Knitting: Basics & Beyond
With NaomiBelle Rozell
$295 [Includes $85 lab fee] class limit 15. Six Tuesday nights, Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 (Tue 6:30 - 9:30pm)
Join NaomiBelle for six consecutive Tuesday evenings to explore the craft of knitting. Anyone able to execute basic knitting elements such as casting on, creating knit and purl stitches, and binding off will find this workshop to be a skill-building stepping stone to knitting proficiency.
Each week will introduce techniques such as cast on, bind off, increase and decrease stitches, lace, and cable stitch patterns. Students will learn how to read written knitting patterns, charts, and, most important of all, the knitted stitch. The ability to read knitted stitches empowers a knitter to create without restrictions. Weaving in yarn ends and blocking the final knitted pieces will round out the list of skills introduced.
Students are encouraged to practise what has been learned between classes. To facilitate this, each person will cast on a sampler scarf in the first evening. This scarf will serve as a canvas for creative exploration as students repeat and combine techniques. The sampler scarf will be bound off on the last evening and everyone will go home with a finished item.
About NaomiBelle Rozell
NaomiBelle cannot recall a time when creativity was not part of her daily life. Although she works with many types of crafts, most of her days are taken up with knitting. You can find her most Saturdays in Maiwa’s Supply Store in the Net Loft on Granville Island.
She dedicates her work to her mother, who knit her father’s dress socks for much of their married life. As Naomi writes, “Although I did not learn to knit from my mother, she is my inspiration for knitting. I well remember her putting aside her coffee cup and novel (yes, she read while she knitted) as she focused on ‘turning the heel.’ Once complete she propped up her book, poured a fresh cup, and resumed her knitting as she read and enjoyed her coffee. I can still hear her needles softly clicking, creating stitch after stitch after stitch.”