Knitting a Traditional Fair Isle Cardigan


A Fall into Winter Program

Friday, August 14 6:30 to 9:30


Saturday, October 17, 1 to 5

November 9 and 30, January 4 and 25, February 22, March 28

at The Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio in White Rock


 This Marie Wallin design, Honeysuckle, is part of her new Meadow collection. Although this cardigan is knit flat, we will be knitting it in the round, steeking up the front, at the armholes, and at the neck. The all over colour work is charted and knit in 11 colours of Jamieson’s Spindrifta beautiful 4 ply Shetland wool.

  • You will learn in a supportive environment, with all the help you need to guide you through this gorgeous design.
  • The classes are spaced out over 5 months to allow for lots of knitting time as you progress.
  • Experience working in the round is helpful, and comfort and/or a great interest in stranded colour work is important.
  • We will work a small, useful fair isle piece in the round as a swatch during our first class.
  • You will need to purchase Meadow for this program, and a binder with additional notes will be provided.

Details will be sent to you, after registration. If you would like to know more, please let me know. I am happy to answer your questions.

We’ve waited a long time for this collection, and I am excited to knit this beautiful cardigan with you.

I hope that you will come along for the fun and great learning!

This class is full. Classes are resuming following the lockdown.  Check out the dates above.

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 Brioche Knitting


Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. October 3 and 24, November 7 and 21

This class was scheduled to begin in March, just after the lockdown began.  These are the new dates.

at The Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio in White Rock


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The Satellite Shawl

by Andrea Mowry

In this program, we will examine the brioche technique, learning the basic stitches and terminology  

We will work short rows in garter stitch stripes, with an I-cord edging.  

Brioche Knitting is characterized by a squishy, ridged look that appears as a ribbed fabric.  

Stitches are lined up in columns and create a 3-dimensional look, that becomes even more intriguing when more than one colour is used. There is a suggestion of floating created by the use of slipped stitches and yarn overs.

Let’s welcome the season together with some new squish!

The suggested yarns for this pattern are La Bien Aimee, and may be difficult to
find in stock.  I am happy to suggest alternatives, once you have registered.

Details will be sent to you, after registration. If you would like to know more, please let me know. I am happy to answer your questions.

Register soon.  This class is almost full.

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Pieces & Seams

A sweater to cut the chill on summer evenings 


Thursday Nights 6:30 to 9:30 August 6 and 27 and Saturdays from 1 to 5 September 19, October 10

This class began before the lockdown and only met once. We are in progress, but you are welcome to join in. There is room.  If you would like to do the work at home while we are waiting for our classes to start up, please get in touch with me for the instructions, and I will catch you up.

at The Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio in White Rock


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Seamed garments provide structure and support to knitted fabric.

Sometimes it makes sense to knit a garment in pieces and sew the seams beautifully. In this new program knitters will work The Georgetown Cardigan or The Rosemont Cardigan, both by Hannah Fettig. One cardigan has set in sleeves, the other has raglan shaping.

We will work these garments in pieces, from the bottom up.

While this program is perfect for new knitters with basic skills, it will also appeal to experienced knitters who have always worked their garments in the round. Knit from the bottom up, this type of knitting requires careful planning using our gauge swatch.  This will be our focus in the first class.

  • These cardigans do have a front band, but no buttonholes and buttons.
  • Cozy, pull it around you, wear them everywhere style!
  • Worked in worsted weight yarn, they will be quickish, but not too bulky and heavy.
  • These patterns are size inclusive with a range of finished measurements from 30.5” to 62.5”.
Once you have registered I will be happy to help you with yarn choices.
More than likely, you will find enough yarn for this one in your stash.
Do you have another favourite pieced cardigan that you’d prefer to knit?
No problem at all!  Please get in touch

Granny Square Love

with Venessa at Penelope Fibre Arts


Two Thursday Evenings 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Dates will be announced in the newsletter

Penelope Fibre Arts in Ocean Park


Recently I bought my first Yarn Advent Calendar of fingering weight minis in a soft palette. I bought this collection with Granny Squares in mind and have been busy working on these whenever I have a chance to pull out my little bag of wound balls.

It feels precious and hopeful.

I would like to share this process with you. This new program will be two sessions of 2.5 hours each.

  • In Session #1 I will teach the basic Granny Square construction.
  • In Session #2 I will share a tweak that I have made, and I’ll talk about a method I use for joining a set of squares.
  • We will focus on basic skills. You will feel most comfortable if you can hold a hook and tension your yarn confidently. A lot of crocheting experience is not necessary.

If you are experienced and would like to join in, you are very welcome too.  This will be a no stress program, with a large dose of nostalgia.

For our learning you will need:

  • DK weight yarn in a few colours of your choice
  • 4 mm crochet hook
  • your accessory kit

Learn to Crochet

with Venessa at Penelope Fibre Arts


 Thursdays 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Ongoing – please check back for dates

Penelope Fibre Arts in Ocean Park

Crochet is a simple, exciting craft that provides limitless freedom to experiment. This introductory program will guide beginners through the basics needed to gain confidence and skill.

Each week students will learn a new crochet technique, while working on small interesting projects.

You will need

  • 2 colours of DK weight cotton for the first class
  • A 4 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • A tapestry needle 
  • 1 ball of Noro Kureyon for the 3rd class

A binder of notes and patterns is included.

Please come into the shop before the first class, and we will be happy to help you shop for your supplies.

Intermediate Knitting & Crocheting


Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. 

dates will be announced each season

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at The Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio in White Rock

During these classes, you will receive individualized instruction and support, while you work on a project of your choice.

I have a fully equipped studio with tools for you to use while you are here.

You are also welcome to take advantage of my large fibre arts library, if you are looking for inspiration during class.

Please let me know what you are working on before your first class, so that I can prepare for you.

Tea will be served

Thank Goodness It’s Friday Night!

Knitting & Crocheting

 Fridays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Ongoing and announced in newsletter updates (Have you signed up?)

at The Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio in White Rock

This class is intended to meet your needs as you work through a knitting or crocheting project that you might need some help with.  The class is rich with learning, as so many technique lessons pop up each week! Working on a different project during each class is a great way to get all you can from this program.  I will share the projects and techniques that I am working on, and there is an extensive library of books and patterns available to inspire you. I always have some new magazines to share, too.  Come and climb into a cozy chair for the evening!

Delicious (almost famous) tea will be served!

Registration is for all 6 weeks of classes. The deadline for payment is one week before the start date.

Please email me if you have any questions