xx-Sold Out-xx K17 Poor, Plain Garter Stitch with Franklin Habit

Saturday, May 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair Office

So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks or stripes. But not today! Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter jacquard. We’ll learn to work charted garter jacquard patterns and also explore other fun techniques that play well with this fabric: I-cord edgings, and “afterthought” openings created by cutting into the knitting. Skill level: Advanced beginner and intermediate. Pre-requisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including working from color charts. Maximum number of students: 15. Students should bring: Yarn – Two balls of smooth worsted-weight yarn (HiKoo Simpliworsted, Cascade 220, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, or similar) in highly contrasting solid or semi-solid colorways. Wool, alpaca, or blends thereof are recommended. Students unable to handle wool should choose a non-slippery yarn. Needles – For knitting: 1 circular needle, about 24 inches in length; or one pair straight needles, in a size appropriate to give a firm (but not tight) gauge in the yarn selected. (If in doubt, select needles one size smaller than those you would normally use for knitting the yarn you have selected.) For the afterthought opening: three double-pointed needles of a size equal to or slightly smaller than the needles selected for knitting. Notions – Stitch markers, scissors. Other – Notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching and charting. Homework: With lighter-colored yarn selected for class and needles to give a firm (not tight) gauge, CO 18 stitches. Knit 40 rows, slipping first stitch of every row as if to purl with yarn in front. Do not bind off.

Class Code: K17 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.

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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Attention please! We ended up with a small quantity of 2020 merchandise left over from our virtual festival order. This includes short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, sling bags, backpacks, posters, note cards and enamel pins. Sorry, no mugs, and not all sizes are available in the shirts and sweatshirts.

You can view these items at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/, but because of the limited quantities you CANNOT ORDER THEM ONLINE. All items will be sold by telephone order ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Orders will be accepted by Sheepman Supply at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. I repeat, orders will be accepted by TELEPHONE ONLY at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

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