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The Curious Knitter Series - Weekend and Weekday Options



We are so thrilled to offer this new series of knitting classes by Noël! With a Masters in Fine Arts, she has so much to share.
Come explore with us during this unique series of hands on workshops and take your knitting knowledge to a whole new level.
Topics:
Secrets of Pattern Reading
Master Yarn Choices & Substitutions
Dye Your Own One-of-a-Kind Skein of Yarn
Become a Swatching Superstar
Fibers, Folklore & Fairytales
Trivia with Prizes

Session #1
The Language of Knitting - Secrets of Pattern Reading
The Language of Knitting will help you learn to read and interpret patterns, abbreviations, charts and even knitted fabric! We’ll go well beyond the basics of k1, p1 and delve into the world of written and charted knitting while also learning how to read this information in the knitted fabric as well. 
Session #2
A Beautiful Twist: Choosing the Right Yarn
Master Yarn Choices & Substitutions
Wondering how to you choose the right yarn for your next project? Want to substitute the yarn called for in a pattern, but not sure what’s a good fit? In A Beautiful Twist, we’ll help demystify what may feel like a daunting task. We’ll take a close look at natural and synthetic fibers, yarn construction and how to choose the best yarn for your next project - whether you’re knitting from a pattern or winging it!
Session #3
Rainbow of Yarns - Dye Your Own One-of-a-Kind Skein of Yarn!
Discover the colorful world of fibers and take a field trip to the Yarns To Inspire Dye Studio! Did you know un-dyed fibers come in a spectrum of colors? Did you ever wonder how yarn is dyed to look neon pink, indigo or a soft mossy green? We’ll explore the history behind color in textiles from around the world and get a peek into how fibers were dyed in the past and how we dye them today! Heads up, this session will be held at Janet’s home. You will be the first to see our new Dye Studio and you’ll dye your very own one-of-a-kind skein of yarn.
Session #4
Do I really have to swatch for that?
Become a Swatching Superstar
Don’t shy away from swatching, embrace it! Once you learn why making a swatch is so important and that it can be fun and practical, you’ll become a Swatching Superstar! We’ll explore a variety of ways you can use your swatches as a reference library or make them into something else all-together… and even if you still don’t love swatching, you’ll be well equipped to knit them like a pro. 

Just a few things you'll learn to do with your swatches!
              Mug Rug
                       Cat Nip Toy
Session #5
Fibers, folklore and fairy tales!
Fibers, folklore and fairy tales are closely entwined; from Rumpelstiltskin to the Fates, explore the importance of yarn and fibers in the stories we tell to teach, entertain and inspire! We’ll make yarn from existing material and work with a partner to spin a sample length of wool yarn…but we don’t think it will turn to gold.
Session #6
Trivia with a TWIST!
The finale to our Curious Knitter Series is all fun and games! Both Wednesday and Saturday classes will come together for a morning of trivia, knitting, food, drink and prizes galore!
You have your choice of a Wednesday or Saturday Series
Time: 10am - 12:45pm

Wednesday Dates:
February 5th
February 26th
March 25th
April 22nd
May 27th


Saturday Dates:
February 1st
February 29th
March 28th
April 25th
May 30th

Trivia with a TWIST for everyone!
Saturday June 27th 10am - 12pm
Series Cost: $160
Materials Cost: $40
Includes all of your fiber arts materials needed for Workshops 2-6!
A Gift from Us! Participants will receive a journal for note taking.
Meet Noël...
A Canton resident, Noël started her journey into all things fiber as a young girl. “My mom is the root of it all,” she says, noting that her mother was a traditional basket weaver. “I have memories of watching her do that.” Also a crocheter, knitter and sewer, Noël’s mother taught her to crochet when she was around 9. “My family in general is very crafty.” 
Noël enjoys the sense of accomplishment that comes from working with fibers, which she experimented with a lot as an undergraduate Sculpture student at RISD. “I like making things in general,” she says. “Fibers are specifically such an awesome connection that brings you back to earth.”
Wool is her favorite fiber to work with. “There is something so grounding about it. I feel like everything is hurry hurry hurry, get to the next thing. I don’t like that but it’s so much of life all the time.” Knitting and other fiber crafts are a way to step back and take time, she says. “It's like raising a child. It can’t be rushed. It’s a process. There’s lots of quiet space that can be had there.” Noël's passion for fibers continued into graduate school at Marywood University where she earned her Masters in Sculpture with a concentration in Fibers.
Noël loves sharing her love of fibers with others. “It’s nice to sit down with people who share a similar interest, who are trying to learn something new or expand their skills.”

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