Registration for Interweave Yarn Fest 2019 is in full swing, and we’ve seen what spinners have been most excited to learn so far. In the home stretch before classes start on March 27, 2019, some favorite spinning classes have only a few seats left, while others have more room. Here are 3 classes to sign up for quick—and 3 great alternatives.
The Scandinavian Spinner
Sign up quick for Kate Larson’s Spinning Nordic Wools. If you’ve been pining for the fjords, are eager to try Gotland and Pelssau, or want to knit sweet colorwork, this new class is the perfect opportunity to sample a smorgasbord of Scandinavian fiber. If you miss the last few seats, head over to Jeanne Giberson’s knitting class Selbu Lapel Mittens. Mitten expert Jeanne will teach the techniques for a genuine Norwegian colorwork mitten using a tiny practice version.
In Spinning Color
Kate Larson has another new class this year, Vibrant: Blending and Spinning for Color Effects, where you’ll learn to make funny-sounding yarns like tweed, marled, ombré—and get a chance to blend color on a hackle. Miss it? Take a seat in Myra Chang-Thompson’s Dyeing Protein Fibers to Make Colors Sing and play with color drop by drop. Learn 4 variations on kettle dyeing to get that popular tonal look, and leave class with colorful yarn or fiber samples.
Although Maggie Casey has taught Start Spinning since the very first Interweave Yarn Fest, this is the first time she’s offered Beyond Beginning Spinning, a class based on her multiweek “spinning 201” course. Packing plenty of knowledge into a single day, Maggie’s review of woolen and worsted, consistency, and project planning is a class you can always learn something from (if you can snag one of the last seats). Terri Drouin-Guerette is joining us for the first time, and I can’t wait to take her beyond-the-basics class What Every Spinner Needs to Know. Terri really explains the power of the plyback sample: how to make one, what it tells you, and what to do if you forget to make one. She also covers basic wheel mechanics such as drive band and tension issues—and tells you what to bring to every spinning workshop.