straight needles (8″ or longer) or circular needle (16” or 24” suggested length) in whatever size will give you a drapey gauge in the yarn of your choice; this will likely be larger than you would select for knitting plain stockinette. Notions – Scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (6). Row counter recommended, but optional. Other – Notebook and paper and pen or pencils (preferable) for making notes. Homework: None.

Class Code: K16 Class Fee: $55. The class fee for this seminar includes admission to the Festival for the day. 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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