Digital Camera Secrets for Knitters
In this class, we'll demystify the three basics: ISO, aperture and shutter speed in a flash! We'll explore the science behind digital photography [just enough to enlighten; not so much as to put you to sleep]. We'll identify the key settings you want to use, and which simple settings can make a huge difference in your photography. We'll also discuss easy after-processing with iOS and Android apps (for smartphone pictures) and affordable alternatives to Photoshop for computer-based processing. These little details can make so much difference to your finished photos!
Because good photography is not just about the equipment you use, we'll spend some time talking about how to take a good picture of your knitwear! We'll talk about models, locations, backgrounds, styling and more!
Plug+Play lace shawl design kickstart
Amy's simple Plug+Play manual lets you transform fingering- or sport-weight yarn into your own unique shawl design. The manual takes the hard choices out of designing
, while you're learning how Plug+Play works. Once you've completed your first project, you can use the Plug+Play concepts you've learned in class along with the manual to create more one-of-a-kind designs.Plug+Play lace shawl design all-day workshop
This class starts with the Plug+Play shawl design principle [using as simple lace pattern -- or two -- to create a triangular shawl] and gives you the tools to design your own unique lace shawls. We'll discuss a number of different shawl construction methods, and the benefits and challenges of each. We'll talk about lace patterns: where to find them, how to choose the one[s] you want to incorporate into your design, the unique challenges of designing in lace
and typical modifications to consider that will make knitting your shawl more enjoyable. We'll also discuss charts, originality, the printed pattern, and photography.
Plug+Play texture shawl design all-day workshop
This class starts with the Plug+Play shawl design principle [using as simple stitch pattern -- or two -- to create a triangular shawl] and gives you the tools to design your own unique textured shawls. We'll discuss a number of different shawl construction methods and shapes, and the benefits and challenges of each. We'll talk about stitch patterns: where to find them, how to choose the one[s] you want to incorporate into your design, and typical modifications to consider that will make knitting your shawl more enjoyable. We'll also discuss charts, originality, the printed pattern, and photography.
Plug+Play: Add texture to your next sweater
Bring a favorite stockinette sweater pattern to class. Amy will help you choose a stitch pattern or patterns that appeal to you and -- using the simplest tools, like graph paper, pencil and eraser -- you'll be able to plan the transformation of acres of stockinette into a textured fabric that's uniquely yours. You'll learn how to take existing stitch patterns and alter them to suit your taste, and how to handle potentially tricky areas like necklines and armholes, keeping your chosen pattern intact and flowing. This low-stress technique
is a great one to add to your knitting toolbox!
Random Cables for Control Freaks
Love the look of cables, but don't have the patience to follow complex charts? Like the idea of going freeform, but still want to remain in control? Master columns of stitches and learn how to bend them to your will in Random Cables for Control Freaks!
Learn a little more about how cable crossings work in a relaxed, experimental environment. We'll think more about how to bend stitches in the direction you choose, rather than exactly how many stitches need to be knit exactly how and where. With the understanding of a few simple principles, you can create cables that give the impression of seaweed, fields of flowers, vines... Cables that would be a headache to chart are a breeze to gently coax in any direction you please on your needlers, and you'll be delighted and surprised by what you can create! Because this class is about improvisation and spontaneity, we will not be charting the cables we create.
Short Row Lexicon
You've likely seen "wrap and turn" in many of the patterns you've come across lately. That's the shorthand for "short row" construction, but short rows are not just about wraps.
In this class, learn three essential ways to work smaller sections of knitting (useful for sock heels, bust shaping, shoulder cap shaping, and more!). One will make your turns almost invisible; another will make keeping track of the turns you've made easy, even without a magnifying glass!
Spindling silk, a friendly introduction
Amy will take you from cocoon to hanky to roving and get you spinning silk, guaranteed
. Even if you've never touched a spindle, you will be successful in this class, turning silk hankies into beautiful, rustic yarn that you can knit with right away! We'll also learn the skills that will help you, with practice, become a confident spinner of Tussah and even slippery Bombyx silk! We'll talk about the different tools available for spinning, and explain the terms that spinners use so you'll know the difference between hankies, bells, caps, bricks, batts, top and roving…and which you might want to choose for your future spinning projects.
The class fee includes a kit assembled by Amy including a great
starter spindle, samples of the fibers you'll work on in class and enough for you to continue to practice after class is over.
Tuscany Shawl...lace made friendly!
Learn the joys of knitting lace the easy way
. Our project will be the Tuscany shawl, knit from a smooth worsted-weight silk yarn, which makes a beautiful and impressive finished project. No one need know how easy it was to knit! We'll learn all the tricks that make knitting lace a pleasure, and the easy way to block your finished shawl when you're done.
Making the Next Monkey class
Learn how to make your submission stand out
from among the hundreds submitted to Knitty every year, what makes a good pattern, pattern-writing techniques that make a difference, what makes a pattern go viral, the five things you can do to ensure you have the best possible chance of being published, and the five things you can do that will blow it for you. Participation in this class does not ensure publication in Knitty; the purpose of this class is to help designers create their best work and present it to any publisher in the best way possible.
All about Knitty Lecture
Knitty launched in 2002, when the web was very different from the bloggy-Twitter-Ravelry-infused online knitting world we have today. Learn about how Knitty began, why it works the way it does, and heaps of other insider tidbits
straight from the source.