A weekend with Sally Melville!

Check out our weekend with Sally Melville! We are hosting 4 classes with Sally which will be held in Stix and Stones at 147 Main Street West in north Bay, Ontario. We are also hosting a lecture with Sally on Saturday evening- February 2, 2013 starting at 6:30pm until 8:00pm. The cost for the lecture is $15 per person or $10 if you are enrolled in one of her weekend classes or hold a valid North Bay Hand Knitter's Guild Card. Description of the lecture is as follows:

Lecture: WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO: the importance of working with our hands

Saturday February 2, 2013
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Cost: $15 per person OR $10 if you are enrolled in a weekend class or are a North Bay knitting guild member with a valid membership!

This presentation speaks to what knitting (or other hand work) offers—-from alleviating boredom, to engaging in the creative process, to teaching skills that help us through all aspects of life. Participants will see examples of knitting (although this talk applies to all hand work) while thinking about this work through lenses as diverse as quantum physics, psychology, and global economics. Basically we will be discussing why we love doing what we do and the long term health benefits that come from it. This talk applies to all people that work with their hands whether that be a knitter, crocheter, scrapbooker, quilter, sewer or even someone in the trades! Bring your crafty friends along and make it a girls night out! We will have snacks and drinks for everyone that is attending and we will be open late that night for shopping!

SKILL LEVEL anyone- Not just knitters!

Essential Skills

Saturday February 2, 2013
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $75

Description: No matter how advanced and accomplished we are, there are habits or holes in our knitting repertoire. Perhaps we rely upon the same cast-on, the same increase, the same decrease; perhaps we are confounded by selvedge stitches; perhaps we knit without the awareness that we have choices.

This workshop explores and explains the many techniques we should all have in our repertoire. We'll talk about which are best suited to each situation and why, and we'll practice them all with lots of hands-on experience.

Skill Level: Beginner intermediate and beyond. (Very experienced knitters get a lot from this class, and so do newer knitters.)

Saturday February 2, 2013
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: $75

Description: This workshop explores the best techniques for these finishings that make such a difference in our knitted garments. It covers basic maneuvers, four or more basic edging stitch patterns, and the very best buttonholes. Participants will never again struggle with instructions to "pick up and knit 137 sts along right front" nor with the question of how to make virtually invisible buttonholes.

Skill Level: Beginner intermediate and beyond

Supplies to Bring: yarn (same weight as homework piece, contrast colour is fine), needles appropriate for working an edging onto the homework piece

HOMEWORK: Use non-textured, light-coloured yarns. Worsted weight is best. Block swatch well.

1.Cast on 24 stitches: work 3" in stockinette. DO EXACTLY AS WRITTEN: do not slip stitches and do not work short rows. (You are shaping a round neck, in case you wonder.) At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 6 stitches. At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 3 stitches. At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 2 stitches. At the beginning of the next 3 RS rows, bind off 1 stitch. Work 8 rows straight. Then bind off all stitches.

Sunday February 3, 2013
Tome: 9:00am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $75

Description: Once we understand the nature of creativity, we'll feel encouraged to nurture our own. And to do that we need only appreciate the stages we will encounter, what happens in each stage, how to get a running start, where might we get stuck, how to move forward once stuck, and finally, where might we end up?

This presentation answers all of these questions, is well illustrated with examples and anecdotes, has participants work through creative exercises of their own, and ends with a discussion of best and worst case scenarios, of what we might have learned, of where we might go from here, and of what a creative act might mean in terms of defining ourselves and our life’s purpose.

While knitting is the medium through which this presentation is illustrated, the information provided is applicable to most any human endeavour.

Skill Level:  anyone

HOMEWORK AND/OR SUPPLIES TO BRING paper and pen or pencil, one colourful magazine (knitting and gardening do not work as well as fashion or home d├ęcor)

Knit to Flatter and Fit
Sunday February 3, 2013
Time:1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: $75

Description: A knitter who spends the time and energy to make her own clothes should be rewarded with a result that makes her happy and proud. It should fit, it should flatter, and there should be no mystery as to how this happened. But sadly, and too often, this is not the result. Why? Because the knitter chooses the wrong pattern OR chooses the right pattern but follows the directions without questioning them OR makes the right garment but wears it with the wrong thing.

There are a few simple rules to follow for successful knitting: start with styles that flatter, knit with appropriate decisions for a personalized fit, and then wear it with something that makes it look wonderful! This workshop covers all these decisions and puts the power for successful results into your competent hands. Yay!

Skill Level:  anyone

HOMEWORK: It is essential that this exercise be completed. You will be disappointed if you don't do this! And please read this carefully, including the NOTE at the bottom.

1. Dress in something close fitting. (We need to see your real silhouette. You may wear only lingerie, or you may add a bodysuit, a leotard, or tights. But do wear supportive lingerie.)

2. Standing straight, with arms slightly away from your side and feet together, have someone take a straight-on, full body (head-to-toe) photo of you. (Have the photo fill the screen as much as possible.)

3. Print the photo onto plain paper (enlarging it to 8-10" tall).

4. Trace your outline only with a heavy black pen: we don't need your photo anymore, only your outline. Bring your outline to class.

SUPPLIES TO BRING a couple of pages in at least 2 colors of light-weight (20lb or lighter but NOT tracing paper), light-colored paper (that you can trace your outline through); scissors; measuring tape; pencil; eraser
NOTE TO PARTICIPANTS Common homework and supplies errors are the following: arms too far from sides, feet not together, head not included, paper too heavy or too light (tracing paper does not work), photo brought instead of just silhouette, silhouette not outlined or not outlined heavily enough.

Pricing based on 3 hour classes

Individual class price: $75 per student

Your choice of any two classes: $140

Your choice of any three classes: $210

All four classes: $275

Please note that class fees are non refundable or transferable.

To reserve your space for any or all of these courses please call the store at 705-223-8245 or send me an email at stixandstonesnb@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!!