Fri July 21st Lecture with Franklin Habit

The lecture  will be held at the Wagner House at 1 E Spring St, Freeport, IL 61032. Free to the public, any donations for Halos of Hope will be graciously accepted. Please see the registration page to sign up for this lecture. 

7 pm  Franklin Habit Lecture – Impractical Magic: Oddities and Curiosities of Weldon’s Practical Needlework.
Beginning in the 1880s, and for decades thereafter, the editors of Weldon’s Practical Needlework provided an enormous audience of amateur craftswomen with patterns for garments designed to be warm, strong, long-lived and, well, practical. But Weldon’s had another side, too. A side that proposed the knitting of covers for tennis balls, of knitting whips for children, and of covering open flames with crinkled tissue paper. In this illustrated talk–not for the faint of heart–we’ll take a look at what our great-great-grandmothers got up to after they’d already knit a sufficiency of Socks for Invalids.Warning: May induce seizures in persons with good taste.

Sat July 22nd Classes with Franklin Habit

There are only 20 spots in each class.
To register please call Wall of Yarn at  1+815-616-8402 today

The classes  will be held in a private room at the Wagner House at 1 E Spring St, Freeport, IL 61032

Morning Class 9 am – 12 pm
Introduction to the History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting

Session length: 3 hours
Class fee: $45 (non-refundable as 50% is a charitable donation)
Class Description: In this session we’ll examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting’s grandest tradition. Students will learn about the history of lace knitting, and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry. We will not only discuss, but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions, and view beautiful examples of lace both modern and antique. Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Participants should be familiar with the basic of knitting (casting, binding off, knitting, purling, yarn over, decreasing); and willing to work from charts.

Required Materials
One ball smooth (non-fuzzy), sport- or worsted-weight (example: Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Dale Baby Ull, or any similar yarn) in white or a light solid color. Wool or another non-slippery animal fiber is recommended. If you cannot handle wool or do not knit with animal fibers, select a fiber that pleases you.

One pair straight needles (8″ or longer) or circular needle (16” or 24” suggested length)–in whatever size will give you a drapey gauge in the yarn of your choice; this will likely be larger than you would select for knitting plain stockinette.

Notions: Scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (6), pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes. (note-taking is highly advised!) Row counter recommended, but optional.

Afternoon Class 2pm – 5pm
Working with Antique and Vintage Knitting Patterns 

Session length: 3 hours
Class fee: $45 (non-refundable as 50% is a charitable donation)
Class Description: Don’t let the tiny type and archaic language fool you: there’s a goldmine of beautiful, functional designs waiting to be rediscovered within the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines. What’s more, learning to work with old patterns will make you a stronger knitter–better able to cope with and troubleshoot any pattern. In this session, we’ll discuss the history of published patterns; the selection of appropriate yarns and needles; methods for deciphering arcane recipes; and “reverse engineering” from photographs and extant pieces. You don’t need to be a historian or re-enactor to enjoy this class–just a knitter with a curious mind.

1 ball smooth DK, sport, or worsted weight yarn (i.e., Dale Baby Ull, Hikoo Simpliworsted, Cascade 220 Sport or Worsted, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted) in white or a light color

1 pair straight needles or 1 circular needle, size 4–4.5 mm or size appropriate to your choice of yarn

Notebook and pen or pencil for making notes (important!).


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