Shalimar Workshop
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Shalimar Workshop

Hosted by Shalimar Yarns in New Market, Maryland

Conquer those Fair Isle fears in this 3-hout workshop! 
We’ll learn the basics of Fair Isle for all knitters (English, Continental, Combination), troubleshooting, proper techniques, history, and cast on for the Stereo Hearts Cowl.

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Jimmy Beans Wool Retreat 2018
Jun
7
to Jun 10

Jimmy Beans Wool Retreat 2018

Hosted by Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada.

This summer, join Jimmy Beans Wool in their hometown of Reno, NV at the Renaissance Hotel for a wonderful weekend full of learning, laughing, making new friends, and of course, knitting! They’re keeping the venue local so they can bring you even MORE of the good stuff, like extra classes, instructors, guest speakers and swag! 
I’ll be teaching slip-stitch knitting with knitted in hems and we'll cast on for the Felix Felicis Cowl!

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Magical Fiber Fantasy Retreat 2018
Nov
7
to Nov 10

Magical Fiber Fantasy Retreat 2018

Hosted by Ross Farms at Disney's Coronado Resort

I'm thrilled to be back teaching at this magical event for the second year in a row on Disney property!

Fair Isle 1.0 (Half Day - 3 hours) 
Freaked over Fair Isle? Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, color theory, how to trap floats, Fair Isle history and set good Fair Isle knitting habits. We’ll put everything we learned into practice and knit the Polarized Hat, a Fair Isle, corrugated ribbing, and Latvian braid unisex hat.

Fair Isle 2.0 (Half Day - 3 hours) 
Ready to move beyond basic Fair Isle? Knit a retreat-exclusive Disney-inspired pair of Fair Isle mittens designed by TanisKnits. We’ll work stranded colorwork in a small circumference and cover colorwork charts, afterthought thumbs, corrugated ribbing, and traditional Nordic-style shaping. Wear memories of this amazing retreat in the palm of your hands!

All About The Braids (Half Day - 3 hours) 
Looking to add some dimension to your knitting? Do knitted braids intrigue you? We’ll learn how to work 2-color Latvian and Estonian braids, while knitting up a retreat- exclusive cowl by TanisKnits! We’ll also cover finishing techniques, history of these techniques, and talk about color theory.

Beaded Garter Cuffs (Half Day - 3 hours) 
Add some sparkle to your knitting! Love the way beads in knitting look but not sure how to do it? We’ll talk about multiple beading methods and put what we learn into practice by knitting an exclusive Disney-inspired beaded garter cuff pattern by TanisKnits. We’ll also cover the provisional cast on and how to kitchener stitch our edges together.

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Greater Boston Knitting Guild
May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Greater Boston Knitting Guild

Hosted by the Greater Boston Knitting Guild at Plymouth Plantation

I am delighted to be the guest presenter and instructor for the Greater Boston Knitting Guild! We will be meeting at Plymouth Plantation (not far from where I grew up) where I will talk about the history of knitting and teach an afternoon workshop on the E Pluribus Unum Cowl, a lace cowl with knitted-in hems.

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Knit & Dye Fair Isle Workshop
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Knit & Dye Fair Isle Workshop

  • Spirit Trail Fiberworks at Blue Ridge Artisans (map)
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Click here for tickets - space is very limited!

Come out and spend the day in beautiful Rappahannock County, just 90 minutes from Washington, DC. Learn fair isle knitting techniques from renowned author, designer and knitwear teacher Tanis Gray, and dyeing from Jennifer Heverly, owner of Spirit Trail Fiberworks. Enjoy lunch in Sperryville, VA, which offers several excellent dining options.

9 am – 12 pm: Fair Isle Knitting with Tanis Gray.

Freaked over Fair Isle? Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, how to trap floats, Latvian braids, Fair Isle history and set good Fair Isle knitting habits. We’ll put everything we learned into practice and knit an exclusive unisex Fair Isle cowl designed in Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn for this workshop by instructor Tanis Gray. This 3-hour class is open to all levels, but participants should be comfortable casting on, joining and knitting in the round.

Materials:
• 1 Hank each Spirit Trail Fiberworks Luna (3.8oz/110g ea approx. 200yds/182m, 100% non-shrink wool). Colors used in original sample are Good Vibrations (MC, blue) and Christine (CC, pink). This is included in the workshop fee and will be sent to participants prior to the workshop, in order to complete homework (detailed below).

Participants should bring the following:
• Size US 7 (4.5mm) 24” Circular Knitting Needle
• Stitch Markers
• Tapestry Needle

Homework:
• With MC using Twisted German CO method CO 120 sts. Join into round being careful not to twist stitches, place marker for beginning of round. (Twisted German Cast On: http://tinyurl.com/j5ob6ws)

12 pm – 2 pm: Lunch break. Attendees are on their own for lunch, with multiple options within walking distance of Jennifer’s studio.

2 pm – 5 pm: Yarn Dyeing with Jennifer Heverly

Learn dye techniques to dye two skeins of yarn to use in colorwork projects. In this workshop, attendees will join Jennifer Tepper Heverly to learn the basics of dyeing yarn, and will dye two skeins of yarn using two different techniques: kettle dyeing and speckling to create the perfect contrasting yarns for colorwork projects. 

It's recommended that participants wear dark clothing, and / or clothing you don't mind getting stained, or bring an apron to protect your clothes. Dye has a way of getting on things (especially where you don't want it!). We use dyes for protein fibers (wool, silk, cashmere and other animal fibers) and it is typically removable from non-animal fibers (cotton, linen, synthetics with the exception of rayon) but some slight staining may remain even after washing. 

Because I prefer to let yarns cool slowly overnight for the best results, finished yarns will be dried and then mailed to participants the week after the workshop.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this full-day workshop.

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Lancaster Knitter's Retreat 2018
Apr
13
to Apr 15

Lancaster Knitter's Retreat 2018

Hosted by Lancaster Yarn Shop in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania

The Lancaster Knitter's Retreat takes place in an inspiring, rural setting with excellent teachers and in the good company of knitters from near and far.  

Arrive Friday evening and meet the teachers during a casual knitting reception in the Great Room at Amish View Inn
 
On Saturday attend Tanis Gray’s new course 'Beaded Lace:  Coventry Cowl Workshop’ and Patty Lyon’s class 'Short Row Magic' (details below). The Saturday evening banquet will be followed by an engaging talk by Patty Lyons titled 'Oops! I accidentally knit a dress!'

Sunday morning,  The Knitting Salon is envisioned as 'a cultural hub, responsible for the dissemination of good manners and sociability.'  We'll spin a yarn or two, share songs and ideas and projects, and learn from each other - all to inspire you and your knitting.  Prepare to be knocked out by our Hand Knit Runway, special guests, live music, and fun! 

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Lace Forensics
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Lace Forensics

Hosted by Second Story Knits in Bethesda, Maryland

Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and join Tanis Gray on a 2-part lace forensics adventure! If knitting lace is something you’ve shied away from, let’s tackle it head on! We’ll discuss the history and mechanics of this technique, discuss the differences between lace knitting and knitted lace, learn to translate a written lace pattern into charted form, learn to knit lace from a chart, and decode a lace swatch and turn it into a chart. We’ll also cover nupps and knitting with beads. In the afternoon, we’ll take what we learned and knit either the Luce Cowl or the Silk Road Mitts with beads - knitter’s choice (both patterns are one size fits all)! Open to knitters of all levels, you’ll leave feeling like a lace pro!

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Olympic Cowl Workshop
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Olympic Cowl Workshop

Hosted by Yarnia of Old Town, Warrenton Vistor's Center

Join me in a 2-part color work workshop on February 24th! 
In the morning I will teach Fair Isle skills for all types of knitting (English, Continental, Combination), history, troubleshooting, and touch on color theory, and in the afternoon, we will cast on for the Winter Games 2018 Cowl
Conquer those Fair Isle fears and hope to see you there!

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