One quick thing before I give you the run-down on what’s coming up. If you’re not in Chicago, never fear! I promise I’m working on expanding my reach to other cities. To help me know where to plan visits and workshops, you can leave a comment on this post or drop me a line at heidi[at]handsoccupied[dot]com. I’d love to know where you’d like me to visit and teach! You can also sign up for or edit your current sign up status to start receiving email updates when workshops and events are added to the calendar. Here’s the signup page.
Sunday, January 7, 2-4 pm at Firefly Fiber Arts in Chicago
Skill level: intermediate
Prerequisites: Know how to work at least one knitting cast on.
Attendance: 3 person minimum, 12 person maximum.
Workshop includes: Materials to practice cast-on techniques
How many cast ons do you know? Most knitters master a few and then keep using them forever and ever, not thinking much of it. This class teaches you 6 different cast ons, and helps you understand when and (importantly) why you would want to use them in your knitting. Making a sweater that you want to fit over your head? Something stretchy might be a good idea. Working something super delicate? You might want to go a subtle route. The first week of a new year is a great time to try something new!
Sign up on the Firefly website. The $30 class fee covers group and one-on-one help, plus a handy reference for each cast on to take home.
NEW for 2018! Hands Occupied January Meet Up
Tuesday, January 23, 5-9 pm at The Walk In, 2727 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Cost: Free, but bring money for drinks and tips!
I have been thinking to myself for YEARS that there should be a regular Hands Occupied meet up in Chicago, where I’m based. Well 2018 is finally the time, folks! Come hang out with fellow knitters & crocheters at The Walk In bar in Logan Square. It’s conveniently located within a block of the Logan Square Blue Line Station, and there’s a Milwaukee Avenue bus stop right outside the door.
No pressure to come right at 5, btw! The bar we’re meeting at has an amazing happy hour that runs until 8, so I’ll be there right at 5 pm for $5 beer drafts and cocktails. ;) Pro tip: They don’t have much in the way of food at this bar, so you might want to toss a granola bar in your bag along with your WIP if you’re coming straight from work.
RSVP & invite your friends on Facebook!
Mark your calendars! The February meet up will be Wednesday, 2/21 with location TBD.
Sunday, February 18, 1-4 pm at Firefly Fiber Arts in Chicago
Skill level: intermediate
Prerequisites: An understanding of how to knit brioche rib flat in one color. If you want to practice working 2 color brioche rib flat in the weeks leading up to this workshop, you won’t be sorry.
Attendance: 3 person minimum, 8 person maximum.
Workshop includes: 3 hours of instruction & a Funkasonic Mittens Kit.
Supplies: You may bring your own size US 3 & US 4 circular or DPN knitting needles, or you can purchase them at the shop.
Take your brioche beyond the basics with this workshop! We will tackle knitting brioche in the round, changing colors in brioche rib, and how to fix mistakes in brioche knitting. Class size is capped at 8 students maximum to allow for tons of one on one help from yours truly!
Sign up on the Firefly website. The class fee covers group and one-on-one help, plus a useful guide to walk you through next-level brioche knitting.
Don’t forget! Private lessons are available.
Skill level: any
Get individualized instruction on any knitting or crochet technique, or get help if you’ve knit yourself into a corner or crocheted your project into knots. I’ve done private lessons in coffee shops, bars, yarn shops and even hospital rooms. Let’s talk about what works for you!