Technique!

320-flashWe have some great Flash Classes on this schedule this month. I’m really excited about them, so don’t miss out!
You need not be an expert knitter to benefit from these classes. Most are suitable for advanced beginner/intermediate knitters. Even if you are a very experienced knitter, I bet I can throw something at you that you didn’t know. Learning cool tricks is how you continually improve your skills.
If you like super serious, rigid classes – well that’s not us. We’re all about having fun! Just because we’re dishing out mega cool and mind blowing technical stuff doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time while we do it. We don’t do uptight! In fact we usually wind up covering multiple techniques, including past classes you may have missed.
Join us on Saturday afternoons, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Class is free. We have laminated instruction cards for each class. The cards cost $2.50 each, and most classes have one or two accompanying cards.
May 3 • Japanese Short Rows • 1pm
Lock Ring MarkerWe did a class on regular wrap & turn short rows a few months back, and I’m very excited about this class on Japanese Short Rows.
What is a short row? When you knit partially across a row and turn in the middle, you have short rowed. You may have done this by mistake, and that’s not so good. But when it’s done on purpose, it creates extremely neat effects.
The Japanese method is cool for a couple of reasons. The obvious benefit is by eliminating the wrap, you get smoother transitions. Being a “fancier” method of short rowing does not mean it is harder to do. I help people short row all the time. My job is to read the wrap and turn instructions (over & over), then point out whenever it is time to hide a wrap.
With the Japanese method there is no need to remember anything when you turn, and the use of pins make it extremely obvious when it’s time to hide the gap created by the turn. I love it!
May 10 • Pick Up • 1pm
Learn the difference between “pick up” & “pick up and knit”, plus I’ll show you exactly where to pick up. Naturally I’ll include lots of little known tips to transform your pick up from “meh” to “outstanding”!
May 17 • Double Decreases • 1pm
Double DecreasesThere are five possible ways to do a double decrease, where three stitches are decreased to one stitch. We’ll learn each one, and I’ll show you the difference.
This class is important because I can not tell you how many times I run across a pattern where the designer calls for a double decrease that positions the stitches incorrectly. Designers are not always technicians! This can make a huge visual difference in your finished piece, so come and let me show you how to do it right!
May 24 • No Roll Edging • 1pm
There is a story behind the double cast on and bind off methods. Mom first deciphered this really cool cast on from a German pattern booklet. German instructions bring a whole new meaning to the word brief, so this was not an easy task. When she finally figured out what they were trying to do, the result was incredibly cool. This cast on controls the roll on an stockinette stitch edge, allowing it to lie flat.
Years later, I developed a matching bind off which had me doing the “I’m so awesome” dance for a week. It is a rather involved sewn bind off, but boy is it cool. The cast on is really easy to do and you’ll use it more often. I am excited about getting to share my double bind off with you  – one of those mind blowing moments! And I promise not to dance, the dancing part is pretty pathetic.
May 31 • Chart Reading • 1pm
Lace ChartsI know many of you avoid using charts, but if you’d just embrace the chart it would open up a whole new perspective for you. While they can look rather intimidating, they really aren’t hard at all to use. I’ll cover basic chart reading and symbols, along with the more advanced stuff. In addition to knit charts, we’ll also cover crochet. You’ll never want to crochet without a chart again.
MexicoAnd while we’re talking about fun, today I am booking everyone on our Mexico vacation.
If you’re thinking about going along with us you need to let me know NOW. I’d like to get everyone on the same plane.
You only have to put up a deposit ($400) to book, with the rest due later this fall.

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