workshops, knit and crochet classes.

Dec. 8/14.  Sad to announce that Pat Dyksterhuis will moving to Ontario in the new year.  We have all enjoyed her presence here for many years as our Beyond Beginners knitting class teacher, as well as numerous specialty workshops. 

Any past students who wish to attend classes with her for the last time are invited to attend Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30 during the rest of December, the 13th and 20th, plus January 3rd.  Our new teacher Willina Collins will take over for the last 3 weeks once Pat knows when she will be able to leave for Ontario.  Pat's last "Oops" class will also be offered in the afternoon of January 10th, 2015.  See info below

Saturday mornings,10:30-12:30PM, $85 for 6 weeks. Knit your choice of project. Challenge yourself beyond the basics. Pick a project which you think is above your ability, and grow beyond your wildest dreams! You will learn so much in this class, because you learn from what the others in class are doing as well. Call the store and sign up for the next year's classes.

Ooops knitting!!  Must know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Minimum 5 students, maximum 10.

So you live in fear of stitches dropping off your needles? Have you ever decided to start your project from the beginning because the needle came out and you couldn't get the stitches back on? Have you ever discovered a purl stitch where there should have been a knit stitch several rows back and been forced to decide whether to leave it or start over? Can you recognize a knit stitch from a purl stitch? Fear no more! Join Pat Dyksterhuis for this class where we'll make mistakes on purpose, and then correct them. Learn what a knit stitch and purl stitch look like, learn to do life lines in your work.

You will need to bring:

cast on 25 stitches and knit in stocking stitch for 10 rows with smooth textured Aran weight (18st-4 inches/10cm) wool in a light colour

contrasting colour aran weight wool

contrasting colour crochet cotton

5m needles

4.5mm Crochet hook,

lock ring markers

darning needle

 

CAT BORDHI IS COMING TO WOOL & WICKER MARCH 6 TO 8  2015!!  NOTE DATE CHANGE! Also, We have reduced the offerings to the 4 most popular workshops. 

WE CAN OFFER THE FOLLOWING WORKSHOPS ON THESE DATES, THE ONES SHE TEACHES ARE UP TO YOU!  WHEN WE FIND OUT YOUR INTERESTS, WE WILL MAKE UP THE SCHEDULE AND GIVE YOU THE COST OF THE WORKSHOP ONCE WE HAVE AN IDEA OF THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS.  Students as usual receive a 10% discount on all purchases while registered for classes.   PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP @ 604-275-1239 OR TOLLFREE 1-877-966-5945 WITH YOUR $20 DEPOSIT.  YOU CAN CHOOSE AS MANY AS YOU LIKE, BUT THE WINNERS WILL BE THE 3 WITH THE MOST STUDENTS SIGNED UP, MAX 24.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE HER WEBSITE CATBORDHI.COM. 

VERSATILDES - A NEW LANDSCAPE FOR KNITTERS - 6 HOUR WORKSHOP

CAT'S NEWEST BOOK PDF @ catbordhi.com/books/versatildes - MAKE A WRAP, SCARF, VEST OR SKIRT with this new easy to knit shape in rib and reversible cables.

Skill Level: Must be able to do the following without supervision: knit ribbing without confusion: knit 2 sts together (k2tog, a right-leaning decrease), SSK ( slip, slip, knit, a left-leaning decrease), pick up and restore a dropped stitch, slip a stitch purlwise, any long-tail cast-on, and be curious and eager to learn new things!

Class supplies: The usual small bag of knitting paraphernalia and straight or circular needles in a size that will produce, in your hands, a nice bouncy ribbed fabric with your chosen yarn. For more information about yarns and yardages for various Tildes, please purchase the digital book (a PDF) at catbordhi.com/books/versatildes. We will use the Tiny Tilde Tutorial on pages 8-12 in class, so you might want to print them out unless you can bring the book on an iPad or other portable device. For the Tiny Tilde you will need several ounces of a well-behaved yarn. Please do not plan to practice with 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). A well-behaved wool or wool blend is a much better choice for learning.

 

SEVEN SUPER SKILLS COWL - 6 HOUR WORKSHOP

Seven Super Skills Cowl: First in the Cat Bordhi Workshop   Pattern SeriesTrinidad_y_cat__cowl_small2

COMBINING TUTORIALS ON 7 OF MY MOST APPRECIATED TECHNIQUES IN A VERSATILE COWL, CROCODILE CAST-ON, GUIDANCE ON DIGESTING ILLUSTRATIONS AND CHARTS; HUNGRY STITCH, NIFTY MOVES TO CROSS PAIR OF STITCHES; LEARNING TO READ YOUR KNITTING JENY'S SURPRISINGLY STRETCHY BIND-OFF, FINISH A CIRCULAR EDGE WITH A CONTINUOUS CHAIN.  PDF @ CATBORDHI.COM/PATTERNS/SEVEN-SUPER-SKILLS COWL.

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: The usual small bag of knitting paraphernalia and a 24-inch circular needle to get gauge for your chosen yarn (pattern may be purchased here and should be brought to class: catbordhi.com/patterns/seven-super-skills-cowl). 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 almost any weight of yarn).

 

THE ART OF FELFS - Felted footwear for families  6 HOUR WORKSHOP

The Art of Felfs

Fitting any style of Felf to any foot is simple enough for a young child to do

yet Felfs capture the imagination and passion of advanced knitters as well.

WE EXPLORE THE FIFTEEN FELFS IN THE PDF BOOK AVAILABLE AT CATBORDHI.COM, 100% OF INCOME DONATED TO CANCER RESEACH LAB OF DR. DAVID KRAG AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MEDICAL SCHOOL.  FROG TREE EWETOPIA IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND USED FOR MOST OF THE DESIGNS

Skill level: Must be able to do the following without supervision: cast on and bind off; knit 2 sts together (k2tog), pick up and restore a dropped stitch, and be curious and eager to learn new things!

Class supplies: The usual small bag of knitting paraphernalia and straight or circular needles that will give you a looser-thanusual gauge with the feltable yarn you choose, preferably something dk or heavier unless you want to make very small Felfs. My favorite Felf yarn is Frog Tree Ewetopia, a worsted weight yarn spun of one ply of merino and one ply of superwash, which surprisingly produces a deliciously nubbly, pliant felt. Ewetopia is also exceptionally springy, making it ergonomically kind to a knitter’s muscles, something to consider if you knit for many hours at a time, or simply enjoy a bouncy yarn.  Wool & Wicker will have this yarn available for you.

PERSONAL FOOTPRINTS FOR INSOUCIANT* SOCK KNITTERS

Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters

* Insouciant (that cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you)

KNIT PERFECTLY FITTING SOCKS WITH NO SHORT ROWS, NO STITCHES TO PICK UP, NO GAUGE CALCULATIONS, NO GUSSETS, NO HEEL FLAPS, AND NO GRAFTING!

During class your feet will guide you to create a portable Personal Footprint which will carry all the information you need to knit yourself perfectly fitting socks anywhere you go. These socks are knit 100% in the round. The method is described in detail in my book, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters. In class I’ll also show you how easy it is to integrate designs into your Personal Footprints socks, and for students who arrive already versed in working with their Personal Footprint, I will teach more advanced design approaches

 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: You will need a copy of my book, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, they are available at Wool & Wicker. A piece of cardboard large enough to trace your foot on (like a cereal box), and scissors for cutting it out. 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 learning the toe start and may also be used for the whole sock if you want to make fast progress in class; if you are not a fast knitter this is a really good idea). 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

SIGN UP FOR OUR BEGINNER KNITTING CLASS THAT COULD START IN THE NEW YEAR, 10-12 am WITH HEATHER. WE GIVE YOU YARN AND NEEDLES TO LEARN AND PRACTISE WITH, AND WHEN YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE, YOU PURCHASE YOUR NEEDLES AND YARN FOR THE PROJECT, AND YOU GET 10% PERCENT OFF EVERYTHING YOU BUY WHILE IN CLASS. CALL THE STORE WITH YOUR DEPOSIT 604-275-1239 FROM 10 TO 5:30 TUES. TO SAT.

Wool & Wicker is presenting a series of classes designed to satisfy the need to learn new things and finish up those almost dones. To register for any of the following classes or Workshops please call 604-275-1239 or drop in to the store at 120-12051 Second Ave. in Steveston.

As a follow up to Crochet - A new Beginning we are offering Crochet - The Next Generation, a project based class starting Monday nights 2015,  7:00pm – 9:00pm for 6 weeks. This is a project based class where you purchase your pattern and yarn from Wool & Wicker and Willina will be there to help with any challenges that arise. Cost of class is $85 (not including supplies).

Classes and Workshops fill up fast so if you are interested in any of the classes or workshops be sure to contact us right away and get your name on the list.

Please note:  We have classes ongoing, so if you don't see a start date for the class you would like to attend, please call the store and get your name on the list for the next class.  Just can't keep up to date with changing start dates! 

 
Beginner Knitting class with Heather.  Sundays in 2014, at 10-12PM, Learn to knit with Heather with our yarn and borrowed needles, and then choose your project and yarn and knit your first project!  We have had students knit a coat in this class!  Yes you can!!  $85 for 6 weeks. Call now 604-275-1239 and get your name down for this class!

New Class!  BLAST THOSE UFOS!  Edita would like to help you finish your UFO'S!!  Unfinishing objects, for those who don't know.  Every knitter has at least one of these!  For whatever reason, we're stuck, it's boring, he's gone, hate the colour now, just a few of many stalling reasons we just can't seem to get it done.  Join other knitters and have fun concentrating on one project for this class and get help from the teacher as you whip along!  Or bring all your smaller UFO projects and finish a bunch of them!  Don't be shy!  We all get stuck sometimes, even me, who has knit for 50 years!  "What the heck does this mean? Oh, well, I will just start something else!"  We could do this Monday nights, 7-9PM, or Friday nights, 7-9PM.  $85 for 6 weeks, MIN. 5 STUDENTS, MAX. 8.  604-275-1239 

Edita's classes for Beyond Beginners will go Wed. night, 7-9PM, and Fri. morn., 10-12 noon, $85 for 6 weeks, choose your project and pattern here and get help throughout. This is a choose your own project class, you can learn to knit socks, fair isle, intarsia, entrelac, lace, or whatever you like, in our Beyond Beginner classes, so get your name and deposit in now to hold your place, Max 8 students. 604-275-1239

Beginner Crochet:   6 weeks, $85.  Have a fun class, and learn to crochet. You won’t believe what you can make in this class! Limit of 8 students so you get personal attention. We provide yarn and hooks to learn with, when you decide on 1st project, hooks are returned and yarn & hooks are purchased. You get a 10% discount on all purchases while in classes.  Get your name on the list for the next class. Get in touch with Diane, 275-1239

Advanced Crochet:  Tuesday nights, 7-9PM,  for 6 weeks, $85. Sign up now for classes starting in 2015!  If you know the basics of crochet, you will want to learn advanced from Nel Demir.  She looks at a picture and can duplicate it off the top of her head.  If you have something that you want to duplicate, take this class from Nel, and she will show you how.  If you have an heirloom item that needs replacing, Nel can show you how.  If you can only follow the English or American written out patterns, and want to be able to read and follow the international standard symbols in Japanese and European crochet magazines, Nel can teach you those.  You may just want to learn new stitch patterns, you can learn those in this class, and put your samples together and make a throw, baby blanket, shawl, or whatever you would like to make with them.  If you are left handed, and thought you could not learn to crochet, learn from Nel.









basic knitting skills required (you can cast on, knit and purl).

For all of our classes yarns must be chosen here before class.  We try to keep the class fees as low as possible, and it all goes to pay our wonderful teachers and a class organizer.  Those students who bring their own yarn purchased elsewhere make it difficult for your wonderful shops to keep offering classes.

Intermediate Knitting: Our Intermediate teachers are both Nihon Vogue students!

LAST CHANCES TO GET INTO CLASSES WITH OUR WONDERFUL TEACHER PAT DYKSTERHUIS!  Pat and her husband will be moving to Toronto in the new year!  Saturday mornings, FULL 10:30-12:30PM, and afternoons (space still available for 5 weeks left, make ups or drop ins welcome, Pat will accommodate you when you can come, call us and we will arrange a time for you) 1-3PM, $85 for 6  weeks.   Knit your choice of project. Challenge yourself beyond the basics. Pick a project which you think is above your ability, and grow beyond your wildest dreams! You will learn so much in this class, because you learn from what the others in class are doing as well. Call the store and sign up for the next year's classes.   Also:

With Edita Michalek

We now can also offer beginner or beyond beginner knitting with Edita Michalek on Friday mornings, 10-12, and Wednesday nights, 7-9PM. 6 weeks, $85.  Limit of 8 students, so you get personal attention. For Beginners, we provide yarn and needles for you to learn with, when you decide on first project, needles are returned and yarn and needles are purchased. Call us and get in a deposit to hold your place! Or, get your name on the list for the next class. 604-275-1239