Wellness, Sip, and Wool #3
I can’t believe that I’m writing the opening for my third Wellness, Sip, and Wool event. Each one gets better than the last. This event will feature more knitting as we have a guest teacher from Portugal with us for three of the four weeks in addition to another teacher from Maine. I’m having a blast getting to know each of you and learning new things right beside you!
For this event I’ll put on my designers hat and we’ll have a mini KAL together where I’ll be leading the KAL with a pattern that I designed. I’m also thrilled to announce that one of our attendees will be a guest lecturer for this event! They just keep getting better and better. I’d like to say thank you to each of you for your support and encouragement. I am so grateful to each of you. Thank you!
Register to join us via Zoom every Sunday at 4 PM EST and Tuesday at 7 PM EST from March 7 - March 30, 2021. The classes feature a mixture of wellness, sip, & wool, and a fabulous swag bag that enhances your Creative Escape experience.
Registration is closed. Please use my contact me form if you are interested in attending.
Sundays and Tuesdays March 7- March 30, 2021
This event is a mixture of Wellness, Sip, and Wool and it wouldn't be complete without a fabulous swag bag too!
Sunday, March 7 - Andre de Castro- Beginning Portuguese knitting
- In this workshop students will be able to learn through simple samples of stitches the basics of the Portuguese Knitting Style:
- small historical framework of the Portuguese Knitting Style
- how to hold the yarn, the needles, the placement of the hands and the correct tension when knitting
- how to use the Portuguese Knitting Style in order to minimize movements and consequently reduce the risk of injuries typical of other forms of knitting.
- how to use the Portuguese Knitting Style in order to knit in a more efficient, quick and simple way
- Supplies Students Need to Bring to Class: 4 mm and 4.5 mm/ US 6/ 7 circular needles, and some basic notions like stitch markers scissors etc... (50 gr of DK yarn in a light color)
Tuesday, March 9 - Cindy Hallam - KAL / Kayla Winter - Vision Boards
- Knit along with Cindy
- I love to hack a pattern should I need to and over the years I’ve designed a few things. I’m excited to be sharing one of my favorite cowls that I designed with you for this event. We won’t have lots of time for a KAL this event so I’m hoping this will be a fun way to practice our Portuguese knitting together following some of our wellness classes.
- Why everyone needs a vision board
- Are you going to take action to achieve your goals for 2021? In this class Kayla will teach you about vision boards, the psychology behind why they work, and how you can make one yourself.
Sunday, March 14 - Alicia Plummer- Spoken Stitches
- Step outside of traditional storytelling to preserve a story, a song, an experience. Memories can be stitched into a piece with love and intention, rather than just told. Together, we will find our voices and tell our stories through a slow approach of appreciation and representation. You will become the designer, transcribing the metaphor of moment through texture and stitch. Your finished piece will be a story cowl full of symbolism and beauty.
Tuesday, March 16 - Allie Geer - Yoga Practitioner / Trunk Show with Little Fox Yarns
- Yoga RX and Self Myofascial Release
- Allie will lead us in healing yoga exercises for knitters.
Sunday, March 21 - Andre de Castro- Next Steps #1
- In this class the students will be able to take a step forward in the Portuguese knitting style. We will be approaching how to increase and decrease using Portuguese style via a variety of forms:
- Basic increases and decreases
- Paired increases and decreases
- Multiple and complex increases and decreases
- Prerequisites: previous knowledge of the basics of Portuguese knitting style (knit and purl stitches)
- Supplies Students Need to Bring to Class: 4 mm and 4.5 mm/US 6/7 circular needles and some basic notions, like stitch markers, scissors etc. 50 g of DK yarn in a light color.
Tuesday, March 23 - Carol Green
Sunday, March 28 - Andre de Castro- Next Steps #2
- Part 2 of 2
Tuesday, March 30 - Mimi Seyferth- Wartime Knitting in Greece and More
- Wartime Knitting in Greece and More. Mimi Seyferth will discuss her PieceWork articles covering World War II knitting in Greece. She has written about a wedding dress a Cretan bride knitted from German parachute cords (“Adriani Chalkiadakis and Her Parachute Wedding Dress,” PieceWork, January 2014) and the socks knitted by the Women of Pindos, who provided indispensable aid to Greek soldiers at the beginning of World War II (“Women of Pindos,” PieceWork, January 2016). Mimi will also talk about her recent article addressing knitting by the Sarakatsani women, nomadic shepherdesses who lived in northern Greece. (“Sarakatsani Women and Their Costumes,” PieceWork, Fall 2020.)
Meet the team!
André de Castro
André de Castro is a knitwear designer and instructor based in Porto, Portugal.
His first training is as classical violinist, but later and because of his love about textiles and clothes in general he studied Fashion Design and Illustration.
At this moment his focus is the Portuguese Style of Knitting and the way to spread this tradition abroad using the techniques from Portugal as a source of inspiration.
Other of André’s passions history and the knitting traditions around the world... so he decided to develop a way of using the Portuguese Style and apply it to all kinds of knitting techniques to make them more effective, simple, and quick to execute.
André also designs knitwear under the brand ANDREKNITS and he teaches regularly in international knitting festivals as Vogue Knitting Live and in knitting retreats around the world. Find Andre on Instagram and on the web.
Alicia Plummer is a late thirty-something knitwear designer who lives in Western Maine, half-way between the White Mountains and the Ocean. She writes knitting patterns because she likes storytelling with her hands. She has two wonderful girls and spends her time outdoors, kayaking, hiking, wandering trails and drinking in sunsets. She believes that an hour a day of the forest is just enough to sustain happiness. She relies on grace, Jesus, and loving everyone as they are. Find her on Instagram @aliciaplums and on Ravelry.
47 years ago I “made” my grandmother teach me to knit and I haven’t put my needles down since! I tell everyone it’s how all five of my children survived. Truly though, it’s really how I’ve survived. Two sticks and some string have given me confidence, solace, peace, friendships, racked up credit cards, and best of all the love that has come to me through the many amazing friendships that have been created through this community!
Kayla is from North Carolina but currently lives in Las Vegas where she spends her time with her toddler and her husband exploring the many parks the city has to offer. She is known for elevating the brands of many small business owners! Kayla is a Creative Digital Marketing Expert. She is a consultant, a coach, and a teacher. She combines marketing psychology with creative digital marketing to help her clients and students understand their brand, who they are talking to, and how to get data driven results. Find Kayla's website here or find her on YouTube or Instagram.
Allie is based in Boulder, Colorado where she leads YTTs, workshops, group classes, and private lessons. Her specialty and areas of passion are Myofascial Release and Prenatal Yoga. Allie’s practice of yoga began in 2006, after a traumatic car accident. She found that yoga and meditation was an excellent way to handle pain both physically and emotionally. In 2011, she left the corporate world and moved to Switzerland with her husband and two dogs. She began to pursue her passion and interest in yoga for therapeutic healing not only for herself, but to teach to others. Allie completed her 500-hour Advanced Training Certification in 2018. She is a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist and currently enrolled in the Yoga Medicine® 1000-hour advanced teacher certification.
Aimee Richardson Sulser
Aimee Richardson Sulser officially formed Little Fox Yarn in 2015 after a long career as an Interior Designer. Looking for a new way to spread her creative wings in the Fall of 2014, she started experimenting with her dyepot and completely fell in love with the magical/mad scientist aspect of hand-dyeing yarn. She is often inspired for new colorways by the interior design work that she does for clients, which in turn is inspired by the colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains where she was born. Find her on the web and on Instagram.
Chef Carol Green
Hailing from South Africa, Carol Green is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and well-travelled professional chef, having spent many years on board luxury yachts and private residences as a private chef. Visiting exotic locales, she was exposed to many global cuisines and experienced firsthand popular diet trends as demanded by the clientele, all of which fueled her interest in nutrition. During this time Carol began experiencing challenges with her own health and began the journey of researching food as medicine. She furthered her studies and became a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Carol believes that most health problems can be avoided, diminished, or eliminated with healing food. Her passion is in empowering others to embrace healing foods and create delicious recipes, empowering the gourmet at home. Visit her website or find her on Facebook or Instagram
Mimi Seyferth, a lawyer who lives outside Washington, D.C., is a freelance contributor to PieceWork magazine with a particular interest in historical knitting. A philhellene, she is passionate about knitting in Greece. She is always on the lookout for examples of historic knitting in her travels.