A Magnolia Blossoms in Your Hands
at The Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio
 Saturdays, October 13, November 10, December 8
noon to 5 p.m.
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This beautiful top down design blends the beauty of a fine non-superwash wool with a lace weight mohair.
You will knit top down, shaping with German Short Rows, and strategic increases.
We will swatch with a view to customizing the fit, considering the motif placement,
and we’ll practice techniques that will give our piece a beautiful finish.
This is a cozy knit, so the program is scheduled to have you wearing it this late Fall and Winter.
You can find the pattern details here.
Please contact me for more information, and to have your name added to the class list.
The deadline for registration, including your payment, is August 30.
Sock School One
School starts in September at Penelope Fibre Arts.
Come along for this satisfying knitting experience.
You will pull on the best socks you have ever had on your feet – the ones you made!
Please contact the shop to register for this class.
Venessa’s cozy sock

Thursday evenings 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

September 27, October 4, 11, 18
an introduction to cuff down sock knitting
a great program for first time sock knitters
These make wonderful gifts!
In this 4 week program, you will be introduced to the structure and form of a sock, knit from the cuffs to the toes.
Using double knitting (dk) weight yarn, you will work through a pair of beautiful socks,
learning to turn a heel, to shape the gusset and toe, and to graft using the kitchener stitch to finish off.
My pattern will be provided for you.  Colour work patterns are included in the pattern if you wish to try them. 
Pull on your first pair in Week 4 and that will be the end of store bought socks for you!


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Lots of great learning in the 
4 Friday Evenings
Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio
6:30 to 9 p.m.
October 26, 16, 30 and December 7
Every second week to allow more time for knitting!
Email soon to have a spot held for you
Please register with your payment by September 15
The pattern can be purchased on ravelry.
The beautiful Golden Hour Shawl by Andrea Mowry is filled with opportunities for colour play, 
technique learning, and skill building, all wrapped up in comfy-cozy worsted weight fabric.
This is top down knitting that begins with a garter tab.
There’s mosaic knitting, bobbles, eyelets, and a picot bind-off!  
During class we will sample the new stitches, then work them into
 this perfect cozy addition to our fall and winter wardrobes.
Please email me if you would like a spot held for you.
 I will send the supply list and registration details.
I can’t wait to knit this beautiful project with you!
It’s almost time to wrap up.
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Albini by Orlane Sucche
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Knitting a Classic Cardigan from the Top Down
I recently chose this beautiful classic by Orlane Sucche as my new best friend cardigan project.  
It is knit in DK weight yarn and has the simplest lines, and prettiest details.  
As an example it has chain stitch details around the bottom, wrists, and pocket hems.  
There is also a practical and stylish split in the back ribbed hem.
Knitting garments from the top down is the best way to leap into a project when you are excited to get something onto your needles.  
Starting by choosing the size with the ease that suits you best, you then have the opportunity to try your garment on frequently, as you build the neck and shoulders.  
Once you set the sleeve stitches aside, customizing the fit of the body will be a simple process when you are working from the top down.
We thought this would be a great follow-up to our recent Top Down Baby Jacket program at Penelope Fibre Arts.  
The steps are the same, with all the lovely big people touches.  
You’ll have some beautiful DK weight yarn to choose from at the shop.
If you are a beginner knitter with good basic skills, or an intermediate knitter who would like to 
focus on top down techniques, and those beautiful finishes, this program may interest you. 
Please join me at
Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
October 25, November 8, 22, and December 6
The classes are spaced out to allow for knitting time.
If necessary, we’ll schedule an optional 5th class 
for early in the new year 
to finish things off.
The beauty of this simple classic design is the gentle knitting that happens in between the pretty details.  
It’s a perfect project to have on-the-go to grab when you need a peaceful moment during a busy season!
You will 
knit from the top down seamlessly
knit raglan shaping
set in the pockets
work chain stitch details
pick up for the button bands, collar, and pocket hems
shape the collar with short rows
Please contact the shop to inquire and register for this
relaxing and cozy knitting program.  
We’ll be happy to help you shop for your needles and yarn.  
The pattern can be purchased on ravelry.
If you have any questions about the program
please feel free to contact me.

Learn to Crochet

with Venessa
at Penelope Fibre Arts

Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

on going – please check back for dates

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, and 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.


Knitting Lace in the Garden
Wednesday evenings
Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio
6:30 to 9:00
July 25, August 1, 8, and 15
Venessa’s shawl, so far – in love!
Our class project will be Lene Tosti’s The Midsummer Rose Shawl from Laine Magazine Issue #5
This shawl begins with a brilliant variation on the garter tab, and is knit in only two lace patterns plus the edging.
Each pattern transitions smoothly from one to the other.  The lace sections are repeatable, so adjusting the size is simple.
During our class each week, we will examine one lace pattern and knit a sample.
Understanding the way the lace patterns evolve and connect,
will build the confidence and skill to work them into the shawl.
There are no deadlines or required homework, but you will have the time
to make good progress at your own pace.
If you would like to inquire about registration, please email Venessa.
It will be necessary to purchase your own copy of Laine #5,
and I am happy to help you with yarn and needle choices.
This is one of the most enjoyable lace designs I have knit!
It is well planned, and intuitive.  The lace patterns are memorable, and reading your fabric is a breeze.
It looks stunning and complex, but broken down into sections, it is manageable and easy to understand.
Lace knitting experience is necessary for this design, but if you have good basic skills, and feel that you
would like to push forward, this is a great choice.
You will receive ongoing support between classes, and students registered in a studio program
are welcome to attend 2 Saturday Intermediate classes, free of charge, while your class runs.
Let’s do this together!
I hope to see you soon.

Intermediate Knitting and Crocheting

Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio

Saturdays 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Fall dates coming soon

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 and Crocheting!

on going and announced in the weekly emails

 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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 or would like to register.