Festive Crocheted Bunting

One Sunday Session noon to 5 pm

at Penelope Fibre Arts

During this 5 hour program you will be guided through my step-by-step bunting pattern that you will take away with you.  

You will learn to crochet the motifs, trim them with a picot edge, and join them together to hang up for the season.   

This is a modular project that is delightful for picking up when you only have a minute, are going on a road trip, meeting up with friends, or just waiting. . . . .  

It has the same feel as quilt piecing.  It can be as small or as large a project as you choose.  

Some comfort with a crochet hook and basic stitches is needed for this program. 

You will need 3 colours of worsted weight wool or wool blend and a 5 mm hook, or the size you prefer for worsted weight yarn.

Please drop by the shop before the class, and they will be happy to help you shop for your supplies. 


Knitted Christmas Ornaments

Would you like to spend an afternoon knitting Christmas Balls, Arne and Carlos style?
This has been a Working Hands Fibre Arts tradition for several holiday seasons.
This year the program will be offered at Penelope Fibre Arts
and we would love it if you would join us on
Sunday December 16
Instruction will be provided on the best ways to knit in the round, on wooden double points, working stranded colour work, in the designs of your choice.
There are 55 to choose from!
You will need the book and non-superwash sport weight wool, plus 3 mm to 3.5 mm needles depending on your tension.
These balls are meant to be knit and stuffed very firm.  Wool batting will be provided for the stuffing.
We are recommending Cascade 220 or Sandnes Peer Gynt yarn and wooden/bamboo double pointed needles.
Please drop by the shop before the class and they will be happy to help you find your yarn and needles.
We are so excited to get the festive season off to a colourful start!

Colour Work Mittens

Thursdays 6 to 8 pm, November 23, 30 December 7, 14

at Penelope Fibre Arts

Add a pop of colour to a November day.  
These colour work mittens will make you smile from cuff to fingertips!
You will learn:
  • to add your own design touches to the cuff
  • to read a colour work chart
  • to get a good fit 
  • to work on wooden dpns comfortably
  • to strand your yarns for maximum pop and excellent tension
  • to create a thumb gusset in pattern
  • to knit a thumb Norwegian style
  • to finish beautifully
  • to block (and make a blocker if you need one)
You will need 1 ball each of 3 colours of Peer Gynt (non-superwash wool) if you wish to knit them like Venessa’s.  2 balls each of 2 colours if you would like 2 colour mittens.  You will use a small amount of the 2nd balls, so if you buy 3 of each you will have enough to make 2 pairs.  High contrast yarns work best for this style of mitten.  Buying one extra ball for swatching is recommended.  The free ravelry pattern will be provided for you in a binder, where you can make notes, and keep your swatches.
Please swatch on your dpns before the first class, on 3.25 mm, 3.5 mm, and 3.75 mm. Your swatch can be made in one piece with garter stitch between the needle changes.  Please knit at least 2” in each size and tag your piece with each needle size.  This will be a great reference piece for your binder, and once you’ve done it, you can knit many pairs, knowing they will fit.
Please stop by Penelope Fibre Arts and they will be happy to help you find your supplies.  Please allow enough time to swatch, wash, and block your piece before the first class.  Please email Venessa if you have any questions about your swatching.


Thank Goodness It’s Friday Night Knitting!    

 December 1, 8, 15

 6:30 to 8:30 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!  You may register at a reduced rate if you pre-pay for 3 classes.  Delicious (almost famous) tea will be served.  Please register by Wednesday each week, if you plan to drop in.