We’re very excited to announce two new classes, the last ones for the year! These are “extra” classes, in that they are not based on specific techniques but instead are designed to help both beginner and experienced knitters and crocheters get the most out of their craft…
Ravelry Tips & Tricks
This 3-hour intensive class aims to not only get you up and running on Ravelry but also to show you loads of nifty tips and tricks to help you maximise this extraordinary website and all it offers.
We’ll start with the basics, including creating your profile, adding projects and photos, finding friends, using your queue and favourites, adding your existing pattern books to your Ravelry library, finding special interest groups and getting the most out of the forums. Then we’ll look into some more advanced handy applications, including using filters when for searching for patterns, yarn databases and so on, effective “tags”, matching specific yarns to patterns, searching other users stashes for extra yarn, using the database to choose substitute yarns, buying patterns online and searching through other people’s projects for notes, modifications and errata.
Participants are required to bring their own laptop or tablet- unfortunately, smartphones are not sufficient for this class. Free Wifi access will be available on the night
Fibre and Yarn 101
These days, we have access to so many different types of yarns that choosing the right one for a knitting or crochet project can be overwhelming… and yet yarn choice can be the difference between a garment you love and wear forever and a frustrating mess. This class is designed to teach you how to work out the type of yarn best suited to your project and how to find it.
We’ll look at the various types of natural fibres and the processes involved in turning them into yarn including scouring, spinning and dyeing and you will learn how these processes influence how a yarn looks, feels and behaves during and after knitting. We’ll also swatch with a series of yarns and discuss possible uses for them, as well as how to recognise the yarns that will work for you before you even get them out of the shop!