Join us for an informal IN-PERSON craft-in/spin in the first Sunday of each month, September – May. All are welcome!
Join us for an informal craft-in/spin. NOTE the January 2023 Craft-In will be on the second Sunday since the first Sunday is New Years Day.
All are welcome! Bring your wheel, loom, or other portable fiber art to work on, get help, or play.
In-person meetings may be moved outdoors or canceled depending on COVID numbers.
If meeting indoors, all attendees must follow the guidelines of our host regarding mask-wearing and use of facilities, regardless of individual vaccination status.
We will continue to have virtual monthly meetings on Zoom in 2022, even when in-person craft-ins resume, both for those from out of the Charlottesville area and those who don’t wish to attend in person.
Each type of fiber brings its own distinct benefits and challenges to a knitting project. In this four-week workshop, learn to evaluate the potentials of your particular yarn and techniques for ensuring success in your hand knit garments.
Join us for a four-part workshop, Wednesday evenings, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2023.Sign-ups will close two weeks prior to the first class to allow students time to prepare their homework. Class recordings will remain available to students for one month after the last class.
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From dependable sheep’s wool to tricky rayon, every yarn is individual. Each type of fiber, from a specific breed of sheep or other fiber-bearing animal, from plants like bamboo, hemp and flax, manmade or remanufactured, brings its own distinct benefits and challenges to a knitting project. Learn to evaluate the potentials of your particular yarn and techniques for ensuring success in your hand knit garments.
We will cover the roles of garment architecture, fit, and borders, ways to prevent sagging and biasing in inelastic fibers, and pattern stitches and seaming techniques to stabilize garments. Class will be a combination of lecture, hands-on work, and discussion. Students will take away an understanding of fiber characteristics, yarn behavior in knitted fabrics, and an arsenal of techniques for best results. Note that homework will be assigned before each class session.
Class Dates: February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2023. Class Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Skill Level: Intermediate through advanced. Students should be comfortable casting on, binding off, working simple pattern stitches, increasing & decreasing, and picking up stitches for borders. Students will find this class most helpful if they have already finished several garments.. Cost: $75 members, $85 non-members. Class Size: Max 25 students Deadline to Register: January 25, 2023 at 6 p.m. Questions: Email email@example.com
One ball of each of the following yarns. Sport, DK or worsted weight preferred.
100% fine wool (for example, Merino)
100% longwool or coarser wool (for example, Icelandic, or Wensleydale)
100% other animal fiber (for example, angora, alpaca, or cashmere)
100% linen or hemp (be sure to get natural which is stiff, not rayon
100% silk or rayon (look for a soft slippery yarn, rather than one that’s been processed and spun to feel like cotton)
A small amount of fingering weight wool yarn (for example sock yarn)
Needles in the sizes used to knit homework, plus needles 2 and 4 sizes smaller and 2 sizes larger
Ruler (12”-18” long)
Optional: Wraps per inch (wpi) tool. You can also use your ruler, a narrow piece of cardboard, a short dowel, or a pencil marked with a 1” or 2” length using permanent marker.
Optional: Tags for labeling swatches
If you have one, a notably successful or a notably unsuccessful garment knit in yarn from a single fiber (i.e. 100% wool, cotton, silk, angora, linen, rayon, etc.). Email a clear photo of the garment to instructor at least 48 hours before class begins, with notes on what worked or did not work in this garment.
Knit 6 swatches, one from each of the yarns specified in the supplies list. Use whatever needle size you normally would for each yarn, to create a stockinette stitch fabric you like the feel and look of. Swatches should be 30 stitches by 42 rows. Begin each swatch with 8 rows of K2 P2 ribbing, then continue with 26 rows of stockinette, and finish with 8 rows of K1 P1 ribbing. Bind off. Do not block. Keep a record of needle size used for each swatch. Have swatches and remaining yarn available during class.
Download and review the handout.
Print a paper copy of the Yarn and Fabric Evaluation Table from your handout.
About Margaret: Margaret Radcliffe is the author of the bestselling Knitting Answer Book, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, Circular Knitting Workshop, and The Knowledgeable Knitter. Margaret has taught knitting since 1991 and began publishing her designs in a line of knitting patterns under the name Maggie’s Rags in 1997.
Margaret’s books explore knitting techniques at a depth well beyond what’s usually presented, in a way that makes both the techniques and their appropriate uses clear to readers. As a designer, her specialty is rewarding garments that look complicated but rely on the simplest knitting techniques. As a teacher, Margaret enthusiastically teaches everything from beginning knitting to garment design, and is acclaimed for her ability to help all knitters to develop their independence and creativity.
Margaret’s many teaching venues for knitting and dyeing have included the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF), Knitters’ Day Out, Houston Fiber Fest, the Schooner J&E Riggin out of Rockland, Maine, online fiber challenges for The Livestock Conservancy, plus numerous shops and fiber guilds across the U.S. and into Canada.
Like many knitters and spinners, Margaret has had a long and varied career. She has degrees in Medieval Studies and English Literature, has been an internal auditor, computer programmer, business executive, research administrator, dancer, and editor. Her current fiber arts interests include preparing, spinning, and designing handknits using heritage breeds and participation in The Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ’Em to Save ’Em program.
Spin Worsted Consistently on Your Wheel, a Zoom Workshop with Kimberly Radcliffe
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Take your handspun yarn to the next level! When evaluating your finished yarns, do you wish they were just a bit more evenly spun and plied, but not sure how to make that happen? The methods shown in this class will help to improve your spinning skills so you can create a more consistent skein of yarn. Learn worsted drafting methods, as well as fiber supply control. The class will cover the best fiber prep for worsted spinning all the way through to the finishing of the yarn.
The first half will concentrate on the singles spinning and the second half will be plying and finishing techniques. You will learn how to:
Draft for worsted spinning
Spin any size singles more consistently, not just your default
How to spin more even amounts on each bobbin (so you have less singles left over)
Ply at a more consistent angle
Take thorough notes so that you can make the same yarn any time
Finish your yarns (soaking, drying, re-skeining, tying neatly and measuring)
Class Time/Location: Noon – 4:30 p.m., with a class break from 2 – 2:30 p.m., ON ZOOM.
Class Recording: The class will be recorded and the recording will be available to students for 60 days after the class.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner. Students should know how to spin a continuous single and be able to make a two-ply yarn.
Working spinning wheel with at least 3 bobbins, plus all of the wheel accessories, including extra whorls.
2–3 ounces of prepared fiber. Combed top is recommended, hand or commercially prepared.
Cards for yarn samples. About 3″x3″. I use either heavy cardstock or pieces from paperboard boxes or other similar material.
Pen or pencil
Contrasting colored lap cloth.
Wraps per inch gauge if you have one.
Bobbin holder for plying (lazy kate).
Niddy noddy or skein winder.
About Kimberly: Kimberly started off with knitting as a young child. In 2009 she learned to spin and quickly became drawn to the finer end of spinning, becoming an award winning lace spinner. Ever in search of the perfect yarn and being rather particular in her spinning methods, she developed ways to make very consistent, even, worsted yarns and how to make them repeatable, no matter how long between spinning projects. These practices can be applied to all kinds of fiber prep for more consistent yarns.
Kimberly takes joy in sharing her experience with those who wish to take their spinning to the next level. She lives in Troy, Va with her woodsman husband, cat Molly, a huge vegetable garden and an unbelievablely large stash of fleece!
See the newsletter for this month’s topic. We will have announcements, a program, then time for show & tell. All are welcome!
Join us for a monthly meeting on Zoom, except June when we will hold our Annual Business Meeting, and we take July and August off as a Summer break. Most months we will have a demo or program, and we’ll have time for show and tell and discussion. Meetings with a program WILL be recorded and posted on the Guild Meeting Recordings page on the website. Some speakers only allow us to post the recordings for a limited time, so be sure to check them out shortly after the meeting date.
All are welcome! Members, check the newsletter for the Zoom link. Guests, please email for an invite.
NOTE: We will continue to have monthly meetings on Zoom in addition to our in-person craft-ins, both for those from out of the Charlottesville area and those who don’t wish to attend in person.