Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lily Chin in Town

Yarning for Ewe will be hosting Lily Chin for classes the second weekend of March. This is a great opportunity to take classes with a dynamic, nationally-known instructor. The classes are inventive and full of unusual techniques. Here are the descriptions from the website with more information here:

Phoney Cables:
We love cables but we sometimes don’t like the interruption of actually doing a cable.  Learn several ways of achieving a cable look without having to actually re-arrange the stitches.  Try out several easier alternatives, including a two-color faux cable and a trim.  These are guaranteed to be unique and often much faster with similar results.

Weaving Techniques as Applied to Knits:
By combining another yarn to your knitting via methods borrowed from weaving, many aesthetic possibilities become apparent, certain problems may be solved, and a new technique is added to your oeuvre.  Textures are easily obtainable, colors may be taken more advantage of, and patterning is more accessible. Novelty yarns are handled better, less yarn might be used, gorgeous but uncomfortable fibers need not touch your skin, and stretching can be minimized.

Bias Knitting Without Prejudice:
Learn this diverse method of knitting that creates different, dynamic, directional lines easily and its applications.  Get the angle on your pieces, try various colors and textures for head-turning work.  Mix and match several effects simultaneously.  Ideas for trims, accents, and even whole garments will be discussed.  Go from easy panels to larger projects.  You head will be spinning with new ideas, all without a pattern.

Tips & Tricks:
Learn all the little secrets to make knitting life easier and better.  Find out how to cast on in 2-tail method without running out of the second tail.  Join a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing that first stitch.  See ways of attaching buttons as you work.  Create invisible circular bind offs on a neck where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible.  Weave in those little ends that are too short to put through a darning needle.  Take away lots of small “fix-its” and improve those details.

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