This year I wanted to try something a little different for classes. I wanted to try doing series of classes, so a person can take exactly what they want and leave behind what they don't. For instance, I got to talking to Judy Becker about her 2 Socks at the same time Toe up class from last year. She said everything went pretty smoothly, but some people took more time because they hadn't ever done her magic cast on before. So I came up with the idea of adding the Magic Cast On class as a separate 1 hour class before the 2 sock class. So if you haven't ever done Judy's Magic Cast On you can take the class by itself for one hour with the person who invented it! Then you will be ready to sail right into 2 Socks at the Same Time Toe up! Alternatively you can take just the Judy's Magic Cast On class and then be ready to knit all of the patterns in Judy's new book Beyond Toes, which uses her Magic Cast On technique to make everything from scarves to hats to shawls, and more! It's a pretty impressive technique!
Speaking of Judy's Beyond Toes book, I have been working with Judy Becker on a separate project which will be running all weekend long. We are going to have a special Treasure Hunt in honor of Beyond Toes. Simply bring the book, or pre-order one from the website (we will have a limited amount available for sale at the info booth too), get a treasure map from the info desk, and find the various contributing designers and artists in the book around the marketplace. Judy will be signing books on Saturday from 11am - 12pm. If you find 3 signatures then you will receive a special bookmark for the book. If you find everyone on the list (we currently have 9 for sure), then you will be entered for the grand prize, a treasure chest of items donated by contributors to the book, including Blue Moon, Plover Designs, Abstract Fiber, Pico Accuardi, and more!
For more information about the Magic Cast-On Class check out here: http://cgff.lavendersheep.com/workshops/magiccaston.html
For more information about the 2 Socks at a Time Toe Up class check out here: http://cgff.lavendersheep.com/workshops/2sockstoeup.html
For more information about the Treasure Hunt check out here: http://cgff.lavendersheep.com/booksigning.html#treasure
For more information on Beyond Toes by Judy Becker check out here: http://cgff.lavendersheep.com/merchandise/books/beyondtoes.html