Upcoming Classes for Sweater Dreamers

If you’ve seen me in the shop in the last couple of weeks, I was likely wearing this at the time:


This is Exeter, a pattern by Michelle Wang, and it’s my new wear-every-day sweater. It was knit with 9 skeins of Briggs and Little Heritage in “Sheep’s Grey”, and feels like being hugged by a sheep.


Exeter is published by Brooklyn Tweed, one of my favourite knitwear design companies. They have released so many sweater patterns in the last few years which now have firmly cemented spots on my “must knit” list, I’m starting to wonder if that list now exceeds my life expectancy. However, so very many of their sweater patterns are knit in pieces and seamed, which can be a little intimidating to some knitters (especially those of you who are firmly committed to the ease and speed of top-down or bottom-up seamless designs). Well, fear not, gentle knitters! We still have space in our upcoming Sweater Finishing Techniques class:

Sweater Finishing Techniques
Saturday November 8, 2 – 4pm
Learn all the tips on final sweater finishing steps like sewing seams, working button-holes,
picking up stitches, and more! This class will get you ready to finish your large projects with confidence.Materials: 3 or 4 worsted-weight 3-inch-square swatches in stockinette stitch, plus additional yarn and gauge needles, plus darning needle for seaming practice. $30 for one session Instructor: Glenna C. of Knitting to Stay Sane



For those of you who might have your eye on a Scandinavian-style sweater (like the Hela/Astrid sweater-coccoon I knit last year), or if you’re one of the many knitters who are waiting with bated breath for Kate Davies’ YOKES book to come out, you can better prepare yourself with this Saturday’s steeking workshop as well!

Steeks Don’t Scare Me!
Saturday November 8, 11am – 1pm
A chance to try this intimdating technique – intentionally cutting your knitting open! – in a safe and secure environment, with expert instruction and low-pressure conditions. You will prepare swatches ahead of time that you will steek in class. Different stabilizing and finishing methods will be explored. Materials : colourwork swatches – homework is provided when you sign-up , darning needle, sharp sewing scissors, 3.5-4.0mm crochet hook.
$30 for one session Instructor: Glenna C. of Knitting to Stay Sane

I’m posting these now because these classes *do* require you to have a couple swatches knit up in advance (like, an evening’s worth of knitting), so give me a call at the shop (705.740.0667) or send me an email (info@needlesinthehay.ca) if you’d like to sign up!

  • Keja
    Posted at 17:21h, 06 November Reply

    Hi Bridget,

    If you still have a copy in stock of the Jane Austen Knits, would you please put one aside for me? I won’t be able to be in until next week if that’s ok.

    Thanks much.

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