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Estonian Island Weekend at the Trading Post

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Have you ever wanted to spin yarn to make mittens or gloves? Have you ever wanted to do something other than your normal go-to cast on? Would you like to be able to learn both in the same weekend? Susan Markle of the Trading Post, who every year arranges for a nationally known designer and/or teacher to come to Indiana for a class, has done it again. This year she brings us Nancy Bush and Kate Larson.

Estonian Island Weekend

The Trading Post for Fiberarts in Pendleton,
Indiana March 27, 28, 29, 2015.

Join Kate Larson and Nancy Bush for a weekend visit to the world of Estonian spinning and knitting. Our days will be focused on creating Gloves, Mittens or Mitts (your choice) which include interesting Estonian cuffs and can be embellished with traditional embroidery motifs from southern Estonia and one of the most traditional islands, Kihnu. Learn how to spin a wool yarn close to what the Estonians use for their base yarn, and then how to spin several wool embroidery yarns for the embellishments. We will use a variety of different wool fibers from Estonia and closer to home. The course will also cover several Estonian cast ons, some traditional cuff patterns which include colorful lateral braids, and other uniquely Estonian techniques, thumb and finger construction for gloves, as well as mitten and mitt construction, and how to decorate and finish each item. Included in the class will be enough commercial yarn to complete each pattern offered. $345+materials fee. For more information about the workshop visit Kate’s website. To register, contact Susan Markle at tradingpostfiber@aol.com.

Skill level: Comfortable knitting in the round on double pointed needles or circulars and beginning spinning skills. No embroidery experience necessary. If you would like to take local class with Kate before the workshop to get started on double pointed needles or brush up your spinning skills, join us at the Trading Post on Saturdays. See the schedule here.

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