HDR: Knitting on Block Island
Knitting and Sewing on Block Island
An American Treasure
Come with us as we visit Block Island, a 10-square mile treasure sitting 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ocean. While long a tourist destination in the summer, Block Island has much to offer during the “quiet” season as well. Most importantly for us, Block Island is also home to North Light Fibers, a yarn micro-mill serving up specialty yarns in island-inspired colorways.
In addition to the wonderful four-day knitting program, we are offering a three-day sewing project for those who want to linger longer and enhance their sewing skills by learning to make custom denim jeans. Not a knitter? Join us for the jean making days only.
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- APRIL 11–16: Mosaic Knitting
- APRIL 16–19: Sew Your Own Jeans (!)
Knitting: Using North Light Fibers’ newest yarn, "Atlantic," we'll explore mosaic knitting, which allows us to create a two-color pattern using only one color per row. A variation of slip stitches, mosaic knitting typically creates geometric designs and is accomplished with only the knit stitch and slip stitch. Quite magical, mosaic knitting makes all of us appear clever (we are) and provides work that is unique and appealing. Knitters will learn how to read mosaic knitting charts, knit a few mosaic motifs and design one of their own to knit.
Mosaic Knitting is presented by Susan Wolcott of Trips for Knitters.
Sewing: Over three days we will learn to SEW OUR OWN JEANS. Sewists will be able to try on pre-sewn muslins to find their size and make the necessary adjustments to their custom pattern. We will piece the jeans together, learn to topstitch, place the back pockets in the most flattering spot, and then use some custom quilting cottons so that the insides of the jeans are just as cute as the outside! Sewists need to feel comfortable around a sewing machine, and experience putting in a zipper is nice but not mandatory.
The pattern we will use is the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files. We will sew view A: mid-rise straight leg in a stretch denim. Trips for Knitters will provide sewing machines and sergers (no need to bring your own unless you really want to).
Sew Your Own Jeans is presented by Paige Sato of Trips for Knitters.
- The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
- All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
- Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
- We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.