Wellness, Sip, and Wool #5
Five…yes, that’s right, I’m writing to share with you about Wellness Sip & Wool # 5. The number five is usually considered to be a symbol and goodness and grace and is a number of balance. I love that! I believe that certainly holds true for my next event!
We’ll be joined by some amazing men and women to share our love of knitting, wellness, and music for this upcoming event.
Ann Budd will be joining us again to teach us about flexibility and decoration when it comes to our CO and BO’s. Cecelia Campochiaro is going to teach us all about Marling. Then Alissa Barton will teach us about keeping a knitting journal! Noe Levy, Jazz singer extraordinaire will be sharing her beautiful voice with us. Allie Geer will be back with more yoga for knitters! Yay!
I can’t leave out the guys. We’ll be joined by Keith Leonard who will be teaching us flawless finishing. I, for one, love learning new tips and tricks to make my knitted garments look even more spectacular! Then my brother from another mother, Carson Demers, will be teaching us how to save our bodies and Knit Comfortably Ever After through ergonomics. If you’ve never heard of Carson, then trust me, you’re in for a treat! Ben Glass will be sharing with us about his sugar free chocolate. This is a must for those of us who love chocolate and choose to not have all the sugar! Chocolate without the guilt! Who doesn’t love that?
This event wouldn’t be complete without an amazing trunk show, and I’m thrilled to share that Karen Grover from Seven Sisters Arts in Maine will be hosting our trunk show for this event! Woohoo!
Wellness Sip & Wool will begin July 6 and meet every Tuesday at 7 pm EST and every Sunday at 4 pm EST Through August 1. I hope that you enjoy the line up I have for you. It’s going to be so much fun to hang out with this Rockstar lineup this summer! Registration opens this Thursday 22 at 10 am EST. You will have the option to join in the fun with full swag and for those of you who choose I have a class only option!
I look forward to seeing each of you in July! Stay safe, healthy and above all happy!
Sundays and Tuesdays July 6th - August 1st, 2021
This event is a mixture of Wellness, Sip, and Wool and it wouldn't be complete without a fabulous swag bag too!
July 6- Keith Leonard- Flawless Finishing
- Learn to professionally assemble your knitwear from the finishing master, Keith Leonard, owner of Knits All Done. In this class, you will use your prepared swatches to learn Keith’s tricks behind five different seams. You will also learn the correct way to pick up stitches across both the top and sides of our knitting. Be amazed as the magic unfolds and walk away with the proficient skills to finish your knitwear professionally for years to come. This class has minimal homework.
July 11- Ann Budd
- Flexible Cast-Ons and Bind-Offs: Flexible cast-ons and bind-offs are crucial for socks that have to stretch over heels and neckbands that have to stretch overheads. In this class Ann will demonstrate a variety of her favorite methods starting and ending socks or the edges of sweaters, including Cable, Old Norwegian (also called German Twisted), and Invisible Rib (also called Tubular) cast-ons, as well as Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy, Sewn, Invisible Rib (also called Tubular) bind-offs. An illustrated handout of the various techniques will be provided. If you’d like to practice the techniques demonstrated, you’ll need DK or worsted-weight yarn, size U.S. 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) knitting needles, a tapestry needle, and three homework swatches.
- Decorative Cast-Ons: Add interest and unexpected flair to your next project with a decorative cast-on. In this class you’ll learn an assortment of Ann’s favorites, including Two-Color Long-Tail, Channel Island, I-Cord, Fringe, Double-Start, and Braid methods. An illustrated handout of the various techniques will be provided. If you’d like to practice the techniques demonstrated, you’ll need two colors of worsted-weight yarn and size U.S. 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) knitting needles.
July 13- Carson Demers- Knitting Comfortably Ever After
- Ever known a knitter who hasn’t said, “Just one more row”? Me neither! I’ll bet they’ve also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you’ll learn how knitting affects the “fabric that makes the fabric”- your body, and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class you’ll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you’ll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who’ve taken this class have said that it should be “required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level!” and, “it’s as important as the knit and purl stitches!” This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist. This class is not an individual knitting assessment. Learner’s Materials: Students are asked to bring a bath-sized towel, and materials to take notes if they wish to do so. Class is suitable for all levels of knitting experience.
July 18- Trunk Show with Seven Sisters Arts/Allie Geer- Yoga for Knitters
- Trunk Show with Seven Sisters Arts
- Yoga RX and Self Myofascial Release
- Allie will lead us in healing yoga exercises for knitters.
July 20- Ben Glass and Noe Levy- Chocolate and Jazz
- Before COVID, Ben and Noa led a "Jazz & Chocolate Experience" at The Good Chocolate's factory in San Francisco. They will recreate this experience online with an introduction to the history of chocolate making, and a virtual tour of The Good Chocolate. You'll also be provided with the raw ingredients used by The Good Chocolate to make their zero sugar chocolate, and there will be a tasting and discussion over Zoom. Noa will sing some Jazz standards accompanied by an excellent pianist.
July 25- Cecelia Campochiaro- Marling Part 1
- Holding strands together, aka making marls, is a wonderful way to create striking handknits. Knitters of any level can use marls to add visual interest, create unique fiber blends, and make extraordinary multi-color pieces. This virtual class will cover why marls have such a distinctive look, simple color theory for marls, tips for managing multiple balls of yarn, and prototyping pieces with. The students can choose to follow along and make their own microswatches between the two sessions if they desire. The class will include the Ella Improv cowl pattern. The Ella Improv is a small project that is a good way to experiment with the concepts in the class and make a beautiful and useful piece.
July 27- Cecelia Campochiaro- Marling Part 2
August 1- Alissa Barton- The Art of Keeping a Knitting Journal
- How many of us have projects languishing in the back of the closet because we have lost our way, forgotten or lost the pattern, the needles are gone or stitches dropped. Consider a crafters journal to be the Captain's Log - it can be as detailed or decorative as you wish, but the main purpose is to keep track of what you have done. A love note to your future self, if you will. Having detailed notes has saved many a crafter's bacon, but how do you know what to record? Alissa will provide a template sheet as well as show examples and hints on how to tailor your journal to your own needs.
Meet the team!
Keith gained a love for knitting at the age of eleven when he joined a lunchtime knitting program at school in his hometown of Haworth, New Jersey. After working at four major knitting stores in Upstate New York, New Jersey, and New York City, he realized there was no specialized service for knitwear finishing. He took the initiative to start his own business, called Knits All Done, a service for knitters to outsource their knitted items for professional finishing. Keith’s expertise in finishing and knitting then led to requests from yarn shops and knitting guilds to teach his techniques. He now travels the country teaching classes while also selling his own custom Zen Yarn Garden, Three Irish Girls, Malabrigo, and Koigu yarns and colors. He is also the American distributor for Soulwool, a hand-dyed Merino yarn from Israel.
After rejecting a career as a geologist, Ann Budd turned her focus to her passion for knitting. She worked as an editor for Interweave Press for more than 20 years and is now a freelance editor, teacher, and designer. Ann has authored more than a dozen knitting books, including the popular The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, New Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of Interweave’s Style series books. More recently, Ann began her own retreats, aptly called Knit For Fun Retreats, that take place three times a year in the U.S. and Canada. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops across North America and beyond. Learn more at www.annbuddknits.com and Ann’s Ravelry group Budd’s Buds.
By day, Carson is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a medical center in the San Francisco Bay Area. Every other moment, he’s knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His book Knitting Comfortably combines his passion and experience in fiber arts with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics, topics he eagerly shares at yarn shops, guilds, and knitting events across the country. A regular contributor to Ply magazine, Carson aims to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after. Learn more at www.ergoiknit.com.
Karen has been a maker almost as long as she can remember, having had the good fortune to be surrounded by people who encouraged her creative explorations. She has supported herself as a full time fiber artist since the local hospital closed the maternity unit where she worked as a labor nurse. When she’s not making a mess in the studio you can find her getting dirty in the garden growing food for the winter. She lives in a drafty farmhouse in Downeast Maine with her artist husband.
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.
Ben is the chocolate maker and co-founder of The Good Chocolate, a zero sugar chocolate company based in San Francisco focusing exclusively on chocolate without sugar for people seeking a healthy lifestyle who don't want to sacrifice the freedom to indulge. Ben started The Good Chocolate as a response to his own health challenges arising from consuming too much sugar in his coffee. Ben started experimenting with organic sugar alternatives and learned how to make delicious chocolate in his home kitchen. Ben is lifelong entrepreneur who hopes to leave the world a little better off than how he found it.
Noa is a jazz-rock vocalist originally from Israel, currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With the emotional directness of Carmen McCrae, a powerful voice reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and the playful energy of Ella Fitzgerald, NOA sings with an emotional lyricism and magnetic stage presence across genres – Jazz, Rock, Cabaret, and Pop. In 2018, she released her debut TAKE TWO EP, an experimental collection of Jazz arrangements in a duo format with three different instruments (drums, synthesizer & vibraphone).
Cecelia Campochiaro appeared on the knitting scene in 2015 with her debut book, Sequence Knitting. Knitting was a causal pastime until she had an ah-ha moment in2010 and realized that interesting textured fabrics could be created by the simple repetition of a sequence of stitches. This idea evolved and led to her writing Sequence Knitting, which is a reference book about this mindful approach to knitting
Alissa learned to knit and spin as a child and has never stopped. She discovered a love of teaching crafts in High School and has taught classes around the US since 1990. She has published two books on knitting with bamboo and is currently working on her next book.
You can find her on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon as KnittingFairy and as TheKnittingFairy on Instagram.