Explore color!

Explore new ways to use color in your knitting at Knit Fit! 2014.  Check out full descriptions here and register here.

 

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Mary Scott Huff

 

Elegant Entrelac
Mary Scott Huff (Saturday AM)

Understand the basics of entrelac, both flat and in the round. Students receive a free pattern for Mary’s Entrelac Trinket Bag, and work the project together.

 

Two-Handed Fair Isle

Lisa Ellis

 

 

Fair Isle Four Ways
Lisa Ellis (Saturday PM)

This class is an introduction and peek into the many styles of knitting in color. This class is all about finding which form works best for you. We will be exploring 4 ways to knit in color, stranded knitting, 2-handed knitting, thimble guide knitting and Portuguese purling. We’ll begin with a 2-color cast on, dive into trapping floats and weaving floats and ways to prevent puckers. Basic understanding and some practice of Fair Isle is required. Must be able to knit in the round.

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Aleen Caplan Kamasaki

It’s Magic! Double Knitting: The Basics and Beyond

Aleen Caplan Yamasaki (Saturday AM)

Double knitting truly seems like magic, both in progress and in a finished object. The most common use of double knitting is to create a two (or more but that is more advanced) color pattern stitch that is reversible. On both sides it will appear similar to color stranded work but with the knit side of stockinette on each side with no “wrong” side. It can also be used to create small tubes in one color without actually knitting circular. And it can be used to create one circular piece within another, such as two socks at once. The hands on portion of this class will focus on the color knitting aspect but the others will be introduced as well. Students will learn several different cast ons and bind offs specific to double knitting and practice following a chart in double knitting both flat and in the round.

 

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Mad Hatters

Mary Scott Huff (Saturday PM)

As a Mad Hatter, you will produce your own hat pattern, incorporating a stranded colorwork chart you create in class. Choose the design elements, draw a chart, and do some simple math. Just a few easy steps and you’re off!

 

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Motif Madness! (Crochet)

Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (Sunday AM)

From hexes to circles to granny squares… motifs make us happy with all of their colors and textures and versatility. They can be anything from couture garments to a cozy afghan to a funky vest or skirt or a car cover for your sedan, or rugs or hats or jackets or sweaters or… There’s hardly anything the enduring and endearing motif can’t do.
We will start with a basic chain circle and work our way outward to granny glory, beginning with basic color changes then get a little funky with in-line color changes and maybe even delve into the mysterious spiral!  We will also learn three ways of starting your motifs for ultimate versatility, and three ways to join your motifs together.

 

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POP! Blanket
Alexa Ludeman (Saturday PM)

If you are looking for a pop of color to brighten your days, this blanket pattern is perfect! In one class you will learn the techniques you need to create these lovely little squares.  Students will complete one square and there will be a demo on how to put the blanket together.

 

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Adam Olsen

 

 

Traditional Coast Salish Colorwork Techniques
Sylvia Olsen  (Offered twice: Saturday PM and Sunday AM)Coast Salish colorwork is a unique combination of animal motifs and geometric designs. However, the truly unusual part of it is when you turn it inside out. It can be called neither stranded nor jacquard. Learn how to weave two colors into every stitch and achieve the elasticity and interior beauty found in traditional Cowichan knitting. This class will be taught using the traditional techniques, which include throwing the yarn (also known as English or right-hand knitting).

Classes for beginners!

Just getting started knitting? There’s plenty to learn at Knit Fit! If you can comfortably cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, these classes are for you.  For all the details and registration info, check out the Class Descriptions page.

 

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POP! Blanket with Alexa Ludeman

If you are looking for a pop of color to brighten your days, this blanket pattern is perfect! In one class you will learn the techniques you need to create these lovely little squares. Students will complete one square and there will be a demo on how to put the blanket together.

 

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Finishing Your Knits with Andrea Rangel

Learn to give your projects a professional finish. This class will cover all the topics needed to make a beautiful finished project. Learn to create clean, straight seams using mattress stitch. Invisibly weave in your ends using duplicate stitch. Learn bind-off methods including 3-needle bind-off and Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Practice grafting using Kitchener stitch, and get information all about blocking. We’ll also cover ways to reduce finishing by using seamless construction. You worked hard on that project; finish it flawlessly.

 

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Fashion, Fit, Form & Function: Designing Garments for Everyone with Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby

There are a million patterns in the naked city… and wouldn’t it be nice if just ONE of them fit?!? We will teach you the basics of fit, form and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a garment and make it for yourself or someone else. You will create a template that you will be able to use for every garment you ever want to make… EVER. No matter whom you are making for, no matter what the body type, you will be able to create a garment that anyone would be thrilled to wear.
We will start with measurements and form – what measurements do I take from where and how do I apply them to my template? Then we’ll talk about fit – how do I make a garment that fits a certain style or body type? Then we’ll move to function – whom am I making this for and where will they wear it? Finally… fabrics – how to take your swatch and convert that into a pattern.

 

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Professional Techniques for Hand Knitters with Lisa Ellis
Are you a self-taught knitter? Did your grandmother teach you how to knit? Have you noticed that your knitting doesn’t look as good as “hers”? Knitting techniques have come a long way and they can make a huge difference in the outcome of your project. This class will finesse your knitting skills to look professional and less “home made”. We will cover three different cast on methods, a crisper ribbing, an easier selvage to seam, better looking decreases, and the most elastic bind off out there. Tricks of the trade will be taught along the way – like how to transparently change colors in pattern and work a buttonhole that won’t grow in size!

 

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The Fine Art of Yarn Substitution with Andrea Rangel
Have you ever found a pattern you love, but aren’t sure how to choose an appropriate yarn?  In this class, you’ll be guided through the intricacies of fiber, yarn weight, and plies.  You’ll learn how to decode yarn labels to match the perfect yarn to your project.  I’ll bring tons of swatches so you can get hands-on experience with the difference the yarn makes.

 

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Ruching, Welts, and Pleats with Lisa Ellis
This class explores the ins and outs (literally!) of gathered knitting. A little nipping and tucking occurs in these easy-to-do techniques, ideal for beginners or those wishing to add texture to their knitted projects. The many applications of gathered knitting will also be addressed.

What’s in a name?

Ever wonder what the name “Knit Fit!” is all about?  People occasionally ask about it, so here you go!

When I got the idea to do Knit Fit!, finding a name was the first order of business, and the phrase that kept coming into my head was “Nic Fit! Nic Fit! Nic Fit!”, an old aural memory from my youth of this song:

 

 

I listened to this record (every Sonic Youth record, actually) a million times, enough that the transitions between songs are as firmly lodged as the songs themselves, and though I can’t pretend to have ever been much of a hardcore chick, I did LOVE the combo of Youth Against Fascism > Nic Fit > On the Strip and remember it well!

Anyway, “Nic Fit” (as in nicotine fit, a craving for a smoke) and the idea of a “Knit Fit” – being so obsessed about knitting that I was feeling a physical craving (for reals, you feel it in your fingers sometimes!!) fit perfectly in my brain.  I know it gives some folks the idea of “fitness” or “fit” in the sense of fitting your clothing (which is certainly applicable!), but the true reference is to addiction.  Though a healthy one, I think.

As far as the exclamation point, it is indeed an official part of the name.

I hope to see you at Knit Fit! this year, where you can indulge your disgusting habit with no shame. For now though, I gotta go.  I’m getting a craving.

ps. The Sonic Youth version of “Nic Fit” is a cover.  The original is by The Untouchables, an old DC punk band who only ever recorded a few songs.  Here’s their version, along with “Stepping Stone” (another classic!):

 

Sponsor: Sunset Hill Bed & Breakfast

Meet one of our lovely sponsors – Sunset Hill Bed & Breakfast!

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This sweet B&B is only a few blocks away from the Ballard Community Center, where all Knit Fit! 2013 events will take place.  We (Hannah and Sasa) both stayed there last year for the weekend and enjoyed two very nice and relaxing nights after hard-working days!  We were so grateful to have such a comfortable and calm place (in walking distance!) to rest.

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The converted farmhouse feels both cozy and spacious, with private bathrooms and inviting decor, and is in a very quiet, residential part of Ballard.  The Sunset Hill B&B is also an urban farm with a vegetable garden, chickens, and bees that supply some of the ingredients for a home-cooked breakfast each morning.  The homegrown produce and eggs are supplemented by our very own neighborhood farmers’ market down the street.

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We encourage any of you coming from out of town to check out their website for more info and photos of their beautiful rooms.  We stayed in the Rainier room, which has two beds, so jump on it if you’re traveling with a friend!  Get in touch with Lori and Doug directly for more information or with any questions about your stay.

Sunset Hill Bed & Breakfast
3054 NW 58th Street, Seattle WA 98107
Telephone: 206.963.3786
Web: sunsethillbedandbreakfast.com
Email: stay@sunsethillbedandbreakfast.com

Thank you, Sunset Hill Bed & Breakfast for your support and for being great neighbors!

 

Classes for Beginners

Welcome new knitters!  One of our fondest wishes for Knit Fit! is to provide classes that inspire beginners and casual knitters to advance their skills and jump into the deep end with the rest of us!  We’ve compiled here a listing of our beginner-friendly classes.  You don’t need to know any more than casting on, knit and purl stitches, and binding off to do these classes, and there’s still plenty of time to learn the basics before November even if you’re a pre-beginner.

Plenty of experienced knitters will find new techniques to explore in this listing as well!  If you have questions about your skill level and preparation for any class please feel free to get in touch with us (contact – a t – knitfit – dot – info).

For further information, please see our registration guide pdf or CLICK HERE to register for classes.

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A Roving We Will Go: Knitting and Crocheting with Roving
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Sunday 2-5 pm, $75)

We will learn to work with roving to create “yarns” (sans wheels and spindles!) of varying weights so you can customize your finished project to reflect your own personal style and flare. Don’t have your own style and flair? That’s okay… we’ll show you some tricks along the way to really make this FAB fun and unique way of working with roving something you can be proud of… and make your friends jealous of your new rove-hooking prowess.

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $8 – includes roving
Student-supplied Materials:
• Crochet hooks and/or knitting needles

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Finishing Your Knits
Andrea Rangel (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $75)

Learn to give your projects a professional finish. This class will cover all the topics needed to make a beautiful finished project. Learn to create clean, straight seams using mattress stitch. Invisibly weave in your ends using duplicate stitch. Learn bind-off methods including 3-needle bind-off and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Practice grafting using Kitchener stitch, and get information all about blocking. We’ll also cover ways to reduce finishing by using seamless construction. You worked hard on that project; finish it flawlessly.

Skill Level: All
Homework: Bring three swatches – worsted weight Stockinette stitch – 4 in/10 cm x 4 in/10 cm, one not bound off.
Materials Fee: $2 – includes handouts
Student-supplied materials:
• Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
• Appropriate knitting needles
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors

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Knitting Behind the Wheel

Mary Scott Huff (6 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, continues Saturday 2-5 pm, $150)

Learn the simple rules of Color Theory…then break them! In this 6-hour class, we’ll explore the basic concepts of color theory through use of the color wheel, applying them to our class project. Each student will receive a yarn kit and pattern to knit a modular felted bag. Work each module to learn first hand what different color combinations can do!

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $20 – includes Color Wheel bag kit, including 13 colors of yarn, color wheel, pattern, and Dorset button form.
Student-supplied materials:
• 1 pair size 4 (3.5 mm) dpn or other needles
• 1 pair size 6 (4 mm) dpn or other needles
• Tapestry needle
• Note taking supplies

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Knitting with Vintage Patterns
Jen Hagan (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $75)

Vintage knitting patterns can be a treasure trove of wonderful new projects—if only you could understand them! This class will show you how to navigate all the out-of-date language, materials, sizes, etc., that can make it so daunting to use these patterns and produce something wearable. We’ll talk about topics such as finding missing information and substituting yarn—basically we’ll unlock all the barriers keeping you from knitting that 50’s sweater-girl teaser or that 20’s tennis sweater if you want. Bring your own collected gems and let’s learn how to get these beauties onto your FO list!

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Vintage knitting patterns (optional)

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The “OH!” of MathShannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5pm, $75)

Love it or hate it, math is an essential part of every stitcher’s life and in this class we’ll have you geeking out on crochet and knit math with our super easy methods for everything from averaging the number of decreases to calculating your gauge, figuring yarn amounts for your next project to, well, even altering existing or writing your own patterns! That’s right, we’re going to unveil the secrets that we use every day in our design studio to create everything from afghans and hats to runway couture. You’ll have more OH! moments than an herbal shampoo commercial!

Skill level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Note cards or notebook
• Measuring tape
• Calculator
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Professional Techniques for Hand Knitters
Lisa Ellis (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $75)

Are you a self taught knitter? Did your grandmother teach you how to knit? Have you noticed that your knitting doesn’t look as good as “hers”? Knitting techniques have come a long way and they can make a huge difference in the outcome of your project. This class will finesse your knitting skills to look professional and less “home made”. We will start with a prettier cast on, a cleaner ribbing, an easier selvage to seam, better looking decreases and finishing with the most elastic bind off out there. Tricks of the trade will be taught along the way – like how to transparently change colors in pattern and work a buttonhole that won’t grow in size!

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Light colored yarn in either DK, light worsted or worsted weight
• Needle size according to yarn label

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Recycled Yarn Making
Lee Meredith (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5 pm, $75)

Learn how to turn an old, unwanted sweater into a sweater quantity worth of new ready-to-knit yarn! We’ll go over all the details of what to look for when thrift store shopping for sweaters to recycle, what to avoid, and how to handle different types of sweaters and yarns. Then we’ll get hands-on and take apart sweaters – everyone will get their own reclaimed sweater to work with. You’ll learn tips and tricks gathered from years of experience, and you’ll leave with your new recycled yarn!

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $10 – includes reclaimed sweater
Student-supplied materials:
• If you already have a sweater you’d like to recycle into yarn, feel free to bring it along, but you are not required to supply anything. Scissors and other tools will be provided for use in class.

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Stitch and Click
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $75)

Nothing is more disappointing than finishing a FAB fiber project and not being able to take an equally FAB photo of it.  In Stitch & Click we will show you how to show off your stitch work with great photos. Don’t have an expensive camera or equipment? No worries! We will show you simple tips and tricks to use what you have around the house to create photos that will really show off all that hard work you put into your stitching project. Bring your camera (ANY camera) and we will play with lighting techniques and tools to help you learn to take the best photos without breaking the bank. We’ll teach you to make smart choices for picking good basic lighting and DIY photography equipment.

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Your camera

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Tunisian 101
Karen Ratto-Whooley (3 hrs – Sunday 2-5 pm, $75)

This is the perfect class for knitters to learn to crochet! Learn the 3 basic Tunisian stitches: Simple, Knit and purl stitches. Learn tips to prevent curling, ending off and picking up stitches.

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $3 – includes handouts
Student-supplied materials:
• Size US I/9 Tunisian hook
• Smooth light colored worsted weight yarn
• Scissors
• Steel yarn needle
• Paper and pen for notes

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And of course, our evening events are for all skill levels, and all levels of interest in knitting!

OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION:

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Knitting
Friday, November 1, $25

Doors open 6pm, Talk begins at 7pm

Join us for an evening with Mary Scott Huff, in which she presents valuable life lessons learned from knitting.  Bring your knitting, your sense of humor, and your best pal to help us kick of Knit Fit! 2013 on Friday Night!

Mary Scott Huff is the author of The New Stranded Colorwork, and Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, She fled the realm of Information Technology to pursue a more yarn-centered way of life. The many friends she found along the way have helped her become a nationally-recognized designer, teacher and author. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary shares a wee little house there with her husband, two children, some Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary.

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SATURDAY MOVIE NIGHT:

Game Knitting – Singles
Saturday, November 2, $15
Doors at 6pm, Intro to Game Knitting begins at 6:30pm

Join Lee Meredith aka Leethal on Saturday night to make a completely one-of-a-kind item by turning the act of knitting into a game played along with a movie! This is an informal event where you’ll learn how game knitting works to create a random stitch pattern in any project, and we’ll all game knit to Singles. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Skill level: All levels
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Bring yarn and needles of your choice to knit a small simple project, like a dishcloth, wrist cuff, headband, or anything super basic, in any gauge you want

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Our WIPs

What we’re working on right now:

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Equinox Raglan by Debbie O’Neill in three colors of Noro Kureyon with added neck and cuff ribbing.

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Almost done Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker in Malabrigo Rios (Lettuce).  Sweet baby sweater pattern that’s nice and quick for those baby shower deadlines!  The newborn size is free, and an expanded version (Beyond Puerperium) for different sizes and yarn weights is also available.

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Cupido Cowl in Fly Designs Flying DK (Ruby). I adore this color, especially when I’m lucky enough to be knitting in the sun.  Purchased at Knit Fit! 2012 from Pat Fly.

That’s what’s on top of the pile – stay tuned for (hopefully) WIP excavation and completed  project updates!

Teachers announced!

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Things are starting to pick up steam for 2013 over here at Knit Fit! HQ and we’re busily making arrangements for class registration, the marketplace, and all the other fun details that go into planning a weekend for hundreds of fiber lovers!  Apologies for how quiet we’ve been, but you can expect to hear more news more often from now on.  Only a few months to go!

We announced the teachers yesterday to our newsletter subscribers, and we’ve posted some longer bios on each over at the website, so head over there for an intro.  We’ll be posting some longer profiles again this year, but you can learn a bit more about our returning friends in these previous posts:

Lisa Ellis
Jen Hagan
Lee Meredith (Leethal)
Shannon & Jason Mullet-Bowlsby (The Shibaguyz)
Andrea Rangel
Barbara Seeler

We’ve also posted a bit about the overall schedule for the weekend, which is mostly the same as last year in terms of class blocks, though we have switched up the market place hours a bit in response to feedback from shoppers and vendors.

MARKET HOURS 2013

Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 9am-4pm

And of course, MARKET ENTRY IS FREE!

More news soon!