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Harrisville, NH

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival  – The Dalles, Oregon


Come join me as I teach, knit and show off some of my sweaters around the country (and sometimes around the globe)!  


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Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival – The Dalles, Oregon

This festival remains one of my very favorites. I love the location, the marketplace, the students....

A new lineup of classes for Fall 2017:

Knitting with Linen
In this class you will learn to love linen! It’s a great fiber to wear, but there are some tricks to knitting with it. The focus will be on variants of dropped & extended stitches along with modern bold lace, stitches that show linen to its best advantage. Washing, blocking and the importance of swatches are key topics as well. Relates to Framework, Norah’s new book published by Quince & Co.

Knitting & Crocheting with Found Materials
Repurpose those clothes, textiles and plastic supermarket bags you have piling up because you knew you’d have a use for them someday. Make the yarn from plastic bags, T-shirts, old sheets or yard goods. After you make the yarn begin a project. Either knit or crochet a cowl or a market bag on large hooks and needles.

Experiments with Cables
A fun, creative approach to learning how to make up new cables. Instead of starting with a chart, students will play with making their own free form cable pattern while knitting. New concepts are introduced randomly in the form of a card game. After the knitting is underway we’ll take some time to learn how to note what you’ve done in chart form.

The Fibi Sweater & Cable Substitutions
Learn the ins and outs of knitting Fibi, a cabled pullover, knit in pieces from the bottom up. Master details like bamboo stitch as a horizontal accent and tapered twisted rib at the armholes. Learn how to do mattress stitch that looks so good, you’ll have trouble finding the seams when you are done. Knitters can choose alternate cable for their body and sleeve cable panels from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Take the time to customize your Fibi. There are several alternative ways to alter the neck finishing to suit your taste and we’ll talk about changing the sleeve and body length as well. For those who prefer a fully fitted sweater we’ll go over the changes you’ll need to make.

Fixing Cables: As You Work and After
Tackle all the techniques Norah uses for fixing cables, as while you are knitting and after. Master the tricks for ripping back, perform dropping down exercises and execute the dreaded ‘snip and replace’ technique (used only in dire emergencies). The next technique may be your favorite – practice Norah’s trick for reversing a cable’s direction worked when it is too late for any other easy fix.

More info & sign up here