Kate Larson and Nelly DeVault host regular fiber arts classes at the Trading Post. These informal sessions typically have a topic for discussion, but all are free to work on their own spinning and knitting projects as well. Unless otherwise noted, the cost for each 2-hour session is $15.

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Jan 26 10-noon – Spinning for Stitching with Kate
1-3pm – Free-Form Stitching Bring a few scraps of fabric or choose some from Kate’s pile of thrift fabrics. We will make some small swatches or you can jump into a simple project bag design. To learn more about this kind of stitching, look online for boro and kantha fabrics.

Feb 2    No classes.

Feb 9  10–noon – Spinning Worsted Yarns for Gloves with Kate
1–3pm – Glove Projects Continued or Spinning Clinic Many of us are spinning and knitting gloves as a group. Come show us your progress or get started from scratch. Not into gloves? Bring anything else you would like help with—gloves not required.

Feb 16  10–noon – Spinning Longwools with Nelly Let’s experience a variety of the longwools family together! Border Leicester, BFL, Leicester Longwool, Lincoln, Wensleydale, Cotswold . . .  breeds study. If you have some in your own stash you’d like to Show and Tell, please do. The more examples we see, the better!
1–3pm – Open Spinning and Knitting

Feb 23  10–noon – Spinning Tweed and Marled Yarns with Kate
1–3pm – Easy Texture with Knitted Slip-Stitch Cables Kate’s working on a sweater with an effective, yet simple stitch pattern. She’s using a tweedy yarn, but it works well in all sorts of handspun yarns. Bring at least ten yards of yarn in two different colors (commercial or handspun) and an appropriate needle size. Kate will show you how knitting back-backwards and working without a cable needle make this fabric a quick knit.

March 2   No classes. Swift meeting at the Wabash Woolen Works in Wabash, Indiana.

March 9  No classes. We’re all at the Jay County Fiber Fest!

March 16    10–-noon – Chain-plying with Nelly This technique can help add strength and structure to yarns AND can help preserve the color repeats in the beautiful braids we buy!!
1–3pm Open Spinning and Knitting

March 23   10–noon – “Primitive” breeds with Nelly Navajo Churro, Shetland, Icelandic, Jacob.  We’ll see what makes these breeds special and the different ways we can prepare and spin them.
1–3pm Open Spinning and Knitting

March 30   No classes. Kate is at Interweave Yarn Fest.