Monday, June 20, 2005

Teva Durham Workshops

We don’t know everything, but here’s what we’ve got so far:

Teva Durham, author of Loop-d-Loop, will teach two workshops here on Sunday, July 17.

The first one will start at 10 a.m. and run until about 1:00. The topic will be designing with short rows—have you seen the two amazing short-rowed sweaters in her book? Here’s one:

The workshop is not intended for beginners. The cost is likely to be in the neighborhood of $75.

The afternoon workshop, however, is intended for less-experienced knitters. It features this ballet top from her book:

The garment is knit all in one piece in the round from the top down, and it provides a good introduction to these techniques as well as several kinds of increasing and decreasing (and where you’d use which). This project moves quickly; you won’t finish it during the workshop, but you’ll apparently be more than halfway there. The price for this one is higher, since it includes materials for a whole project: $100 if you already have a copy of the book or would prefer to work from a single copy of the pattern; $120 with the book.

After the second workshop, Teva will sign books and chat from about 5:30 to 7 (or when she collapses from exhaustion, depending).

Call (215-977-9276) or e-mail us to sign up, quick!

Just a few other notes—

The Summer Sock Intensive started on Thursday night, with introductions and thoughts on cast-ons and cuffs. Susan and Michele both brought some recent or current socks: Susan got a great bobble edging in Classic Elite’s “Cotton Sox,” a yarn from just before the sock boom really began—

And Michele has been experimenting plenty with self-patterning yarns—

Dorlynn provided a few (!) examples of different cuff possibilities:

Next session is Thursday, June 30—the first of two meetings on the leg section. If most aspects of sock construction are about function—how elastic is the cast-on? How much grip does the cuff have? What heel is most durable?—the leg is the freest element, where almost the only considerations are aesthetic. Get in touch if you’d like to join us!

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