Edie Eckman Workshop News
If you are signed up for one or more of Edie Eckman's workshops on August 17 and 18, click here for information about the workshops, any homework requred and a list of materials to bring.
If you aren't signed up, we still have a few spots available in the workshops. Edie will give a talk during the workshop portion of our meeting and and lead three more classes. For more information about the classes, click here. If you would like to sign up for one (or more) of the classes, Contact Us (click here to go to our contact page)
Edie is a best-selling author, teacher, designer and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. She teaches around the country and online. Her books include The Crochet Answer Book, How to Knit Socks, Knit Socks for Those You Love, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, and others. Find her at www.edieeckman.com.
Textured Treats: Saturday,August 17, 2019 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries: Sunday, August 18, 2017 9:30am – 12:30pm
Go Bi-textural: Combine Knitting and Crochet: Sunday, August 18, 2017 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Lunch will be provided for workshop participants. Lunch is provided by the Guild as a courtesy and is not part of your registration fee. If you choose not to have the lunch provided, there will be no reimbursement.
Lunch on Saturday will be pizza, salad and cookies. Lunch on Sunday will be sandwiches, salad and cookies. These menus are subject to change. Soda and tap water will also be provided. If you have specific dietary needs please plan to bring your own food and/or beverages.
Homework and Materials:
Click on the name of the class below to open a file with the materials needed for that class. The file for Go Bi-textural also includes the instructions for the homework for that class (don't worry, it's pretty easy and not very big).
Sivia Harding, September 16-17, 2017
A note from the Workshop Team
Hello Lovely Slipt Stitchers!!
Thank you once again for your enthusiastic response to the Sivia Harding workshops coming up
September 16 – 17, 2017. Registration for current members is now open!! Please get your registrations in as soon as possible as spaces are going fast and priority will be given to current members first before opening to the general knitting community at large.
Also, many of you have volunteered to spread the word to the other Guilds, Stitch ‘n’ Bitch’s, and various other knitting groups you belong to. Thank you so much for your support! As you know, the expenses incurred for bringing in such amazing teachers are quite high. The Guild pays for the airfare, lodging and meals for each teacher in addition to their teaching fees, so filling all the seats in each class is essential.
The following info should cover all the basic information you’ll need for yourself and to share with your friends for now. More details will follow as they become available. (See below).
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, I can be reached at
-Nancy & The Special Workshop Team
PS Click here to download a pdf of the information below to share with your friends or for yourself
Rainshadow Scarf Saturday, September 16, 2017 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Beaded Buttoned Bracelets Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:00am – 1:00pm
Fluency Fingerless Gloves Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost is $45/class for members. For non-member pricing, add $30 on top of the class total, which covers one-year membership dues to the Guild. There will be a $5.00 discount per class when registering for more than one class.
You can register in-person with our treasurer, Peggy Avellar, at Sit & Knit (7/9, 8/13, 9/10) and at our regular monthly meetings (7/15, 8/19). There will be sign up forms available at both places.
Each class will have a limit of 25 students, however we will keep a waiting list as well, in the event of cancellations.
You can also mail your registrations to Peggy at the following address:
23520 Moneta Ave.
Carson, CA 90745
If you're mailing in your registration, please include the following info with your payment:
Names of classes registering for
Please keep in mind that your spot in a class is not confirmed until we have received payment.
Lunch will be provided for paid registrants who will be at Guild all day on Saturday and/or all day on
Sunday. Lunches are provided by the Guild as a courtesy and are not part of your registration fee. If you choose not to have the lunch provided, there will be no reimbursement.
We are in the process of researching a new lunch vendor that will provide us with an option for those who require Gluten-Free meals. Once we’ve chosen our new vendor, we anticipate offering either a salad or a sandwich made with Gluten-Free bread for those who are interested. As a precaution, however, since we cannot accommodate ALL dietary restrictions, it is advised that any attendee with
STRICT dietary requirements be responsible for their own lunch as we cannot guarantee that there is no cross contamination in a public kitchen.
We'll dedicate a separate email for food choices as we get closer to the event and registrations fill up.
There will also be a self-pay "Dinner with Sivia" on Saturday after the workshop ends. Any member can attend, even if you're not taking a workshop. The "where's and when's" of the dinner haven't been set yet, but we'll update you as we go.
Homework and Supplies:
Short Row Stripes Workshop: Rainshadow Scarf
This garter stitch scarf features two different kinds of short rows: one for the color wedges along the short edge, and one for the long stripes that create the ram’s horn shape. We learn about these two short row methods (and why you need two!) while we work up a sample swatch. We talk about lace, beads, color stripes, and all the issues that you will encounter such as weaving in ends and carrying yarns. Warning: addictive knit ahead! 3 hr class.
Beaded Buttoned Bracelets!
While working a bracelet tutorial, we explore several beading techniques while learning about a million things about beads in the process. You emerge with inspiration and tons of ideas. The handout includes three additional bracelet patterns for you to enjoy making at home. 3 hr class.
Fluency Fingerless Gloves
Beaded Mitt Workshop: Fluency Fingerless Gloves
The exquisite fingerless Fluency gloves, a fast knit in dk-weight yarn, feature an easy swirled rib pattern embellished with beads. We discuss beading while delving into glove knitting tips and tricks.
These mitts are a beautiful, quick gift for yourself or someone else. 3-hr class.
In case you are interested in the the process used to choose the classes for Sivia's workshop, here's the note Nancy sent out about the voting:
Thank you, thank you one and all for sending in your votes for the upcoming workshop in September with Sivia Harding!! And a big thank you as well to those who let me know they won’t be attending. The final tally is in and here are your choices (drum roll, please!):
The winner with the most votes is the Rainshadow Scarf.
Sivia will use this beautiful, ram’s-horn shaped garter stitch scarf to teach two different short row techniques for use in two different design contexts – one for learning how to insert decorative wedges that will also shape your projects (little short-rowed color insets adorn one side of the ram’s horn shape), and the other for creating long, curved, length-wise stripes to shape your fabric (stripes and eyelets wind their way up and around the long curve). Beads are placed with the crochet hook add-as-you-go method. She’ll also deepen your knowledge about using lace, beads, color stripes, and how to deal with all the issues that you will encounter such as weaving in ends and carrying yarns. Great choice, you guys!
Next up, following closely on Rainshadow’s heels, is Fluency Fingerless Gloves.
These exquisite gloves (fingered or fingerless) feature an easy swirled rib pattern embellished with beads and are the perfect project for learning the method of knitting with pre-strung beads while delving into glove knitting tips and tricks. You’ll love how the ribs open to reveal the hidden beads glimmering when you stretch them over your hands, as well as the special twisted stitch pattern that adorns the thumb. And the ribbing creates a delicious hug for your hands that is very stretchy. These mitts are a beautiful, quick gift for yourself or someone else. Let the holiday knitting begin!
Last, but not least, Beaded Bracelets has edged out Harmonias Rings by a nose after a neck and neck race. These unique bracelets are a perfect opportunity to experiment with a variety of beading techniques while learning a million things about using beads in your knitting projects……..AND they make perfect gifts, too!
For those whose choice didn’t end up in the top three, I encourage you to try one of the others in its place. My thought is that the techniques you’ll learn from Sivia during the workshop, will translate to your other patterns and projects, whether they’re Sivia’s, someone else’s or your own designs. In addition, you’ll have made the face to face connection with this very special teacher and can more easily and directly follow up with her afterwards for additional help.
And for those who like this sort of thing, here are the raw scores from the voting:
Fluency Fingereless Gloves – 23
Beaded Bracelets – 17
Harmonias Rings – 15
Knotty Scarflet – 12
River Rock Scarf – 10
I-Cord Knitted Jewelry - 10
We try to think of all angles when planning these workshops and your input is so valuable for making successful events happen. As you might imagine, it’s a tricky business trying to find a balance that will fulfill everyone’s interests and goals for their knitting life. For example, I wonder if we should have a full week-end on one topic, such as sweater knitting, that many of you would be interested in, but inevitably will not capture those of you who aren’t interested in that one topic? Or do we pick a great teacher who can teach two or three different topics over the week-end that will appeal to a variety of people and their interests? I know we won’t be able to plan something that will meet everyone’s expectations every time, but my hope is that with two workshop week-ends per year, everyone will get some satisfaction at least 1x/year.
So once again, thank you for weighing in. We always want to know what you’re thinking so we can make these workshops as relevant and meaningful to all the members as they can be. Remember, it’s your ideas and thoughts that will make our Guild all that you want it to be.