Workshops and Presentations

Class Tickets 2017!

 

 

Welcome to our Programme of Workshops, Presentations and Highland Events for Loch Ness Knit Fest 2017.

From Beginners through to advanced, as well as technique and master classes with visiting teachers from around the world, Loch Ness Knit Fest 2017 has options for all.

The workshops and presentations are split across the three days and include Morning and Afternoon Sessions, the times for each are:-

Friday Afternoon – 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Saturday Morning – 9.00am to 12.00pm
Saturday Afternoon – 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Sunday Morning – 9.00am to 12.00pm

Buy tickets for Loch Ness Knit Fest 2017

 

  • KNIT CRUISE ON THE LOCH NESS

    1pm

    Our popular cruises by Jacobite on one of the world’s most famous bodies of water are back! Join your peers on a relaxed cruise of the Loch Ness.

    Bring your work in progress!

    Price includes bus transfer to and from the venue, packed lunch and refreshments. 

     


     

    INTRODUCTION TO FAIR ISLE YOKES

    Teacher: Hazel Tindall

    Skill level: Intermediate

    Skill level information: Experience of knitting with two colours in a row.

    Learn about knitting Fair Isle yokes by studying examples and knitting a section of yoke to understand the shaping. Follow a chart and choose colours.

    The instructor’s handout gives the information needed to knit your own yoked jumper.

    For this workshop, please bring:

    Two 3.00mm double pointed needles (used for homework), and two 3.50mm double pointed needles (20cm-30cm long), or circular needles.

    Small amounts of jumperweight yarn in up to 8 colours (4 dark and 4 light) – total weight approx 15g. Choose one of the colours for homework.

    Jumperweight yarn is available from jamiesonsofshetland.co.uk (Spindrift) or shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk (2ply jumerweight)

    Repositionable tape or ruler (for keeping the place when using a chart), blunt sewing needle, scissors.

    Please bring to the class: one single colour piece in jumper weight yarn on 3mm needles: cast on 50 stitches, work back and forth 4 rows in k1, p1 rib, knit 1 row (do not cast off the stitches). You will need 2 double pointed needles or 1 circular needle for the homework. For the class you will need two 3.50mm double pointed needles or circular needle.

     


    AN INTRODUCTION TO WALDORF DOLL-MAKING: SIMPLE, TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES TO MAKE A WOOL-FILLED BUNTING DOLL

    Teacher: Sarah Berry, Scotland

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    This workshop will concentrate on the process of making a doll’s head, using traditional Waldorf methods and materials. The last stage of the workshop will demonstrate how to make a knitted “bunting “ body, with knitting pattern and instructions provided, which may be started at the workshop and completed at leisure.

    Workshop Outline:

    We will follow the steps used by Waldorf doll-makers when they create the characteristically gentle, simple faces of these traditional dolls. These include forming the head from wool roving; tying it to create the facial shape; covering the head; sewing the eyes and mouth; crocheting a wig cap.

    From the examples of dolls available to handle, we will then see how a simple “bunting” body can be knitted , using the original pattern provided;  participants will be shown how to stuff the body and complete the doll.

    For this workshop please bring: Scissors and tape measures

    A doll kit is included in the fee (value £10)

    Sarah Berry will also have a few knitting patterns for doll’s clothes available, as well as plenty of books and photographs to inspire participants – and some of her own dolls to refer to.

     


     

    KNITTING IN THE ROUND – MASTERCLASS

    Teacher: Woolly Wormhead, England

    Skill level information: This is a student-lead class. Basic knitting skills required. No prior experience of knitting in the round necessary.

    Topics covered

    Participants will be able to work through a number of topics, including joining in the round after cast on, converting stitch patterns from flat to in the round, travelling loop, using 2 circs, moving the stitch marker, heavily textured stitch patterns in the round, jogless stripes, short rows in the round, jogless fairisle and intarsia in the round.

    Class structures

    This is a 3hr student led class. Participants will work at their own pace, working through the areas they feel they need to focus on. I will be on hand to help individuals at their pace. Invariably participants will be working on different topics at any given time, and to ensure adequate teacher/student input, the class is limited to 10.

    For this workshop, please bring:

     

    100g of yarn and relevant sized circular/DPN needles will be plenty for the class. Should participants wish to try fairisle or intarsia in the round, a second yarn of the same weight in a different colour would be required. Should students wish to learn a different method for joining/knitting in the round then 2 x 120cm circular needles and/or a set of DPNs will also be of use.

    Handouts

    Workshop notes covering all of the techniques, including charts and illustrated tutorials where applicable will be provided

     


     

    INTRODUCTION TO INTARSIA

    Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke, USA

    Skill Level: Beginner. Students should already have basic knitting skills, including cast on, bind off, purl, knit, increasing and decreasing.

    Workshop Description Intarsia is a knitting technique that uses separate lengths of yarn for each color in a row or round. In this class, we will create a series of swatches using intarsia, and discuss the many ways this knowledge can benefit your work (even when you’re not working in multiple colours)! You’ll leave the class with a better understanding of the technique, along with swatches demonstrating each technique.

    For this workshop, please bring:

    2-5 skeins of different colours of yarn, all worsted weight, circular knitting needles appropriate for the yarn

    you have selected (I like to have a variety of needles with me), stitch markers, pencil, stick ruler, sticky

    notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, and the usual knitting bag filled with treasures.

     


     

    DORSET BUTTON MAKING

    Teacher: Tania Ashton Jones, Isle of Skye, Scotland

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Workshop Description:Learn about the traditional craft of Dorset Buttons, a cottage industry dating back to the 1600s.  You’ll make a couple of Dorset Buttons using brass hollow rings and yarn, starting with the Crosswheel design and using the four techniques of casting, slicking, laying and rounding.  Dorset Buttons can be used to give that personal finishing touch to a textile project, update & revitalise an old garment or adorn a hat, bag or cushion.  It’s a great way to use up all those odd ends of yarn to make a beautiful accessory.  With the basic technique mastered there are endless designs and possibilities of how to use them!

    For this workshop, please bring:  Yarn – DK & 4ply weight (odd ends are ok, full balls not required) Tapestry sewing needles, Scissors. Brass hollow rings will be provided.

     


     

    ABSTRACT COLOUR CABLING

    Teacher: Di Gilpin, Scotland

    Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate

    We will explore how to create an abstract textured knitted fabric which reflects the colours,landscape and geology of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. We will explore travelling cables,stitch work based on gansey patterns and a whole host of other techniques to create a unique and beautiful sampler which can be the base for your own design….from shawl to garment. This is an inspiring class with an opportunity to work with the fabulous colour palate of Scotland.

    For this workshop, please bring:

    Pairs of 3.25mm, 3.75mm and 4.00mm needles. A cable needle and sewing needle. A selection of wools that you may be working with of 4ply or DK weight.

     


     

    SHAWL SHAPING – BECOME A BETTER SHAWL DESIGNER

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Teacher: Chrissie Day, England            

    Once you have mastered construction of shape then there is only colour /stitch design to add in for unique pieces. There are over 50 differing ways to shape shawls and once the geometry calculations have been learnt for some of these then the design process is easy.

    We will take basic shawl shapes and learn the construction techniques before design and pattern and colour  are added. We will look at some  in detail and knit these up in miniature for reference

    Patterns provided to take home

    Please bring: You will need worsted wool and 3.75 mm-4mm  needles to knit your samples

     


     

    FAROESE SHAWLS

    Teacher: Karie Westermann, Scotland

    Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate

    Skill level information: Knit and pearl, picking up stitches, how to read an easy lace chart/written lace instructions

     

    In this class we will be looking at the way Faroese shawls are constructed and how their unique shaping allows for contemporary lace motifs.

    The wonderful knitting traditions of the Faroe Islands have recently become a big hit with knitters. While colourwork has seen much attention, Faroese shawl knitting has enjoyed a revival. Far from being dainty special occasion objects, Faroese shawls are big, warm everyday items that sit well on shoulders.

    Together with Scandinavian knitting designer Karie Westermann, you will make a mini-shawl that will teach you about a rekindled knitting tradition and also teach you valuable skills for a full-sized shawl.

    Skills focus:

    How to calculate shaping in a shawl

    How to construct a Faroese shawl

    How to read lace charts

    How to work stitch repeats within shaping

    Understanding how Faroese lace shawls differ from other traditions

    How to read an easy lace chart/written lace instructions

    Materials to bring:

    1 ball of woolly double-knitting yarn,  4 stitch markers,  1 pair of 5mm needles, Tapestry needle

     


     

    PRESENTATION: HOW CELTIC  AND PICTISH ART HAS INSPIRED MY KNITWEAR DESIGNS

    Presenter: Lucy Hague, Scotland

    Friday: 3pm – 4pm

    In this talk I’ll discuss the origins, history and defining features of Celtic and Pictish art, and how this has influenced my design work. This will include some previously unpublished photos taken whilst researching my book, ‘Celtic Cable Shawls,’ and a short introduction to my methods for translating features of Celtic art into cable knitting.

     


     

    KNIT FEST CONCERT WITH BLAZIN’ FIDDLES

     

    www.blazinfiddles.com

    Friday: 6:15pm Bus Time –  Concert at 7pm

    The Blazin’ Fiddles are warmly welcomed back to Loch Ness Knit Fest after wowing us all last year. We will travel to Beauly together to experience their high energy, Highlander music!

    Transport to and from Mercure Hotel, Inverness included.

  • DORSET BUTTON MAKING

    Teacher: Tania Ashton Jones, Isle of Skye, Scotland

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Learn about the traditional craft of Dorset Buttons, a cottage industry dating back to the 1600s.  You’ll make a couple of Dorset Buttons using brass hollow rings and yarn, starting with the Crosswheel design and using the four techniques of casting, slicking, laying and rounding.  Dorset Buttons can be used to give that personal finishing touch to a textile project, update & revitalise an old garment or adorn a hat, bag or cushion.  It’s a great way to use up all those odd ends of yarn to make a beautiful accessory.  With the basic technique mastered there are endless designs and possibilities of how to use them!

    For this workshop, please bring:  Yarn – DK & 4ply weight odd ends, Tapestry sewing needles,  Scissors. Brass hollow rings will be provided.

     


     

    NORDIC KNITTING. NB 6 hours workshop 09 – 12.00 and 14 – 17.00

    Teacher: Karie Westermann

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Skill level information: you need to be comfortable knitting in the round and be able to follow an easy colourwork chart

    This class will introduce you to the many, varied knitting traditions of Scandinavia and the Nordic region.

    Together with Danish knitwear designer Karie Westermann, you will explore Icelandic, Faroese,

    Norwegian and Danish knitting heritage as you knit colourwork ‘the Nordic way’.

    We’ll discuss authentic colour choices and regional differences in colourwork among other things. You’ll have the choice between making two different styles of wrist warmers on the day – and

    we’ll even talk about a certain famous Faroese jumper! You will also get a chance to look at Karie’s gorgeous samples.

    For this workshop please bring: 

    2 colours of DK yarn (wool or wool-blend), 50g of one, 25g of the other.

    4mm needles (we’ll be working both back & forth as well as in the round with small circumference – bring your preferred needles for this) . Tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers (optional),

     


     

    THE ART OF THE KNITTED CIRCLE

    Teacher: Woolly Wormhead

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Topics covered

    We’ll start by discussing the maths of a circle, and how that relates to our knitting and stitch vs row gauge.

    We’ll consider the role of increases and decreases in vertical knitting, and the role of short rows in sideways knitting.

    I will demonstrate a number of techniques, and participants will start by working through the examples provided in the class handouts.

    For this workshop, please bring:

    Several small balls of up to 50g and the appropriate sized straight needles and DPNs/circulars are required.

    Participants will also need a crochet hook, some waste yarn, and a tapestry/darning needle.

    Handouts

    Workshop notes covering all of the techniques, including charts and illustrated tutorials where applicable will be provided.

     


     

    CHUNKY CABLE MASTERCLASS

    Teacher: Di Gilpin, Scotland

    Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate

    We will explore in this class some fabulous techniques including Overlay Cabling, travelling Cables, extended cabling and surface cabling to create a very special pair of long length arm

    warmers or leg warmers…..This is a class for lovers of texture and the humble cable!

    For this workshop, please bring: Pairs of 4mm, 4.5mm and 5mm needles.

    Cable needle. One sample piece 5ins x 5ins in stocking stitch in an aran weight yarn and a selection of wools from your stash of aran/chunky weight.

     


     

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    DOUBLE KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS

    Instructor: Chrissie Day/England

    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

    Double knitting is a technique that enables the knitter to produce 2 layers of knitting in 1 piece. The technique can produce tubes, and self-lined accessories, garments. We have many techniques to learn regarding casting on, casting off , shaping simultaneous sides together, and edge work.

    We will cover the double-knit ribbing which shows both the colours on either sides in ribbing and the special yarn placements needed to achieve this. There are special colour cast ons to learn as well as edge stitches and reversing the designs in the colours chosen. We have to understand thoroughly how we work the stitches in each type of double knitting Learning how to hold the wools and the working principles of hidden stranding. It is not just a technique to give opposite colours on 2 sides, there are techniques to learn to produce layers ,pockets, cuffs,2 types of stitch design garment edging and the latest shawl edge.

    Join me in the first lesson of Double Knit for Starters with full written instruction to take home and a charted design written for the class Covering the techniques you have mastered in our time together.

    For this workshop, please bring: Required 2- colours of yarn are needed to work on a 2.75mm-3mm needle 2.75-3mm PAIR straight needles. Stitchmarker

     


     

    GET ORGANISED: MAKE A “PERPETUAL” KNITTING WORKBOOK

    Teacher: Laura West

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Is your knitting bag a jumble of wool, needles, pattern, paper scraps and tension samples? • Wouldn’t it be nice to have all these bits of paper and yarn scraps in one place with plenty of extra blank sheets to jot on? • In this workshop you will make a ‘perpetual’ (knitting (or spinning) workbook which contains a project sheet, clear pockets for your yarn or tension samples, buttons, plenty of paper (plain, ruled and grid) AND your current knitting pattern! •

    All materials, inserts and How-to-Make guide provided. No experience necessary

    ADDITIONAL and PERSONAL to my working processes I actually make a little ‘how-to’ book for every project I take on. This contains info on date, client, size, shape, materials, samples, working procedure, etc. I started doing this many years ago, since I really did not want to ‘re-invent the wheel’ every time a similar commission came up. This has been very important for me in that most of the projects I take on involve between 30 to 40 steps – each step dependent on successful completion of the previous step. You think you will just ‘remember’ how you did it? No way

     


     

    TWO HANDED FAIR-ISLE IN THE ROUND

    Teacher: Katherine Lymer

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Skill level information: This workshop is suitable for those confident in the basic knitting techniques (e.g. casting on and off, knitting and purling) and who have an interest in to knit in the round and / or two-handed stranded, colour work.  While prior knowledge of knitting in the round or Fair Isle isn’t essential, if you are already experienced with one technique, you may find learning the other easier.

    Fair Isle is a form of stranded knitting where different coloured yarns are worked continuously across the row and the yarn not in use is carried, or stranded, across the back of the fabric.  Fair Isle is a traditional form of stranded knitting that uses only two colours per row and creates a fabric that is double thickness.

    During this workshop, we will learn how to knit Fair Isle in the round to create a pair of wrist warmers / fingerless gloves.  We will work in the round (using your choice of magic loop or double pointed needles) and use a two-handed method of knitting, where one yarn is held in each hand, to work a traditional Border Tartan, or Shepherd’s Plaid, pattern.

    For this workshop, please bring: Yarn: Three colours in 4ply NB This is a small project so whole balls are not required. Needles: 3.25mm circular needle with a long cable (80cm) for magic loop or dpns. You may also find it helpful to bring your usual bag of knitting accessories e.g. row counter, scissors.

     


     

    PRESENTATION: KNITTING IN SHETLAND IN THE 1960s

    Saturday: 11 – 12.30

    Presenter: Hazel Tindall, Shetlands

    Presentation based on Shetland Mum of four, Chrissie Sandison, who started to keep a daily diary in 1961 when she was 44. Her first love was reading and writing; knitting was a necessary chore. Before oil was discovered, almost the only way of earning extra cash for housewives in rural Shetland was knitting so, apart from making garments for her family, she knitted goods for local knitwear buyers.

     

  • KNIT CRUISE ON THE LOCH NESS

    1pm

    Our popular cruises by Jacobite on one of the world’s most famous bodies of water are back! Join your peers on a relaxed cruise of the Loch Ness.

    Bring your work in progress!

    Price includes bus transfer to and from the venue, packed lunch and refreshments. 

     


    PRESENTATION: A HISTORY OF YARNS IN THE HIGHLANDS

    Saturday: 2pm – 3pm

    Presenter: Clare Campbell, The Prickly Thistle of Scotland

    www.pricklythistlescotland.com

    Meet the founder and designer of Prickly Thistle, Clare Campbell, and listen to the exciting history of yarn spinning and weaving in the mainland Highland region.

     


    TURNING SIDEWAYS

    Teacher: Woolly Wormhead

    Skill Level: Advanced

    Participants will work through a number of different techniques, including short rows, provisional cast-on and kitchener stitch (garter). We also discuss how turning our knitting through ninety degrees affects stitch patterns and increases/decreases, and learn how we can use them to our advantage. We will also discuss the maths of a circle, using garter stitch and it’s gauge properties.

    I will demonstrate a number of techniques, and participants will start by creating their own short row circle to help understand the construction and the relevance of the maths. From there, time permitting, participants can create different sideways swatches – half circles with cables, cones etc, or consider how they would like to create their own sideways knit (side to side, short row) garter stitch Hat.

    For this workshop, please bring:

    Several small balls of up to 50g and the appropriate sized straight needles are required. Participants will also need a crochet hook, some waste yarn, and a tapestry/darning needle.

    Should participants wish to design/make themselves a sideways garter stitch beanie, then 100g of yarn and appropriate needles will also be required.

    Handouts

    Workshop notes covering all of the techniques, including charts and illustrated tutorials where applicable will be provided.

     


     

    KNIT A FAIR ISLE BOOKMARK

    Teacher: Hazel Tindall

    Skill level: Intermediate

    Skill level information: Experience of knitting with two colours in a row.

    Knit a Fair Isle bookmark so you have a complete – or almost complete – usable project to take home. Participants will knit in the round, knit with 2 colours, use a steek, follow a chart, choose colours, cut and finish off steek and pick up stitches at steek edge.

    For this workshop, please bring:  

    Two 3.00mm double pointed needles (used for homework), and three or four 3.50mm double pointed needles (20cm-30cm long), or your preferred needles for working small diameters in the round.

    Small amounts of jumperweight yarn in 6 colours (3 dark and 3 light) – total weight approx 15g. Choose one of the colours for homework.

    Jumperweight yarn is available from jamiesonsofshetland.co.uk (Spindrift) or shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk (2ply jumerweight)

    Repositionable tape or ruler (for keeping the place when using a chart), blunt sewing needle, scissors.

    HOMEWORK 

    Please bring to the class: one single colour piece in jumper weight yarn on 3mm needles: cast on 41 stitches, work back and forth 3 rows in moss (seed) stitch, then knit one increase row: (K3, m1) 12 times, K5. (53 stitches). Do not cast off the stitches. You will need 2 double pointed needles or 1 circular needle for the homework. For the class you will need three or four 3.50mm double pointed needles or a circular needle.

     


     

    KNITTING IN THE ROUND – MAKE CUSTOMISED FINGERLESS MITTENS WITH AN AFTERTHOUGHT THUMB

    Teacher: Sarah Berry

    Skill Level: Beginner

    If you’re a knitter who has yet to discover the seamless joys of knitting in the round, this workshop is for you! Come and design your own stylish mittens by choosing from options for cuffs, edging and stitch pattern; along the way, we will practice the magic loop technique on circular needles, and use double-pointed-needles to work a simple “afterthought” thumb. It is planned that one mitten will be worked at this workshop, with participants leaving with the skills and written support to complete the pair

    For this workshop please bring: Resources supplied for £10 including written instructions, or bring yourself: undyed aran weight yarn; bamboo circular needles; bamboo dpns; scrap yarn for thumb stitches

     


    BANDED HATS WITH NAVAJO CHURRO WOOL

    Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke, USA

    Skill Level: Beginner.

    Skill level information: Students should already have basic knitting skills, including cast on, bind off,

    purl, knit, increasing and decreasing.

    Class Description

    Knit a hat inspired by the work of the Navajo (Diné) people using wool from the Black Mesa Weavers Navajo Churro; one of the oldest domesticated sheep breeds in North America, now considered threatened by the Livestock Conservancy. In this class, you will have the opportunity to learn the Fair Isle technique, as well as how to create “jogless” stripes in the round on double-point needles. Learn about this rare breed sheep, and what is being done to help preserve its legacy. Navajo Churro yarn and reference materials will be provided. At the end of the journey, you will leave well on your way to completing a hand knit hat that connects your passion for knitting with the spirit of the Navajo shepherds.

    Four Directions hat kit, including pattern and mini-mill spun Navajo Churro yarn in two natural colors

    For this workshop please bring:

    Size US 6 (4.0mm) double point needles, stitch marker, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, bag of knitting accessories.

    Materials/Kit Fee included in the fee (value of £20)


     


     

    THE CORRECT MÖBIUS COWL

    Teacher: Chrissie Day/England

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    When you knit a Moebius in one continuous row of stitches, you then have beautiful patterns emerging naturally and symmetrically from the centre out, with very little effort or attention on your part. Choosing to use more than one colour and choosing the correct stitch design which creates a two-faced design just enhances the natural flow and symmetry which emerges.

    Since you have only one edge to finish, you’ll never have a cast-off side tighter than the cast-on, and you’ll never see your cast-on at all, because it’s swallowed up in the centre of the scarf.

    But most of all, and this is hard to explain, there is a simple utter joy allowing the true Moebius to emerge and do all the work for you. You’ll have to find this out for yourself, by learning to prepare and cast on your moebius learning to calculate the correct number of stitches to the ply you have chosen to use and the length and number of wraps your moebius cowl / scarf will have.

    We will cover 3 differing cast on methods in this class and look at many differing stitch designs.

    For this workshop please bring:  Yarn of your choice in any ply. Needles : size to suit your yarn choice  but they must be Circular with a length of 47″ to 60″.

     


     

    BEAUTIFUL BRIOCHE

    Teacher: Katherine Lymer

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Brioche knitting is form of tuck-stitch knitting, resulting in a wonderfully textured and squishy fabric – similar to the doughy French pastry, after which it was named.

    During this workshop, we will learn how to combine yarn overs, slipped stitches and the unique language of Brioche knitting to create a warm, winter beanie – perfect to keep the cold at bay or gift to someone special.  To complement the textural breadth of brioche, we will learn a tubular cast on and, by knitting with two colours, we’ll further enhance our stitch definition to create a truly stunning, double-sided fabric.

    This workshop is suitable for those confident in the basic knitting techniques (e.g. casting on and off, knitting and purling) and who have an interest in learning brioche knitting.

    For this workshop please bring: Yarn: Two contrasting colours of DK yarn. Needles: 4.0mm circular needle with 60/80cm cable (We’re working back and forth – not in the round – so the cable length needs to accommodate the working stitches, but can be longer.) You may also find it helpful to bring your usual bag of knitting accessories e.g. row counter, scissors.

     


    GALA DINNER

    7pm – midnight

    Join us at the Mercure Hotel Inverness for a delicious dinner.

     


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    INTRODUCTION TO FAIR ISLE YOKES

    Teacher: Hazel Tindall, Shetlands

    Skill level: Intermediate

    Skill level information: Experience of knitting with two colours in a row.

     

    Learn about knitting Fair Isle yokes by studying examples and knitting a section of yoke to understand the shaping. Follow a chart and choose colours.

    The instructor’s handout gives the information needed to knit your own yoked jumper.

     

    For this workshop, please bring:

    Two 3.00mm double pointed needles (used for homework), and two 3.50mm double pointed needles (20cm-30cm long), or circular needles.

    Small amounts of jumperweight yarn in up to 8 colours (4 dark and 4 light) – total weight approx 15g. Choose one of the colours for homework.

    Jumperweight yarn is available from jamiesonsofshetland.co.uk (Spindrift) or shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk (2ply jumerweight)

    Repositionable tape or ruler (for keeping the place when using a chart), blunt sewing needle, scissors.

    HOMEWORK 

    Please bring to the class: one single colour piece in jumper weight yarn on 3mm needles: cast on 50 stitches, work back and forth 4 rows in k1, p1 rib, knit 1 row (do not cast off the stitches). You will need 2 double pointed needles or 1 circular needle for the homework. For the class you will need two 3.50mm double pointed needles or circular needle.

     


     

    KNITTING WITH BEADS

    Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke, USA

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Skill level information: Students should already have basic knitting skills, including cast on, bind off.

    Adding beads to your knitting is fun, and the results are magical! In this class we will talk about different ways that beads can be added, and discuss the pros and cons of each. Putting our new knowledge to use, we will make a cute beaded coaster. You’ll leave with the confidence, skills, and resources needed to incorporate beads into your projects.

    Covers cost of beads, crochet hook, and additional supplies

    For this workshop please bring:

    Fingering weight yarn, light in color and smoothe (preferably a wool or protein-based fiber), circular and/or straight knitting needles that yield a nice stockinette fabric with this yarn (bring a few different sizes), notebook, pencil, and the usual knitting bag filled with treasures.

    A ‘materials’ fee of £6 for beeds, etc needed for the class to be paid directly to the teacher

     


    MAKE A WOOL-FILLED WALDORF POCKET-DOLL USING SIMPLE, TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES

    Teacher: Sara Berry

    We will make a 6”/15cm doll with a fabric-covered face and knitted body, using Waldorf doll-making techniques. This little pocket-doll will introduce participants to the processes used when making a larger doll. We will be forming the head from wool roving; tying it to create the facial shape; covering the head; sewing the eyes and mouth, and crocheting a wig cap. There will be a selection of original knitting patterns provided, from which participants may choose a body-type to knit for their little doll.

    For this workshop please bring: Scissors and tape measures

    A doll kit is included in the fee (value £10)

    Sarah Berry will also have a few knitting patterns for doll’s clothes available, as well as plenty of books and photographs to inspire participants – and some of her own dolls to refer to.

     


     

    AN IN DEPTH EXPLORATION OF STARTING AND FINISHING TECHNIQUES

    Teacher: Di Gilpin, Scotland

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    In this 3 hour class we will explore all the Knitting Studio’s special techniques for final finishing to achieve a perfect finish. This will include various favourite cast on’s, cast offs, edge stitches, shaping, short row, sewing up and buttonholes.

    For this workshop please bring: pairs of 3.25mm, 3.75mm and 4.00mm needles. A cable needle and sewing needle. A selection of wools that you may be working with of 4ply or DK weight. For sewing up techniques etc please bring 2 5ins X 5 ins samplers worked in Stocking Stitch with a moss stitch border.

     


     

    MASTERCLASS IN DOUBLE KNITTING/ADVANCED

    Teacher: Chrissie Day/England

    Skill Level: Advanced

    To take the Masterclass knitters must be proficient in dual yarn handling and preferably have done some Double knitting before.

    Achieve differing effects and colours in Garment and Shawl edgings.

    In this class we will need to cover the following techniques:

    1. Cable cast-on, Single colour cast-on, Double colour cast-on, Ribbed cable cast-on, Ribbed long tail cast-on which gives two very distinctive colour sides, Twined cable cast-on, Braided cable cast-on, Two colour long tail ribbed cast-on, Italian cast-on, Two colour tubular cast-on, and Two colour moebius cast-on.
    1. Master techniques which interlocks your design together as we start our garment or shawl with our double knit edging.
    1. Cover the double knit to single face technique.
    1. Differing cast on methods to accommodate this technique.
    1. Dual-coloured work with differing designs on either side as our inlays and edges.
    1. Using the same technique to give pockets in garments, learning how to cast off and re-cast on for differing layers.
    1. Quilting layers for our edging for effect.
    1. A new technique of lace in our double knitted fabric.
    1. Garment edgings in double knit and buttonholes in this dual-faced fabric.
    1. Reversible cuffs. You may have dots on both sides or let some of them move from one side.  This is an excellent introduction to dissimilar side double knitting.

    To take the Masterclass, knitters must be proficient in dual-yarn handling and preferably have done some double knitting before.

    For this workshop please bring:

    2-5 colours of yarn are needed to work on a 2.75mm-3mm needle circular needle 40-60cms.

    Bring stitch holder or safety pins to keep sample work on.

     


     

    KNITTING HAP SHAWLS

    Teacher: Karie Westermann

    Skills: Intermediate.

    Skill level information: No prior lace experience necessary, but you should be able to knit, purl, do yarn overs and knit two together

    Shetland lace sounds daunting, but in this workshop I will teach you how apply this technique to make a hap shawl. Together we will explore the different techniques you use in a hap shawl: picking up stitches, reading & understanding a lace chart, and how to knit an applied edge.

    We’ll talk different lace traditions and how best to ‘hack’ a lace shawl. You will also get a

    chance to look at some stunning samples while we crack the code!

    For this workshop please bring:25g-50g of 4ply yarn (at least 50% wool).4mm circular or straight needles (if circular, then at least 24”long) , 5 stitch markers

     


     

     

    REVERSIBLE CABLES

    Teacher: Woolly Wormhead

    Participants will work through a number of different swatches for reversible cables to learn how they are constructed. Together we will look at how changing their component stitches affects the overall pattern, and then consider how they can be used with shaping and integrated into garments and accessories.

    I will demonstrate a number of techniques, and participants will start by working through the examples provided in the class handouts.

    For this workshop please bring: Either several balls of around 50g or a 100g skein of yarn and the appropriate sized straight needles are required. Participants are advised to bring extra notions, such as tape measure, crochet hook, tapestry needle and so on.

    Handouts

    Workshop notes covering all of the techniques, including charts and illustrated tutorials where applicable will be provided.

     


     

    STRUCTURED KNITTING

    Teacher: Katherine Lymer

    Skill Level: Beginner

    This workshop is suitable for those experienced in the basic knitting techniques (e.g. casting on and off, knitting and purling) and who wish to understand and enhance the structural characteristics of their knitted fabric.

    Although creating a beautiful piece of knitted fabric is, fundamentally, achieved by working knit and purl stitches, their precise combination can influence the structure of the fabric and, consequently, the overall make-up of the finished garment.

    In this workshop, we will learn techniques useful in shaping necks, shoulders and collars, knitting socks, creating darts and improving the overall appearance of our knitted fabric.  We will explore different methods of shaping, including fully fashioning / decorative decreasing, to create fabrics with slopes in different directions.  We will use short-rows to shape within the fabric without producing any unsightly “steps” (often seen when shaping shoulders) and work different stitch combinations at the very edge of fabric to create alternative selvages.

    For this workshop please bring: Yarn: One colour DK yarn NB This is a small project so a whole ball is not required.

    Needles: 4.0mm straight / circular needle – we’re working back and forth to create a flat piece of fabric;please bring the needle arrangement that you are most comfortable working with.

    You may also find it helpful to bring your usual bag of knitting accessories e.g. row counter, scissors.

     


     

    PRESENTATION: CHRISTEL SEYFARTH’s WORLD OF COLOUR

    Sunday: 11.00 – 12.30

    Presenter: Christel Seyfarth, Denmark

    Christel Seyfarth, Danish knitwear designer, and one of the organizers of Loch Ness International Knit Fest, has a very special feeling for colour. Her contemporary fair-isle designs are true ART KNITS and she is known far beyond Denmark for her colour and patternmix. Her designs always involve many colours, and her special techniques about steeking and only knitting with 1 colour at the time, AND never sewing in ends, fascinates all knitters.

    Christel lives on the westernmost island of Denmark, and she is deeply inspired by the North Sea and the extraordinary cultural heritage of the island.

    Christel’s lecture is about her island and her inspiration sources – when signing up for this exciting lecture you will not only want to start knitting fair-isle right away, you also wish to book your next holiday on her island, Fanø.

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    FRIDAY AFTERNOON

    1. LOCH NESS KNITCRUISE WITH JACOBITE
    2. INTRODUCTION TO FAIR-ISLE YOKE – 3 HOURS  WITH HAZEL TINDALL
    3. INTRODUCTION TO WALDORF DOLL-MAKING WITH SARAH BERRY
    4. KNITTING IN THE ROUND –MASTERCLASS WITH WOLLY WORMHEAD
    5. INTRODUCTION TO INTARSIA WITH KYLE KUNNECKE
    6. DORSET BUTTON MAKING WITH TANIA ASHTON JONES
    7. ABSTRACT COLOUR CABLING WITH DI GILPIN
    8. SHAWL SHAPING WITH CHRISSIE DAY
    9. FAROESE SHAWLS WITH KARIE WESTERMANN
    10. PRESENTATION BY LUCY HAGUE- HOW CELTIC AND PICTISH ART HAS INSPIRED MY KNITWEAR DESIGNS
    11. BLAZIN FIDDLES CONCERT IN BEAULY

     

    SATURDAY AM

    1. PRESENTATION BY HAZEL TINDALL – KNITTING IN SHETLAND IN THE 1960’S
    2. DORSET BUTTON MAKING WITH TANIA ASHTON JONES
    3. NORDIC KNITTING NB 6 HOURS WITH KARIE WESTERMANN
    4. THE ART OF THE KNITTED CIRCLE WITH WOLLY WORMHEAD
    5. CHUNKY CABLE MASTERCLASS WITH DI GILPIN
    6. DOUBLE KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS WITH CHRISSIE DAY
    7. GET ORGANIZED, MAKE A “PERPETUAL” KNITTING WORKBOOK WITH LAURA WEST
    8. TWO-HANDED FAIR-ISLE IN THE ROUND WITH KATHERINE LYMER

     

    SATURDAY PM

    1. TURNING SIDEWAYS WITH WOLLY WORMHEAD
    2. FAIR-ISLE BOOKMARK CLASS – 3 HOURS WITH HAZEL TINDALL
    3. KNITTING IN THE ROUND – FINGERLESS MITTENS WITH SARAH BERRY
    4. BANDED HAT WITH NAJAVO CHURRO WOOL WITH KYLE KUNNECKE
    5. THE CORRECT MOEBIUS COWL WITH CHRISSIE DAY
    6. BEAUTIFUL BRIOCHE WITH KATHERINE LYMER
    7. PRESENTATION BY CLAIRE CAMPBELL – A HISTORY OF TARTANS
    8. GALA DINNER AT MERCURE HOTEL INVERNESS

     

    SUNDAY

    1. PRESENTATION BY CHRISTEL SEYFARTH – A WORLD OF COLOUR
    2. INTRODUCTION TO FAIR-ISLE YOKE – 3 HOURS WITH HAZEL TINDALL
    3. KNITTING WITH BEADS WITH KYLE KUNNECKE
    4. HOW TO MAKE YOUR POCKET WALDORF DOLL WITH SARAH BERRY
    5. AN IN DEPTH EXPLORATION OF STARTING AND FINISHING TECHNIQUES WITH DI GILPIN
    6. MASTERCLASS IN DOUBLE KNITTING – ADVANCED WITH CHRISSIE DAY
    7. KNITTING SHETLAND HAP SHAWLS WITH KARIE WESTERMANN
    8. REVERSIBLE CABLES WITH WOLLY WORMHEAD
    9. STRUCTURED KNITTING WITH KATHERINE LYMER