Knitting with Beads

Learn the basics of knitting with beads in a relaxed fun workshop. We’ll discuss different bead types and their uses in knitting while swatching various samples. Students will learn both pre-stringing and threaded techniques. Bring sock, lace, or other fine weight yarn and needles 2 or more sizes larger than indicated on the ball band.
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Second Session Class 11:45-1:45
maximum class size – 15

Supply Fee (to be paid to teacher upon arrival at class):
$5 per box of 6/0 beads

Adina DeRoy-Stouffer is a Squirrel Hill native and has been a teaching artist in the Pittsburgh area for the past fifteen years. Both a jewelry and a fiber artist, she sells her work throughout the area. She designs knitwear, is an avid quilter and an enthusiast of up-cycled sewing. Adina dyes her own yarns and fabrics, and is happiest when able to combine fiber and metal into mixed media jewelry.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Eastern European Knitting

(known also as Russian or combination knitting)

This class will be teaching how people knit in Eastern part of Europe. In this way of knitting, yarn is controlled by the finger of your left hand – like in continental knitting, but stitches are done differently. It is very fast way of knitting and according to Ann Modesitt (who named it combination knitting) produces more uniform fabric.

Second Session Class 11:45-1:45
maximum class size – 10

Topics covered in class:
Knit stitch
Purl stitch
Decreases – difference between decreases in Eastern and English way of knitting
Binding off (much more loose bind off)

Supplies:
Needles and some yarn which you are comfortable knitting with. Thicker yarns (worsted weight and thicker) may be more suitable than thinner.

Joanna Romaniuk was born and raised in Poland. That’s where she learned to knit as a child. She does not remember how. Knitting was just something (besides cooking and sewing and so on) that women were doing. It was only after she came to US in 1989 that she realized that there could be another way of knitting. She taught both her daughters to knit the same way as she does. Teaching more people how to do it is a new endeavor for her, but she a lot of experience in teaching at school (K-12), college and work.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Support Spindle

Learn how to spin using a supported spindle such as a Russian, Tibetan, Tahkli spindle – perfect for on-the-go spinning, fine yarns and luxury fibers such as cashmere, yak, camel down as well as cotton. We will go over the various types of support spindles, the best fibers for support spindles and the best fiber prep for support spindles. No spindle required. You will need to purchase a fiber sampler from the teacher at the beginning of class.
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Second Session Class 11:45-1:45
maximum class size – 6

Supply Fee (to be paid to teacher upon arrival at class):
$10 for fiber sampler containing a variety of luxury fibers and different fiber preps

Jill Duarte is the co-owner of HipStrings and an avid spinner, dyer, knitter and crocheter. She was drawn into the fibery world in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. Her favorite spindle is a HipStrings Mistral Tahkli, favorite fiber is cotton (yes, really) and she is well on her way to completing a Schacht Triple Crown. Jill can be found at her booth in the Marketplace during IKS, but year round her shop is at hipstrings.etsy.com and you can learn more about what’s going on at her blog – hipstrings.blogspot.com.
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To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Don’t fear the pool; Jump in with variegated yarns!

Indie Knit and Spin offers so many choices in variegated and hand-dyed yarn, but are you afraid to work that beautiful skein? Worried that the vibrant colors will mottle into a pool of unattractive patterning? We’ll discuss the types of variegated yarn; factors that affect the finished skein including fiber, hank circumference, type of dye, and the dyer’s style; and the pattern types that emerge when the yarn is crocheted or knitted. We’ll explore blending, texture, and stitch patterns for knit and crochet as ways to randomize the colors in your project. If time, we’ll talk about planning your designs around the pattern types to take advantage of the skein’s natural tendencies.
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First Session Class 9:30-11:30
Please note: these classes start before the market, so you should come with all supplies in hand unless you can get them from the instructor.
maximum class size – 12

Homework:
Bring a variegated ball or hank of yarn (or two) from your stash to analyze. Can be commercially dyed or hand-dyed.

Class fee:
$5 for handout and mini skein of hand-dyed yarn from Amelia and Wiggles.

Rebecca DeSensi has been crocheting and knitting for more than a decade. She works for a nationally-known, Pittsburgh-based, crochet designer and author, providing technical editing, pattern support, and sample creation for books, magazines, DVD workshops, and TV shows. She also has worked independently as a technical editor for publications and as a designer for a large national yarn company. She’s tried every technique and stitch out there, so it was a natural progression to jump into the business side of yarn. With her friend Karen, they dye and sell yarn as Amelia and Wiggles. Their booth can be found in the marketplace.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

call for vendors 2014

Indie Knit and Spin marketplace will run 11-4 on Saturday the 15th of November, 2014 at the Wilkins School Community Center. Classes will be running 9:30-11:30, 11:45-1:45, and 2:00-4:00.

To apply to be a vendor at the marketplace send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com with the name of your business and ‘IKS application’ in the subject line

This is a juried show. All applications need to be in by August 24th in order to be considered. Notification of acceptance or not will be sent via email by September 1st. September 30th is the last day you can pull out of the show and get a refund.

Name:
Business Name:
Website or 3 pictures of your work

Describe your business in one or two sentences.
What do you plan to sell?
Are you planning to sell anything you didn’t make?
If so, what?
Please estimate what percentage of the booth these will take up.

Booths are 8×8 – If accepted, which would you like?
Booth $50
Shared booth $25
Booth and a half $75 (available to returning vendors only)

Crochet Arigurumi Bunnies

Never heard of Amigurumi? I bet you’ve seen it—they’re those cute little crochet stuffed animals. Take this amigurumi basics class and you too can make one! This is a great intro to amigurumi project with a very basic construction and simple assembly. In the class we will work on a basic amigurumi bunny while discussing amigurumi and 3D construction, yarn and hook choices, filling/stuffing differences, and embroidery and other embellishment options. Students might not finish their project in class, but will leave class with enough progress and confidence that they can finish their plush friend on their own. This class is designed for those already comfortable with crochet basics: chain, single crochet, working in the round, increasing, and decreasing. Adventurous beginner students are welcome to attend, but the pacing is designed for those confident with their crochet skills.
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First Session Class 9:30-11:30
Please note: this class starts before the market, so you should come with all supplies in hand unless you plan to get them from the instructor.
maximum class size – 8

Supplies:
Scissors, size G crochet hook, locking stitch marker, yarn needle

Supply Fee (to be paid to teacher upon arrival at class):
There is an optional $5 class fee for supplies for making 2 amigurumi bunnies – one in class and one for after.

Students are welcome to bring their own supplies:
worsted weight yarn, stuffing, scrap yarn for embroidering face, optional 6mm or 9mm safety eyes

Annette Krag-Jensen Werner has been knitting and crocheting since she was around 5 years old when her mom taught her the basics. Over the past 10 years she has focused on learning a broad variety of advanced techniques, including the past 4.5 years that she has been an instructor at Natural Stitches. She loves making more unusual items, and frequently brings out her inner geek via yarn. Nothing is off-limits to her and she will happily make fun socks, warm sweaters, lacy shawls, amigurumi toys, and everything in-between. She also enjoys many other crafts including silver-smithing, sculpture, origami, and painting. When not crafting Annette can be found working at Pitt’s Dental School, spending time with her family, or out running. Annette’s soon-to-go live site can be found at martinivixen.com and She can be found on Ravelry as Martinivixen.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Knitting Toe-up Socks with a Fitted Flap Heel

Ever long to knit a sock from the toe up that has the same great fit around the heel as a sock knit from the cuff down? Now you can. This class will teach you a unique method for knitting a fitted heel with a flap from the toe upwards. Students should know how to knit and purl in the round. This method works for double pointed and circular needles. This class is especially good for cuff-down sock knitters who hate having yarn left over. A full sock pattern is included in the handout.
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First Session Class 9:30-11:30
Please note: this class starts before the market, so you should come with all supplies in hand unless you can get them from the instructor.
maximum class size – 12

Supplies:
10g of fingering weight yarn or 15g of sport weight yarn, one stitch marker, and needles of an appropriate size.

Homework:
Cast on 32 stitches and join in the round. Place marker. Knit 10 rounds.

Supply fee:
None, but there is a $2 charge if you need to buy yarn from the instructor

Raven Fagelson took up knitting 7 years ago after a 20 year hiatus. She can frequently be seen on buses knitting socks.
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To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

classes 2014

Indie Knit and Spin is proud to present the following classes this year! More about all classes can be found by clicking here.

First Session 9:30-11:30

Knitting Toe-Up Socks with a Fitted Flap Heel
with Raven Fagelson

Crochet Amigurumi Bunnies
with Annette Krag-Jensen Werner

Don’t fear the pool; Jump in with variegated yarns!
with Rebecca DeSensi

Second Session 11:45-1:45

Eastern European Knitting (known also as Russian or combination knitting)
with Joanna Romaniuk

Support Spindle
with Jill Duarte

Knitting with Beads
with Adina DeRoy-Stouffer

Third Session 2-4

Thinking Outside of the Braid
with Amy Ross Manko

Drop Spindle
with Gwen Brown

Intro to Stranded Knitting
with Amy Maceyko

Yoga and Yarn: Knitting for Stress Management
with Sharon Fennimore

call for teachers

Indie Knit and Spin Marketplace will run from 11-4 on November 15, 2014. This year we are excited to be adding classes! To that end, we are currently seeking qualified teachers to teach a variety of 2 hour long knitting, crochet, and spinning classes.
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For more information, send an email to cosymakes (at) gmail (dot) com.