WildFibers

WildFibers is welcoming Karen Alfke as a special guest teacher for Fall and Winter 2019-2020!

Karen learned to knit as a teenager in Germany. Over the past 25 years, she’s taught hundreds of beginners how to knit, and led many workshops on everything from basic techniques to garment design. A longtime member of the Churchmouse design team and instructor at national conferences, she’s excited to return to teaching small classes at her LYS! She recently moved to Anacortes, where she loves to hike, drink lots of coffee, and knit sweaters.

The Sweater Confidence Workshop with Karen Alfke

Sundays September 8th, 15th, 29th (skips the 22nd) 1:00-3:00

Never knit a sweater before? Or tired of not completing sweater projects? We will get you started on the right foot down the road to sweater success! We’ll start with the choices you make right away: what pattern? which size? what yarn? can I get gauge? Then we’ll share tips and techniques to help you stay on track as you knit your way through the project. Finally, we’ll practice good finishing techniques that will give you finished results you’ll be proud of!

This class is full, please call the shop if you would like to be added to the waitlist. $60.00, supplies not included. Please see class handout for more information.


Introduction to Stranded Colorwork - with Karen Alfke

Sundays October 27th and November 3rd, 1:00-3:00

You’ve seen it in the striking black-and-white designs of Norwegian sweaters, and in the glorious color shadings of Fair Isle garments: knitting with more than one color at a time really blows the lid off of the creative possibilities in knitting! Once you get the hang of knitting with the ‘other hand,’ and get some basic information about successful color choices, a whole new world of  color play will be open to you.

$55.00 includes class fee and mini-skein Peerie bundle. Other supplies are required. Please see class handout for more information.


Introduction to Lace with Karen Alfke

Saturday, November 2nd, 11:00-1:00

Knitted lace is such a wonder: how do they make it so open and airy? Well, chances are, even if you’re a new knitter, you’ve made an accidental ‘hole’ in your work by doing a yarn over. That’s the foundation of all knitted lace! Once you know the basic decreases (left- and right-leaning), and how to read a lace pattern, you  can make all sorts of wondrous shawls and heirloom baby blankets. Join us as we lean into lace!

$20.00, supplies not included. Please see class handout for more information.


Introduction to Cables with Karen Alfke

Saturday, November 2nd, 2:00-4:00

Ever wondered how they work the twisted magic of  all the cables in those Aran sweaters? Well, they do it by breaking the ‘knitting rule’ of  always working stitches in the order they appear! We’ll learn how to read a cable chart (and simple tricks for how to keep track while you knit), look at the tools that help you keep your stitches safe while you cable, and discuss what makes a cable pattern simple vs. complex.

$20.00, supplies not included. Please see class handout for more information.


Courage Shawl with Sarah Parker

Saturday’s October 5th & 12th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Knit using two solids and one multi-color worsted yarn, this triangular shawl is worked top down using mosaic knitting. For intermediate knitters for confident advanced beginners we’ll learn a provisional crochet cast on, mosaic knitting, how to read a chart and why, increasing, how to manage and weave in your ends and blocking basics.

$40.00, supplies not included.


Seamless Slippers with Sarah Parker

Saturday, October 12th, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Whip up these little slippers in no time at all using a sturdy, super-wash wool for longevity when padding around the house, or something soft and luscious to wear curled up on the couch with your knitting. They also make great travel slippers- they take up no room at all and they make great gifts. Advanced beginner to Intermediate knitters welcome. We’ll learn a nifty seamless cast on, how to transition from knitting flat to circular and some different decrease techniques. We’ll even work up a quick flower for embellishment if you wish.

$40.00, supplies not included.


Simply Stated Shawl with Kelli Wyll

Saturdays, November 9th & 16th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In this class learn the basics of shawl construction, the Garter Tab cast on, typical increases used in shawls and how to “read” your knitting. This is the perfect class for beginners ready to move on to the next level. The shawl is easy to knit and a beautiful accessory to any outfit. The pattern is easy to memorize and makes a great travel project.

$40.00, supplies not included.


Fixing Mistakes in Lace with Joanne Witzkowski

Saturday, October 19th, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The heartache of finding a mistake in lace – if you’ve done even simple lace you have no doubt experienced this. Joanne is an avid lace knitter and for years believed the only solution was to work back to the offending stitches, rip out your work, or completely start over. Well, this is not the case! Joanne has mastered the technique of dropping down within your knitting to the mistake, without having to take out any surrounding stitches or rows. She is eager to share her newfound skills with other lace knitters. For intermediate to advanced knitters with experience knitting lace.

$30.00, supplies not included. Homework required.


Sign up today! Call the shop at 360-336-5202 with any questions.