August 16 2011 – thisisknit
The September/October class schedule has been announced, so we thought we'd talk about some of the skills we're offering. We've got new shiny things! One addition is the new booking system, which has been in operation for a while but which hasn't been mentioned here yet. All our classes and events are now bookable online at this link. You can see how many places are left in a class, whether you need to do any preparation and so on when you book. Of course, we can still take bookings at the counter or over the phone, but now we can show all our classes and events in one place, including special occasions like the Yarn Tasting and Amy Singer's lace and design classes. So what's available over the next couple of months? We've got familiar favourites like the Beginners' Knitting and Crochet courses, basic and advanced lace, colourwork, Finishing School and so on. But we've also got some new classes which give you both a new skill and a lovely new object at the end. What about the Winterberry Shrug class? It's designed by Lisa, and it combines clever short-row shaping, top-down construction and a little lace worked in the round. All of those skills are covered in the two-session class, and the result is a versatile cover-up for any season. Is it possible to learn to make a sock in one class? If the sock is as dotey as this one, then yes, yes it is. Those are toe-up short-row socks. Because they're for such a small foot, they grow so fast that you'll be past the heel in no time at all. A baby bootie is always welcome, but the cunning thing about this pattern is that it can be up-sized to any size of foot, so when you've learned to make a sock for baby, you'll know how to make them for mummy and daddy too. Our final example of learning a new skill by making a beautiful thing is some very special indeed. We've talked about AoibheNÃ here before - she designs wonderful crochet and teaches in This Is Knit. Over the last few months she's been innovating a style of crochet lace that's both beautiful and entirely new. It's not often that we get the chance to learn a new technique from the person that developed it, so Aoibhe's Dublin Bay Shawl class is a very special opportunity. If we talked about all the classes we have planned for the next two months, this would be the longest blog post ever. We won't, though - we'll just suggest that you browse through the list and see what takes your fancy. Autumn's going to be lovely.