on the road with knitspot

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Here, you’ll find Bare Naked Wool and Knitspot events that you’ll want to mark on your calendar!
Please contact the host venue for more information or to make reservations to attend. We hope to see you there!
Knit Night!
Every Wednesday evening we offer an open-to-the-public knit night!  Come on over to the Bare Naked Wools Boutique!  Make friends, chat with existing friends, and get inspired!
Knit Night hours are from 6PM-8PM
2015 Bare Naked Wools Pop Up Stores
Athens Area Fiber Faire October 3-4th 2015
Indie Untangled  Kingston, NY  October 16, 2015
Kingston Marriott Pop Up Shop Kingston, NY October 18, 2015 (Information about this event can be found below)
8th Annual Yarn Discovery Tour
This year we are so excited to participate in our local shop hop!  The Yarn Discovery Tour will be going on from September 8-26 of 2015.  Yarn enthusiasts can purchase a $5 passport and will receive the 2015 tote bag!  The shop hoppers must buy a minimum of $10 at a participating store to receive that shop’s free pattern.  This enters you into that shop’s $100 prize basket (which each shop puts together itself.) When participants have visited 5, 10, 15, or all participating shops, they are also entered into the GRAND PRIZE basket drawing!
Windy Knitty Chicago, Illinois September 18-20 2015
Trunk Show and Bare Naked Wools Yarn Tasting: Friday, September 18, 6 – 9 PM
From 6 – 7 PM, Meet Anne Hanson and enjoy perusing a trunk show filled with Anne’s Knitspot samples. From 7 – 9 PM, Anne will offer a discussion on her design process, and how it ties in effectively with particular properties of the Bare Naked Wools line. This event offers an opportunity to try out 4 of our Bare Naked Wool yarns. While discussion takes place, students will have the opportunity to swatch samples at a leisurely pace.  Packets will be pre-made for the event, so an accurate headcount of students attending is necessary.  Yarn packets will include 4 sample cakes of BNW yarn.  Each packet is offered for $15.  
Class time: 2 hours; may include a question/answer period.
Bee Fields Shawl Class: Saturday, September 19, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM*
This class focuses on the Bee Fields Shawl, by Anne Hanson, an advanced shawl pattern that involves lace knitting on RS and WS, and knit-on edgings. This class will be a review and swatching of all the stitches and techniques required to knit the Bee Fields Shawl, with tips and tricks for navigating the pattern.
Skill level: Students should have completed at least two beginning/intermediate lace projects, have a complete understanding of increasing/decreasing and intermediate knitting terminology, experience with a variety of lace stitches, and be able to execute a crochet chain stitch (for help with the crochet chain stitch before the class, you are welcome to come to Windy Knitty to get a quick tutorial if you’ve not done it before).
Materials: stitch markers, notepad, dental floss or fine cotton yarn (for lifelines), 100 yards of fingering yarn for practice, size 5 or 6 needles, crochet hook size E or F. Students will need to purchase the pattern for the class project and bring yarn, needles, and supplies to work on it.
Homework: before class begins, students should work a stockinette gauge swatch as instructed on page 1 of the pattern to determine appropriate needles and yarn.
Cost: $120
The Finishing Series Class: Sunday, September 20, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM*
The Finishing Series provides the knitter with discussion and demonstration of various tools and techniques for finishing projects with polished, professional results; focus is on finishing seamed garments. The series is comprised of three workshops focusing on the following areas:
Blocking: preparation of knitted pieces for final construction, including blocking, sizing and care of hand-knit fabric and fibers.
Joining: covers myriad aspects of seaming, grafting, and finished openings, as well as planning the right methods for individual projects.
Embellishments: discusses add-ons such as buttonholes and bands, buttons, pockets, and edgings for knitted garments as well as picking up stitches.
Materials: current finishing projects or swatches (see list below) swatches, blocking tools (see list below), tapestry needles, a variety of knitting needles to practice techniques, 100 yards of practice yarn, spare project yarn if using actual project pieces for class, and pattern documentation/schematic for project if applicable. Students are also encouraged to bring the following tools if it is convenient; this will ensure that they will be able to block their own item and make it possible for more people to have hands on experience in class. However, there is no need to purchase tools just for the class: towels (1-2 large, 2-3 hand size), iron, pins, blocking squares or board, blocking wires (if possible), ruler, spray bottle.
Homework: students should bring a current finishing/seaming project such as sweater pieces, mitts, scarf, or neckwarmer to block and seam in class; please include pattern schematic. No need to block in advance; the more variety, the better. If no project is ready for finishing, participants should prepare 4 swatches that are 3-4 inches square and 2 swatches that are 21 sts wide by 1 inch long, with live sts on a holder. Tapestry needles, pins, knitting needles size 4 or 5, 100 yards of fingering yarn for practice, spare project yarn.
Cost: $120
There is a one hour break in the middle of both Saturday and Sunday’s classes!

 

Athens Area Fiber Faire Athen’s Ohio October 3rd and 4th 2015
Please come join us on October 3rd and 4th from 10 to 5 at the Athens Community Center in Athens Ohio for the Athens Area Fiber Faire to celebrate everything fiber! The fair will have classes, vendors, food, demonstrations and fashion shows. There will also be raffles and local community groups on hand to add to the fun. Please visit The Athen’s Area Fiber Faire Facebook page or email AthensAreaFiberFaire@gmail.com with questions.
Kingston Marriott Pop-Up Shop Sunday October 18th, 2015
This year’s event will be a salon/reception to treat our friends and customers to refreshments and offer a sneak peek at our next big company project. Some of our favorite celebrity knitters will be on hand; so exciting – You won’t want to miss it!
Kingston Courtyard by Marriott
500 Frank Sottile Blvd
Kingston, NY 12401
T. (845)382-2300
Miami Valley Knitting Guild Dayton, Ohio April 29-May 1 2016
Sign up here!
Sweater Fitness
Saturday 9-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
An intermediate workshop in the important basics of sweater fit and construction. Get into your best shape EVER! Participants will complete a thorough set of body measurements and discuss how to use them to choose and use a sweater pattern in an appropriate size. Students may knit gauge swatches during the workshop. Other topics of discussion will include swatching, yarn choices, pattern reading and terminology, types and uses of shaping techniques (increasing and decreasing), tips and tricks for successful navigation through a sweater project.
Students must have a complete understanding of increasing/decreasing, have completed a project that requires shaping (sweater, mittens, etc), and have an intermediate level of knitting skill and pattern reading (understanding of intermediate knitting terminology is expected). 
The emphasis of this workshop is on preparation and execution for a well-fitting sweater; seaming and finishing will not be covered.
Finishing Series
Sunday 9-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
Students are provided with discussion and demonstration of various tools and techniques for finishing projects with polished, professional results; focus is on finishing seamed garments.  The series is comprised of three workshops focusing on the following areas:
Blocking: preparation of knitted pieces for final construction, including blocking, sizing and care of hand-knit fabric and fibers.
Joining: covers many types – seaming, grafting, and finished openings, as well as planning the right methods for individual projects.
Embellishments: discusses add-ons such as button holes and bands, buttons, pockets, and edgings for knitted garments as well as picking up stitches.
Alaskan Knitting Cruise – leaves Seattle, Washington July 22-30 2016
Join Anne on the Celebrity Solstice for a week long trip filled with learning, traveling, and knitting!  Students will take part in an 18 hour lace project class – spanned over the week.  Learn one-on-one with Anne herself, as she will be available for private instruction.   Pick up tips and tricks for blocking your masterpiece.  The ship will take you to Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Alaska Inside Passage, and Victoria, British Columbia.  When not knitting, you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful scenery; you’ll cruise by forested isles, ice-blue glaciers, and majestic mountains.  Those with interest can contact Rene McKinnon at r.mckinnon@cruiseone.com or by phone 405.361.0003

 

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