Saturday, March 8, 2014

HomeFront Inspiration



Hello Friends of The Net Loft,

I greet you from the land of the showroom.  I have been in the gift showrooms purchasing for the next wave of Net Loft Treasures.  As I was thumbing through mountains of cookbooks making decisions, I had this realization.


I don't always always love to cook...
     but I always love cookbooks.

True confession...I like to cook, but sometimes I am tired of cooking.  It can become a responsibility needing to be fulfilled in the life and provision of our household, but sometimes I just feel uninspired.  I can look on the internet for recipes, but there is something about the cookbook itself that begins to rekindle my love for the kitchen.  


Cookbooks, like knitting books, provide for me an impetus, 
an inspiration in those doldrum kitchen days. 

I found myself asking myself this question. What is it that I love so much about cookbooks?   

Deep down, as much as I try to keep up with the times,  I am old fashioned.  I love taking the books off the shelf, thumbing through the pages, some very old from my grandmother's collection (often with recipes in her handwriting written into the back pages of the book), and some more recent purchases, fresh and clean and crisp. The settings and photography  display a visual aesthetic that teaches and guides me to something better, and to take the time to set the table in a special way, even if it is an ordinary day.  

SO... this is what I have concluded...
A cookbook is more than a recipe. 






As I comb through my books and come to the greasy spots  on certain pages,  I am reminded of certain memories that have surrounded many of those meals.  Often I date and put in notes, like a journal in time and life's basic ingredients.  Some go way way back, and  some books even  fall open immediately to a favored kitchen friend, a recipe used so many times that the binding has been permanently  set to open to that page. 

You know, I was thinking, it is sort of like a handwritten letter, the paper of it I mean.  The tangible touchable writeonable (if that is a word) personal interaction that takes place with the paper and book of it.   Like those notes in my grandmother's favorite Boston Cookbook, where I can touch her handwriting and think about that part of herself I still get to interact with.  



It encourages me to write in my books as well so those that come after will carry on my recipes and traditions to the next generation.  They will get a little glimpse of life in this current age by reading my little notes and comments.  This is totally a sideline from just needing a nudge to get dinner on the table, but something to think about nonetheless.


In this transition of the seasons, when perhaps we need an extra boost to keep at task, cookbooks and a fresh tablecloth, can be uplifting to those who we are responsible for, for family health via the food we serve.


I like to think that it is not just good physical health we are dishing out, it is about the parts we want to nurture in other ways, as well.  We are creating an environment for family fellowship, even if it is just like for me now, only my husband and I.  



Sometimes in looking at a cookbook, I say to myself, "I could do that". or at least give it a try.  
"I can try cooking THAT"...


Now, maybe it won't look exactly like the picture when I get finished, but it will be my version and interpretation, and EVEN if I don't end up actually making it for dinner, the thought of it was inspiring enough.   

Sometimes it is just...
 "I can put candles on the table tonight" 
"I can make the table pretty"


Even THIS can be difficult with so much life happening at our kitchen table and so much to clear off to even begin to think about a visual aesthetic, but I believe it is an unspoken  form of communication we can use, when inspired to do so, and it also inspires me to cook a nice dinner.  As I say so many times, it can be just a little something we do that can make a big difference in an underlying way for ALL of us. For my own sake sometimes, it uplifts my own mental state.

In all of this, for me,  looking at the books is my kickstart when my creative homelife energy is waning.

On a sidenote, I have also been looking at housewares while on my buying trip, and I was thinking the same thing about special kitchen implements. I happen to see this quite lovely little mixing bowl. 


Now, lovely little mixing bowls are treats for the chef.  Those that eat from the kitchen will not see this bowl, as it will be washed and in the dish drainer, but there is something that makes me smile very big when I think about cooking with  lovely little bowls and nice measuring cups, and colorful spatulas, and such.  They just make me happy, and help me over those times when I HAVE to be in the kitchen and I just don't feel like it.  (Pretty dishtowels and potholders, too)   SO, now you know why I have what I have in The Net Loft!   Inspiration and uplifting encouragement for all the weary chefs who, like me, like to eat, but don't always feel like cooking.  I need all the help I can get!  

Now serving dishes are a whole other story, but today, it is all about the cookbook, and just to give you an extra nudge, we are offering a special on cookbooks for the rest of the month.

ALL COOKBOOKS 25% OFF  through March.  I have never had a sale like this before, but just decided it would be a great way to help you pick up some inspiration to get you through before spring fever hits, and a great way to pick up  a little inspiration to keep you going.


Thanks for listening...
Here's to a touch of HomeFront Inspiration and 
Happy Times around the Kitchen Table
Net Loft Dotty











Friday, February 14, 2014

Heartfelt Friends













When I first discovered this photo in a box of photographs belonging to my mother in law, another Dorothy, all I could think of was that these ladies took their Valentine parties VERY seriously.  White gloves and party dresses, satin hearts and corsages.  These ladies were coming together for a Valentine gathering and they are just now preparing to walk in, sit down and gather round for a special time together amongst friends. I wish I could be there at that moment and hear their voices, hear the rustle of the crisp dresses, smell the fragrance of the flowers.   I can imagine they  might even have served those little stacked  sandwiches precut in small rectangles and triangles  with the crusts cut off as an appetizer.    They look so serious.  I am sure they wanted everything to be just so.  

Dorothy Widmann ( the second from the left with the brown hair and glasses)  had a dear smile, and lived a seemingly simple life.  And yet she was not idle. Her  fruit salad  consisted of hand peeled grapes and  grapefruit and orange sections with every bit of membrane carefully removed.  Her well attended violets, full of beautiful blossoms, filled the antique tables set alongside  the windows in her spare room. Boiled icings covered her cakes, and hand written cards and letters were regularly send to loved ones.  Her hand crocheted wool granny square afghan has grown to be my favorite . . . a LEGACY of the time and care she put into the components of her home.  I think about this concept sometimes as I am making things.  All those moments her hands actively worked towards bringing this blanket to life, are still generating warmth even though her hands have  been at rest for over 20 years.  


I think about friendships and the time and care and the get togethers.  It is the "stuff" that adds to the richness of life.  I think that once these women sat down, the smiles emerged.  Everything was just SO and at that point they could just BE TOGETHER with friends all dressed up TOGETHER.  They could love each other's dresses, appreciate the beauty of the flowers in their corsages, and probably most of all, enjoy that indescribable warmth of fellowship that close friendship brings.

There are times at the shop when friends are gathered around the table and in the room knitting, and the needles are humming along, and there is this  low chatter.   It is the music of friends sharing thoughts and ideas, stories of the inevitable ups and downs of life, conversations broken with laughter and sometimes moments of silence.  I treasure these times.  

For these ladies,  Valentines Day was just a good enough reason to take time to dress up and celebrate the friends they valued and cared for, and just have fun... And  this Valentines Day, though the days of gatherings with long white gloves are past,  I am smiling, thanks to this dear picture, with loving memories of the original Dot Widmann, and  thinking of her as I am warm and cozy beneath her hand stitched afghan.   
All in favor of hand made legacies, raise your right hand (and needles) and say "AYE!"

Happy Valentines Day, my friends.  Thinking of you wherever you may be.
love and red satin hearts and a big corsage
Net Loft Dotty

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Net Loft Fiber & Friends Registration

Just a quick note...more later. Just to let you know HERE IS REGISTRATION WEBSITE

Be sure to open up Program Overview and click on the various links.

www.rsvpbook.com/thenetloftfiberandfriends

Let us know if you have any questions.  There are volunteer efforts available  Call for more info if you need it..9074247337.
Hope you can join us!

There are a few changes since earlier post on blog so be sure to check the website for current information on class times and schedule.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Net Loft Fiber & Friends 2014


Hello Friends of The Net Loft, 
We are finally almost ready for online registration for Net Loft Fiber and Friends 2014.  I am so sorry to have been away from the blog for some time now.  We had a wonderful summer filled with all sorts of classes and activities, and my physical life was so occupied leaving little for my virtual life.  But alas,  next summer is closer than we think, and we have an absolutely great week planned.  Plan to take the week off and immerse yourself in our week of activities and programs. Bring a friend to share in the activities together. The website will be up and running next week for registration, but for now, take a moment to look over the schedule and class descriptions, so you will be ready when the site goes live.  
  
Listed below is just a list of the scheduled classes.  There are more activities planned such as evening sessions, as well as an Adventure Day on Wednesday, all of  which will be described in detail on  the Registration Website.  The program actually begins on the evening of June 22, and ends with and evening program on the 29th (after a picnic potluck at Skater's Cabin).  

Registration begins 6 a.m. Alaska Time on the 19th of November.  Earlybird registrants whose registrations amount to $250 or more receive a 10% discount on their total fees. 
We will post registration website address on Monday the 18th.

We hope you will join us!   It will be a great week of spending time with friends, old and new, learning something new, and participating in the mutual exchange and love of fiber arts and friendship.  Any questions may be addressed to: info@netloftfiberandfriends.com

Hope you are having a pleasant fall.  
with love and cozy days for knitting and handcrafts,

Net Loft Dotty


Class Overview and Descriptions:  (click once on document to see larger)



Workshops
  • Monday June 23 Full Day Sessions
    Break for lunch 12 noon-1:30 pm Full Day Session Price includes Lunch

      
    Cost: $ 125.00

    Speaker: Donna Druchunas
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    In this class, students will learn how to build a sock from the basic elements so that one is not tied down to knitting from pre-existing patterns.  We will discuss the basic anatomy of a sock and compare cuff-down and toe-up constructions. Using a sock sizing and planning worksheet, basic instructions for several types of heels and toes, and a stitch library, each student will build a sock.  There are no predesigned patterns in this course, each student will design and begin knitting their own custom-fit socks.

    Level: Intermediate, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles (or two circulars or magic loop), and have made at least 1 pair of socks (or 1 Christmas stocking)
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 125.00

    Speaker: Lori Goldman
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    Lori will demystify cable construction and chart reading.   Students will design their own patterns mixing different cables and traditional aran designs, as well as free form patterns, as they plan and construct a small project.

    Level: Novice (must know how to knit and purl )
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 125.00

    Speaker: Mary Jane Mucklestone
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    Mary Jane will introduce you to the world of stranded colorwork often called Fair Isle knitting.  In this technique class, you will learn the basics, covering several methods of holding yarn, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends, and finishing techniques.  This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and for those looking to brush up on their technique.  Students will begin knitting a stranded colorwork headband or hat.   Skills covered: Left- handed, right handed, and combination style stranding, introducing new colors, understanding yarn dominance, weaving long floats, weaving in ends, finishing and blocking.

    Level: Novice (must know how to knit and purl )
    Focus: Knitting

  • Monday June 23 Morning Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Gail Nowicki
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle table loom as you complete  a luxurious scarf with hand dyed boucle yarn.   Class includes instruction, all materials and equipment.

    Level: Novice: No previous weaving experience needed
    Focus: Weaving

  • Monday June 23 Morning Sessions: PART A - Two Part Workshops with Second Session on Different Day
    Lunch included after Part A Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Bonne Marie Burns
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Are you in love with sweaters, but hate finishing? Here's a beautiful contemporary design that features easy-to-knit lace with a unique, but simple no-sew construction.Learn the techniques to create a modern and fun-to-knit lace cardigan using the CINNE pattern from Chic Knits.

    This class will explore:
    • Basic lace knitting
    • Techniques for modular construction
    Class will be in two sessions:  first session scheduled in beginning of week and second session scheduled later in the week, so we can explore the main section of the sweater together

    Level: Advance Beginner
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 125.00

    Speaker: Celia Quinn
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Students will learn the basics of making a sheet of silk fusion, which is a bit like a piece of lustrous silk felt . We will make a sheet large enough to use as a cover for a blank journal.

    Class will be divided into two parts. The first half of the class will be spent creating the fusion with three layers of silk, and any embellishments you choose to imbed in the silk. Then we need to have plenty of time to let the fusion dry thoroughly, which could be challenging if it's raining in Cordova! So the second part of the class will be spaced a day after the first half. During the second session we will cut and sew the journal covers, and maybe do some additional embellishing on them.

    Materials fee: $20/ person to be paid to instructor

    Level: Novice

  • Monday June 23 Afternoon Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Celia Quinn
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    An introduction to spinning luxurious silk by spinning from silk caps and hankies.
    Materials Fee: tba payable to instructor

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Frances Samuelson
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of handspinning  as you learn to spin fiber into yarn using a drop spindle.  Class fee  includes a Schacht Hi-Lo Spindle and Fiber Pack.

    Level: Novice
    Focus: Spinning

      
    Cost: $ 55.00

    Speaker: Christa Hoover
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 02:45 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of needlefelting as you create a lovely felted scene using a variety of fibers.  Class fee includes all materials, fiber, and tools needed for class.  Students keep set of tools., which includes large foam block, 5-pronged needlefelting tool, and set of extra needles.

    Level: Novice - No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Needlefelting

      
    Cost: $ 55.00

    Speaker: Christa Hoover
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 03:00 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of needlefelting as you create a lovely felted scene using a variety of fibers.  Class fee includes all materials, fiber, and tools needed for class.  Students keep set of tools., which includes large foam block, 5-pronged needlefelting tool, and set of extra needles.

    Level: Novice - No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Needlefelting

      
    Cost: $ 30.00

    Speaker: Michelle Dockins (assisted by Melina Meyers)
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 02:45 pm

    Vintaj is a wonderful process that involves embossing metal blanks with your choice of designs and finishing with paints and buffing.   In this workshop you will make a set of buttons perfect for your next fiber arts project.  Make 8 large or 12 small buttons,  PLUS a charm necklace.  Learn simple jewelry techniques and how to work the Vintaj metal press.  Class Fee includes all materials, supplies, and instruction.

    Level: novice - No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Embellishments

      
    Cost: $ 30.00

    Speaker: Michelle Dockins (assisted by Melina Meyers)
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 03:00 pm to 04:30 pm

    Vintaj is a wonderful process that involves embossing metal blanks with your choice of designs and finishing with paints and buffing.   In this workshop you will make a set of buttons perfect for your next fiber arts project.  Make 8 large or 12 small buttons,  PLUS a charm necklace.  Learn simple jewelry techniques and how to work the Vintaj metal press.  Class Fee includes all materials, supplies, and instruction.

    Level: Novice - No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Embellishments

  • Tuesday Full Day Sessions
    Break for lunch 12 noon-1:30 pm Full Day Session Price includes Lunch

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Gudrun Johnston
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:00 pm AKST

    Learn how to create a top down sweater using the simultaneous set-in sleeve method.   This construction method forms the sleeve caps at the same time, as the upper body is being knit simultaneously and without any seaming.

    We will begin a baby/toddler sized version of the sweater in class, and cover all aspects pertaining to this particular construction method, including Short Rows, Three Needle Bind off, Magic Loop knitting and more.

    We will also discuss how you could go about making an adult sized sweater using this same method.  Some experience knitting sweaters is required for this class.

    Level: Intermediate
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 125.00

    Speaker: Terri Stavig
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    Nordic Mitten Design Made Easy.  Custom Nordic mittens will keep you warm in multiple ways!  We will learn how to create a custom fit as well as the techniques that make these mittens fun and easy to knit!  Participants need to have basic knitting skills and experience with color pattern knitting.

    Level: Intermediate: Participants need to have basic knitting skills and experience with color pattern knitting.
    Focus: Knitting

  • Tuesday Morning Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Frances Samuelson
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of handspinning  as you learn to spin fiber into yarn using a drop spindle.  Class fee  includes a Schacht Hi-Lo Spindle and Fiber Pack.

    Level: Novice
    Focus: Spinning

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Mary Jane Mucklestone
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Some of the most interesting elements of Andean knitting are the decorative edge treatments found on classic men's hats or chullos.  We will learn to make the darling scalloped edging called puntas, a charming checkerboard edging, and cheerful instant popcorns, which can be knit in as you go, or added as an afterthought.  Not just for Andean projects, all of these techniques are easy to incorporate into may different kinds of knitting.  Just learn the techniques or knit a sweet wristlet. - we will learn to bend our minds and manipulate our fingers and yarn in interesting new ways.  Mary Jane will bring a selection of chullos from her travels in Peru and Bolivia for inspiration.

    Level: Beginner-Intermediate
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alana Dakos
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Level: Beginner-Intermediate
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 70.00
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm AKST

    Mitered squares are fun to make, and they are very popular today for a variety of knitting projects.

    This classic patchwork design was inspired by the clean colors of Amish quilts.  Like a quilt, the rug is big, but ech square is small, so you can carry your knitting with you.  You start each square with the longest row   As you knit, the rows get shorter, and your knitting goes faster until there are no stitches left to bind off.

    The workshop will cover the following topics:
    • Materials and supplies needed for rug knitting
    • Selecting and arranging colors
    • Construction of mitered squares
    • Options for decreases
    • Seaming instructions
    • Lining, interfacing, and non slip backing options for rugs. 


    Level: Novice
    Focus: Knitting

  • Tuesday Afternoon Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Bonne Marie Burns
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    In knitting, there's some pattern phrases that instantly give pause.  For many, even more tan the ubiquitous, AND AT THE SAME TIME,  there is one that strikes quivers straight into the knitting heart:  Pick-Up-and-Knit.

    Learn how to master one of the most useful techniques for construction and finishing.
    This class will explore:
    - The areas of a sweater that continue even after you think your're done making them.
    -How to interpret what your pattern wants and what you need
    -How to successfully translate that inot finishing or no-sew construction

    Level: Advanced Beginner
    Focus: Knitting

      

    Speaker: Celia Quinn
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm

    Part B is continuation of Monday morning Silk Fusion Session.

    Level: Novice

      
    Cost: $ 28.00

    Speaker: Michelle Dockins
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 03:00 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of wet felting while felting wool over a bar of soap.  Class fee includes  enough fiber and two French scented natural shea butter soaps.

    Level: Novice: No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Wet Felting

      
    Cost: $ 28.00

    Speaker: Michelle Dockins
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 03:15 pm to 04:45 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of wet felting while felting over a bar of soap.  Class fee includes  enough fiber and two French scented natural shea butter soaps.

    Level: Novice - No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Wet Felting

      
    Pioneer Lodge on Main Street

    Speaker: Lori Goldman and Bonnie Morris Phillips
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm AKST

    Join old time dear friends and fiber artists Lori Goldman and previous Cordova resident Bonnie Morris Phillips for an informal, drop-in, chance to tell stories, pick up knitting tips, make new friends, ask questions, spin a little, have a cup of tea, and explore ideas.
    Sign up not required, but encouraged.  Drop-ins welcome. Bring your current fiberart project and supplies.  Spinners welcome.

    Level: All levels
    Focus: All Fiberartists Welcome

  • Thursday All Day Sessions
    Break for lunch 12 noon - 1:30 pm Full Day Session Price includes Lunch

      
    Cost: $ 125.00

    Speaker: Donna Druchunas
    Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm

    Eskimo women in Alaska have been knitting quiviut (musk ox down) into lace since the 1960's.  In this workshop, we will examine their unique pattern stitches, inspired by Eskimo artifacts, and learn how to chart our own custom lace patterns by adapting designs from other art forms.  We will start by charting a basic diamond using yarn overs, then we will study several types of decreases and learn how each decrease works to create a different result with the same arrangement of yarn overs. We will also learn how to accentuate lace patterns with an outline stitch.

    Each student will then design and chart several lace patterns, and knit a swatch of each to see what works and what doesn't work on the needles.  Finally, we will review basic patterns for lace projects such as scarves, stoles, and ponchos, and each student will work on designing a project.

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced Knitter with experience knitting lace
    Focus: Lace Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 125.00

    Speaker: Celia Quinn
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    In this class students will be introduced to the long draw and worsted methods of spinning, and will learn appropriate uses of these techniques. They will also learn about spinning wheel mechanics, which covers the 3 basic spinning wheel systems and spindle wheels, how they work, and which systems are best suited for different yarns. We will also discuss oiling and adjusting wheels, and appropriate materials for drive and brake bands.
    • Students will learn how to make fine yarns, thick yarns and everything in between.
    • We will discuss basic fiber preparation with carding and combing demonstrations.
    • We will address plying methods, and practice if time allows.        
      ($15 materials fee payable to instructor)

    Level: This class is intended for spinners who have a little experience with a wheel (can keep the wheel going, and make a continuous thread!).
    Focus: Spinning

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alana Dakos
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    In this class we will actually seam up and finish a tiny baby sweater and learn the following techniques:
    -Connecting Shoulder seams with a 3-needle bind off.
    -How to accurately sew in set-in sleeves on a sweater.
    -Creating perfect invisible side seams using the mattress stitch. 
    -Picking up stitches accurately.
    -How to correctly weave in yarn tails and block your finished garment.
    Tiny sweater pieces in worsted weight yarn will need to be completed before class. Homework instructions to be provided to students prior to class.


    Level: Intermediate Beginner

  • Thursday Morning Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Gudrun Johnston
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    This class will introduce you to some of the main elements that pertain to Shetland Lace. We will make a mini shawl in class using the traditional construction.  Gudrun will also fill you in on some of the history behind Shetland Lace and bring some of her samples to class. Some basic experience knitting simple lace patterns is required for this class. (Homework required)

    Level: Intermediate
    Focus: Lace Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Bonnie Morris Phillips
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Problem:  Many circular knit sweaters turn out to fit like a cylinder or tube with two tubes stuck on for sleeves and bunched up under the arm and low on the back neck and high on the front neck, and pullovers are often too hot. They fit like an expensive, time consuming potato sack.

    Solution:  Learn shaping techniques  such as tapering, gussets, short rows, steeks, collar modifications, and  many other tips for a more satisfying project and better fit.

    Students  will work small samples of each technique; take measurements, and write up custom patterns.

    Level: Intermediate: Participants need to have basic knitting skills
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School



    Speaker: Bonne Marie Burns
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    • Knitting our own garments is the antidote to our one-size-fits-all kind of world.
       
      But before you pick up the needles and cast on that perfect pattern, learn how to read between its lines to make the perfect garment.
       
      We will examine a pattern's areas and zones and explore how to make practical modifications to follow your personal bodyscape.
       
      Whether you are a veteran or newish knitter,  join us to get the game plan and advice to transform your projects.

      We will begin with a reference pattern you would like to make or  a current project you have questions about.


    Level: Advanced Beginner
    Focus: Knitting

  • Thursday Afternoon Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Bonne Marie Burns
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Are you in love with sweaters, but hate finishing? Here's a beautiful contemporary design that features easy-to-knit lace with a unique, but simple no-sew construction.Learn the techniques to create a modern and fun-to-knit lace cardigan using the CINNE pattern from Chic Knits.

    This class will explore:
    • Basic lace knitting
    • Techniques for modular construction
    Class will be in two sessions:  first session scheduled in beginning of week and second session scheduled later in the week, so we can explore the main section of the
    sweater together.  THIS IS CLASS B, the second half of two part workshop. Class starts on Monday morning.

    Level: Advance Beginner
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Gail Nowicki
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle table loom as you complete  a luxurious lace weave scarflet with hand dyed yarn.   Class includes instruction, all materials and equipment.

    Level: Novice: No previous weaving experience needed
    Focus: Weaving

      
    Pioneer Lodge on Main Street

    Speaker: Lori Goldman and Bonnie Morris Phillips
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm AKST

    Join old time dear friends and fiber artists Lori Goldman and previous Cordova resident Bonnie Morris Phillips for an informal, drop-in, chance to tell stories, pick up knitting tips, make new friends, ask questions, spin a little, have a cup of tea, and explore ideas.
    Sign up not required, but encouraged.  Drop-ins welcome. Bring your current fiberart project and supplies.  Spinners welcome.

    Level: All levels
    Focus: All Fiberartists Welcome

  • Friday Full Day Sessions
    Break for Lunch 12 noon - 1:30 pm Full Day Session Price includes Lunch

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Lori Goldman
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    Entrelac is a knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern.  Learn the basics of this interesting short rows technique as you make a small needleholder for holding your tapestry needles.  Lori will introduce free form techniques as well as traditional methods.

    Focus: Knitting Colorwork

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Gudrun Johnston
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    This class will introduce you to some of the main elements that pertain to Shetland Lace. We will cover traditional constructions used and practice a knitted on edging. We’ll begin with some of the simpler lace motifs and then progress to more complicated patterns where lace is worked every row. Gudrun will also fill you in on some of the history behind Shetland Lace and bring some of her samples to class. Some basic experience knitting simple lace patterns is required for this class.

    Please note that this class will cover some of the same elements as the Shetland Hap class.

    Focus: Knitting Lace

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Celia Quinn
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    Learn to monitor the diameter and twist of your yarns in simple ways to develop greater consistency. Practice expanding your skills by spinning yarns of widely different sizes and twists. Exercises include making a successful singles warp yarn, a balanced 2–ply, a gossamer yarn, spinning for specific a knitting gauge, and discussing margin of error between skeins in the same project.

    Fiber Fee: $15 per person  Payable to Instructor at time of workshop

    Focus: Spinning

  • Friday Morning Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Bonne Marie Burns
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    In knitting, there's some pattern phrases that instantly give pause.  For many, even more tan the ubiquitous, AND AT THE SAME TIME,  there is one that strikes quivers straight into the knitting heart:  Pick-Up-and-Knit.

    Learn how to master one of the most useful techniques for construction and finishing.
    This class will explore:
    - The areas of a sweater that continue even after you think your're done making them.
    -How to interpret what your pattern wants and what you need
    -How to successfully translate that inot finishing or no-sew construction

    Level: Advanced Beginner
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Mary Jane Mucklestone
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    What makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions? We will explore color choices and the classic motifs used in Scandinavian stranded knitting. Learn techniques for tacking down extra long floats found in many motifs. We will learn Norwegian purl, and a way of executing garter stitch in the round. Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects. Some experience with colorwork essential.

    Level: Some experience with colorwork essential
    Focus: Knitting Colorwork

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of working with Wool Felt and Felted Woven Wool as you complete a small project.   Class Fee includes all materials and supplies.

    Level: Novice: No previous weaving experience needed
    Focus: Wool Applique

  • Friday Afternoon Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Michelle Dockins
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Nuno Felting is a technique which  bonds loose fibre into a sheer fabric such to create a lightweight felt.  In this workshop we will be using Merino/Silk/Tencel Fiber onto silk to create a beautiful scarf more durable than felted wool by itself.
    All materials and supplies included in the workshop. Be prepared for a bit of a workout  for the felting process to take place.

    Level: Novice: No previous weaving experience needed
    Focus: Wet Felting

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Terri Stavig
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Have no fear!  Steeks are harmless!  Together we will remove the anxiety that surrounds using steeks and embrace the way their use can enhance your knitting experience.   Students will create samples that they can use in the future as a reference tool.

    Level: Intermediate: Participants need to have basic knitting skills
    Focus: Knitting Techniques

      
    Cost: $ 75.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Christa Hoover
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Natural fibers are a special type of medium enabling one to create a unique artistic effect that is like nothing else.  Learn step by step needlefelting techniques to create a nature inspired  needlefelted picture that, when completed, will be suitable for framing.  Upon completion of class, you will have skills and tools needed to design and create images on your own.

    All materials, fibers, and tools for class included in workshop, including a complete set of needlefelting tools and foam that students may take home with them after class Materials/Tools Fee of  $55 included in class fee.

    Level: Novice - No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Needlefelting

  • Saturday Full Day Sessions
    Break for Lunch 12 noon - 1:30 pm Full Day Session Price includes Lunch

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elemtary School

    Speaker: Donna Druchunas
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    In this class, we will learn how to work with multiple colors in a row without tangling the yarns or having long strands, using the technique that has been used traditionally in the Balkans and the Andes, and is similar to the Portuguese style of knitting.

    In this technique, we will tension the yarn around our necks and learn how to work stockinette stitch from the wrong-side in circular knitting, with a purl stitch that will give you the most even colorwork tension you've ever seen.  We will also learn how to make a fascinating Bosnian toe -up sock that has a rectangular toe that is knitted flat, but without purls!  The rest of the sock is knitted in-the-round with an "after thought" short-row heel and decorative crochet finishing.

    Donna has several examples of hand-knit Bosnian slipper socks that we will examine closely.

    Level: Intermediate, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles (or two circulars or magic loop), and have made at least 1 pair of socks (or 1 Christmas stocking)
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Celia Quinn
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST

    Create a beautiful, heathery spectrum of colored yarns by carding together primary, secondary and neutral colors of wool. Exercises include making a color wheel; tints, tones and shades of a color by adding neutrals to a given color; complementary gradation; color dominance; and translating inspiring colors from objects or pictures into yarns that reflect those images. Class time is primarily spent hand carding.

     2-Day Fiber Fee: $25 per person payable to Instructor at time of class

    Level: Beginning
    Focus: Fiber

      
    Cost: $ 125.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Mary Jane Mucklestone
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm AKST


    Liven up your Fair Isle Knitting.  Spend the day with Mary Jane, author of 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitters Directory, exploring fresh new colorways.

    This course will introduce the basics of color theory and how to use its principals to guide your color choices. We will learn about the use of color over the years in traditional Fair Isle knitting and move beyond, developing our own personal color schemes. We'll analyze how different color combinations can completely change how a motif looks.

    Knitting a simple stranded wristlet or fingerless glove will quickly illustrate new concepts. Mary Jane will bring all 200 of the actual knitted swatches from her book for examination and inspiration.


    Focus: Knitting Colorwork

  • Saturday Morning Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alana Dakos
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Level: Beginner-Intermediate
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

    The focus of this workshop  is on salvaging a project gone South.

    Problem: Invested time and money in project that does not fit or satisfy.

    Students are each  to bring with them a partially completed or finished project they are not happy with.  In this class, participants will analyze and articulate what went wrong and  map a plan to solve the dilemma.

    Bonnie will provide examples and ideas of transformed dilemmas. Students will get individual help to re-start, and hopefully salvage a project. We will learn as a group collectively from each project.

    Level: Beginning/Intermediate
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 60.00

    Speaker: Gail Nowicki
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle table loom as you complete  a luxurious lace weave scarflet with hand dyed yarn.   Class includes instruction, all materials and equipment.

    Level: Novice: No previous weaving experience needed
    Focus: Weaving

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Gudrun Johnston
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    This class will introduce you to some of the main elements that pertain to Shetland Lace. We will make a mini shawl in class using the traditional construction.  Gudrun will also fill you in on some of the history behind Shetland Lace and bring some of her samples to class. Some basic experience knitting simple lace patterns is required for this class. Please note that this class is a condensed version of the full day class and some homework will be required.

    Focus: Knitting Lace

  • Saturday Afternoon Sessions

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alana Dakos
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    This class will be tailored toward the beginning knitter who is terrified of making mistakes. The class will encourage knitters to learn how their stitches are constructed so they can easily take back their work, fix the problem and keep going without panicking! :) The class will cover the following techniques and concepts:
    • Stitch construction and identifying common mistakes.
    • "un-knitting"
    • How to rip back and put the stitches back on the needle accurately.
    • How to weave up a dropped stitch.
    • Saving a dying garment through "Sweater Surgery".


    Level: Intermediate Beginner

      
    Pioneer Lodge on Main Street

    Speaker: Lori Goldman,  Bonnie Morris Phillips
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm AKST

    Join old time dear friends and fiber artists Lori Goldman and previous Cordova resident Bonnie Morris Phillips for an informal, drop-in, chance to tell stories, pick up knitting tips, make new friends, ask questions, spin a little, have a cup of tea, and explore ideas.
    Sign up not required, but encouraged.  Drop-ins welcome. Bring your current fiberart project and supplies.  Spinners welcome.

    Level: All levels
    Focus: All Fiberartists Welcome

      
    Cost: $ 60.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Bonne Marie Burns
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Ever gotten stumped by a knit pattern's sizing before you even started?  Or, have you made it to the finish line, but never worn your garment because it just didn't fit?  Well, Bonne Marie Burns, designer of the Chic Knits pattern line, thinks you should be wearing Everything that comes off your needles.

    Learn how to find the Real Size you need to pick from a pattern for Real Success (and wearability).

    This class will explore:
    • Sweater Architecture
    • How that translates to the Body
    • What your size is
    • The mystery that is called Ease
    • How you can use all of the above to make it work for YOU!


    Level: Easy
    Focus: Knitting

      
    Cost: $ 30.00

    Speaker: Michelle Dockins (assisted by Melina Meyers)
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 02:45 pm

    Vintaj is a wonderful process that involves embossing metal blanks with your choice of designs and finishing with paints and buffing.   In this workshop you will make a set of buttons perfect for your next fiber arts project.  Make 8 large or 12 small buttons,  PLUS a charm necklace.  Learn simple jewelry techniques and how to work the Vintaj metal press.  Class Fee includes all materials, supplies, and instruction.

    Level: novice - No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Embellishments

      
    Cost: $ 30.00

    Speaker: Michelle Dockins (assisted by Melina Meyers)
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 03:00 pm to 04:30 pm

    Vintaj is a wonderful process that involves embossing metal blanks with your choice of designs and finishing with paints and buffing.   In this workshop you will make a set of buttons perfect for your next fiber arts project.  Make 8 large or 12 small buttons,  PLUS a charm necklace.  Learn simple jewelry techniques and how to work the Vintaj metal press.  Class Fee includes all materials, supplies, and instruction.

    Level: Novice - No previous experience necessary
    Focus: Embellishments

  • Children's Fiber Art Series

      
    Cost: $ 25.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Gudrun Johnston
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 09:30 am to 11:30 am AKST

    Children will hear Gudrun's tales of life on the Shetland Islands and then make a small wooly lamb.   Ages 6+

    Level: Children

      
    Cost: $ 25.00

    Speaker: Celia Quinn
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 09:30 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Children will learn all about silk as they work on a hands - on silk project.

    Level: Children

      
    Cost: $ 25.00

    Speaker: Alana Dakos
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm AKST

    Children’s Learn to Knit,  featuring her book  “Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf”   Age 6-8

    Level: Children

      
    Cost: $ 25.00

    Speaker: Mary Jane Mucklestone
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 09:30 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Children will learn to knit a knitted chicken as they shear knitting stories from  Mary.

    Level: Children who can knit and purl

      
    Cost: $ 25.00

    Speaker: Donna Druchunas
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 09:30 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    Children will hear stories about life in Lithuania and make  a necklace of felted beads like ones that are popular in Vilnius.  Ages 6+


    Level: Children

      
    Cost: $ 25.00

    Speaker: Bonne Marie Burns
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 09:30 am to 12:00 pm AKST

    TBA


    Level: Children

  • Yoga for Knitters: K2 OM1
    Discover connections between patterns in yoga with patterns in knitting while focusing on the musculature and anatomy of the hands, wrists and fingers, both strengthening & drawing more awareness to possible negative habits, releasing and opening the shoulder, neck & head area, practicing various pranayama (breathing techniques) to help focus the mind and bring clarity to our work. Using our lavender eye bag knitting project as a springboard for yoga postures and sequence, we will prepare the body, mind and heart for the day ahead of us! All yoga mats and props provided by Current Rhythms - a place for movement.

      
    Cost: $ 10.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alyssa Kleissler
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014            Time: 07:30 am to 08:30 am

      
    Cost: $ 10.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alyssa Kleissler
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014            Time: 07:30 am to 08:30 am

      
    Cost: $ 10.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alyssa Kleissler
    Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014            Time: 07:30 am to 08:30 am

      
    Cost: $ 10.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alyssa Kleissler
    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014            Time: 07:30 am to 08:30 am

      
    Cost: $ 10.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alyssa Kleissler
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2014            Time: 07:30 am to 08:30 am

      
    Cost: $ 10.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alyssa Kleissler
    Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014            Time: 07:30 am to 08:30 am

      
    Full week  pricing for Yoga for Knitters.  Save $5 .oo by signing up for the full week of Morning Yoga.

    Cost: $ 55.00
    Mount Eccles Elementary School

    Speaker: Alyssa Kleissler
    Time: 07:30 am to 08:30 am