Knit a Baby Sweater from the Top Down
at Penelope Fibre Arts
with Venessa Bentley
Thursday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting in July
Please contact the shop for the specific dates.
Beginning your project at the neck and working Top Down provides many opportunities for you to try on your garment and customize the fit.
This adorable Baby Fir Jacket by Isabel Demarchais (pattern found on ravelry) is a wonderful way to learn the techniques which include: knitting the neckband first; shaping the shoulders; creating raglan shaping for the sleeves; and setting the sleeve stitches aside while you work the body in one piece.  You will learn to make buttonholes, sew on buttons, and add a little lace, worked from a chart.  Later, you will return to the sleeves and work them in the round to the cuffs.
This program will suit first time top down knitters, and experienced knitters who would like to practice their skills on a small scale.
We will meet for 4 Thursday evening classes, 2.5 hours each, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with a goal of finishing the garment in that time.
You may wish to knit more than one!
Venessa’s sample is knit in Drops Baby Merino, Colour 02, and there are many other beautiful colours to choose from.
Please drop into the shop to purchase your yarn and supplies before the first class.
You will need to bring:
2 balls of yarn for 0 to 9 months; 3 balls of yarn for 18 – 24 months
 3 mm and 2.5 mm circular needles that are at least 24”
plus 3 mm and 2.5 mm dpns for the sleeves
8 unlocking stitch markers
5 tiny buttons
Please purchase and bring a copy of the pattern to the first class.
You will receive a binder to keep your pattern in, with the notes you will receive in class.
Let’s do this together!
If you have any questions for Venessa, please email her at


Toss It!

a crocheted pillow cover using a join as you go method

a Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio design

Friday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

in the studio garden (weather permitting)

July 27, August 3, 10 and 17

Learn the basic Granny Square design, then take it a step further and make nine!  
Join them together with a brilliant technique. 
Add a pretty border, and a back, some buttons, which we will also do in class, then toss it!
This class is delightful!  The colour, the steady rhythm, the simple beauty of a Granny Square, just bliss!
Please email Venessa to register and receive more information.
Top Down and Timeless
a new program taking place at
The Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio
with Venessa Bentley

featured project:  Eri by Isabell Kraemer
pattern can be found in Laine Four (Winter/Spring 2018)
Saturdays Noon to Five
June 16, July 14, August 11
This classic top down pullover begins by knitting back and forth to shape the neckline before continuing in the round.
Our focus in this program will be on creating a beautifully textured garment that fits.
We will pay attention to the details: the cables, the textured background, and customizing the yoke, body, and sleeves, to fit us
The suggested yarn for this project is a beautiful blend of merino, mulberry silk, and baby camel, which together,
 knit up to create a slightly shimmery, drapey fabric, that will remember what size it is supposed to be!  
It is hand dyed, so alternating skeins throughout is recommended.
If you would like to substitute the yarn, please let me know if I can be of assistance with that.
This is how mine is looking so far:
Enjoy these glorious days, and I hope that I will see you soon.

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.

July 21, 28, and August 4

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!

July 13 and 20

 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.