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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Dec 1 No classes.

Dec 8 10-noon – Handspun Yarns for Knitted Gloves with Kate
1-3pm – Cast-Ons for Glove Cuffs We will try a few cast-ons, discuss why you may or may not want stretchy cuffs, and dive into needle-size conversations! Bring sets of 5 DPNs or long circular needles for magic loop in US size 0 and 3. Yarn will be provided.

Dec 15 10am – 3pm Silk Day! with Nelly We’ll reel silk from cocoons; make, dye, and spin a mawata (hankie); make silk fusion (silk paper), spin some silk top; and talk about EVERYTHING to do with silk!!!

Dec 22 10-noon – Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) Beyond Combed Top with Nelly We usually encounter this fiber as top when we first start spinning. What is it like when it comes off the sheep? Breed study.
1-3pm – Open spinning and knitting. Come hang out and spin or knit or just breathe!

Dec 29 10-noon – Spinning Paper with Kate Save some of your holiday tissue paper and wrapping papers to upcycle!
1-3pm – Gloves: Fingers to Cuff! After discussion at the shop, we’ve decided to explore knitted gloves. Bring a ball of sock yarn or purchase some at the shop, a set of DPNs in US size 1 or 2, and spend the afternoon knitting with us.

Jan 5 10-noon – Goats! with Nelly Cashmere, angora, and more! Explore ways to use this fiber.
1-3pm – Open spinning and knitting. Come hang out and spin or knit!

Jan 12 10-noon – Beginning knitting with Nelly Ready to learn to knit? Or is there a project you want to make but need some moral support? The New Year is the right time to start something new! I’ll have some needles and yarn to practice with, but feel free to bring your own. If you have a specific project in mind, please bring the pattern along.
1-3pm – Open spinning and knitting. Come hang out and spin or knit!

Jan 19 No classes.

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.