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Fri 21st Feb: Blocking & Fibre Care with Kate Atherley

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  • Friday 21st February 2019: 6 - 8pm

    Finishing Touch - Blocking & Fibre Care

    Kate is a sought-after knitting teacher, seasoned designer, author and's Managing Technical Editor. We are thrilled to host two wonderful workshops by Kate at Tribe this Spring!

    :Blocking: it’s a critical step in the finishing process for hand knits, and is all too often ignored or skipped.

    It’s incredibly easy, and the value it provides is immense, taking an item from complete to truly, beautifully finished.

    This session will demystify the process, breaking it down by both fibre and project type.  Along the way, we'll also talk about fibre care: safely and easily washing handknits - when you can use the machine and when you should handwash (or not wash at all).

    We'll also talk about moth prevention, and safe yarn and garment storage.

    skill level
    : all levels
    students should bring
    : any projects that need blocking

  • Class Duration:
    2 hours, starting 6pm sharp. Please arrive on time.

    Prior Experience:
    All levels

    Class Materials:
    Students should bring any projects that need blocking. A pencil/pen will also be useful.

    We are sorry but we cannot offer refunds on classes if you are unable to attend for whatever reason, unless we are able to refill your spot.

    This class will take place upstairs, with access via spiral staircase.

  • About Kate Atherley:

    Kate is’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly.

    Her latest book, The Knitter’s Dictionary, is an easy-to-use and friendly guide to the language of knitting. A reference book and a guide to pattern reading all in one, it covers topics from Gauge to Yarn Barf. It received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

    ‘Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves’, released in fall 2017, brings the same any-size-any-gauge approach as used in Custom Socks to hand coverings of all kinds. The first printing sold out in record time.

    ‘Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet’ was released summer 2015 by Interweave Press, to great acclaim. It takes a different approach than many sock books, teaching you how to measure your feet and providing numbers for working both toe-up and top down socks for 12 sizes and 9 gauges.

    Her ‘Pattern Writing for Knit Designers’ book is the industry’s first guide specifically written to help knit designers (and teachers) of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns.

    It’s been called a “game-changer” and a “must-have” by designers and magazine editors. She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live.

    Her work has appeared in many books and magazines. Kate lives in Toronto with her husband and their adorable but sometimes challenging rescue dog Dexter..

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