Knitwork - Learn to Knit

by - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Instructor Christa Giles

About the Knitwork Workshops
The knitwork workshops are organized so that any number or combination may be taken. Those with no knitting experience should take Knitwork I. All classes use 100% wool yarn. If you have a strong aversion to working with wool, please bring at least 100m of worsted weight yarn in a light or bright colour in a fibre that you can manipulate comfortably. Lab fees include enough yarn to finish the class project.

This class is geared toward first-time knitters, or people who want a refresher. The class is kept small for individual attention. Participants will learn to recognize stitches, correct basic mistakes, and knit with confidence.

Students will learn how to cast on and bind off. The knit stitch and purl stitch will be explained, as will the use of knits and purls together to create garter, stockinette, and ribbed fabric. There is no wrong way to knit. Knitting has developed in many cultures with interesting variations – if one method doesn’t feel “right” to you, you can try another until you find a movement that does!

Intermediate or advanced knitters can take this course to develop the basics needed for two-handed knitting. Two primary styles – English, with the yarn held in the right hand, and Continental, with the yarn held in the left – will be covered.

Christa Giles

Christa Giles’ focus on knitting began in college: though she was studying American Sign Language at the time, needles and yarn were in her hands for most of the lecture sessions, and knitted hats festooned with cables and colourwork would appear on a weekly basis. Spinning came into Christa’s life while she was visiting the vendors’ market at the Convergence Conference 2002. Christa’s collection of drop spindles includes a prized top whorl with changeable shafts turned on her father’s lathe, and she has recently acquired her first spinning wheel (!). In addition, Christa’s self-guided explorations in craft have included pottery, quilting, and dyeing. Her beads and jewelry have been on display in several national exhibitions as part of the Canadian Glass Beadmakers Association.

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