The Sow’s Ear Fall 2013 Classes

The Sow’s Ear
Fall 2013 Classes
125 S Main Street Verona,WI 53593
*Please call ahead or stop in to sign up, space is limited*
Can’t find a class/time that works for you?
Set up a private lesson or class with one of our excellent teachers.
Looking to increase your skills after taking Beginning I and II? Use our new ♥ system:
♥ = need to know basic knitting skills to take this class
♥♥ = need to know basic knitting in the round skills to take this class
Beginning Series with Liz Avery
Beginning Knitting 1
Tuesdays, September 17, 24, & October 1 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Sundays, October 6, 13 & 20 11:00 am-1:00 pm OR
Thursdays, November 7, 14, & 21 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Wednesdays, December 4, 11, & 18 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Saturdays, December 28, January 4 & 11 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Cast on, knit, purl and bind off while working on a scarf. Check out the sample in our
store and sign up to see for yourself why so many people love to knit. Class includes
needles and practice yarn. Yarn needed for class project will be discussed during the first
class. $45
Beginning Knitting 2
Mondays, September 16, 23, & 30 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Saturdays, October 5, 12, & 19 12:00-2:00 pm OR
Tuesdays, November 5, 12, & 19 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Thursdays, December 5, 12, & 19 6:00-8:00 pm
Have you learned how to knit, purl and cast on? Take the next step and learn how to use
circular needles and double points, read a pattern, measure gauge, increase and decrease - all while making a warm hat. $45
NEW!! Beginning Knitting 3
Saturdays, September 21, 28, & October 5 2:30-4:30 pm OR
Thursdays, October 3, 10, & 17 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Wednesdays, November 6, 13, & 20 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Sundays, December 1, 8, 15 12:00-2:00 pm
You know how to knit in the round on double pointed needles, so hone those skills by
knitting a charming pair of mittens. We’ll learn to cast onto double points, the mysteries
of thumb gusset shaping, and even throw a cable in the mix if you like—all of which are
easy to master! ♥♥ $45
Beginning Knitting for Kids
Saturdays, October 12 & 19 2:30-4:30 pm OR
Sundays, December 8 & 15 2:30-4:30 pm
Kids age 7 and up will learn to cast on, knit and bind off while making a rectangular bag
or wallet. This class includes a knit kit containing all the student’s supplies for his/her
project. Parents, feel free to sign up along with your child! $40
Spotlight on New Classes!
New! Quick Knitted Hats Series
Using the brilliant collection, “A Horde of Hats” by Elizabeth Zimmermann, knit
your way towards a pile of Christmas gifts for the whole family—or just pick and
choose the hats that tickle your fancy. Purchase a copy of the pamphlet Spun Out #9
and you’ll be ready to knit as many or as few of the four hats we’ll be whipping up.
The Maltese Hat with Liz Avery
Sunday, September 22 12:00-3:00 pm
I fell in love with EZ’s designing when I first knit this hat: it has all the garter-y goodness
and shaping that epitomize her genius. We’ll knit the earflaps flat in short rows and join
to knit the hat in the round, all in a super bulky yarn that will fly off your needles. I
modified mine to make a less pointy top, but slower decreasing and a jaunty tassle make
it fun for the young at heart. We will also discuss sizing it down for kids. ♥♥ $30
The Triton Hat with Liz Avery
Saturday, December 2 12:00-2:00 pm
Also called the Spiral or Conch, this hat twists up to a point like a snail—fun for both
kids and grown ups to wear. It is knitted like lightning out of super bulky yarn—you’ll be
churning them out for the holidays as you warm your loved ones’ ears. ♥♥ $20
The Ganomy Hat with Heather Black
Saturday, October 12 11:00 am-1:00 pm
As Elizabeth Zimmermann said, the Ganomy hat is an "endearing object." The shape
reminded Elizabeth of a gnome hat, and the name for it was given after she heard
‘gnome’ mispronounced in a way that pleased her. Based on the shaping principle of
miters, the cleverly constructed Ganomy hat will keep your ears warm and leave a smile
on your face. Stop in and try on our store sample. ♥♥ $20
The Icelandic Hat with Heather Black
Saturday, November 9 1:00-4:00 pm
The Icelandic Hat is an excellent opportunity to try Ístex Plötulopi, the unusual plates of
unspun wool that are used to create traditional Icelandic sweaters, called Lopapeysa. The
lower and upper half of the hat are different colors beautifully blended by a Bohusinspired motif. This is a good intro to colorwork or a great way to practice your twohanded stranded knitting! ♥♥ $30
Exciting NEW Project Classes!
Hitchhiker Scarf/Shawl with Liz Avery
Sunday, November 24 12:30-3:30 pm
You may have seen this shawl hanging in the shop or in Ravelry’s list of their most
popular patterns. Hitchhiker is a little chunk of squishy garter stitch that invites you to
modify its size—make it a scarf or a shawl!—and play with those gorgeous 2-row stripes
that are so beautiful. You’ll learn what pitfalls to avoid and be well on your way to a
winter staple accessory for you or a gift! ♥ $30
Haruni Shawl with Maggie Cerrina
Wednesdays, October 16, 23 & 30 6:00-8:00 pm
If you've ever wanted to try knitting a lace shawl, this is a great way to start. Haruni is a
top-down, fingering weight shawl with a great lace pattern and lots of options. We'll go
over garter-tab starts, lace knitting techniques, the crochet bindoff, and much more, along
with how to read a chart! Prerequisites: Basic knitting knowledge, increases, and
decreases. Please print out this free pattern from before you come to class.
How to Knit a Sweater That Fits with Sylvie Schuresko
Sunday, October 6 1:30-4:30 pm
Commercial sweater patterns are designed for an 'average' body type, but most of us
aren't average - we're taller, shorter, curvier, leaner, etc. In this class, you'll learn to
modify sweater patterns to fit your own body. We'll discuss proper measurements, using
pattern schematics, gauge, picking the right size for your sweater, adding or changing
waist and bust shaping, changing torso and arm lengths, combining sizes, and any other
fit questions you may have. Feel free to bring any sweaters you've made that didn't quite
work out and we can talk about them. Prerequisites: Basic knitting knowledge, increase,
and decrease. Previous sweater knitting experience may be helpful but is not
necessary. $30
Echo Flower Shawl with Maggie Cerrina
Wednesdays, December 4, 11 & 18 6:00-8:00 pm
Make the gorgeous Echo Flower shawl while learning some basic features of Estonian
lace! This class will cover many basic lace techniques, along with more involved skills
like double decreases and multiple charts, and the ever infamous nupps and flower
stitches characteristic of Estonian lace. Prerequisites: Basic lace knowledge (e.g.,
yarnovers, basic decreases) and chart reading. Please print out this free pattern from before you come to class. $45
Shades of Color Crocheted Shawl with Lynn Peterson
Mondays, October 14, 21, & 28 6:00-8:00 pm
If you already have basic crochet stitches under your belt, grab a single skein of sock
yarn and you can make a beautiful, easy shawl. The pattern was designed to show off
striping or gradient yarns, but a solid or variegated shawl would be elegant, too! Learn to
modify the shawl to be larger and you’ll have a lovely shawl to warm your shoulders this
winter. Please purchase and print out this pattern from before you come to
class. Prerequisites: Experience with single crochet, half double, and double crochet
stitches. $45
Self Care for Crafters with Maggie Cerrina
Tuesday, October 1 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Friday, December 6 6:00-8:00 pm during Late Night Knitting!
Aches in your fingers and hands? Worried about how to take care of yourself in the mad
dash to finish all those projects? Curious about keeping your hands and muscles healthy?
Join us for a session on how to stretch, strengthen, and treat your muscles to keep you
crafting long and pain-free. Maggie is a licensed massage therapist. $20
Creating Recycled Yarn out of T-Shirts with Kristy Russum
Saturday, November 9 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Here’s an exciting new technique that reuses that pile of old t-shirts you have lying
around…learn to turn it into yarn! Tricks include how to cut up the shirts, stretch the
material, and keep it from unraveling. Then you’ll be set to take the yarn home and knit,
crochet or weave to your heart’s content. Bring a good pair of scissors and a stack of tshirts. Sign up for Kristy’s Crocheting with Recycled T-Shirt Yarn, too, for more
fun! $20
Crocheting with Recycled T-Shirt Yarn with Kristy Russum
Saturday, November 16 & 23 2:00-4:00 pm
After you’ve learned to make yarn out of t-shirts (see above), Kristy will teach you how
to crochet a rug out of this cool stuff (or any other bulky yarn will work as well). The rug
will be crocheted in the round in two or more colors and has a sweet decorative
edge. Check out the sample in the store. $35
Cabled Neckwarmer with Maggie Cerrina
Tuesday, October 22 6:00-8:00 pm
Learn how to do cables while making a stylish, cabled neckwarmer! Cables are one of the
most fashionable ways to add texture, depth, and interest to knitted fabric. Although
cables look complex, they are actually quite simple. This class will introduce you to the
basics of knitting cables. You will learn how to make left and right leaning cables, how to
read a chart, and a few hints and tricks to take your knitting in new directions, and get a
great winter accessory in the process! ♥ $20
Tiny Lucy Bag with Liz Avery
Sundays, October 20 & November 17 2:00-4:00 pm
If you know how to knit in the round, you’re ready to knit and felt a small project bag! A
long time favorite pattern, the Lucy Bag begins with the ingenious Emily Ocker’s
Circular Cast On and ends with interlocking handles/straps that keep your items well
contained when in transit. In the second meeting, we’ll master Kitchener stitch and learn
how to shrink our knitting in the Sow’s Ear washing machine. This class is designed to
produce a crafter’s project bag for yourself or a gift! ♥♥ $35
Spotlight on Seasonal Classes!
Knitted Halloween Mask with Sheryl Thies
Thursday, October 17 6:00-8:00 pm
Shield your true identity and add mystery and intrigue with this knit eye mask. Be the
prettiest lady at the masquerade ball. Make one for your attractive Prince Charming and
be the perfect couple. Adjust, enlarge or tighten up with a bit of hand sewing for a perfect
fit. ♥ $20
Christmas Balls with Jean Marie Kammer
Sunday, October 13 1:00-4:00 pm OR
Sunday, December 1 1:00-4:00 pm
Join in the latest craze to hit The Sow’s Ear: Christmas balls! Norwegian designers Arne
and Carlos’ book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit has been a sensation at the store, and you
know you want to join in the fun. These ornaments are a bite-sized introduction to
stranded colorwork, work up quickly, and make great gifts. Make sure you purchase the
book before class—and these books go fast, so preorders are encouraged! Prerequisites:
Casting onto and knitting on double pointed needles.♥♥ $25
Needlefelted Holiday Ornaments with Liz Avery
Friday, December 13 6:00-8:00 pm
Needle felting is a simple and easy-to-learn process that takes a lump of wool and turns it
into a piece of felt that can be used to make a multitude of projects. Let your creativity
flow as you learn different techniques for making ornaments for the holidays—decorate
your house or learn to make a last minute gift! All materials are included. $25
Striped Christmas Stocking with Julie Fisk
Tuesdays, November 26 & December 3 6:00-8:00 pm
Have yourself a holly-jolly holiday by learning to knit a sock while crafting a Christmas
heirloom! Julie’s stripey stocking class includes a bevy of skills: Judy Becker’s Magic
Cast-on, a peasant/afterthought heel, and a jogless jog. She’ll provide some ideas for
embellishments, too, using I-cord, chain sts, and (of course!) beads, sequins and glue.
Could make a great last minute gift! ♥♥ $30
Classes with Amy Detjen for this Fall!
*also check out Amy’s Knitter’s Workshop info on the back page*
Circular Yoke Sweater using EPS — Elizabeth’s (Zimmermann) Percentage System
Mondays, Sept 17 & 24, Oct 15 & 29, & Nov 19 6:00-8:00 pm
EPS is Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method of constructing a custom-fitted garment with a
seamless yoke style: pullover or cardigan. We will swatch, do math, and knit our way
through the yoke sweater of your choice. You can start with an existing pattern, or create
your own from scratch. You will be stunned at how much control you have over your
knitting! Amy will demonstrate lots of techniques as we bump into them. Each student
gets one free Workshop voucher in case they run into questions along the way, and Amy
can be reached at [email protected] ♥♥ $75
Two-Color Knitting
Tuesday, September 10 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Thursday, November 21 6:00-8:00 pm
Launch into two-color knitting (Fair-Isle, Norwegian, and Armenian) with an arsenal of
tips for knitting with two colors (traditionally one color in each hand). It truly is much
easier than it looks. We’ll do stranded knitting, and avoid puckers and tangles and purls
(oh my!). ♥ $20
All About I-Cord
Monday, December 16 6:00-8:00 pm
So, you’re thinking “how can somebody teach a class on knitting I-Cord, it’s just a 3stitch tube!” Well, if you don’t know All About I-Cord, this is for you. You’ll learn how
to create an I-Cord border as you go, how to apply an I-Cord edge to something already
knitted, and the wonderful I-Cord Bind-Off! We’ll also discuss how to fix minor
finishing problems using I-Cord. ♥ $20
Baby Surprise Jacket with Amy Detjen
Mondays, November 4 & 18, Dec 2 6:00-8:00 pm
The baby isn’t the surprised one, the knitter is! Knit this garter stitch “potato-chiplooking thing” and then sew 2 little seams and VOILA! One surprised knitter and a snug
baby. Purchase the one-page pattern or the extended multi-size ABCSJ pattern or The
Opinionated Knitter before class. ♥ $45
Coffee Education Classes
with Head Barista Ben Wineke
Coffee Brewing Methods at Home
Saturday, November 9 9:30-11:00 am
Join Barista Ben in another class about our other obsession—coffee! We know you love
to drink your cuppa joe in our cozy shop, but sometimes you need to brew our freshly
roasted beans at home, too. Learn about brewing with a drip machine, a French press, and
an AeroPress. This class will be jam-packed with tips on cleaning, grind and water
temperature so that your cup will be the best you can brew. You’ll sip freshly brewed
coffee with us in class as we brew up some good fun! $10
Coffee Tasting: Knit and Sip!
Saturday, September 28 9:30-11:00 am OR
Saturday, December 14 9:30-11:00 am
The Sow’s Ear is not just about the yummy yarn! Explore the world of Arabica coffee in
a cupping with barista Ben, who promises to teach you about coffee regions, help you
describe what you taste, and make you laugh. Have your Saturday morning coffee with
us—enjoy a variety of caffeinated brews, have a snack, and work on your knitting if you
like. Knitting not required. $10
Tunisian Crochet Classes with Sheryl Thies
Basic Tunisian Crochet
Thursday, September 19 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Thursday, January 9 6:00-8:00 pm
Learn the technique that has captured the attention of the knitting world! Even if you’ve
never knitted or crocheted, you can learn Tunisian crochet, a complex-looking fabric that
almost appears to be woven. Easy to learn and quick to work up, Tunisian crochet will
take your creativity to new heights. No crochet experience necessary, but beware, you
just may get hooked! $20
Urban Bandana
Thursday, October 24 6:00-8:00 pm
Make this very quick and easy neck scarf that can be worn as a cowl, collar or neckkerchief. Worked from the back of the neck down, the pattern can easily be adapted to
work with any weight of yarn and made into any size. Perfect for last minute holiday
gifts! Knowledge of Tunisian simple stitch is necessary, however a quick review and
trouble shooting will be provided as needed. $20
Six-Part Harmony
Thursday, November 14 6:00-8:00 pm
This versatile wrap is easy to wear and easy to work: the diagonal stripes of diamonds
and triangles are actually mitered squares and half squares. Make sure you purchase
Sheryl’s book, Tunisian Crochet Encore, before class—and these books go fast, so
preorders are encouraged! Knowledge of Tunisian simple stitch is necessary, however a
quick review and trouble shooting will be provided as needed. $20
Ruby Slipper Ballet
Thursday, November 7 6:00-8:00 pm
This intriguing piece is constructed out of rows of Tunisian crochet that separate rows of
regular crochet stars—and the entire piece is tipped with a delicate crocheted picot edge.
This modern take on the poncho is one of the most flattering toppers you’ll ever own.
Make sure you purchase Sheryl’s book, Tunisian Crochet Encore, before class—and
these books go fast, so preorders are encouraged! Knowledge of Tunisian simple stitch is
necessary, however a quick review and trouble shooting will be provided as needed. $20
Stunning Shawls and Scarves
Whether you’ve never knit a shawl before or want to add to a drawer full, peruse these
lovely shawls and scarves and cast on with us for the latest in knitting fashion
and technique.
Beaded Lace Scarf with Liz Avery
Wednesday, October 30 6:00-8:30 pm
Learn how to create a whole new look in your knitting using beads! Liz will show you
three techniques for incorporating beads into a lacy scarf pattern, as well as tips and tricks
for how to add beads into any lace or knitted design. ♥ $30
Multidirectional Scarf with Liz Avery
Monday, November 25 6:00-8:30 pm
Using short rows, decreases and increases, utilize one of those gorgeous long striping
yarns you love to create a scarf that looks much harder than it is to make. Learn about
short rows in this cleverly constructed scarf that intrigues knitters and non-knitters alike.
Check out our sample scarves in the store and get started on the first of your soon-to-be
favorite scarf! Please print out this free pattern from Karen Baumer’s website before you
come to class. ♥ $25
Aestlight Shawl with Liz Avery
Mondays, November 4, 18 & December 2 6:00-7:30 pm
This lovely shawl by Gudrun Johnston is knit using a traditional Shetland construction:
garter triangle, a picked up Birds’ Eye lace border, and triangle edging that is attached as
you go. Advanced beginners with little or no lace experience will build their skills as they
create a gift or fall/winter warm-up. Check out our lovely store sample and fall in love!
Pattern provided. ♥ $45
Saroyan Scarf with Liz Avery
Sunday, November 17 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Many of us at the store have knitted this lovely stockinette scarf edged in lacy leaves. The
knit-as-you-go edging makes for a no-fuss, perfect lace project. Check out our sample in
the store and get to know lace a little better—whether warm in wool or cool in cotton,
knit one for every season! Please print out this free pattern from before you
come to class. ♥ $30
Quaking Aspen Shawl with Liz Avery
Mondays, October 7 & 28 6:00-8:00 pm
Craft the perfect autumn shawl: squishy garter body melds into stripes and a lovely
attached lace edging. Learn how to knit a basic triangle shawl shape and how to easily
knit and attach an edging as you go. This dk weight shawl is a quick knit—we’ll have
you snuggling up in its garter goodness before you know it! Check out our sample in the
store or see it on Ravelry! ♥ $30
Color Affection Shawl with Maggie Cerrina
Tuesdays, December 10 & 17 6:00-8:00 pm
Have you seen the color affection shawl on Ravelry? Over 5000 people have made it, and
counting! Large and colorful, this class teaches you some basic semicircular shawl
construction, along with how to work different rows in different colors, how to pick and
arrange your colors for best impact, and basic short rows. Purchase and download your
pattern on Ravelry before you come to class or let us purchase it for you—your choice!
♥ $30
Perfect Projects
Learn new skills while creating a beautiful, finished project.
Intro to Entrelac with Liz Avery
Tuesdays, October 8 & 15 6:00-8:00 pm
This beautiful method of knitting that resembles strips of basket woven knit fabric
is actually quite simple, fun and is a perfect way of showing off self striping yarns.
Liz will show you how and teach you a few tricks along the way—like how to knit
backwards to avoid turning your work and pick up stitches knitwise and purlwise. Fool
your friends that you made something complicated even though it was really easy! ♥ $30
Top-Down Mittens with Julie Fisk
Wednesdays, October 16 & 23 6:00-8:00 pm
These mittens may turn out to be your wintertime warmth staple or a lovely quick-knitted
gift…check out Julie’s gorgeous mitten samples in the store—they’re irresistible! Learn
the Emily Ocker cast-on and how to attach the thumb/gusset while learning a unique
construction of a knitted classic. ♥♥ $30
Striped Fingerless Mitts with Liz Avery
Tuesdays, November 26 & December 3 6:00-8:00 pm
Create a pair of fun, striped fingerless mitts and learn a collection of new techniques
along the way. We’ll begin with a provisional cast on, learn the Kitchener stitch, and knit
the mitts from the top down in a clever gusset construction. Check out our store sample,
which is based on the pattern Camp Out Mittens, or see it on Ravelry. You’ll be planning
a drawerful for gifts once you knit up this quick project. Must be familiar with knitting in
the round. Please print out this free pattern from before you come to class.
♥♥ $30
Bouncing Babies
Every time we have the opportunity to knit for a baby in our lives, we are reminded of
how dear these tiny projects are for the recipients. Quick and adorable, baby projects are
a great way to pick up or sharpen knitting skills while creating a family heirloom.
Baby Socks with Cindy Webber
Saturdays, October 19 & 26 10:00-11:30 am
Great for learning basic sock construction without making a large sock; these superadorable socks make the perfect gift for the expecting mom! Create a dear and practical
quick knit project out of soft, stretchy cotton yarn. Best of all, these socks do a great job
of doing their job—staying on baby’s toes. ♥♥ $25
The Fabulous Fruit Hat with Liz Avery
Saturdays, September 21 & 28 12:00-1:30 pm
Pumpkin season is right around the corner! Adorn your favorite munchkin in a cute hat!
Ann Norling’s Fruit Caps pattern is a classic and one of our very favorites. Liz will walk
you through this easy-to-follow pattern while you use bright colors to create an adorable
hat for your baby or child. Blueberry, strawberry and pumpkin--- they’re all sweet! This
pattern is also an easy introduction to two color/stranded knitting. ♥♥ $30
*also check out Amy Detjen’s Baby Surprise Jacket Class*
Sensational Socks
Basic Socks from the Cuff Down with Cindy Webber
Wednesdays, September 25, October 2 & 9 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Thursdays, December 5, 12 & 19 6:00-8:00 pm
There is nothing like a hand knit pair of socks. Using our favorite sock pattern and
learning a few tips and tricks along the way, discover the basics of cuff down sock
construction while completing your first pair. ♥♥ $45
Toe-Up Socks with Julie Fisk
Tuesdays, October 22, 29 & November 5 6:00-8:00 pm
Learn the basics of toe up sock construction and how to create perfect fitting socks.
You’ll learn Judy’s Magic Cast On, short row heel shaping and stretchy alternatives to
the traditional cast off. ♥♥ $45
*also check out Cindy Webber’s Baby Socks Class*
Weaving on a Cricket Loom with Liz Avery
Sunday, September 1 12:30-3:30 pm OR
Sunday, September 29 12:30-3:30 pm OR
Saturday, December 14 12:00-3:00 pm
Expand your fiber arts skills this fall by learning to weave on a small, beginner table
loom from Ashford. Create a scarf, runner, pillow or bag as you learn the parts of the
loom, how to set up the loom (also called dressing a loom) and how to make different
textures and patterns in your cloth. Finally, learn to finish your fabric when it is off the
loom and how to use an equation to determine yarn needed for a project. We will have
looms to borrow for the class or you can preorder one of these economical, workhorse
Cricket looms for yourself. $30
Join us as we delve into color and paint our own fiber masterpieces of yarn and fiber.
Beginning or continuing dyers are welcome as we study the application of dye,
combinations of color, and uses for our finished, fabulous product.
Dye Your Own Handpainted Yarn with Liz Avery
Saturday, September 7 9:00-10:30 am OR
Sunday, September 15 1:30-3:00 pm
This class includes one skein of worsted weight superwash yarn or fingering weight
superwash wool/nylon blend—please let us know which you’d prefer. All dye supplies
are included. Please wear work clothes that you don’t mind bringing home with drips of
new color, and remember to dress for the weather when it starts getting cooler outside.
Tips and Techniques
These short classes will have you well on your way to becoming an expert knitter.
Problem Solving and Fixing Mistakes with Liz Avery
Thursday, September 26 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Saturday, November 16 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Are you uncertain about the proper way to pick up a dropped stitch? Still not sure about
the proper stitch mount? Do you need to learn how to “un-knit”? Discover holes and
don’t know how they got there? This is the class for you! We will spend two hours
concentrating on the most common mistakes that happen in knitting and the most
efficient ways to fix them. Students call this the “fearless knitting” class! ♥ $20
Fixing Mistakes 2 with Liz Avery
Tuesday, December 10 6:00-8:00 pm
Delve deeper into more common mistakes that happen in knitting and the most efficient
ways to fix them. Learn how to fix mistake cables, add yarn overs and adjust mistakes in
decreases and increases. Fix it instead of ripping it! ♥ $20
Crash Course in Knitting in the Round with Maggie Cerrina
Wednesday, October 9 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Saturday, December 7 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Are you new to circular knitting or need a refresher? Don’t just limit yourself to flat
objects—expand your knitting experience exponentially by learning to knit tubes:
mittens, hats, in-the-round sweaters, gloves, and socks will all be within your grasp with
just a few circular principles under your belt. ♥ $20
Gauge and Blocking with Liz Avery
Thursday, September 19 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Monday, December 16 6:00-8:00 pm
Learn to create an accurate gauge swatch for working flat and a quick, flat swatch for
knitting in the round. Yarn substitution, reading your swatch and gauge secrets will be
discussed. Practice several different blocking techniques for a variety of fibers, garments
and stitch patterns. Learn to use pins, boards, irons and wires for the finished fabric your
knitting deserves. ♥ $20
Bind Offs and Cast Ons with Maggie Cerrina
Sunday, November 3 1:00-3:30 pm
Bored of the long-tail and tired of having to go up a billion needle sizes to get a stretchy
enough edge? There are almost as many ways to start and end a project as there are kinds
of yarn, all with different strengths and weaknesses. Learn how to perform a variety and
when to use them, from long-tail to Twisted German to provisional, and many more. ♥
Basic Lace with Maggie Cerrina
Wednesday, October 2 6:00-8:00 pm
Have you ever admired the beautiful knitted lace stitches so popular in scarves, shawls,
and sweaters? You will learn the basics of knitting lace using a lovely traditional lace
pattern, how to read a chart, and learn a few tips and tricks to make your knitting sing.
♥ $20
Short Rows with Maggie Cerrina
Wednesday, September 18 6:00-8:00 pm
Curious about short rows but not sure how they work? Already addicted to shaping or
wanting to try popular patterns like Wingspan? Crazy about short rows but not happy
with how they're turning out? There are tons of ways to do short rows, and we'll go over
the major ones and when to use them. $20
Needle Felting Basics with Liz Avery
Friday, October 11 6:00-8:00 pm
Needle felting is a simple and easy-to-learn process that takes a lump of wool and turns it
into a piece of felt that can be used to make a multitude of projects. In this fun workshop,
you’ll learn different techniques for making critters, flowers, ornaments, etc. Let your
creativity flow! All materials are included. $25
Felting By Hand with Liz Avery
Tuesday, September 10 6:00-8:00 pm
Learn the principles of felting wool roving while creating a pincushion or sachet. Using
only unspun wool, water, soap, and your own two hands, Liz will take you through the
process of manipulating a lump of wool into a colorful creation of fiber art. All materials
provided. $25
*also check out the Tiny Lucy Bag and Needlefelted Holiday Ornaments classes
in the New Projects and Seasonal Projects sections!*
Crochet 1: Basic Stitches
Thursdays, September 26, October 3 & 10 6:00-8:00 pm with Kristy Russum
Wednesdays, November 6, 13 & 20 6:00-8:00 pm with Lynn Peterson
Join us for this introductory crochet class where we’ll learn all the basic stitches—and
leave class with a great, basic crochet booklet. This class is great for those who have
never crocheted, or for those who would like a refresher. We’ll cover basic stitches,
pattern stitches, reading instructions, increasing and decreasing and some finishing
techniques. $45
*also check out the Shades of Color Shawl and
Crochet with Recycled T-Shirt Yarn Classes in New Classes section*
Beginning Drop Spindle Spinning with Liz Avery
Thursday, September 12 6:00-8:00 pm OR
Friday, November 22 6:00-8:00 pm
Liz will teach you how to make your own yarn! If you are curious about spinning, drop
spindling is a fun, portable, and inexpensive way to start out. Dust off your spindle or use
one of ours. Practice roving is included in the course fee. Spindles and extra roving will
be available for purchase. $25
Intro to Wheel Spinning with Liz Avery
Call to set up private lesson with Liz this fall.
Begin your spinning career or come for a refresher! Liz will take you through the basics
of spinning wool into yarn on a spinning wheel. Class includes use of our spinning wheel
unless you would prefer to practice on your own wheel. Roving is available for purchase.
Knitter’s Workshop/Independent Study with Amy Detjen
Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm:
August 14, 21, 28 September 4, 11, 18, 25 October 2, 9, 23, 30 November 6, 20
December 4, 11, 18
--No Workshop: Oct 16, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 25-$15 per class or 6 for $75
Afraid to tackle that Dale of Norway, Fair Isle, Kaffe Fassett, Heirloom Lace,
steeked, etc. project? Do you need a guiding hand to realize your knitting potential?
Whatever it is, this workshop is for you. Amy will help you to meet your individual
knitting goals. Knitters can pick any project to work on (and get help with) throughout
the semester. Learn new knitting techniques and share ideas and experiences with other
members of the group. Come for the knitting help and stay for the camaraderie! All levels
of knitters are warmly welcomed.
This workshop is priced by the class for flexibility. Purchase a single lesson or
prepay for a set number of classes. Stuck on a project? Need help getting through a
difficult section of knitting or sewing your sweater together? Amy is here for you!
Amy Detjen teaches knitting at guilds and events across the nation, assists at Meg Swansen’s Knitting
Camp (for 15+ years!), and has been called an “outstanding knitting visionary.” She is a talented knitting
architect, designer and technical editor. She is passionate about teaching knitting and helping people
learn about their knitting options. Take a class and be amazed by how much you learn and how hard you
The Sow’s Ear Class Policy
Many of our classes fill up quickly. To guarantee a space please
register as soon as possible. Payment in full guarantees your space. We
accept payment in the store, over the phone or by check via mail. We
consider your registration a commitment to take the class. We order
supplies and make a commitment to the teacher based upon your
Please be sure you can attend the first session before you sign up for
a class. The first class session provides the foundation of skills for
the entire class. Classes start promptly, so be sure to have all
materials ready to go.
If you cancel a week or more before the beginning date of the class,
your class fee will be refunded. If you cancel between forty-eight
hours and a week's notice, your class fee will be transferable to
another class within the following calendar year. The cost of the class
is neither refundable nor transferable forty-eight hours before the
class begins. A full refund will be made if we cancel a class.