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2023 MFY Sheep & Wool: October 12-14

We are bringing fiber festival fun right here to Livonia! Join us the weekend of October 12-14, 2023 for learning and community. Schedule and descriptions of event sessions are below.

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Schedule

Thursday, October 12th

šŸ•™Ā 10:30am-12:00pm:Ā Knitted Knockers
šŸ•›Ā 12:15pm-1:45pm:Ā Sweater Series: Anatomy of a Top Down Raglan Sweater
šŸ•“ 6:30pm-8:00pm:Ā Intro to Holiday Stockings
šŸ•“Ā 6:30pm-8:00pm:Ā Intro toĀ Amigurumi
šŸ•“Ā 6:30pm-8:00pm:Ā Intro toĀ Stranded Colorwork

    Friday, October 13th

    šŸ•™Ā 10:30am-12:00pm: Sweater Series: Anatomy of a Top Down Yoke Sweater
    šŸ•›Ā 12:00pm-1:30pm:Ā Crochet Knitted Knockers
    šŸ•›Ā 12:15pm-1:45pm: Sweater Series: Modifying Your Sweater Pattern for a Custom Fit
    šŸ•›Ā 12:15pm-1:45pm:Ā Intro to Granny Squares

      Saturday, October 14th

      šŸ•›Ā 12:15pm-1:45pm:Ā Intro to Brioche
      šŸ•‘Ā 2:00pm-3:30pm:Ā Intro to Lace
      šŸ•‘Ā 2:00pm-3:30pm: Intro to Tunisian Crochet

        Session Overview

        Each workshop is $25 and requires a minimum of 3 / maximum of 12 participants. Register for individual courses by adding them to your cart or emailĀ classes@michiganfineyarns.comĀ to reserve your seats!

        (Note: While youā€™re encouraged to bring your own needles/notions, we request that yarn used in classes and workshops be purchased at MFY.)

        Knitted Knockers

        Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prostheses for women who have had breast cancer and undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy. Traditional breast prosthetics can be hot, heavy, and sticky. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and canā€™t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, and beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape andĀ feelĀ of a real breast. They are adjustable, and washable, and can even be worn while swimming. Our special volunteer knitters provide theseĀ FREEĀ to those requesting them.Ā In this 90-minuteĀ workshop,Ā we'll help you level up your knitting skills by demonstrating introductory increases, decreases, and working with double-pointed needles (DPNs).

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        šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites: Knit, purl, familiarityĀ withĀ knitting in the round
        šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials: Cascade Ultra PimaĀ andĀ US Size 5 DPNsĀ - this yarn is a required yarn approved by Knitted Knockers. We have also created theseĀ Knitted Knockers Skin Tones and Pinks kits.
        šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person

        šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

          Anatomy of a Top Down Raglan Sweater

          During this 90 minute overview workshop you will be introduced to the basic anatomy of a standard round yoke sweater utilizing top down, seamless construction. Sweaters can be constructed in many different ways. In this workshop we will focus on the basic skills you need to knit a seamless yoke sweater.

          šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites: Knit, purl, knitting in the round
          šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā  Some of our favorite beginner friendly RaglanĀ Sweaters are:Ā Party Top by AbbyeKnitsĀ (DK weight),Ā Nuuk by Jonna Hietala, and Turtle Dove by Espace Tricot (Aran weightĀ andĀ bulkyĀ weightĀ versions). Please select your pattern and collect materials as appropriate for that pattern.
          šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
          šŸ“…Ā Register Here!
            Image of four knit stockings hanging on a mantle. Photo by Laura Tabbut.

            Intro to Holiday Stockings

            In stranded colorwork knitting, you change back and forth between different colors in your work. In this 90-minuteĀ introductory workshop, weā€™ll create a sample swatch that helps you feel confident with this technique, and help you plan your first stranded colorwork project.

            šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites: Knit, purl
            šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā  Three contrasting yarns with 24ā€ or 32ā€ circular needles of appropriate size for yarn. We recommend giving one of ourĀ Made for You in Woolstok hat kitsĀ a try for this class!Ā Ā If you prefer wood needles, we recommend theĀ 16" Lykke driftwood circular needles; if you prefer metal needles, we recommend theĀ 16" ChiaoGoo Red Lace circular needles. For any double pointed needlesĀ needed for your project, we recommend theseĀ 6" ChiaoGoo DPNs.
            šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
            šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

              Intro toĀ Amigurumi

              In this 90-minuteĀ workshop, weā€™ll introduce you to Amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed animals, usually through in-the-round construction. Designed for those with someĀ crochet experience, or crocheters looking to learn a new skill, this workshop will get you on your way to being as big of a fan as we are!

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites:Ā Single crochet
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā Grab the materials needed for the amigurumi project of your choice! We recommend grabbing one of ourĀ Circulo Amigurumi kits!
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

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              Intro toĀ Stranded Colorwork

              In stranded colorwork knitting, you change back and forth between different colors in your work. In this 90-minuteĀ introductory workshop, weā€™ll create a sample swatch that helps you feel confident with this technique, and help you plan your first stranded colorwork project.Ā 

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites:Ā Knit, purl
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā  Three contrasting yarns with 24ā€ or 32ā€ circular needles of appropriate size for yarn. We recommend giving one of ourĀ Made for You in Woolstok hat kitsĀ a try for this class!Ā Ā If you prefer wood needles, we recommend theĀ 16" Lykke driftwood circular needles; if you prefer metal needles, we recommend theĀ 16" ChiaoGoo Red Lace circular needles. For any double pointed needlesĀ needed for your project, we recommend theseĀ 6" ChiaoGoo DPNs.
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

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              Anatomy of a Top Down Yoke Sweater

              During this 90 minute overview workshop you will be introduced to the basic anatomy of a standard round yoke sweater utilizing top down, seamless construction. Sweaters can be constructed in many different ways. In this workshop we will focus on the basic skills you need to knit a seamless yoke sweater.Ā 

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites:Ā Knit, purl, knitting in the round
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā  Some of our favorite beginner friendly Yoke Sweaters are:Ā Breezeway by Laura AylorĀ (fingering weight),Ā Derecho by Alison GreenĀ (DK weight), andĀ Super Simple Summer Sweater by Joji LocatelliĀ (worsted weight).Ā Please select your pattern and collect materials as appropriate for that pattern. If you need additional assistance in selecting materials please email classes@michiganfineyarns.com or come into the shop!
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

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              Crochet Knitted Knockers

              Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prostheses for women who have had breast cancer and undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy. Traditional breast prosthetics can be hot, heavy, and sticky. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and canā€™t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, and beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape andĀ feelĀ of a real breast. They are adjustable, and washable, and can even be worn while swimming. Our special volunteers provide theseĀ FREEĀ to those requesting them.Ā In this 90-minuteĀ workshop,Ā we'll help you level up your crochetĀ skills by demonstrating introductory increasesĀ and decreases and working in the round.

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites:Ā Single crochet, familiarity with working in the round
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā Cascade Ultra PimaĀ FineĀ andĀ crochet hook G7/4mmĀ - this yarn is a required yarn approved by Knitted Knockers for crochet.Ā We have also created theseĀ Knitted Knockers Skin Tones kits.Ā 
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

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              Modifying Your Sweater Pattern for a Custom Fit

              So many of our students have lamented to us that they don't wear their hand knit sweaters because they don't fitĀ just right. During this 90 minute overview workshop you will be introduced to techniques for modifying your sweater patterns to get that custom fit.

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites:Ā Knit, purl, knitting in the round
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā  Please select your pattern and collect materials as appropriate for that pattern. If you need additional assistance in selecting materials please email classes@michiganfineyarns.com or come into the shop!
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

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              Close up view of simple lavender and gray crocheted granny squares.

              Intro to Granny Squares

              In this 90-minuteĀ workshop, weā€™ll introduce you to the classic crochet granny square. Designed for crochet beginners, or crocheters looking to learn a new skill, this workshop will get you on your way to creating that classic granny square look being used today in more than blankets!

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites:Ā Single and double crochet
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā  Grab the materials needed for the granny squareĀ project of your choice!Ā We'll get you started with your first square! Don't have a current planned project? We'll provide a simple granny square pattern in the workshop.
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

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              Intro toĀ Brioche

              Do you find Brioche knitting daunting? Do you like how it looks but donā€™t know where to start? Then this workshop is for YOU! In this 90 minute workshop we will be breaking down the structure of Brioche and building up your skills so you will feel more confident in the technique. Brioche can be done with one or two colors and will keep you interested from start to finish!

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites: Knit, purl
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials: TwoĀ contrasting yarns with 24ā€ or 32ā€ circular needles of appropriate size for yarn.Ā 
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

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              Intro toĀ Lace

              In this 90 minute class weā€™ll learn what lace is, how it differs from other types of knitting, and what stitches you need to create it. Bring needles and some scrap yarn to cast on and get comfortable!Ā Armed with knowledge and a few easy stitches, we hope to have you ready to tackle any lace project with confidence!

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites: Knit, purl
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials:Ā ScrapĀ yarnĀ of any weight with 24ā€ or 32ā€ circular needles of appropriate size for yarn.
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!

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              Intro toĀ Tunisian Crochet

              You've been hearing about it, so we'd love to introduce you to Tunisian crochet! Tunisian crochet lives between knitting and crochet, so everyone's invited to learn something new! In this 90-minute workshop we will introduce you to two stitches: the Tunisian knit and simple stitches.

              šŸ§¶Ā Prerequisites: Single crochet
              šŸ§¶Ā Yarn + Class Materials: A skein of worsted or DK weight yarn and a Tunisian crochet hook with cable will be needed for this workshop.Ā For your hooks, we recommendĀ Knitter's Pride Dreams Tunisian crochet hookĀ appropriately sized to your yarn +Ā 24" interchangeable cable.
              šŸ§¶Ā Cost: $25/person
              šŸ“…Ā Register Here!
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