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Purlaway Retreat: Smitten with Selbu Mittens

Please join me October 10-11, 2009 at Purlaway in Hood River, Oregon - there are still a few openings available. I'll have all my book samples, the new sweaters you've seen below, and The Red Sweater in tow, along with my research library and of course, my 6 hour Mitten class and 3 hour Design class. And the lecture, which can go on for as long as you keep me talking.

Saturday: Norway's Favorite Mittens - my standard class on knitting the Selbu mitten. The class project is a worsted weight adult-sized mitten, which demonstrates all of the construction features of the Selbu design. After you knit this first pair, even a complete beginner will have the skills necessary to tackle the fine gauge projects in my book. Follow up with an optional dinner at Celilo.

Sunday: Now that you understand the basic construction, you'll want to design your own mitten. I'll bring a blank mitten grid in a range of sizes and a pattern library. We'll talk about graphic layout, and then you can color in your grid to create a unique design in the Selbu style.

In the afternoon I'll give my presentation about the history and social role of knitting in Selbu, with a presentation that includes photographs I wasn't able to print in the book. This is the best part, in my opinion. I'll keep talking as long as you keep asking questions.

Register for Purlaway

Yes! I can teach a class! 6 hours, one or two sessions.

I also have a Powerpoint presentation which I can present to your guild or other group.

Hear the story behind Norway's most beloved traditional mitten style, the Selbuvotter, while you learn to make some for yourself. You will knit an original two-color design based on a year's research studying old mittens and gloves from Norway. Techniques to be covered include stranded knitting, a stranded cuff, shaping the thumb gusset, shaping the pointed fingertip, and working the thumb. In addition, students can examine thirty sample mittens and gloves from Terri's book, recreated from actual antiques and museum collections. Designing your own mittens and modifying mitten patterns to make gloves will also be discussed.

Students will need proficiency knitting in the round with dp needles, and should be ready to knit stranded patterns in two colors.

Materials: Two colors of yarn and DPN needles appropriate to the yarn. Fingering weight yarn and size US 2 needles will make toddler size mittens, worsted weight yarn and size US 4 needles will make adult size.

Event Organizers: Contact me to schedule a class.