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Sep
23
Sat
Wet Felted Hat Workshop @ Rosehaven Yarn Shop
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Wet Felting Hat Workshop with Chris Hall of Cake Tin Hats
You will learn to will measure, size and design your own hat pattern. After selecting a style and colours you will design and create your own felted hat from the finest merino wool fibres using a resist technique and seamless construction method. By the end of the day you will have completed a beautiful heirloom wet felted hat which you will fit and shape using a milliner’s wooden hat block, then style, finish and take home to dry.
Skills required: Some felting experience is preferred but not mandatory. Felting skills involve everything from delicate hand and finger dexterity to strong physical effort in the arm and shoulder area and requires some standing.
Includes: all materials to complete a hat, merino wool fibre, template material and the use of all necessary items including soap slurry, bubble wrap, pool noodle, felting tools and vintage
wooden hat blocks of varying sizes and shapes.

Students are required to bring: two old bath towels, two old hand towels, a bucket,
sharp scissors, an apron or change of top (not necessary but just in case you get wet) and your lunch (or there is a cafe located across the street).
To sign up and make a payment please call Rosehaven Yarn Shop at 613-476-9092 with your credit card information. Your payment will hold your spot in the workshop. The cost will be $135.00 (this includes materials).  The class is from 10 am to 5 pm with an hour break for lunch.  Bring a lunch or visit one of our local cafes which are all close by.
For further details and a list of things you need to bring please check Chris’ blog.
Oct
7
Sat
Nuno Wet Felting a Scarf @ Rosehaven Yarn Shop
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

3-scarves-may-2013Lesley Snyder, owner of Rosehaven Yarn Shop, will be teaching a you the basics of nuno felting your own shawl in a one day course. Lesley is a fibre artist that was a member of the Arts On Main Gallery art co-op for a number of years and has sold her shawls in the gallery and in her own shop the Galloping Goat Gallery.

Lesley believes in exploring colour and texture when it comes to nuno felting so you will be learning as much as can be squeezed into your workshop. Many different techniques will be discussed and demonstrated so that you can find the one that works best for you.

There will be an hour lunch break when you can visit a local cafe or bring a lunch if you prefer.

Spots are filling up fast so don’t miss out!

Oct
21
Sat
Wet Felted Hat Workshop @ Rosehaven Yarn Shop
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

red wet felted hatWet Felting Hat Workshop with Chris Hall of Cake Tin Hats
You will learn to will measure, size and design your own hat pattern. After selecting a style and colours you will design and create your own felted hat from the finest merino wool fibres using a resist technique and seamless construction method. By the end of the day you will have completed a beautiful heirloom wet felted hat which you will fit and shape using a milliner’s wooden hat block, then style, finish and take home to dry.
Skills required: Some felting experience is preferred but not mandatory. Felting skills involve everything from delicate hand and finger dexterity to strong physical effort in the arm and shoulder area and requires some standing.
Includes: all materials to complete a hat, merino wool fibre, template material and the use of all necessary items including soap slurry, bubble wrap, pool noodle, felting tools and vintage wooden hat blocks of varying sizes and shapes.
Students are required to bring: two old bath towels, two old hand towels, a
bucket, sharp scissors, an apron or change of top (not necessary but just in case you

get wet) and your lunch (or there is a cafe located across the street).
To sign up and make a payment please call Rosehaven at 613-476-9092 with your credit card information. Your payment will hold your spot in the workshop.
For further details and a list of things you need to bring please check Chris’ blog.
Nov
4
Sat
Dyeing To Play With Colour! @ Rosehaven Yarn Shop
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

hand dyed yarnThis will be fun class learning the basics of dyeing wool yarn using acid dyes.

Each participant will receive a skein of sock/fingering weight yarn (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon) and 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn (100% merino) to work with. Also a variety of dye colours will be available to work with.

We will create a varigated yarn with 3 different colours, a speckled yarn and a semi solid skein of yarn in one colour.

We will discuss how best to choose colours that work well together, along with adding contrasting speckles into your yarns. We will also go over the number of ways to get colour set into the yarn so it won’t bleed afterwards.

Materials to bring: wear old clothes, bring a plastic bag to take home wet yarn, a towel you can get dye on, an apron you can get dye on,  rubber gloves.

Nov
10
Fri
Wool & Wine in the County – November 2017 Knitting Retreat @ Isaiah Tubbs Resort
Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 1:30 pm

A KNITTING RETREAT IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – We still have 10 spots available!!

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Join us for 3 days of knitting, learning new techniques, eating fabulous food, and having fun with a bunch of avid knitters in Prince Edward County at the beautiful and cozy Isaiah Tubbs Resort.

We are thrilled to tell you that the classes will be taught by Fiona Ellis and Kim McBrien of Indigo Dragonfly Yarn.


Fiona Ellis
graduateFiona Headshotsd from DeMontfort University (England) with a degree in fashion knitwear design in 1993. Her work appears in leading magazine publications including on-line at Twist Collective, and in yarn pattern booklets. She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits. She is also an instructor at Craftsy. You can find out what she is currently doing at fionaellisonline.com – check out her blog post on the 9th of each month.

Kim McBrien knit her way to a BFA in classical music — her first clue that she was a lifelong textile maven and there was no stopping that. After many years wrangling professional divas, artists and an arts council or two, she fled the art/rat race and conjured up the circus that is Indigodragonfly. Now she produces hand dyed yarn known for deep, multifaceted colours and clever, offbeat names in the middle of the Canadian woods. She spends most days elbow deep in yarn and colour and teaching others how to bend these to their will.

We are being hosted by Isaiah Tubbs Resort on the beautiful shore of West Lake in Prince Edward County. Isaiah Tubbs is about 15 mins from the town of Picton and is on the way to the Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Our rooms will be in the Annex and there is a short walk to MacDonald Hall and to the Restaurant on the Knoll. This is a map of the Resort so you can see where everything is situated.

All the rooms are set up to be a shared occupancy so tell us in the registration form who you will be rooming with. Anyone that needs a single room there will be a $145.77 ($129 + HST) additional fee for the weekend. You’ll find the ‘single room’ option when you go through the online form when purchasing your spot.

We have also invited a few vendors to join us and show us their wares on the Saturday so bring along some cash for a yarn treat to take home. Purlin J’s yarn truck, Van Dyjk Designs knitting project bags and hopefully a couple of others will come too.

Itinerary

FRIDAY

Arrival anytime after 1pm. Rooms will be designated at the time of registration.

Dinner 6pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside.

knit books7:30pm Friday night Book Club – Bring your favourite knitting book to our first gathering together. Show us the book that inspires you, or is the one you always pick up when you are stuck on a problem or whatever the reason. If you have a favourite website or blog we also love to hear about those too!! Plus any interesting apps or tools that are perfect for us Knitting Addicts!

 

SATURDAY

Breakfast 8am – 9am at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside.

Saturday Morning Workshops 9:30 am – 12 pm (Choose one) – Part ll – 1:30 pm – 4 pm

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1A. “Experiment with Colour and Fair Isle” with Fiona Ellis at the MacDonald Hall – this is an all day class

Advanced beginner to advanced level

Working with colour can be so much fun! And dreaming up your own colour story is very rewarding. In this workshop we will look at colour theory and apply it to knitting. There will be time to experiment by yourself to see what happens when you introduce a new colour palette to a tried and tested pattern. For students who are unsure of how to work the Fair Isle method instruction will be given.

Materials: part balls (a few yards each) in medium weight yarns, bring as many colours as you can and are willing to share, pair of yarn appropriate needles, squared paper, coloured pencils (if you have them).

Homework: none.

1B. “Creative Approach to Knit & Design” (Part I) with Kim McBrien at the MacDonald Hall – this is an all day class

There is a place for patterns, and a place for learning to let go of traditional knitting structures and make creative design decisions on your own. This is what we will explore in this class. Look at the things you do everyday as a knitter: basic structures, stitch patterns, colour and design. Learn how to “break” those structures, change them and how far you can bend them to your will. Through a series of exercises, gain confidence in your own experiments and design ideas and learn how to bring them to your knitting.

Materials Fee: $10 per person
– includes a creativity kit with materials and tools for use in the class and beyond for executing creativity exercises.

Materials: needles (bring a variety of needles you enjoy working with). Bring along small amounts of yarn to play with. There will be samples of yarn to play with in a range of weights, so don’t worry if you don’t have this don’t worry! Gauge will not be important, so a few different sizes of yarn that feel good in your hands is more important. Your own stash of favourite knitting tools: stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, tape measure, scissors or snips, etc. Notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes/sketching/etc.

Lunch 12:15 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Saturday Afternoon Workshops 1:30pm – 4pm Part ll of classes

“Experiment with Colour and Fair Isle – continued” (Part II)

“Creative Approach to Knit & Design – continued (Part II)

Dinner 6 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Fashion Show & Tell – 8 pm at the MacDonald Hall – This is your chance to show us what you have created and show it off! Wear your spiffiest knitted creation so you can model it or you can also just bring a couple of hangers or just hold it up if you are feeling shy. We can always try and get a couple of ladies who don’t mind strutting their stuff to wear the garments to show them off for you.

SUNDAY

Breakfast 8am  at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Sunday Morning Workshop 9:30am – 12:30pm (Choose one)

2A. “Trims and Edges” with Fiona Ellis at the MacDonald Hall
All levels

Ever run out of yarn and wondered how to make the added contrast not look like an afterthought? In this workshop Fiona will show you how to add zing to any project by adding knitted edgings, playing with I-cord, simple crochet stitches and generally making your edges the focus rather than looking like an afterthought, or like you ran out of the main yarn.

Materials: 2-3 part balls of medium weight, yarn appropriate needles, crochet hook, pair of dpn’s (if you have them), blunt ended sewing needle,

Homework: 1 small piece of stockinette fabric (approx 6 in x 6 in).

2B. “Short Row Insanity” with Kim McBrien at the MacDonald Hall
Short rows are a handy technique to have in your knitting tool box. Learn several different methods of short rows and applications for them. Learn how to use them in colour work, to shape shoulders, hemlines and much more.

Materials list: Small amounts of light coloured yarn in any weight. A smooth, round yarn (3 ply or 4 ply) is best. DK or worsted weight may make it easier to see your work. Needles: bring needles appropriate for your yarn, a few removable stitch markers or safety pins. Your own stash of favourite knitting tools: stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, tape measure, scissors or snips etc. A notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes.

 

Homework:
Cast on 25 stitches.
Knit 4 rows in garter stitch.
Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch.
Leave live stitches on your needle and bring yarn and needles to class.

Rooms to be vacated by 11 am

Lunch 12:15 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Departure following lunch

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Nov
17
Fri
Thrummed Mitts Class @ Rosehaven Yarn Shop
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm

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Thrummed Mitts Class – 2 Saturdays – November 17th & 24th, 1-4 pm

Come and knit with us they soft cozy mitts!

We will start with double pointed needles and knit in the round (it is possible to knit using the magic loop method if you prefer this method).

Day 1 we will cast on and knit the ribbed cuff right up to the thumb and put the thumb stitches onto stitch holder. This will give you a chance to put in a few rows of thrums and learn how to take the roving and split it into thrums.

Homework for the week before Day 2 – continue the mitt up to the point where you would be doing the decreases of the top of the mitt.

Day 2 we will do the decreases at the top of the mitt and finish the top and then pick up the thumb stitches and knit up the thumb and add thrums. At the end of Day 2 you should have 1 finished mitt. If there is time at the end we will cast on the 2nd mitt.

At the end of the 2 days you will have 1 finished mitten and the ability and knowledge to knit the 2nd mitten along with a mitten pattern to make more mittens in a variety of sizes.

Materials to bring: a set of double pointed 4.5 mm needles, scissors, tape measure and a darning needle.

Material kit that we will supply: Kelly McClure’s Mitten pattern, 1 ball of 200 yards of worsted weight yarn (a number of colours will be available to choose from) and 50 grams of merino roving (we have a large selection of colours of merino to choose from).