Workshop Dates




Workshop Tickets for September – November 2017
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Saturday 2 September
FAIR ISLE AND STEEKING – 3 spaces left
10am – 3pm

A class we have run previously and had many requests to repeat….Fair Isle in the first half, lunch break followed by cutting up your beautifully constructed knitting.

Part One: during this section you will learn how to work colour cast on, knit with two colours using the two-handed method, strand the yarn, knit in the round and read fair isle charts.

Part Two: learn how to reinforce your steek then take a deep breath, pick up the scissors and cut the fabric you have so lovingly created (we know…gulp) then pick up for edgings.

Having survived the shearing, you can celebrate with a cuppa and biscuits.
Students to bring a selection of DK or worsted weight wool in 3 colours, 4mm dpns and courage.

This class is for knitters with confident skills generally, who can read charts and have basic colourwork skills.
Refreshments provided. Fridge to store your lunch. Lunch break to stretch your legs.

Seven spaces available.
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz

Saturday 16 September
12 noon – 3pm

With experienced lace designer Karie Westermann, learn to demystify how lace works and design your own project in just a few hours!

Together you will look at how lace stitch patterns work and how to incorporate a lace stitch pattern into a design of your own. You will learn how to draw lace charts and how to calculate projects. Karie will guide you through your design process – whether you want to design a scarf or a shawl – and give you hands-on advice regarding designing repeats and motifs that really work.

Skills focus:
How to design your own lace patterns
How to draw lace designs using either pen & paper or MS Excel
How to insert lace repeats into a shawl
Understanding how to trouble-shoot lace designs

Skills needed:
Knit, purl, working a yarnover and doing at least one decrease
How to read an easy lace chart

Materials to bring:
1 ball of 4ply (at least 50% natural fibres)
1 pair of 4mm needles (straight or circular – if circular, then 60cm preferred)
Selection of stitch markers
Pencil, graph paper and eraser
Tapestry needle

Tutor: Karie Westermann

Sunday 17 September
11 am – 2pm

Psychogeography is about seeing your local environment in a new light: bike lanes, paths worn by human feet, and old forgotten rivers. It is about wandering about your home town and looking closer at things you pass every day.

This class will be an exploration of how to express your memories and thoughts of a specific place using knitting as a medium. Knitwear designer Karie Westermann will talk about her own experiences designing knitwear inspired by specific landscapes – from shawls mimicking submerged beaches to hats taking visual cues from her Glasgow cityscape.

Then, together, you will begin to explore your own landscapes on the needles.
What is the fabric of your own place? How can you translate the way you navigate the city into a wearable piece of knitwear? Karie will guide you in thinking about textures, stitch patterns and colours – and make you look at familiar streets in a new way.

Knitting is never ‘just knitting’ – it can be a wonderful way of engaging with the world in a way that also keeps you warm!

Bring yarn that you associate with the place you want to explore.
Bring appropriate needles
Bring at least two photographs of the place you want to explore (or drawings if the place you want to knit is imaginary)
Pen & paper
A open mind – this won’t be your average knitting class!

Tutor: Karie Westermann

Saturday 14 October
A project based workshop
10am – 1pm

During this class you will start work on the gorgeous Netty Shawl. You will learn chainless foundation, create scallop patterns, how to decrease and increase in pattern, read the pattern and how to follow a simple crochet chart.

Students to bring worsted weight yarn and a 6mm hook.

This class is for intermediate crocheters accomplished at crocheting in rows and rounds, can understand and produce the basic stitches with ease, can follow a pattern.

Pattern included in class.
Seven spaces available.
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz

Saturday 28 October
A project based workshop
10am – 1pm

As well as making a start on something beautiful and practical to give or keep, this class is a perfect introduction to colourwork accessories.

We will cover:
Knitting in the round with colour
One handed and two handed colourwork methods
Reading Fair Isle charts
Shaping the thumb gusset
How to choose the perfect size fit for your hand
How best to block Fair Isle gloves

Students to bring 3 colours of lightweight DK yarn (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino or similar) 3mm dpns, 3 x stitch markers, stitch holder.

This class is suitable for knitters who can confidently cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease and cast off. An understanding of knitting in the round is helpful.
An excellent introduction to colourwork.

Pattern included in class.
Seven spaces available.
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz

Saturday 4 November
A project based workshop
10am – 1pm

Stunning new design from Moochka, the label of our regular tutor Anna.
During this class you will work on the border of your shawl (students will be given the pattern for the main section of the shawl at the time of booking. This needs to be crocheted and brought to class.) Colour combining and choosing the perfect palette is key.

We will cover:
A great array of techniques to create the eye-catching border
Working from the pattern
Reading the charted design

Students require 2 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed for the main section of the shawl and 6 contrasting shades for the border (the contrasts can, if you prefer, be chosen in class during the colour combining discussion) and a 6mm hook.

This class is suitable for those with confident basic ability looking to expand their skills with a stunning project.

Pattern included in class.
Seven spaces available.
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz

Saturday 18 November
ETTY GLOVES – 4 spaces left
A project based workshop
10am – 1pm

Our final Saturday workshop for the year and a great class for making last minute gifts. During this session you will play with colour to start work on the charming unisex gloves.

We will cover:
Chainless foundation
Creating wave and chevron patterns
Working the thumb opening

Students to bring 2 to 4 colours of Rowan Felted Tweed, 3.5mm and 4mm hooks.

This class is for intermediate crocheters.

Pattern included in class.
Seven spaces available.
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz

Anna Nikipirowicz
Anna Nikipirowicz is a designer, author and tutor. Her client list includes the Country Living Fair, The Creative Sanctuary, Rowan, John Lewis and other lovely, local yarn shops like us.
 Her work is regularly featured in The Knitter, Inside Crochet and Simply Homemade.

We are thrilled that Anna can work with us and know you will have great fun whilst learning with her.

Karie Westermann – Karie Bookish Knits
Karie Westermann does many things with wool and words. She is a full-time knitwear designer, teacher, translator and technical editor.
Karie lives in Glasgow and is originally from Denmark which informs a lot of her creative work.

Gillian Ely is chief yarn botherer, designer and tutor at The Yarn Dispensary.

Advance booking is essential.

Spaces for classes are on a first come, first served basis by ticket purchase.

Tickets are available in store or we can invoice via PayPal if you send us your preferred class request and number of tickets required.
There is a small fee for PayPal dependent upon the total value of your invoice.
Tickets are valid only for the class purchased.

Contact details will be noted at the time of booking to allow us to notify of any changes to the published schedule. These details will be used for this purpose only.

By us:
Classes may be cancelled the week before if there are insufficient numbers to reasonably justify going ahead.
If we regrettably have to cancel the class for this, or any other reason, you will receive a full refund or transfer to another workshop if feasible.
We will contact you as soon as possible if cancellation is likely.

By you:
If we can fill your spot with another student then a refund will be given.
The less notice we are given, the less likely it is that the ticket can be resold – please bear that in mind.

A notebook and pen is a handy thing to bring
Rail for coats and bags
Water and biscuits provided
Classes are for adults
No animals in the workshop room

Refreshments tray and biscuits

Fridge and microwave available for lunch break use

We are happy to share our beautiful workshop room with others.
If you have something you’d like to do but need some space…your own class, a meeting, photo shoot, large table to cut fabric…come in, have a look and discuss your requirements. Maybe we’ve got what you need.