Amy R Singer is the editor of the online knitting magazine Knitty.com which has had more than 137 million site visits since its launch in 2002. She will be coming to the Studio in December to teach three master classes and share her expertise!
In this class, Knitty editor Amy Singer will talk about what makes a pattern stand out among the hundreds submitted to Knitty every year, what makes a good pattern, patternwriting techniques that make a difference, what makes a pattern go viral, the things you can do to ensure you have the best possible chance of being published, and the five things you can do that will blow it for you.
Sunday December 8th
2:00 – 5:00pm
Amy’s Plug+Play method is one of the easiest ways to apply texture to knitted fabric. Bring a favorite stockinette sweater pattern to class. We’ll help you choose a stitch pattern or patterns that appeal[s] to you and — using the simplest tools, like graph paper, pencil and eraser — you’ll be able to plan the transformation of acres of stockinette into a textured fabric that’s uniquely yours. You’ll learn how to take existing stitch patterns and alter them to suit your taste, and how to handle potentially tricky areas like necklines and armholes, keeping your chosen pattern intact and flowing. This low-stress technique is a great one to add to your knitting toolbox!
Sunday, December 8th
Amy’s allergy to wool means she jumped into spinning silk headfirst. Spinning Tussah on a spindle now ties with knitting as her favorite fiber-related pastime. Handspun silk is unlike anything you can buy, and an absolute dream to knit with!
In this class, Amy will take you from cocoon to hanky to roving and get you spinning silk – guaranteed. Even if you’ve never touched a spindle, you will be successful in this class, turning silk hankies into beautiful, rustic yarn that you can knit with right away! We’ll also learn the skills that will help you, with practice, become a confident spinner of Tussah and even slippery Bombyx silk! We’ll talk about the different tools available for spinning, and explain the terms that spinners use so you’ll know the difference between hankies, bells, caps, bricks, batts, top and roving…and which you might want to choose for your future spinning projects.