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Ann Weaver at Little Knits!

You might know her from Knitty, with her Tempest  Ann Weaver's Tempest or the beautiful Neiman  Ann Weaver's Neiman or may be from her new site or her blog…regardless, our news: Ann Weaver will be Little Knits!  We are excited to let you know that Ann will be teaching two classes, including two sessions on Thursday, October 7th and two on Saturday, October 9th. 

Before I go into the details for the workshops I wanted to tell you that I have not met Ann in person but I have known her from afar for a few years.  She is one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of working with and sweet as she can be.  She also has an excitement and “youth” about her attitude toward knitting and life in general that makes her unique and fun, which in turn makes me want to knit her patterns and actually wear them.  If you scroll through her patterns and see her choices of yarn, color and structure I think you too may agree.  I hope you can make the time to come and meet Ann in person.

Here are the details for Ann’s workshops:

Stranded Knitting and Braided Trim: Go Dutch! mittens (Class Length 2 – 2.5 hours –  Class Cost $30) 

GoDutch by Ann Weaver

Dates: Thursday, October 7th from 4:00 to 6:00-6:30 PM and Saturday October 9th from 4:30 to 6:30-7 PM
Skills: Knitting in the round, stranded knitting, basic increases and decreases

Pattern description:  While watching the 2010 Winter Olympics, I was captivated by the colors and pattern of the Dutch speed skaters’ uniforms.  These mittens are my tribute to these intense, speedy athletes in their stunning black and orange suits.

Requirements (what to bring or purchase before class):

Set of 4 US 4 (3.5mm) double-pointed needles.  Alternatively you can bring two circular needles in US size 4.  Ann will be teaching on DPNs.
3 stitch markers
Stitch holder for unworked stitches (optional)

Yarn: Any worsted weigh yarn would work.

88 yds/40 grams in Main Color (black in the sample)
66 yds/30 grams in color A (white in the sample)
110 yds/50 grams in color B (orange in sample)

In this workshop we will learn to work right and left-leaning braid trims, which is a fabulous ornamentation for the edges of hats, mittens, gloves… even sweaters!   We will also work a simple stranded pattern from a chart, which incorporates three colors at a time for a few rows.  You will leave class with the skills and confidence to work braids and stranded patterns even while working thumb increases.

The Albers Square: Log cabin knitting  (Class Lenght 2 hours –  Class Cost $25)

A Pattern from Ann Weaver's new book

Thursday, October 7th from 1:00 to 3 PM or Saturday October 9th from 9 to 11 AM

Skills: Garter stitch, picking up and knitting from a bound-off edge

Pattern description: Lately I have been obsessed with Josef Albers’ Portrait of a Square paintings Albers’ spirit of curiosity and experimentation is infectious.  You can use any fingering weight yarn to create these squares.

This class will cover the techniques used in the Albers Cowl and Albers Shawl patterns.  Ann will go through the requirements for the Albers Cowl.  We will focus on log-cabin knitting with a few twists and talk about selecting colors (in light of Josef Albers’ color theory).  Attendees will learn to pick up stitches perfectly along all edges of a square.  Ann will share hints about proportions in squares and how to keep your work perfectly square.  Ann will also go through the sewn bind-off method in this class as this is the method used to bind-off Albers Shawl and in quite a few of her other projects.

Requirements (what to bring or purchase before class):

US 2 (2.75mm) straight or circular needles.  If using straight needles make sure they are 12″ long.

For Square 1:
16 grams of fingering weight yarn in color A, 16 grams in color B, 18 grams in color C and 20 grams in color D.  Great project to use your left over fingering weight yarns.

Ann will also make signed copies of her new book Craft Work Knitavailable (with each book purchase you will also receive a free eBook).  Finally, all attendees will get 10% off of in store purchases at Little Knits.

You can reserve a space by calling us at 206.935.4072 or by emaling us at littleknits@comcast.net.  We are keeping our class sizes small so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend one of Ann’s workshops.

Hope to see you all at Little Knits!

Do you know our new coupon code?

If you have not, you have not been to our Ravelry discussion board!  Just a quick stop will let you in on the secret. :)

And, while we did announce the winner of the last Live Stitch give away I thought I would mention it here too – it is the 23rd comment by Cathcart that was picked by the random number generator.  Enjoy your Madeline Tosh Kimberly!

Louis says, have a good week everyone!  Louis of Little Knits

Trenna Design Contest – One Change!

I have received multiple requests to extend the deadline for the Trenna pattern/design contest so with that we are adding one more month to the deadline, which means that we would like to have your pattern submissions by May 14th instead of April 14th).  I hope this helps and I look forward to seeing your entries soon.

On a completely different note but within the hand-paint yarn news category our own cashmere line, Indie, hand-dyeds have started trickling in.  First color in, Cotton Candy, a deep and bright cotton candy pink blended with soft tutu-like pinks. Little Knits Indie a 100% Cashmere Hand-dyed  Heavenly soft in 100% cashmere and under Little Knits’ label.  More coming…soon.

We also just received more of the Fly Designs Lace Wing Not-So-Solids with three new colors.  My new favorite new color is Denim. Fly Designs Lace Wing in Denim Color Line  Great for socks or lovely lace projects.

As I close this entry I do have a request, please share with me the photos of your finished Trenna projects.  TIA!

Silk/Wool Lace in Heavenly Colors

I am still in a hand-dyed yarn mood and I am photographing, editing and posting.  I have over 40 new colors of Trenna, our exclusive 50% silk 50% wool yarn from Schaefer and the new colors are simply stunning.  So, of course, I had to share.

Here is a color line that I stashed away. Trenna  I love the deep teals of this color line and how it transitions to silky jean and light blues.  It is simply scrumptious.  I took one for myself but there are a few skeins still remaining.

Then there are the almost solid colorsTrenna  and color-on-color variations with two or more like colors Trenna in response to multiple requests that we have received from you.  Cheryl Schaefer is the ultimate color-magician who knows exactly how to blend the hues, which results in nirvana for this lace knitter’s palate.

Trenna One more picture before I say goodnight.