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Gudrun's Workshop:
Mini Icelandic Shawl
In this class we will knit a mini shawl in the Icelandic tradition. We will cover the basic construction and popular motifs found in Icelandic shawl knitting. Gudrun will also introduce you to the Icelandic Bind Off.
 
Technique Requirements:
Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; beginner lace; chart reading;
have knit a few accessories
 
Supplies to Bring:
100 yards of Lace weight yarn in MC, 25 yards each of CC1 and CC2. Note: Please avoid variegated or dark yarns and if possible choose woolly (not superwash) yarn. Needles: US 5/3.75mm 24 inch circular needle. Notions: Stitch markers, scrap yarn for holding stitches; highlighter tape or similar for help with keeping track of lace chart; row counter (optional).
 
Homework: 
None
 
Mini Shetland Hap Shawl
Learn how to knit a traditional hap (shawl) from the Shetland Islands. This beautiful heirloom shawl makes a great gift for a new baby and is a great introduction to Shetland lace knitting. We will make a mini version of this shawl in class (as a half hap) and students will leave with the necessary skills to make their own full-sized version at home. 
 
Technique Requirements:
Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; beginner lace
 
Supplies to Bring:
150 yards of fingering weight yarn in main color. Either 20 yards of three different contrast colors or 50 yards of one contrast color in fingering-weight yarn.
 
Note:
Please avoid variegated or dark yarns and if possible choose woolly (not superwash) yarn.US 7/ 4.5mm or US 8/5mm 24-inch circular needle (if you are a loose knitter use the smaller size needle). Notions: Stitch markers, scrap yarn for holding stitches; highlighter tape or similar for help with keeping track of lace chart; row counter (optional).
 
Homework: 
None
Short Rows with Gudrun
The short row has many useful functions when it comes to shaping your knitting. It has become a common technique to see in patterns, but many knitters struggle with finding a method that works well for them. In this class we will practice and compare four different types of short rows, focusing on the necessary specifics to make them as invisible as possible in your work. Gudrun will also give a broad description of how short rows are used in knitting but primarily this class is about practicing the different variations in the hope that you find one you like and solve any mysteries you may have previously had with holes in your short rows!
 
Technique Requirements:
Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories

Level: 
Intermediate
 
Supplies to Bring:
200 yards of worsted weight yarn (please do not use variegated or very dark yarn). US size 7 (4.5mm) straight or circular needles
 
Mary Jane's Workshops:
Fast and Furious Fair Isle
A quick introduction to the wonderful world of traditional Fair Isle knitting. In three hours of swift knitting our class will begin to understand the amazing color variation that can be achieved using just two colors at time . Knitting a simple stranded wristlet quickly illustrate new concepts. 
 
Class Level:
Intermediate
 
Technique Requirements:
Experience making at least one pair of socks. Some experience working stranded colorwork in the round in a small diameter piece.
 
Supplies to Bring:
US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle; scissors; stitch markers. Colored pencils and eraser, if desired. Between 3 and 8 colors (or more, more colors = more fun!) of fingering weight wool yarn (Shetland Wool preferred), 25-100 yds of each color; US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle; scissors; stitch markers. Graph paper and colored pencils, if desired.
 
Homework:
With any color fingering-weight yarn you like, CO 48 sts. Place marker, join to
work in the round without twisting. Work k1, p1 rib for 1" (2.5 cm).

 
Mittens of the North Atlantic
Explore knitting traditions of the North Atlantic by way of mittens. Norwegian Selbuvotter, Icelandic two thumbed mittens and Newfoundland shooting gloves are three of the the classic mittens found in this vast region. Learn a little history and explore some special techniques found in this necessary hand-wear. We will discover a few types of thumb construction and creative colorwork from both sides of the Atlantic. Choose one mini mitten to practice these skills or if you're exceptionally ambitious - knit them all!
 
Class Level:
Intermediate, comfortable knitting small diameter pieces in the round. Experience in two color knitting required for knitting Selbuvotter and Trigger Mittens.

Supplies to Bring:
For Selbuvotter and Trigger Mittens, two colors of DK weight traditional type of wool yarn preferred, in two colors with high contrast in value, (one light and one dark), 25g/50m each. 25g/50m. For Icelandic double thumb mittens, Lett Lopi Icelandic Wool, 25g/50m. Needles US 3, 4 & US 5, dpns or preferred method for knitting small diameter pieces.
 
Note:
Gauge is not critical in our samples.  We may all get a different sized finished object. Our resulting mittens will be suitable for various sizes of fairies and small trolls.
 
Homework:
None
Dominate Your Yarn! Understand Yarn Dominance in Stranded Knitting
Ever been terrified by the words yarn dominance? Discouraged from continuing stranded knitting because you think your stitching looks wonky? Exasperated when your yarns keep twisting? Mary Jane takes the fear out of yarn dominance with simple exercises and practice we’ll determine our own personal yarn dominance and set our fears to rest. 
 
Class Level:
Competent Beginner to Intermediate, some experience with stranded knitting.
 
Technique Requirements:
Some experience working stranded colorwork in the round and reading charts.

Supplies to Bring:
DK-weight or Worsted weight, smooth wool yarn - no novelty or bumpy yarns; the two yarns need to be the same type.75 yds each of two colors with high contrast, one very light colored and one very dark colored.  Double pointed needles or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round, in a size to match your yarn, US 4 or 5 for DK, US 7 or 8 for worsted. Scissors; stitch markers.

Homework:
CO 48 sts. Place marker, join for working in the round taking care not to twist the stitches. Work k1, p1 rib for 1"/2.5 cm.