Classes

Check out our Calendar for a list of Classes & Events

Regularly Scheduled Events

Knit/Spin/Crochet Night

When: Every Thursday @ 6pm-9pm

Price: Free

Come join our crew for a great time! We always have a nice crowd and refreshments!

Join the NEW Vancouver-Camas Crochet Guild

Meetings: Every Third Saturday of the Month from 2 pm - 3:30 pm

Where: Blizzard Yarn and Fiber backroom

Come join us to share your love of crochet and get to know other crocheters! Bring your current project to work on and your latest finished object to share.

Twisters (spinning)

FREE.

Wednesday, 1-4 pm, every week.

We have lots of space for spinners to come with their wheels and spindles and have some fibery fun.

 

Come join us for a Knit-A-Long

WestKnits KAL 2017

Speckle & Pop! Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL
Mondays: 5pm till 7pm, October 2nd through 30th

Welcome to the 8th Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL!! Westknits Mystery Shawls are notorious for bringing together a colorful community of knitters from all around the world engaging in a riot of adventurous knitting skills. Each week starting Friday, September 29 you will receive a section of the pattern until the final design is revealed October 20. We'll meet on Mondays, starting with October 2nd,  from 5 till 7. If you want to be a Westknitter, you gotta knit with some friends! Mystery Shawl KAL’s are more fun with a group of your closest knitting buddies, so let's gather together and share yarns and colors with each other as we all embark on this fall’s specklicious mystery shawl! Pattern is available for purchase through Blizzard.

Here's the link to it on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/speckle--pop-westknits-mystery-shawl-kal-2017

 

Nurmilintu Shawl KAL

Nurmilintu Knit-A-Long

Sundays: 3 pm – 5 pm,  October 15th – November 5th

Let's knit Nurmilintu shawl together! We meet on Sundays from 3 till 5. The size is adjustable - you may repeat garter stitch and lace parts as many times as you wish. Pattern is free on Ravelry! Here's the link http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nurmilintu

Durrow Knit-A-Long

Durrow Knit-A-Long
Fridays: 5pm – 7pm,  August 25th – November 18th

This is the third design in Illuminated Knits, a series of patterns inspired by illuminated Celtic manuscripts, using beautiful shades of Malabrigo yarn. The border for this large modular triangular shawl is worked first, in a series of squares knitted in the round; the squares alternate between centre-out and centre-in, which allows the cable pattern to flow without interruption from one side of the border to the other. Stitches are then picked up along the inside of the border, and the shawl body is worked upwards towards the neck using simple decreases, to create the triangular shape. The shawl is completed with an i-cord edging across the top edge, and a lace edging knitted on to the outer edge of the border. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/durrow-3

CLASSES

Let's Learn Fair Isle

When: Saturdays: 12pm - 3pm, October 14th & 28th

Instructor: Betsy McCarthy

Price: $80

Summer’s over, so why not try something new?  Join Betsy in a six-hour “Beginning Fair Isle Class,” where you will knit a multi-color, stranded cap using traditional Fair Isle motifs.  You will receive hands-on guidance as you learn how to join new colors, carry yarn not being used, knit with a chart and practice two-color, two-handed techniques. This class is for the advanced beginner and beyond.  Having knit in the round is helpful but not a prerequisite. Class size:  3 minimum – 7 maximum. Supplies & materials: Needles:  US 1 (2.25mm) 16” circular needles (or a 5 needle set of US 1 dpns or 2 circulars) for ribbing AND US 3 (3.25 mm) 16” circular needles (or a 5 needle set of US 3 dpns or 2 circulars) for the body of the hat. Yarn: 6 skeins Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift yarn (115 yards per skein). Four different color combinations are shown with the sample cap at Blizzard’s. Note:  The only full skein you will use is the main color.  Less than 45 yards are needed of three of the contrasting colors and less than 22 yards of the other two contracting colors.

Homework: Bring your completed beginning ribbing as described in the pattern.

Pattern: “Beginner’s Fair Isle Cap,” by Janine Bajus  (available on Ravelry). Notions:  stitch markers, tapestry needle, and usual tools.

Correcting and Avoiding Knitting Errors

When:  Saturday, January 13th, 10 am – noon, 

Instructor:   Betsy McCarthy

Price: $35  

We all make mistakes.  Relax and have more fun knitting by learning how to avoid the most common mistakes and how to fix them when they sometimes happen anyway! You will learn to pick up dropped stitches, correct incorrect ones, avoid twisting stitches, rip back (“tink” or “unknit”) and correct mistakes in simple cables.  You will also leave with a better understanding of how gauge affects your knitting. Supplies & Equipment to bring to class:

Needles:  US 7 (4.50 mm). Bring either two single point needles or 1- 24” circular. Crochet hook or stitch-correcting tool. Yarn:  Light, solid-colored worsted weight wool yarn (partial skein is fine). Homework: A few swatches are needed so that we will have material to work on in class.  Homework instructions will be available at Blizzard Yarn & Fibers. Skill level required:  Basic, beginning knitting skills,  e.g. knit, purl, cast-on, bind off. Class size:  minimum of 3 – max 10

 

 

Brioche Series

Teacher: Irina Blizzard

Price: $45 per class or $115 all three

One Color Brioche: Saturday October14th, 9 am - 12 pm. Class description: Learn to knit a cushy reversible cabled scarf using brioche stitch. You also will learn a fun Italian (or Tubular) cast on and cast off.

Two Color Brioche: Saturday October 28th, 9 am - 12 pm. Class description: New to the fabulous Brioche Stitch?? This fun (and addicting) stitch will open up a whole new world to your knitting life! Learn to knit 2-color brioche stitch while working on this traditional triangle shawl! A great beginner project for brioche newbies! You will get into the brioche groove quickly and then enjoy a relaxing knit all the way to the border where you will switch to a beautiful marled garter edge!

Charted in a Round 2-color Brioche class: Saturday, November 11th, 9 am – 12 pm .

Join us in learning how to knit a hat that is worked in the round using charted 2-color brioche stitch. Pop Fizzle is a slightly slouchy hat with a chevron lace detail, worked from the bottom up. Two-color brioche creates a gorgeous reversible fabric, it’s like having two hats! Come learn this style of knitting with us! Level of difficulty: Intermediate.  Skills students must already know: Basic two color brioche skill is required. Sign up for my 2-color Brioche class on October 28th to learn how.  Techniques used: knitting in the round, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), brioche increases and decreases.

Homework: cast on and knit the ribbing in 2 color brioche for 2 inches. Pattern/Source: Pop Fizzle by Leslie Anne Robinson. Available for purchase on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pop-fizzle

Fair Isle Workshop: “Midnight Sun Tam”

When: : Wednesday, November 29th, December 6th & 13th; 11 am – 1 pm
Price: $80  Instructor: Betsy McCarthy

Do you know the basics of two-handed, Fair Isle knitting and want to kick your skills up a notch?  Join Betsy in a six-hour “Midnight Sun Tam Workshop,” Beginning Fair Isle Class,” where you will knit Sandy Blue’s subtly shaded 10-color tam using traditional Fair Isle motifs.  A quick review will be given of the basics, and then we will jump in by learning to knit corrugated ribbing. A model of the tam is in the shop. This class is for the intermediate knitter and beyond. Class size:  3 minimum – 7 maximum. Supplies & materials: Needles:  US 2 (2.75mm) 16” circular needles (or a 5 needle set of US 1 dpns or 2 circulars) for ribbing AND US 2.5 (3 mm) 16” circular needles (or a 5 needle set of US 3 dpns or 2 circulars) for the body of the hat, plus 3mm dpns or 2 circulars to work the crown shaping. Metric needle size is what is important, not what size is called. Yarn: 10 skeins Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift yarn (115 yards per skein).  Note:  The only full skein you will use is the main color.  Lesser amounts of the other colors are needed so it may be possible to share/trade with classmates to reduce your yarn cost.  I would not recommend selecting your own colors. Part of what will be learned is how colors shades are used for subtle effectiveness. Pattern: “Midnight Sun Tam,” by Sandy Blue  (available on Ravelry). Notions:  stitch markers, tapestry needle, and usual tools.

Beginning Spinning on a Wheel

Teacher: Sari Peterson

Tuesday, October 17th, 4 pm-7 pm

Price: $60

Join us for three hours of magic! Learn to spin wool into yarn and take your fiber craft to whatever level you wish. Custom colors and textures are at your fingertips when you sit down to your wheel. Join us for two hours of fun and camaraderie as you learn the skills to make your yarn your way. Supplies needed: Spinning Wheel (you may use one in the shop), 4-8 oz of roving - Blue Face Leicester (preferred), Polworth, or Coopsworth. Fiber is available for purchase at BYF. Sari Peterson has been spinning yarn for 10 years and teaching for the last 5. She enjoys playing with fiber in all its forms and likes nothing more than to share her fiber therapy with others.

Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle

Teacher: Sari Peterson

Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 4 pm-7 pm

Price: $60

Join us for three hours of magic! Learn to spin wool into yarn and take your fiber craft to whatever level you wish. Custom colors and textures are at your fingertips when you sit down to your wheel. Join us for two hours of fun and camaraderie as you learn the skills to make your yarn your way. Supplies needed: Spinning Wheel (you may use one in the shop), 4-8 oz of roving - Blue Face Leicester (preferred), Polworth, or Coopsworth. Fiber is available for purchase at BYF. Sari Peterson has been spinning yarn for 10 years and teaching for the last 5. She enjoys playing with fiber in all its forms and likes nothing more than to share her fiber therapy with others.