A visit to Shetland reveals colorful, circular, seamless garments created by the fastest knitters in the world! Get the Fair Isle technique firmly “in hand” as you experience the exciting and effective use of color, carrying only two colors per row. Sample colors with typical pattern repeats (handspun yarns welcome), and then design and dress something: a teapot or a stocking, for Santa or for yourself! For knitters comfortable with circular knitting.
Martha Owen is the Folk School's Resident Artist in Spinning, Knitting and Crochet, Felt Making, Dyeing, and Surface Design. Her adventure in spinning began at this very school in 1978. Since then, her extended family has included sheep (mostly Corriedale, Shetland, Romney) and Angora rabbits (French). A banjo player known to tell a story or two, Martha's interest in sheep and wool, music, and dance has carried her quite literally and joyfully to Shetland and around the world. She reads historical fiction for sheep references and rewinds movies to see the shape of a hat or to draw a color repeat. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and was co-owner of Yarn Circle in Murphy, NC, until deciding to close in 2016. Find her on Facebook and Instagram at @marthaowenwoolens.
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