Creating or embellishing fabric is an exercise in energy exchange between your body and the yarn. Some yarns will help with this exchange while others are “energy vampires” that require you to give your all! In this class you’ll “dissect” a variety of yarns to understand how helpful it will be in sharing the work. We’ll go far beyond what some think is obvious (cotton is “harder” to knit than wool) and dive deeply into the characteristics of plant and animal fibers, fiber, yarn structure, and construction and how it relates to knitter's hand comfort. Understanding the mechanics and construction of several fiber and yarns will help you to select yarns that will be comfortable for your hands and arms to work with and know what to do if you choose a challenging one. This class is appropriate for knitters and crocheters, and any crafter who uses yarn.
Note: The advice in this class does not constitute medical advice, and if you have any issues please consult your doctor directly.
Students need to bring 3 needle or hook sizes; I recommend US 4, US 7, US 9 or 10 needles or E-4 (3.5mm) a G (4.25 mm) and a I-9 (5.5 mm) hooks. Yarn will be provided. A student fee will be added based on cost of yarns and enrollment.