Knitting the Landscape

October 5th-6 hours(9:00-noon/1:00-4:00)

Classroom Location: Vortex Yarns - 218A Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571

In this class we will use the beauty of nature in Taos to inspire us and design a color palette that can be used for any stranded project. First we’ll go over basic color theory. Learn a new way of seeing colors and throw out the color wheel. We’ll start by studying color theory and experiment by combining different colors of yarns. (same as Colorplay class). Then we’ll go outside and observe the landscape. What speaks to you? The majestic sweep of mountains and sky? The variations in the grasses and earth? Colors of a bird or critter? The feel of openness or security of the forest? Take color pictures, write notes, anything that will remind you of your inspiration later. Choose colors of yarn that reflect your inspiration, they don’t have to be literal but ones that give you the same feel. pick 7-9 colors. Look through the books for traditional peeries and motifs that speak to you. For now they can be small, easy ones. Next we’ll learn a new speed swatching technique for stranded knitting and start playing with colors inspired by the outdoors. You will make several swatches this way that will be your sketches for your project. Included is a hat pattern so you can make a garment quickly with your colors. At the end of the class you will have several color palettes to inspire you for your next knitting project. Learn how to combine colors that make your heart sing!

Skll Level:Intermediate

Students should be able to knit with 2 colors per row

Instructor Celeste Nossiter

$30 materials fee, includes: Students will buy skeins of Shetland Spindrift in class after they choose their colors - skeins may be shared.

Students need to bring: 16" Circular needles size 2 or 3 depending on if you knit loose or tight, graph paper, stitch markers

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