Events & Classes

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Pattern Classes—

Paävätär sock plaited cast-on

The Finnish socks Ordover designed on the cover of Knitting Socks from Around the World use a special plaited cast-on. This class is only 1-1/2 hours but can be extended to three hours by adding another cast-on from the book (the Channel Island Cast-on from the Gansey Socks or a provisional cast on like the Ides of March). Students will practice the cast-on while constructing a wristie and leave class with the pattern for the Bohus-inspired wrist warmer.

Course Length: 1.5 hours (can be expanded to 3 hours)

Materials Needed: DPNs or two circs or long circ for magic loop, three colors of yarn to match the needles. Sample wristie knit using US6-7 and three colors of light-worsted yarn.

Double Knitting

The Finnish scarf Ordover designed for Knitting Scarves from Around the World is double knit. Depending on your needs, the double knitting class can run from 1-1/2 to 3 hours. Students will leave class with a soap bag scrubbie or a bookmark (or both!).

Course Length: 1.5 hours (can be expanded to 3 hours)

Materials Needed: straight needles or circs for knitting flat; DK or light worsted for bookmark; hemp or linen, for soap bag scrubbie.

Shawl Construction

A three-hour class dedicated to learning the construction of the Defarge Stole from What Would Madame Defarge Knit? This class will leave participants with a lacy bookmark and a new way to construct directionally-dependent, rectangular shawls without grafting.

Course Length: 3 hours

Materials Needed: 24-40 in circ for knitting flat; lace, fingering or DK needed for bookmark.


Technique Classes—

Sock Heels Workshop

First taught at Sock Summit ’09.This course teaches at least six heels. Knitters leave armed with a set of worksheets that will allow them to substitute virtually any heel into any sock they ever knit from that point forward—guaranteeing a perfect fit. This class can be tailored as needed—fewer heels, shorter class, toe-up only, top-down only, or all six heels in six hours.

Course Length: 6 hours (can be taught in shorter segments)

Materials Needed: There is homework that needs to be done before the class—little cuffs and some cuff-heel-flaps to prepare for the different turns and gussets. Details will be provided.

Specific Techniques

  • Ergonomic knitting: 1-1/2 hours
  • Fixing mistakes in knitting: 1-1/2–3 hours (3 hours if there is a practicum where students bring their “design elements” they wish to fix.
  • Specific cast-ons or techniques: by request.

Certified Knit Companion

  • Knit Companion—slow and easy: three 2–hour classes spread over several weeks.
  • Knit Companion—over time: two 3–hour classes with a two week break between.
  • Knit Companion—fast and strong: full day. Get your beauty sleep beforehand.
  • Knit Companion—tips and tricks and Knit Companion—”walk in” help are also available.

Pricing for Knit Companion classes is slightly different. Please use the contact form before booking.


Speaking and Signing—

Cognitive Anchoring

If you’re noticing a rise in articles about knitting being good for you, that’s because finally there is solid research being done on the topic. The real research is quite complex and wide-reaching and the implications for knitters, crocheters, and doodlers is both fascinating and important… and it means you’ll never have to be embarrassed to ask to knit in a meeting again!

Talk Length: about an hour, more with Q&A time (recommended)

Materials Needed: extension cord, outlet, and some sort of table/podium space.

Should you wish to have copies of What Would Madame Defarge Knit?, What (else) Would Madame Defarge Knit? on hand, they can be procured most easily and shipped directly from Use the contact form below to arrange for copies of Grounded.

I am happy to sign any books in which I’ve played a role at the end of any class or engagement.



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