Twisted is thrilled to host teacher and author Laura Ricketts October 3 – 4! She is coming to us from Rochester, Indiana before she heads north to teach at the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle. Laura has a master’s in education from IU, taught high school history for a bit, and now writes articles and designs knitwear. She has been knitting for over 30 years and teaching knitting in some capacity for the majority of that time. Her patterns and articles have been in Interweave Press’ Piecework magazine and in books that feature historical and literature-inspired designs (Cooperative Press’ Defarge series).
Over the past four years, Laura has studied the Sámi peoples of the northern Nordic lands and their knitting. The Sámi peoples are Scandinavia’s only UN recognized indigenous people. Traditionally, nomadic reindeer herders, their handcraft culture has touched knitting in ways most English-speaking knitters know nothing about.
Her article and pattern on the Skolt Sámi knitting tradition and expert Matleena Fofonoff is featured in this Fall’s Knitting Traditions magazine.
Laura will be offering two classes at Twisted! Space is limited, so enroll now to ensure your spot!
$45 with Laura Ricketts
The Sámi are Scandinavia’s only UN recognized indigenous people. This class will focus on the Skolt Sami, whose traditional homeland lies at the junction of Norway, Finland and Russia. Join us in knitting a sampler of symbolic Skolt patterns as we examine their rich tradition in wool.
Date/Time: Friday, October 3; 5-8pm
Materials – either bring your own or before/during class get 20% off on: Worsted weight wool yarn – approximately 25g in each of two accent colors and 50g of a main color (natural). DPNs (or 2 circular or 1 long enough for magic loop) to achieve a gauge of 5sts/in. Pattern will be provided in class.
Homework: After swatching to get gauge, use main color to cast on 40 sts in the round and knit or rib for 1 in/2.5 cm. Leave work on the needles and bring to class. We will be creating a swatch, wrister, or cuff for a mitten with this.
Included: Class handout that includes a Skolt Sámi mitten pattern
Prerequisites: Basic knitting skills (knit, purl), knitting in the round and stranding experience.
Beauties from the North: Sami Mittens – A Special All Day Workshop
$90 with Laura Ricketts
Learn about the Sámi community, its history of knitting, and begin your own miniature Sámi mitten inspired by Kautokeino, Norwegian mittens in two informative, three-hour sessions. Learn to make tri-colored slyngborden (the leaning braid at the cuff), afterthought thumbs, braids and tassels. Students will complete a mini pattern in class and then be able to knit the full-sized mittens at home. Laura wrote an article about Sámi knitting which was published in the Fall 2014 Knitting Traditions magazine and is making a special trip to Twisted from teaching at the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle!
Date/Time: Saturday, October 4; 10am-5pm, with an hour for lunch
Materials – either bring your own or before/during class get 20% off on: 3 mm double pointed needles (or magic loop equivalent), yarn kit (not included with class price)
Extra: Special Knitted Wit Fiber Pack that includes yarn for both the mini mitten and a pair of full sized mittens in traditional Sámi colors!
Prerequisites: Casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing, colorwork, knitting in the round.
From Monday 8/18 – Sunday 8/24…
20% off Knitted Wit Silk Blends & Rambouillets
Free pattern with yarn purchase
Free patterns via a coupon for a free Ravelry download. Limit one per person. In store or online, mention this offer at checkout.
Need a rainy day knitting project? Check out the brand new Dashes and Dots Cowl Kits in an array of great color combinations from Twisted!
The kits include 2 skeins of Knitted Wit Single Fingering (enough yarn to make 1 double loop OR 2 single loop cowls). Plus a download code for the newly released Dashes and Dots Cowl pattern by Shannon Squire.
Visit the shop or purchase online here. Just can’t wait to see all the color combinations. Ok, here ya’ go!