Tea Cozy Contest
We had so much fun with the scarf and cowl
contest, that we are going to do another.
This time it is Tea Cozies. Let your imagination run
wild and create the most whimsical Tea Cozy ever.
Bring your Cozies in by Saturday, February 25, and
we will display them from Tuesday, February 28 to
Saturday, March 11. There will be prizes awarded in
KNIT A CUSTOM FIT CORMO
Ann Budd & Jeane deCoster
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 10-4:30PM $210 (INCLUDES YARN)
Knitted skirts are becoming wardrobe staples—and
they’re a lot easier to knit than you might
think! They take no more yarn than a sweater and are
much easier to knit because there are no seams to
sew. Moreover, it’s much easier to knit a skirt
that fits than to make a sweater that fits.
In this class, you’ll learn how to take proper
waist, hip, and length measurements and combine them
with your gauge to create a “pleated”
skirt with a tailored fit, no matter your size. Through
trying on different prototypes, you’ll choose
the perfect length for you. You’ll also learn
what makes a good skirt yarn and how to minimize backside
known as bucket butt)! You’ll leave with a personalized
skirt pattern for your size and gauge, and be ready
to cast on (if you don’t get to it in class)
for your skirt!
• Learn about flattering silhouettes for different
body types and why Ann's tailored “pleated”
skirt is an all-around good choice.
• Learn about the types of yarns that are most
successful in skirts, why Elemental Affects is such
a good choice, and hear the story of how this U.S.
small batch yarn is produced.
• Try on a series of skirt mock-ups to determine
the optimum length for you and the style of top that
will be most flattering. Discuss fun ways to accessorize
the skirt to fit in with your wardrobe and flatter
your personal style.
• Take waist, high hip, and full hip measurements
(wear body-hugging clothes such as t-shirts, leggings,
or yoga pants).
• Get help measuring your gauge swatch to confirm
that your gauge is correct.
• Fill out a simple worksheet based on your
measurements and gauge to draft your personal pattern.
• Cast on for your custom skirt! Leave class
with the waistband partially knitted.
• Over the next 8 weeks, participate in a virtual
knit-a-long as Ann knits her skirt and provides mini
lessons for all the critical steps in the pattern.
You can post photos of your progress and ask for help
or clarification through Shuttles' Ravelry group as
you work on your own skirt.
• Finishing celebration at Shuttles. Wear your
skirt if it’s complete or simply show off your
progress to the class.
Skill Level: Intermediate knitting
skills required. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds,
increasing, and decreasing. A sense of adventure is
recommended. Included Materials: Cormo yarn for the
skirt and for swatching before class.
Cormo Skirt: Before the Class Homework
• Choose/order your color of Elemental Affects
Cormo from Shuttles. At registration, pick up a free
50 gram ball of Cormo (not necessarily in the color
you plan to use) to use for knitting a gauge swatch
as described below.
• Cast on 50 stitches. Join for working in rounds
(your skirt will be knitted in rounds so your gauge
swatch must be knitted in rounds as well). Knit every
round until the piece measures 6” to 8”
from cast-on edge.
• Lay the piece on a flat surface and measure
across 3”. There must be 15 stitches per 3”
for sportweight Cormo; 18 stitches per 3” for
fingering weight Cormo.
• Adjust needle size and knit additional swatches
as necessary (you can get more free 50 gram balls
of yarn if needed) until your gauge is 5 stitches/inch
for sportweight Cormo or 6 stitches/inch for fingering
The day of the class please bring:
32” circular needles in the size used to get
gauge, plus one size smaller (for waistband); stitch
markers; pencil; eraser; calculator. Please wear body-hugging
clothes such as tshirts, leggings, or yoga pants for
the most accurate body measurements.
Ann Budd is the author of more
than a dozen books, including The Knitter's Handy
Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks,
Sock Knitting Master Class and many of the
STYLE series. She teaches classes on land,
at sea, and around the world. Learn more at annbuddknits.com.
Jeane de Coster has
been knitting and sewing since she was a teenager.
Learning to make clothing that fit herself became
such an obsession she earned a degree in Fashion Design.
Twelve years ago she founded Elemental Affects, a
company centered around breed-specific wool yarns
from the US. Learn more at elementalaffects.com.
SELF CARE FOR FIBER FOLK
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 1-3PM, $40 OR
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 1-3PM, $40
This class will explore a variety of techniques that
address tension, stress, discomfort and even pain
that comes with time spent creating your projects.
Repetitive movements tend to overuse some muscles
and underuse others. Our goal will be to reach a balance
that allows you to work with comfort and ease. You’ll
learn strategies to release discomfort
before it becomes a problem.
Adele Beerman is a licensed massage therapist,
has a BA in Theater Dance, is a Reiki Master, and
has been practicing massage and acupressure therapy
for more than 30 years. Her additional studies include
Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, FMT,
Orthobionomy, Yoga and Qigong. She loves to knit,
crochet, embroider and sew. Someday she hopes to get
back to her spinning wheel.