Monday, September 20, 2010

October Teaching Schedule

I will be teaching a beginner crochet class at Greenwood Quiltery in Guelph on Monday October 25, 6 - 8pm. We will be making a fish-shaped wash cloth that teaches the basic crochet stitches as well as increasing and decreasing. Please check out Greenwood's website for more info! It's a lovely shop too full of amazing fabrics and yarns!

October Classes at Passionknit
3355 Yonge St. 416-322-0688

Short Rows – The Ruffle Scarf
The Ruffle Scarf is a fun scarf to make! It can be made out of a funky variegated Noro yarn or a seductive solid colour like the new Royal Alpaca. The whole pattern is done in short rows. Short rows are very important for shaping of garments and turning heels in socks. Fun and funky – The Ruffle Scarf! Please know how to cast-on/off, knit, purl and follow a pattern. (Pinchy)
Tues. Oct. 5, 7 – 9pm OR Wed. Oct. 13, 7 – 9pm. $30 plus materials.

Reversible Cable Scarf – “My Pet Scarf”
Knitting using cables is very popular this season! “My Pet Scarf” is a luxurious, lofty scarf made out of wonderfully soft baby alpaca yarn and because the cable is reversible – there’s no right or wrong side. You will want one in every colour! Please know how to cast-on/off, knit, purl and follow a pattern. (Peachy)
Mon. Oct. 4, noon – 2pm OR Thurs. Oct. 21, 7 – 9pm. $30 plus materials.

Continental Knitting – Brioche Stitch Scarf
The Brioche Stitch is a wonderfully lofty and stretchy stitch. It is especially fun and fast using the Continental way of knitting. If you are interested in learning how to knit continentally, this is the class for you! Please know how to cast-on/off, knit, purl and follow a pattern. (Peachy)
Wed. Oct. 6, 7 – 9pm OR Thurs. Oct. 28, 7 – 9pm. $30 plus materials.

Passionknit Stitchers’ Night
This is a special night out for our Passionknit customers to come and socialize. Come join us to “unwind” the last Wed. evening of every month for a fun knitting night. Here at Passionknit we have been promoting and Fiona Ellis. We are proposing the “Twist Collective Challenge”; bring in your purchased Twist Collective pattern, we’ll help you make yarn substitutions, then we will all work on our projects during Stitchers’ Night! We will have a fashion show-and–tell of our progress at the first Stitchers’ Night in January! Participation is not mandatory to attend Stitchers’ Night.
Wed. Oct. 27, 7 – 9pm (Free)

Twist Collective Challenge:

We have been displaying local knitwear designer Fiona Ellis’ wonderful sample garments in the shop for the month of September. She’s renowned for her Fair Isle and Cable designs and is famous the world over!

We have been super excited to have these samples and have access to her lovely patterns through Twist Collective is an online knitting magazine and pattern shop that was created to showcase the work of independent designers. It offers a generous variety of specially created patterns at very fair prices. The wonderful thing about these types of sites is that a large percentage of the money goes directly to the designers. Electronically formatted patterns are very detailed because they are not limited by printable space. All you need is a PayPal account and you’re good to go!

Here’s what the “Twist Collective Challenge” is all about: We are encouraging Passionknit customers to purchase a lovely Twist pattern online, bring it into the shop and we will help you make yarn substitutions from our gorgeous new yarn selection. We would love to have participants then attend our Stitchers’ Nights to work on their projects. We will have a fashion show-and-tell of our projects at the first Stitchers’ Night in the New Year! A fun way to try online pattern shopping, getting creative with yarn selection AND have a fun group of knitters to work on your project with!

Registration Information:
We keep classes small in order to be able to spend one-on-one time with each student. Please register in advance either by coming into the shop or calling us at (416) 322-0688. Payment in full for the class is due upon registration, please check your schedule and class description carefully, registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. We also do not offer make up classes.

If you must cancel a class you have registered for, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance, we will issue you a credit toward another class.

Two-hour classes are $30, which is for the class only. Materials and applicable taxes will be in addition unless otherwise noted. If a class does not run due to low registration or extenuating circumstances, you will be refunded in full.

A 10% reduction on materials costs is offered once you are registered. You may select your materials anytime after registration.

Doors will open 15 minutes before class and class will start promptly. Please be on time.

We also welcome suggestions for class ideas – just send us an email or give us a call!

For up-dates on Passionknit events and classes please join our mailing list by calling or emailing us.

Class Rating:
Peachy = All Levels
Pinchy = Medium
Persnickety = Difficult

Alisa McRonald, Fibre Arts Teacher

Alisa McRonald has been teaching fibre arts techniques classes and curating textile related gallery shows since 1998. Her own work has been shown in shops and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Montreal.

She continually augments her experience through attending hands-on workshops and lectures on various techniques including dyeing, handspinning and other yarn arts. She recently worked with the Textile Museum of Canada on a “Yarn Bombing” project.

Since moving to Toronto from Los Angeles in 2008 to take a job at Wellington Fibres Yarn Mill, she has maintained memberships with the Downtown Knit Collective, the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Guild and the Textile Museum of Canada. Says McRonald, “Being a part of the fibre community energizes me! I like to challenge people’s preconceptions of the yarn arts and love talking about the various processes of these crafts. I even take my holidays specifically to attend fibre related events!”

Her personal artwork has been featured in various magazines and publications such as “Harper’s Bazaar Japan”, “Giant Robot”, “Nyoln” and “Time Out New York” as well as a featured artist in “By Hand: The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art” and colour forecasting publication, “View on Colour”.

In 2001 she had the honour of being invited to be a guest lecturer and critic at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

In addition to teaching at Passionknit, she currently she maintains her own blog: and her new online venture, “Fibre Person” will be launching later this year.

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