Indianapolis Knitting Guild Spring 2014 Workshop Registration

Classes will take place at the Broad Ripple United Methodist Church, 6185 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, IN.

    Cat Bordhi

    Cat Bordhi’s mission, according to Stephanie Pearl McPhee, “is to make you a more creative, freethinking knitter who problem-solves and experiments with vigor and fearlessness. The best part? She can.” Cat teaches and inspires more than a thousand knitters each year in classes all over the world. Her YouTube knitting tutorials have nearly three million views, and her innovative books, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, A Treasury of Magical Knitting, A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, New Pathways For Sock Knitters, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks, and an award-winning novel, Treasure Forest, have reached hundreds of thousands of readers. For more information, visit www.catbordhi.com.

    Lecture: Time Travel to Perú—when modern and indigenous knitters join as one

    In June of 2013 I traveled to the high Andes in Perú with two companions to scout out a route and special people to plan a tour for knitters. Jim and Arturo are both fluent in Spanish, so we were able to move about with ease. And because we were walking about knitting, nearly everywhere we went knitters literally reached for us with their warm hands, flooding us with the transporting joy of being one with indigenous knitters so that all sense of time and “otherness” fell away. Imagine the most magical knitting encounter you have ever had with a stranger-become-instant-friend, amplify it, and set it in one of the most beautiful places and most artistic cultures on earth. During the talk I will take you from Arequipa to Cusco to Lake Titicaca (where it seemed as if almost everyone was knitting). I recommend that you read my blog post about the scouting trip http://catbordhi.com/blog/i-had-no-idea-my-world-was-flat-until-it-became-round/

    Class: Seven Super Skills Cowl

    Description: In any class I teach, I always find myself spontaneously adding various useful techniques from my rather large bag of tricks and have gotten used to hearing knitters say, “This one thing is worth the price of the workshop!” This class combines tutorials on 7 of my most appreciated techniques with a versatile cowl project which will make you proud of your new-found ability to finesse your knitting. The cowl itself is one of my favorite designs because it goes with everything, has become my blankie (I wore it all through Peru and you cannot imagine how many indigenous knitters’ hands reached out to examine it), and I get more admiring questions about it from complete strangers than anything else I have ever designed, except for my Anemone Hat. The skills I will teach you include my stretchy Crocodile Cast-On; a method for determining cast-on tail length; guidance on digesting illustrations and charts; how to use one of my favorite innovations ever—Hungry Stitch—to smooth and snug up SSK lines; nifty moves to cross pairs of stitches; several methods for learning to read your knitting so you cease to be dependent on instructions; Jeny’s Suprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, and how to finish a circular edge with a continuous chain. The workshop will take you beyond the material in the pattern. Skill level: Must be able to do the following without supervision: knit in the round on a circular needle; knit 2 sts together (k2tog, a right-leaning decrease), SSK (slip, slip, knit, a left-leaning decrease), slip a stitch purlwise, pick up and restore a dropped stitch, any long-tail cast-on, and be curious and eager to learn new things! Class supplies: The usual small bag of knitting paraphernalia and a 24-inch circular needle to get gauge for your chosen yarn (see pattern: catbordhi.com/patterns/seven-super-skills-cowl). Choose a wool or a wool blend that feels lovely against the skin. Please do not bring acrylic yarn, as it will sabotage your ability to learn successfully (I have seen this drama play out numerous times, quickly resolved by replacing crummy yarn with high quality yarn). The pattern gives instructions for working with a bulky yarn or a Dk weight yarn. if you choose the bulky weight you may even complete the cowl in class and then be ready to choose a finer yarn for your next one (we will also discuss how to modify the pattern for even lace-weight yarn).

    Class: New Pathways for Sock Knitters

    This class takes you “backstage” to see and understand how the eight pioneering sock architectures in my book, NEW PATHWAYS FOR SOCK KNITTERS, BOOK ONE, work. In fact, my goal for the class is that you won’t need my book unless you want a particular pattern. So if you’ve been hankering to create your own original designs, or maybe just add stitch patterns with confidence, this class will empower you to be a sock designer and a better all-around knitter. You’ll knit one very small sock to gain a fluent understanding of the elements underlying all the architectures. Then you’ll be ready to design within any of the architectures, even to create new architectures! We’ll explore ways to integrate stitch patterns, texture, elasticity, and durability to help you create beautiful, well-fitted, and original sock designs. Our day together will be chock full of sock-knitting “ahah!” moments and deeper and deeper understanding of how to cover the foot with a continuous strand of yarn in charming and clever ways. Skill level: Must be able to do the following without supervision: knit in the round with choice of DPNs, 2 circular needles, or 1 long circular needle; knit 2 sts together (k2tog), slip a stitch purlwise, knit into front and back of a stitch (kfb), long-tail cast-on, and standard bind off. Class supplies: In addition to the usual knitting supplies: bring an excellent quality sport to worsted weight yarn and an excellent quality sock yarn. (The heavier yarn will be used for knitting the small sample sock to learn the basics.) An excellent yarn should stretch a bit and bounce back with a bit of spirit, have a good amount of twist and 3 or more plies. and use needles that give you a nice sock fabric (dense yet elastic). I ask you not to bring acrylic yarn, as it will sabotage your ability to learn successfully (I have seen this drama play out numerous times, quickly resolved by replacing crummy yarn with high quality yarn). Wool or a wool blend is usually a fine choice. Also bring appropriately sized needles for both yarns: DPNs, 1 long circular needle, or 2 circs. DPN users will need one 24” or longer circ in a size as small or smaller than their working needles for trying on the sock. Please do not bring cheap circulars with stiff cables or poor joins unless you like to wrestle; my preferred needles are Addi Turbo Lace. Please bring needles in several smaller sizes in case your fabric needs to be denser.

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    Please check the items below you wish to register for. You can come back later and register for another class, if you wish Registrations will be taken in the order they are placed, as long as your payment is in by March 15th. After March 15th you may lose your spot if your payment has not been received.
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