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 Two

Two Socks on One Circular Needle, Toe Up
with Venessa Bentley
4 Thursday evenings:  January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 2019
6:00 to 8:30 p.m. 
Are you a sock knitter who will do anything to avoid the Kitchener Stitch?
Perhaps you have a hard time getting around to that second sock.
This 4 week sock program might work for you.
You’ll begin in Week One by casting on, and knitting the toes of both socks.  
You’ll learn to knit socks that fit beautifully as you knit along the feet, and shape the heels.
Before you know it, you’ll be casting off at the cuffs in Week 4 – two socks finished at the same time!
If you would prefer to knit a pair of children’s socks during the 4 weeks, you are welcome.  
Patterns for both will be provided.  You will learn the techniques needed to knit a larger pair for yourself as well.  
This class is suitable for those who are comfortable knitting in the round, and who have knit socks from the cuff down.
Venessa’s detailed instructional pattern and extensive notes are included in the class fee.
If you attended Sock School One, please bring along your binder.
New students will receive a binder in this session.
You will need:
a circular needle, 2.25 or 2.5 mm, at least 80 cm (32”) long
Chiao Goo Red Lace or Hiya Hiya Sharps are recommended
420 metres of fingering weight sock yarn for an adult pair, approximately 200 metres for a children’s pair
a set of wooden double pointed needles the same size as your circular needle
your knitting accessory kit
Please email Venessa directly, if you have any questions.
To register please call or visit Penelope Fibre Arts, or register on the website.



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Lots of great learning in the 

Golden Hour Shawl

4 Friday Evenings
Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio
6:30 to 9 p.m.
October 26, November 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.


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.