Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Retreat Part 2

First, read about the logistics of the Spring Retreat in the February 14 post on this blog. We now have 12 knitters signed up.

This post, Part 2, is about the class. Joan and Naomi are going to teach a class on mitered squares, using a dishcloth as a starting point. For example:

Fantastic, aren't they? It promises to be a fun class with excellent instructors.

Here is what you will need:
  • Copies of these free patterns: basic modular dishcloth and mitered dishcloth. Please print your own copies of these patterns to use in the class.
  • 1 ball of kitchen cotton. Light colors are better so you can see what you are doing.
  • Needles (straight or circular) in a size that gives you a fabric that you like. Size 6, 7, or 8 is good for kitchen cotton, depending on how tightly or loosely you knit.
In addition, Sue will teach a mini-class on lace. Your project will be a lace face cloth, such as these from the 2009 retreat.

If you want to take this class, you should bring:
  • 1 ball of kitchen cotton, preferably in a light color so you can see your stitches.
  • Needles (straight or circular) in a size that gives you a fabric you like. Size 6, 7, or 8 is good, depending on how tightly or loosely you knit.
  • Markers, pencils, highlighters and other supplies to make following a chart easier.
  • Homework: So that we can jump right into the lace, you have a little homework. Cast on 43 stitches loosely. Knit 5 rows. For row 6, knit 3, purl to the last 3 stitches, knit 3. That's it. Sue will provide the pattern for the cloth in class.

The tentative schedule for the retreat is below. Times may vary depending on how long classes last and knitters' preferences.

  • If no one else is using the facility, we can arrive any time after 9 a.m.
  • Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a break mid-afternoon — Start mitered squares class
  • 6 p.m. — Dinner
  • Evening — Knitting and chatting
  • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon-ish — Mitered squares class
  • Noon to 2 p.m. — Lunch break (lunch is not provided at Dumas Bay; this is your chance to go out, perhaps visit a yarn store or two)
  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Knitter's choice: more mitered squares, beginning lace, or knit whatever you want
  • 6 p.m. — Dinner
  • Evening — Open
  • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon — Knitter's choice
  • Noon to 1 p.m. — Lunch
  • Leave at your leisure
Questions? Leave them as a comment here and we will try to answer them here for everyone to see.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring Knitting

Knitters showed off their spring knitting at the March guild meeting.

And if you missed the Jane Pauley interview on the Today show with Betsy McCarthy, you can see it here and here. Parts of the interview were filmed at Madrona Fiber Arts and Yorkshire Yarns.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March Meeting

Tuesday, March 9
9:30 a.m.
Puyallup Library

Spring Retreat

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