Our local Fibreshed is abundant with beautiful squishy yarns grown right here in our own backyards. Minga is joining forces with Upper Canada Fibre Shed to bring textile and visual artist, educator and chronic knitter Bree Zorel to turn yarn from our very own neighbourhood sheep into a cozy sweater you can wear (or gift) with love.
This workshop is for those of you who are familiar with the basics of knitting – you understand knit and purl, and maybe you have knit a scarf or shawl but somehow just feel intimidated by the idea of how the heck to make the leap to knitting a sweater.
In this 3hr workshop, you will be guided through basic sweater construction, fit, types of needles, and the importance of a gauge swatch to help you find just the right pattern. You will leave with an armload of the best quality local yarn and the confidence to cast on for your first knitted sweater.
- Fibreshed: what is it, why is it important
- Different types of sweater construction
- Different types of needles
- The gauge swatch
- Ways to search Ravelry database
- Basic pattern adaptations for those who are feeling ambitious
The workshop will also host a pop-up shop of local, farm fresh yarn from the Upper Canada Fibreshed, including new label Canadian Ewe, providing participants the opportunity to purchase the yarn they need to complete the sweater. A variety of natural colours from local breeds of sheep will connect the sweater to the landscape that sustained it. Different weights are available depending on producer and supply. Bring in any needles you have used for past projects. A selection of knitting needles will also be available for purchase at the workshop (cash only).