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Two Summer Knitting Retreats
With Beth Brown-Reinsel
August 16th - 19th, 2012
August 23rd – 26th, 2012
About the Classes: SESSION I
Thursday, late afternoon, August 16th
through Sunday, August 19th
Sequencing: Taking Color Into Your Own Hands – Friday
Fair Isle Tam: Saturday
Color Twined Fingerless Mitts: SundayWe begin this weekend with a Welcoming dinner on Thursday evening. Friday finds us in nearby Brattleboro to explore how color works in a 3 hour “sequencing” class at the River Gallery School, followed by time to explore eclectic Brattleboro, tour a local Spinnery and enjoy tea and the view from the lawn of the Dutton Farmhouse. Then we settle into our space for two days of Tam and Mitt workshops with Beth. Sequencing: This method of “painting” was devised at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro, as a way for both beginner and experienced art makers to break down impediments to creative energy. Imagine yourself with a palette tray of many colors of paint, latex gloves and permission to play. Knitters being artmakers of another kind, this 3-hour class is your time to loosen up and explore your sense of color. “Color is strongly related to our emotions and when we are able to experience it tactilely, our relationship to it (and to the qualities we associate with it) is intensified. Color becomes alive and more apparent to our awareness. We begin to develop a direct feeling for what it means to each of us.” From Making is Knowing: An Approach to Creativity in Art Making, by Ric Campman and Lydia Thompson, 2004. FAIR ISLE TAM: (6 Hours) This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color knitting and tam construction. A small tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knitted on double points or a circular needle, in four colors, although never more than two in a round. Techniques included in the workshop: knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarns to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns, and shaping and finishing of the tam. The class will end with a discussion of alternate ribbing treatments and designing your own tam. COLOR TWINED FINGERLESS MITTS: (6 Hours) Students will learn color techniques of tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting, a technique developed in Sweden in the 1600s, which creates a denser, warmer fabric structure than stranded knitting. By knitting one of a pair of Fingerless Mittens, the student will gain knowledge and experience in the basics of twined knitting, while advancing to the three main two-color techniques: working with two and three yarns for color, and a modified intarsia technique as well as yarn management, twined knitting, twined purling, herringbone braid, and reading twined knitting charts. Class Registration The weekend fee of $475 includes all instruction and comprehensive handouts, Thursday evening welcoming dinner, Friday breakfast and afternoon tea, Saturday & Sunday continental breakfast & lunches. Local organic produce will be incorporated into all menus. A deposit of $125 will hold your spot in the class. The balance of the class fee -- $350 -- is due before May 16th; $375 thereafter. Refunds of deposits and/or the entire class fee will be given only if another person takes the place of the knitter canceling. To reserve, write or call: firstname.lastname@example.org 802.254.7436 (Paypal/Checks/MC/Visa) Housing: Two twin bedded and one queen bed rooms are still available at the Dutton Farmhouse ($85/night) and are booked through me. Also, I will be working on a room rate at the local Quality Inn for this weekend. Other nearby (within 10 min. & miles) options include: The Hampton Inn 802.254.5700 Holiday Inn Express 802.257.2400 www.brattleboroexpress.com The following hotels are locally owned and close by: The Latchis 802.254.6300 www.latchis.com (downtown Brattleboro) Colonial Motel & Spa 800.239.0032 www.colonialmotelspa.com
ABOUT THE CLASSES: SESSION II
Thursday, late afternoon, August 23rd
through Sunday, August 26th
The Dutton Farmhouse
Introduction to Fana Cardigan: Friday
Design & Begin Your Own Fana Cardigan: Sat. & SundayThe Norwegian Fana Cardigan, 18 hours Level: Intermediate to advanced The classic details and traditional construction of the Norwegian Fana Cardigan sweaters will be taught in this three-day workshop through the knitting of a small sweater and segues into designing and beginning your own Fana cardigan. Techniques to be learned include circularly knitted body and sleeves, square and drop shoulder armholes, cut-and-sew armholes and front, knitted self-facings, button bands, and 2-color star, band, and checkerboard patterns. Class Registration The weekend fee of $475 includes all instruction and comprehensive handouts, Thursday evening welcoming dinner, and 3 days of sumptuous continental breakfast & lunches with a localvore emphasis. A deposit of $125 will hold your spot in the class. Balance of class fee --$350 -- is due before May 20th; $375 thereafter. Refunds of deposits and/or the entire class fee will be given only if another person takes the place of the knitter canceling. To reserve, write or call: email@example.com 802.254.7436 (Paypal/Checks/MC/Visa) Housing: The following options are within 10 minutes and 5 miiles of the workshop location. I will be working on a room rate at the Quality Inn for this weekend. The Hampton Inn 802.254.5700 Holiday Inn Express 802.257.2400 www.brattleboroexpress.com The following hotels are locally owned and close by: The Latchis 802.254.6300 www.latchis.com (downtown Brattleboro) Colonial Motel & Spa 800.239.0032 www.colonialmotelspa.com
I hope to see you there!!!!
Next up in the blog tour are: Tuesday July 26 Mary Jane Mucklestone http://maryjanemucklestone.com/ Wednesday July 27 Amy Herzog http://www.amyherzogdesigns.com/blog/ Thursday July 28 Ellen Mason http://odacier.blogspot.com/ Friday July 29 Gale Zucker http://ezisus.blogspot.com/
She is also conducting many knitting tours through Iceland. One that is upcoming is with Franklin Habit and will be in October, 2011 during the annual music festival in Reykjavik! That will be a lot of fun! Then Ragga hinted that she would love to build a tour with me as the teacher. I LOVE Iceland and hope that this tour will materialize. You'll hear all about it on this blog if it comes to be! Across the way, a booth called The Dolly-Mamas piqued my interest. Lisa and Darlene have created patterns for all sorts of KuKu dolls and work with Connect Africa in Uganda to help knitters there make money to fund schools and other needed projects. The dolls "are multicultural, knitted, felted dolls that are available as kits, patterns and finished dolls. Each KuKu Doll has its own name and personality and when you make one, you put a little touch of yourself in it as well." You can order many of these kits from this page on their website. These needle gauges caught my eye at the Puffin & Company booth. They are made of laser cut Alder and size needles from US 0 to 17. There are different styles, but you can order this one here.
Later in the day, I discovered a booth representing The Imperial Stock Ranch. This Oregon ranch has been operating since 1871 and is credited with the development of the Columbia breed of sheep. This family raises beef and lamb, and produces breed specific wool yarns and garments with sustainability in mind. Here is a small photo of one of their yarns. And speaking of breed-specific yarns...I had dinner with Deb Robson of Nomad Press and former editor of Spin-Off Magazine. We had a good time catching up and she told me about her new four pound baby The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook which she co-wrote with Carol Ekarius. Handspinning Rare Wools. I look forward to owning my own copy of this DVD.