2017 Classes/Events

STITCHES West 2017  – 4 Classes for you (Maybe 3 now…)

FEB. 23-26, 2017
Santa Clara, CA

Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 5002 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting During this workshop knitters will have the opportunity to learn about the history and practice the style of knitting which is in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped the through a pin attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Students will learn the knit stitch, the purl stitch, increases, decreases, cast on and bind off. A project will be given to practice all techniques described in class for complete understanding.
Optional 
Material Fee: $5.00 for knitting pin.
Saturday 8:30 am – 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
 8060 Easy Turkish Crochet Turkish bead crochet is not yet widespread in this country. It consists of a simple crochet technique resembling bead crochet, but the effects and possibilities are quite different. It only uses 2 crochet stitches, and they are the simplest ones: slip stitch and single crochet. The execution is easy and quick and it makes a great way to get rid of bead stashes (or start one!). The design itself is made by combining at least 2 different kinds of beads. Once you learn the principles of this method, it is very hard to stop making necklaces and bracelets, purse handles, and much more. The applications are endless!
Note: A basic knowledge of crochet is required.
Saturday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am – 11:30 am
 5242 Intermediate Peruvian Purl, Puntas, Picas, and Popcorn When Andrea had the privilege of traveling around Peru, she visited many villages and learned first-hand about knitting Peruvian style, comparing and contrasting it with the Portuguese style of knitting.

Andrea makes this comparison as she points out what makes the Peruvian style of knitting different and especially efficient, how much is inspired in woven textiles, how beautiful the patterns are, and what some of their motifs mean. The construction details exclusive to the Peruvian style will be taught including how they purl, how they work on the non-public side of the work, how they knit the puntas or picas as borders, and how they purl using 2 (or more) colors of yarn. As a bonus, you are going to learn how to make the popcorn stitch and how to apply it to your own designs. A pattern for a small bag is included in the class along with several traditional motifs to create your own if you wish.

NEW

Sunday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 5235 Easy Hooked on Knitting Let’s explore knitting as it was invented! Mary Thomas reported in her book the discovery of a half finish sock and five hooked needles in a 12th century Turkish tomb. Since early age until nowadays, knitting is done on hooked needles. Countries like Peru, Egypt, Turkey, Portugal among others still take advantage of a hooked needle to work. Andrea is going to teach you how to knit using knitting needles with hooks at the ends, show you the traditions of their use in different countries, and contrast advantages and disadvantages when knitting with them. A small project pattern will be given to you to practice as well.
Materials fee: $16 includes 1 set of hooked needles, one knitting pin, and a pattern.

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59 thoughts on “2017 Classes/Events

  1. Hi Andrea, just has one of your students come into my shop and explain about your portugese style knitting technique. I’d like to carry your dvd’s here at the shop as well as teach a class here, using your dvd’s.

    please let me know how to set up a wholesale account with you.

    hope to hear from you soon,
    thanks
    janet m. shea
    owner
    country village yarn shop
    6 west main st
    west groton, ma 01472-0346

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    • Dear Janet,

      I am sorry if I did not reply to your request for so long. It’s been a while I have not been in my own blog, you can tell. I will email you my wholesale price table and you can order what you want. I am Also available for workshops and I will be in your area in September 09. Please forgive me for not getting back to you earlier,

      Hope to hear from you soon,

      Andrea Wong
      info@andreawongknits.com
      (740) 881-3123

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    • My name is Jennifer and I live in Fall River, MA. There is a very large community of portugese here but no one seems to know what I am asking about.

      I would totaly drive to W. Groton to be part of a workshop!!
      Please let me know if you do head our way.
      Thanks!
      Jennifer

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      • Dear Jennifer,

        How far is W.Groton to Harrisville, NH? Depending on how far it is and if you get a group together, I will be glad to drive there next month, when I am in NH. DO you think you could get 7-10 people together for a workshop? Maybe a yarn shop to sponsor me?

        Thank you for letting me know,

        Andrea

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    • Andres, I took your class with my daughter Tami on Saturday, October 10 in Terre Haute. I wasn’t able to take the Sunday class due to time shedule with Church since I live in Illinois. I would live to take another class and wonder if you do other classes and what do you charge. I have a friend who has a knit shop in Casey, Il and is interested in getting some classes set up and I spoke to her about this class. Please contact me regarding this.

      I also wonder if you have any of the white Sublime yarn left that you were selling at 40% off. I did find I have some Sublime patterns for my grandaughter and would like to make her a little dress. I am also interested in adding beads like you showed us in class and wondering if there is a good website for buying beads.

      Thanks. Janet Burson

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      • Dear Janet,

        Thank you for writing me and already advertise my class. Yes, I teach in yarn shops around the country and I will be glad to teach in IL! You have to tell me if you want a 3 hour class or a 6 hour workshop. I charge a fee/student (min of 10) + all travel expenses (meals, hotel and mileage). Usually shops within one hour from each other schedule workshops together and divide the travel cost.
        A good source on line for beads is http://www.firemountaingems.com. Please tell your friend she could call me anytime or just get back to me with more details

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    • I would like to find out if you have discounts for bulk purchases and what the specfics of that would be. I am thinking dvd and pin sets.

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    • Andrea,
      When you do your days in May in Lansing and Charlotte, Michigan will you be bringing either your plain pins and your Stoneybrooke Cottage pins with you?

      Laurie

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  2. I am so very interested in learning PSK since I have arthritis. I have been a knitter since 8th grade off and on between other forms of needlework. Having to already give up two other forms of needlework, medication would most likely be needed to keep me from totally loosing touch with reality should I no longer be able to knit. I hope you will visit the Southeast US and offer classes. There are lots of folks like myself out there who want to continue to knit without causing further joint destruction. Thanks for making the videos. They are a much needed contribution to the craft.

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    • Dear Bibi,

      Just sent you an email and did not see you had another comment. I appreciate you take the time to let me know you enjoy the videos. Where are you in the SouthWest? Could you get a group together for a class through a yarn shop or guild? I will be gald to come!

      Andrea

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  3. Dear Andrea….. it was so much fun to pick up the new Piecework magazine and find you there! I am looking forward to seeing you and taking your class at Harrisville in September. I just called and signed up, reserved my room at the boarding house and all. Congratulations on the nice article!

    Barbara Meyers

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  4. Andrea, Recently I came across your website on the internet and was interested in learning about this new technique of knitting. I knit continental, norwegian, and english style but I had never come across Portugese.
    There is a Scottish technique but it takes longer needles.
    Do you have a book available or a basic dvd for this topic. I tried to watch the video on the internet but it wasn’t clear enough to get details.
    Are you planning to have any knitting classes locally, (Ohio would be nice). I an aware of classes in Calif and Pa. but I can’t travel their yet. I live near Cincinnati, Ohio.
    Thanks. Judith

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    • Dear Judith,

      Thank you for your interest in the Portuguese style of knitting. You got me puzzled about the Scottish Style which I have never heard. I teach classes in my house here in Columbus but if you know a group of knitters that would be interested in this technique as well, I will be glad to come to you. I need a min. of 5 knitters. Do you know a knitting guild or a yarn shop that could host me for a class?
      I do have a DVD on the basics and another DVD on socks. I sell the knitting pins too. Please look up my website for products and prices:

      http://www.andreawongknits.com

      I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if you have any other questions. You can also reach me at info@andreawongknits.com.

      Andrea Wong

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    • Hello Judith,
      I am very interested in the Scottish technique, as I think it is the one where they hold the needles under their arm, and knit while walking, or working. If that is the case, do you know where I can find out more about it; i.e. learn how, or get the needles, etc. I have a pain syndrome in which I am much more comfortable standing or walking and it would be perfect.
      Thanks,
      Franki

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  5. I missed the portuguese style knitting class in Indiana due to illness. I would like to purchase the material that you provided for $5 I do not want a refund for the class. But I thought maybe the material would help me learn it.
    Many Thanks
    Carol Hnilo
    145 fairfield Lane
    Carol Stream, IL 60188
    siand@juno.com
    Let me know how much I owe you with the postage and I will put a check in the mail.
    thanks

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  6. I heard that you are coming to Ann Arbor Michigan – Knit Around Yarn Shop; however, there is no date for this event.

    I also heard you are coming to The Woven Art in Lansing and charlottle Michigan; however, Ann Arbor is closer to me – do you now when you will be coming to Ann Arbor or should I go ahead and sign up to the other yarn shops that are 100 miles away. It cost me hotel fees and such.

    Also I thought taking your first class – Portuguese Knitting first – DVD_ and then taking your sock class and none of these classes offered at the different yarn shops have a beginning Portuguese knitting and then socks class.

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    • Dear Diane,

      Yes, I will be coming to Ann Arbor on November 6th, Friday and to Woven Art the very next day. At the Knit a Round Yarn shop you can take my Portuguese Style Knitting class. I am looking forward to have you in my class! I hope this helps and does not cost you too much!
      If you have any other questions, please let me know. I have the dates and telephone numbers in my Classes 2009 page.

      Andrea

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  7. I love knitting too, although my mates take the mickey out of me. Knitting and Kittens are my two favs!

    I love your website – it’s so inspiring for people like me. Keep up the good work.

    Love
    John

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  8. I just wanted to make a public comment to the blog readers regarding the workshop Andrea did for the Grindstone Knitters this past weekend. We learned Portuguese style knitting and it is a great alternative to English or Continental. I have been practicing only for a day now and think the method is easy to learn and better than others for keeping even tenion without a lot of hand strain.

    The DVD production quality is very good and it’s broken into segments that allow me to go to the subject desired without spending time going over what I already know, or don’t want to work on yet.

    Thank you Andrea for bringing this knowledge to us!

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    • Dear Peggy,

      I so much appreciate your comment. It was a pleasure to get to know you and the guild this past weekend! And the place just made it all perfect! Thank you again,

      Andrea

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  9. Oi Andrea querida,
    Ja comprei o alfinete e o DVD … infelizmente voce nao tem classes esse ano em Los Angeles esse ano… mais se voce puder me indicar quem possa me ajudar a aprender sobre a “ARTE DE FAZER TRICO” em portugues ficarei muito grata a voce!!!!!!
    Beijossssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    Sueli Oliveira

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    • Querida Sueli,

      Fico contente com o seu pedido. Eu mesma nao sei de ninguem que vende o alfinete aqui nos USA. Eu tenho alguem que fabrica os alfinetes pra mim. Eu espero que voce goste do meu DVD e que o trico te ajude a trazer paz e inspiracao nessa fase dificil de depressao. Quando eu for ensinar na California, eu com certeza te aviso. Qualquer duvida me escreva de novo.

      Um beijo Andrea

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  10. Hello !

    I would love to take your class. I live in Loudoun County, Virginia, We are just south of Maryland (Frederick) and the next county west of us is Jefferson County West Virginia. I would love to take your class. Could you let me know if/when you are scheduled within a few hours of here. I could go to anywhere in Virginia, or Maryland, West VA., Pennsylvania, Ohio etc.

    Thanks,
    Judy

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    • Dear Judy,

      Did you receive my earlier reply? I never know if I should reply through the blog address or my business address. I have sent you an email from my business, so please let me know if you have any ideas or if you did not receive it.

      andrea

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  11. Dear Andrea,
    I am a big fan of your knitting patterns, I am also a knitter since childhood. I just wanted to ask you if you can tell me the meaning of “turn” in the pattern of baby booties to knit ithe portugese style in Piecework magazine jan/feb 2009, thanks.

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    • Thank you for such a nice compliment! I love traditional baby patterns!
      To answer your question: when I say turn at the end of the sentence in a row it means you do not work all the stitches in that particular row, turn and start working in the opposite direction. It is also known as short row.
      Please let me know if this helps you, otherwise I will try to explain differently.

      Andrea

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  12. Andrea–

    I have always wanted to learn how to knit but never have had the time. Now I’ve decided that this is the winter I’m going to learn!! I’ve just ordered two of your DVDs and I’m hoping they will help me to learn not only how to knit but how to do it the Portugese way! I’m such a non-knitter that I didn’t even know there were multiple ways to knit!

    I know you gave a class in Troy, OH a couple of years ago and I wanted to go to it but the lady at the yarn shop said that I would have to know how to knit before I could come. I was disappointed since I wasn’t sure if you would be back in this area or if I would know how to knit by the time you came back. I see on your 2010 schedule that you will be in OH in March and November but I don’t see a city listed. Can you tell me what part of OH you will be in then? Maybe by then I will have learned how to knit and can try to take one of your classes.

    Thanks!!

    Roxanne

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    • Dear Roxanne,

      I am so glad you are going to try to learn to knit this winter. Especially the Portuguese Style! It is the most efficient one!
      I will be teaching at The Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster OH on memorial day weekend. I hope you can come! Do you know any other shops around you that would like to have me come?
      Please let me know if you have any other questions and thank you for taking the time to email me.

      Andrea

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  13. I live in Texas and am very interested in your style of knitting. Do any of the yarns stores in Texas carry your videos and pins? Do you plan a trip to Texas in 2010? Maybe you would be interested in coming to the International Quilt Festival that takes place in Houston. You could contact Quilts.com if you are interested.

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    • Dear Cynthia,

      I have sent a email to the Quilt.com event. I could not find anything about classes or class proposals. Are you sure they would be interested in Knitting Classes?

      Andrea

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  14. Hello – I wonder if your patterns are specifically designed to be knit the Portugese way or if any knitter can knit these patterns the way they are used to knitting (English or continental).
    Thank you.

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  15. Hello,
    i am interested but confused. Can you tell me what portuguese knitting is? i am a long time partisipant of knitters fantasy and they short descriptions of the classes leaves me not sure.
    thank you,
    Laura

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  16. Andrea,

    Do you have plans to visit Portland, Oregon in 2011?

    I would be honored to be a student in your class.

    Please let me know.

    Thank you
    Juanita

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    • Dear Juanita,

      I have had many students ask me that, but I do not have a guild or a yarn shop scheduled in that area. I will be teaching in Seattle at Madrona Fiber Arts in February 2011 and I would be glad to extend my stay and teach a group in Portland. My ticket is paid for and my sister in law lives in Portland, so the cost would just be my teaching fee. Do you think you could gather a group of 10 or so?

      Andrea

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  17. Andrea,
    Today is 8/4/2010 and I have a possible facility available.
    I am going to get more information tonight so I will call you tomorrow.
    Till then Happy knitting!
    Juanita

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    • That’ wonderful news Juanita! Thank you so much! Would that facility be in Portland?

      I sent your package today. Looking forward to talk to you soon then,

      Andrea

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  18. Andrea,
    I saw you on Knitting Daily this morning. I can’t wait to try this method. I ordered pins for myself, my daughter and her friend which I call my adopted knitter. I also ordered two DVD’s. I saw an article about this technique in Patternworks mag. My daughter is a sock knitter for sure. Thanks so much for being on Knitting Daily and having this wonderful technique available!
    Susie
    Paducah KY

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    • Dear Susie,

      I appreciate you taking time to write me and let me know you will try the method. I publish an article on Piecework Magazine Feb 2009, but I do not know about the article you are talking about. I would like to see it.
      If you have any questions at all about your order or about the technique, please let me know.

      Andrea

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    • I also saw this piece, it put the final ‘bug’ in my ear to learn this to teach my students who battle dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Many of them get very frustrated with the ‘learning curve’ of traditional knitting, particularly when they have been taught to throw — dropping and then picking up the yarn makes very little sense to my high-school ‘kids’. So I have decided the best way to learn (myself) is to teach … so I have bookmarked every video clip, article, blog and forum response! I have even been working with my DH on how to create a pin for myself so that I can make them for my students. I have been ‘loaning’ out dozens of pairs of knitting needles — flats seem to be the most popular — nobody wants to take on dpns. I plan to learn on my new square dpns — everything else should be a lot easier.

      I am looking forward to eventually doing socks on the pin, they are my favorite article to make and seem to raise the most money during the silent auctions.

      Thanks again for championing this vintage form of knitting!

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  19. Andrea, is your schedule for 2011 available yet? I live on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. I’m eager to learn about this method of knitting.

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  20. Dear Andrea
    I was so happy to have had an opportunity to talk to you today! I feel like I’ve known you for a long time. God Bless you! You are a Gift from God! I know that I will get to meet you in the future and I’m looking so forward to it. Can’t wait to get my DVD and pins in the mail. I will continue to practice and look forward to learning more! Talk to you soon.

    Love
    Your Portuguese Sister
    Sheila Wilson In RI

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  21. I just took a class at Stitches West that included a little bit of Portuguese knitting, and I LOVED it! Do you have a class schedule for 2011 yet? And will you be teaching in California?
    I will order the book and DVD as soon as my wallet recovers from Stitches.

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  22. I’m going to ask the same questions as the others. What is your workshop schedule for 2011.

    I live in Piqua (about 30 miles north of Dayton), so I can drive to wherever you are in this area.

    Linda Jones (“Lyn)
    937-559-3420

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    • Dear Linda,

      I am sorry I have not updated my class schedule. I will put a note there this week. For health reasons I canceled all my classes until Fall this year. The only event I have schedule so far is Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. Thanks for asking me and being patient.

      Andrea

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    • Dear Angelika,

      It will be my pleasure to come to Michigan and teach. Last year, when I got sick, I had to cancel a class I was teaching in Charlotte, MI at the Yarn Garden. Are you close to it? I have not reschedule yet, but I could come to teach in March or April.

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  23. Andrea, glad that you are back teaching again. Please consider coming south…for example stitches south I enjoyed my class with you so much. Glad you are feeling better

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    • Dear Carol,

      Thank you for letting me know you are there, reading my posts! I did propose classes for Stitches South but they were not accepted. However they will pay me to teach in CA! I did not understand.
      Say Hi to your sister for me!

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      • Dear Angelica and all knitter friends,

        If you are interested in coming to a knitting cruise in cold January 2013, I will be teaching in a knitting cruise to the Bahamas. The cruise leaves Charleston, South Carolina and it takes 5 days round trip. Please contact Baskets of Yarn Shop in Charlotte, NC for details. Please tell them you found out about the cruise through me.

        I will have more details on my new website coming up soon.

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  24. Hi Andrea. I just found your website and am sad to see I missed a class in Charlotte earlier this year. I noticed you mentioned wanting to teach again here in NC and was wondering if you had anything on the calendar yet? Unfortunately, while the cruise in 2013 sounds wonderful, I won’t be able to attend. Thanks!

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    • Dear Dani,

      So far I only have the cruise scheduled as North Caroline Yarn Shops. Please let Patty Frame know (or your local yarn shop) that you would like to take a class from me. I will launch my new website soon and if you subscribe for it you can follow my schedule closely. I will be in The Knitting Boutique, VA in October.

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