I just finished writing my instructional materials for the upcoming Spring Fling seminar at the Knit Knack Shop in Peru, Indiana. The seminar is Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.
This is a wonderful seminar, and if you have never gone, you ought to! First of all, it's a big seminar with several teachers, so you have lots of class choices. Also, the Knit Knack Shop has almost every kind of tool or item that you might need for your knitting machine, and Harold Shafer does repairs on machines. Harold gets very busy during the seminar, so if you need a repair and want it done to take home with you, contact him right away. When I've been there, Harold also had nice machines and accessories for sale, as well, at very good prices.
Oh, as speaking of shopping, they have all the Tamm yarns for machine knitting. This is acrylic cone yarn, made in Mexico. It's practical stuff that washes and wears, and it is ideal for our machines.
Another reason you should go is the incredible camaraderie. This is a big seminar, with lots of knitters. Almost everyone who stays in a hotel stays at the same place, and it can take on a knitting party atmosphere in the evenings!
Another thing I love about the seminar is that the Shafers are organized and experienced. The instructors are varied, all the teachers have written handouts, food is fine, and the event is orderly.
So - what am I teaching? Well, I made a lot of changes to my class lineup. I always change it, but I've taught at Knit Knack before, and needed fresh material. I'm starting out with a ribber class, with the English Rib Cloche Hat, Wiggles stitch, and a ribber seams overview. Then I'm doing a lace class, with short-rowing lace, slant lace, scalloped edge lace, isolated lace, and finally, a hand-tooled lace edge for a triangle shawl. Next class is a fun projects class with Kitty Cat Baby Hat, Mocassin Slipper, and Stuffed Hearts. After that, I have a fitting class, where I'll talk about fit, gauge, knitter's math, and the Knit Leader.
On the second day, I'm teaching a fairly advanced garter bar class, then a tips and tricks class, and a class that is all about making cables. After that, I'm doing a class called "Easiest Afghans Ever," where I teach several panel afghan techniques and a rather different (and pretty) simplified Entrelac afghan that I've named "Squared Away." (My mom was always getting things "squared away.") My second-to-last class is all edges and joins, and I've got some good ones you probably haven't tried. And, finally, I'm teaching "This Class is Biased," because I've got some fun slanted projects, including the Slant Lace Circle Scarf, Bias Mid-Gauge Scarf, and Bias Gift Bag.
Actually, not on the lineup, is my own version of Clapotis and my own version of a fast, stitch-out-of-work bias scarf that behaves a little different than Clapotis stitch.