Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Seaside workshops and knitting

At last my new workspace in Oban is ready to host knitting groups and workshops!
workshops with a view!

Here is a programme for the next few months - but I may add some additional surprise workshops so watch this space...

The address is 22A Alexandra Place, The Esplanade, Oban - that's the building next to the old Oban Times building. It is on the ground floor so fully accessible.

Knitting Group - informal drop-in get togethers, mostly on the first Saturday of the month, from 10 - 1. Bring your knitting and come for a chat!
Dates: 6th June, 4th July, 8th August (because the 1st is the Lorn Show!), 5th Sept, (no knitting group in October, sorry!) 7th November and 5th December.

Workshops
Sunday 5th July - Drop Spindle spinning for beginners  10am - 1pm £42

A drop spindle lets us slow the spinning process right down and get to grips with each phase of it. The skills you will learn are transferable to a spinning wheel but a spindle is also a low cost, portable and versatile tool in its own right which will let you spin a wide variety of yarns. In this workshop you will learn to spin singles yarns, and how (and why) to ply them to create a 2-ply yarn.

Sunday 2nd August - Folded book origami - 10 am - 1 pm £30


Upcycle an unwanted hardback book into an unusual decorative piece. We will learn how to fold the book's pages to form a word (it doesn't have to be a woolly word!) or design.

Sunday 6th September - Spinning with a spinning wheel - 10am - 5pm £75

Relative beginners can learn the basics of spinning with a spinning wheel while more experienced spinners can improve or learn new techniques to get the best from their wheels. Let me know in advance if there is something specific you want to cover. I have three different types of wheels you can try, or bring your own if you already have one.

Sunday 8th November - Knitting socks two - at - a time and toe-up 10am - 1pm £30

Ever experienced second-sock-syndrome? If you knit them both at once you won't!
One circular needle and two balls of yarn - sounds complicated but once you get going it really isn't.
Ever run out of yarn, or patience, before you got the sock finished? If you knit them toe-up, once you have completed the heel you can cast off any time, short or long, any length of leg you choose (or the yarn allows) and it is much easier to try them on as you go to check that they fit.
Combine the two techniques and you seem to be able to quickly complete a pair of socks which fit and match each other perfectly. You'll never be stuck with single or uncompleted socks again!! You will get your socks started during the workshop, and by the time you leave you will know all you need to know to get them finished at home. Please bring 100g of sock yarn and a long (100cm+) circular needle of the size  you need to get the correct tension (probably between 2.5mm and 3mm).

For all workshops, unless stated materials are included and equipment is provided for use during the workshop. Tea and coffee are provided. Full day workshops include a break for lunch but lunch is not provided.
Places are limited so please book early.
Please e-mail me at deborah.gray7@btinternet.com to book a place. I will then ask for a deposit, which is not refundable if you cancel (but would be fully refunded in the unlikely event that I had to cancel the workshop). Payment of the deposit secures your place. The balance is payable at the start of the workshop.

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