Aran Style Knitting with Kirsten West

Admission

  • $125.00  -  Non-Member
  • $105.00  -  Member

Summary

Five Fridays, beginning April 2
from 10am-noon

Description

Beautifully patterned Aran Knitting, named after the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland from County Galway and County Clare, is often found in socks, hats, vests, scarves, mittens, afghans, pillow covers, and, most commonly, sweaters. In this class, students will learn how to knit various Aran patterns, including Seed  Stitch, Moss Stitch, Various Cables, Large Bobble Rib, Hourglass Cable and Bobbles, Honeycomb, Trinity Stitch or Blackberry Stitch, Traveling  Lines and Twisted Stitches and Openwork Patterns. Students will also create 12” squares that can be sewn together into an Aran Sampler Afghan. Come learn to create wearable heirlooms rooted in the traditions of the Emerald Isle!

CDC guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing, will be observed.

This class meets in the Owl Hall located on the main level of the Education Wing. 

 

MATERIALS

Aran style wool or a 3-ply wool or tightly twisted wool. Wooden straight knitting needles that correspond to the thickness of yarn. A cable needle same size as the knitting needles.

 

WE ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING YOUR CLASS SAFE
The safety of our students, teachers, patrons, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. A number of adjustments have been put in place to keep everyone safe for in-person classes at the Cultural Center. We are disinfecting public spaces frequently and have installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the building. To ensure the safety of those around you, please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and in other ways follow CDC guidelines while at the Cultural Center. Thank you!


KIRSTEN WEST
Kirsten, a native of Denmark, was born and raised on the island of Fyn, where farming, fishing, "hygge" and knitting is still a way of life. Kirsten learned to knit at an early age from her mother Marie, who was an expert knitter, sewer, embroiderer and bobbin lace maker.

In the mid 1980's Kirsten co-founded Nordic Artisans, a boutique mail order company that imported artisanal Rauma yarn from Norway. Nordic Artisans featured traditional Norwegian sweater, hat and cardigan designs ( patterns) and Kirsten's designs in kit form along with traditional Norwegian pewter buttons and Norwegian wool ribbons.

Now retired to Cape Cod, Kirsten is making her knowledge, skills, patterns and products available once again.

Come and learn from the master knitter herself and enjoy some genuine Danish Hygge at the same time.

 

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