Current class offerings

Basic Fair Isle Techniques 
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours. Learn to read charts like a pro. Practice knitting in the round with two colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a crocheted steek. There’s nothing to it. What are you waiting for?
Take Time to Save Time
Really? A whole class about gauge? Yes. It really is that important, and this class will tell you why. Learn to make a proper gauge swatch, measure it accurately, and use what it tells you to knit a garment that actually fits. Successful yarn substitution and pattern alteration will also be discussed.
Kick Up Your Heels!
Tube socks are out of style. Add some heel options to your sock-knitting skill set! Work a traditional sock heel from the top down and from the toe up, without those annoying holes at the corners. Insert a short-row heel into your sock-in-progress, or add it later as an afterthought!
Sweater Design Support Group (SDSG)
The Sweater Design Support Group is an open-format drop-in session during which Sarah will happily and knowledgeably guide you through whatever aspects of sweater design or sweater-pattern modification you need help with. Attend as many or as few times as it takes to get through the sticky parts. Substituting a different weight of yarn? Changing some measurements? Adding waist shaping or bust darts? Starting completely from scratch? It's easier than you think! Sarah knows you can do it, and will furnish you with the skills, the confidence, the hand-holding—whatever it takes to empower you to MAKE THAT SWEATER YOUR OWN!
Tying Up Loose Ends
When is the last time a pattern told you exactly how to weave in those pesky yarn tails? Don’t you wish they would? Learn multiple methods for dealing with the ends in garter stitch, stockinette stitch, seed stitch, ribbing, and lace, and in color stripes, Fair Isle, and intarsia. Clear up the confusion so you can finish off your projects with ease.  
Simple Knitting Tips
It’s always a good idea to have a variety of tools in your knitting tool belt. Learn a variety of cast-ons and bind-offs, increases and decreases, and ways to keep track of where you are and where you’ve been. What does all that gobbledy gook on the yarn label mean, and how do you know if you have enough yarn for your project? What do all of those knitting notions DO? Come prepared to knit, listen, and ask questions.
Simple Finishing Tips
Let Sarah help you put a sweater together step by step. Sew seams smoothly, pick up stitches evenly (and without gaps!), weave in ends invisibly, and learn to block like a pro. Turn your knitted pieces into a beautiful finished product that you’ll be proud to show off. Techniques covered include: 3-needle bind-off, sewing garter stitch, sewing stitch to stitch, sewing row to row, sewing stitch to row, picking up stitches, weaving in ends, and blocking/laundering.
Simple Designing Tips
Have you ever looked at a sweater in a store or a catalog and wondered if you could figure out how to knit it yourself? You can! Learn how to go from idea to knitting needles to a custom-fit sweater, step by step. A variety of sweater styles will be explored, including dropped shoulder, raglan, and set-in sleeve. Measurements, schematics, shaping, yarn properties and stitch patterns will be discussed. Bring your ideas and questions and a couple of sweaters to study, and get ready to be a designer! 
Preventing and Fixing Mistakes
Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you’ve learned to correct a variety of common knitting mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely tear back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knitting without losing your cool. Gain confidence and enjoy your knitting even more!
Knitting in Circles
Tired of knitting back and forth? Ready to move on? Expand your horizons with a variety of circular knitting techniques. Learn to knit in the round using double points, one circular, two circulars, and the Magic Loop, with I-cord and a little double knitting thrown in for good measure. You’ll be ready to make seamless sweaters, sleeves, gloves, bags, and socks (even two at a time!), and much, much more. 
Knitter's Choice
It really IS your choice.  You choose what you want to work on.  Bring a project that’s been languishing unfinished in your closet, and I’ll help you get it going again.  Or bring something entirely new, and I’ll help you get started.  Want to try a new technique?  No problem.  Knitter’s choice!
Downside-Up Socks
Turn tradition on its head! Use one or two circular needles to knit a sock from the toe up. Start with an unconventional cast-on, form a perfect heel without picking up any stitches (and without that pesky hole, too!), and finish with your choice of a ribbed or a hemmed cuff.
Cut and Paste
Does the very thought of Kitchener Stitch make you queasy? Get over it! Practice grafting a variety of stitch patterns, then apply what you’ve learned by working a simple hem, sewing a flawless seam, and discovering ways to modify your knitting without tearing the whole thing out. Sleeves too long? Wish you’d started with garter stitch instead of ribbing? Hate the colors in that band of Fair Isle? Cut out the bad, and graft in the good!
Taking the "Bind" out of Binding Off
Does your pullover get stuck on your big noggin? Why won’t that circular shawl lie flat? Is a too-tight hatband cutting off the circulation to your brain? Can’t get your toe-up sock over your heel? Traditional bind-offs are often too rigid and can be downright uncomfortable. Loosen up with a variety of elastic bind-off techniques that will turn your castoffs into comfy, wearable garments. Tubular, sewn, and grafted bind-offs will be included. Previous knowledge of Kitchener Stitch is helpful but not required.
Color Go Round
Sample a variety of color techniques while knitting in the round, including sIngle-row and multi-row color stripes, Fair Isle knitting, intarsia in the round, and double knitting. Special attention will be paid to camouflaging color jogs.
Drop It!
A dropped stitch can be your worst enemy, but once you get to know it better, you’ll be great friends. You already know how to drop stitches, right? You’re halfway there! Learn how to pick them back up (or not!) within a variety of stitch patterns and for a multitude of reasons. Stockinette? Seed stitch? Lace? Cables? Edge stitches? No problem!
Designing with Entrelac
Build on your basic entrelac skills with designing tips that are specific to this unique stitch pattern. Learn to swatch, plan, chart and execute a completely seamless entrelac garment. Prerequisite: “Basic Entrelac Techniques” class, or previous (successful) experience with entrelac.
Something From Nothing
Hats from the top down. Socks from the toe up. Gloves from the fingertips. Circular shawls from the center out. Seamless bags, pouches, and toys. What do these things have in common? Each can be worked from the "center" out! Learn to knit your way out of the middle of nowhere with a sampling of closed cast-ons. Included are the Figure-Eight cast-on, Judy's Magic cast-on, the Turkish cast-on, Emily Ocker's cast-on, and more.
Block Party!
How do you wash your knitting? How confident are you in your blocking skills? Participate in an eye-opening demo and a practical discussion about options for laundering and blocking your hand knits.
Basic Intarsia Techniques 
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multi-colored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.
Basic Cable Techniques
Do you love those beautiful textures, but think cables are too difficult? Think again! Conquering cable knitting is simply a matter of knitting your stitches in the proper order. Right leaning or left leaning, back and forth or in the round, with or without a cable needle, Sarah will help you get it all sorted out. And while we're at it, let's demystify those wacky chart symbols, and whip a few mis-crossed cables into shape.
Basic Double Knitting Techniques 
Double knitting is pure magic. Using one method, a piece worked flat opens up as if it had been knit in the round. Using another method, the image created on the front of the fabric will appear in reverse image on the back. Learn both methods to create a small bag and a two-sided coaster, while practicing appropriate cast-on, bind-off, and chart-reading techniques. 
A Well-Executed Sleeve Cap 
Learn how to design an armhole to fit YOUR body, then pick up and knit a perfect set-in sleeve cap from the top down—no unsightly seams! Bonus: Use short rows to shape your sweater shoulders neatly, to avoid those nasty stair steps!
Basic I-Cord Techniques 
You may or may not already be familiar with I-cord, but you'll certainly know it well after this class, which covers basic I-cord construction, a few variations on the theme, and applications such as I-cord cast-ons and bind-offs, built-in side edges, attached I-cord borders, and buttonholes, as well as many helpful tips and tricks.
Basic Entrelac Techniques 
Take some tilty squares and triangles, add a fancy French name, and you get a totally addicting stitch pattern! Whether they lean to the right or to the left, whether they’re right side up or upside down, you’ll learn all of the building blocks you need to make any entrelac pattern. Bonus skill: knitting backward!
Continental Knitting
Knitting Continental style involves holding the yarn in your left hand and “picking” it, as opposed to “throwing” it with your right hand. It’s better for your body, and can greatly improve the ease and speed with which you knit. After mastering the knit and purl stitches, you’ll be able to breeze right through knit/purl combinations like ribbing or seed stitch, and you’ll discover just how easy Fair Isle can be!
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