Joy of Color 3-Day Workshop

If you love Fair Isle knitting, join us at Yarn as we welcome Janine Bajus, author of the new book The Joy of Color, for this 3-day workshop, May 5, 6 & 7, 10 am - 4 pm. Janine breaks the design process down into understandable steps, so that no matter what kind of sweater you hope to design—classic Fair Isle pullover, bright folkloric cardigan, mysterious Celtic vest, whatever!—you will have the tools to make it a reality. Your colorways will be derived from photographs or paintings—this results in highly individual, complex designs without requiring an art degree! There is time throughout the workshop for questions, brainstorming, and individual feedback.

Day 1 starts with a discussion of what sets the use of color in Fair Isle knitting apart from other stranded knitting traditions: value sequencing and mirroring. You will begin swatching with an exercise in value recognition. Before the day is done you will have chosen colors from the 212 colors of Jamieson Spindrift Shetland yarn that Janine provides.

Day 2 is spent charting motifs and swatching them using the colors you’ve identified through your speed swatching. Janine will discuss how color choices affect your motif options. You can bring your own charts or create your own in the workshop. She will discuss motif placement, garment shape, ease, and other design considerations as details of your sweater emerge.

Day 3 our focus turns to construction and fit issues specific to Fair Isle-type garments: steeks, corrugated ribbing, purl-when-you-can borders, shaped shoulders, and adding bands will be discussed and demonstrated as desired. You will continue to swatch and refine the details of your garment as you gain confidence in the direction you are going.

Cost for the 3-day workshop is $400 and includes materials for swatching your colors (yarn for your sweater is sold separately). Class size is limited to 10 people for this workshop. Please register ASAP. A $100 deposit is required to hold your spot (refundable up to 45-days before the workshop).

Included in the cost of the workshop is a class with Sunni on stranded colorwork technique. That class is TBA. 

Please call Sunni at Yarn for more information 707-443-9276.  If you’d like to come from out of the area, we can recommend good local hotels.