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Harrisville, NH
USA

Events

Come join me as I teach, knit and show off some of my sweaters around the country (and sometimes around the globe)!  

 

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival  – The Dalles, Oregon
Oct
27
8:00am 8:00am

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival – The Dalles, Oregon

This festival remains one of my very favorites. I love the location, the marketplace, the students....

A new lineup of classes for Fall 2017:

Knitting with Linen
In this class you will learn to love linen! It’s a great fiber to wear, but there are some tricks to knitting with it. The focus will be on variants of dropped & extended stitches along with modern bold lace, stitches that show linen to its best advantage. Washing, blocking and the importance of swatches are key topics as well. Relates to Framework, Norah’s new book published by Quince & Co.

Knitting & Crocheting with Found Materials
Repurpose those clothes, textiles and plastic supermarket bags you have piling up because you knew you’d have a use for them someday. Make the yarn from plastic bags, T-shirts, old sheets or yard goods. After you make the yarn begin a project. Either knit or crochet a cowl or a market bag on large hooks and needles.

Experiments with Cables
A fun, creative approach to learning how to make up new cables. Instead of starting with a chart, students will play with making their own free form cable pattern while knitting. New concepts are introduced randomly in the form of a card game. After the knitting is underway we’ll take some time to learn how to note what you’ve done in chart form.

The Fibi Sweater & Cable Substitutions
Learn the ins and outs of knitting Fibi, a cabled pullover, knit in pieces from the bottom up. Master details like bamboo stitch as a horizontal accent and tapered twisted rib at the armholes. Learn how to do mattress stitch that looks so good, you’ll have trouble finding the seams when you are done. Knitters can choose alternate cable for their body and sleeve cable panels from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Take the time to customize your Fibi. There are several alternative ways to alter the neck finishing to suit your taste and we’ll talk about changing the sleeve and body length as well. For those who prefer a fully fitted sweater we’ll go over the changes you’ll need to make.

Fixing Cables: As You Work and After
Tackle all the techniques Norah uses for fixing cables, as while you are knitting and after. Master the tricks for ripping back, perform dropping down exercises and execute the dreaded ‘snip and replace’ technique (used only in dire emergencies). The next technique may be your favorite – practice Norah’s trick for reversing a cable’s direction worked when it is too late for any other easy fix.

More info & sign up here

 

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Vogue Knitting Live – Seattle, Washington
Nov
2
to Nov 5

Vogue Knitting Live – Seattle, Washington

I'll be teaching these classes:

Choose Your Own Arrangement—Cabled Hat
Easy Designing: Cable Additions & Substitutions
Charts and Schematics: How to Use Easydraw on Your Mac

I've got a few lectures too. One on how one cable idea leads to another and the second on designing with simple geometric shapes.

More info here.

 

 

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Cable College – Harrisville New Hampshire
Sep
27
to Sep 30

Cable College – Harrisville New Hampshire

Learn what steps to take to make up new cables. It’s not as mysterious as it might seem. Gain insight into how Norah’s mind works when she is doing her favorite thing - making up new cable stitches. Then, delve into making up your own. Day one focuses on stitch substitutions and other additions to change basic and multi-step cables. Day two introduces fills (textured and lace), inserts (drop stitches and leaves) and mirroring (vertical, horizontal and combined) by the afternoon you’ll be charting a complex cable of your own.

On your studio day you’re free to structure your time as you like without formal instruction while you work on knitting up and tweaking the complex cable you began the day before. The studio is available for your use all day (and night). There will also be a tour of Harrisville Designs spinning mill that day for those who are interested. Day 3 brings us back together as a class to see what everyone has accomplished, brain storm about variations and improvements, and bringing your work to the next level. We’ll wrap up with deciding how you like to use your new cable, with a focus on how to add it to an existing sweater, accessory or pillow pattern. Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook will be used in class. Copies will be available for purchase.

Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class.

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Australia – Sydney and surrounds
Jun
19
to Jun 24

Australia – Sydney and surrounds

Choose from a variety of workshops and talks in Newcastle, Penrith, Sydney & Canberra

The Knitters Guild NSW, still have places available in the following workshops. Book online now!
www.knittersguildnsw.org.au

Newcastle- Monday, June 19

9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Knitting 2-sided Cables
Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side. Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Exploring the Cable Toolbox
By knitting cables made from ribs, mini cables and lace in unusual and useful cable structures you’ll become familiar with a new vocabulary of cables, preparing you for experimenting with new cable fabrics on your own.

Penrith Tuesday 20 June

1.30 pm – 4.00 pm
Make It Your Own - Cabled Hat
Learn some of Norah’s favourite techniques while knitting her cabled hat and customising it for yourself. You can knit the hat as is or substitute your own choice of cables from Norah’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. 

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
TALK Chatting with Norah: Designing with Geometric Shapes
An opportunity to chat with Norah as we learn about designing with geometric shapes. Explore the design possibilities of sweaters made with rectangles, triangles, circles, or half circles. From finding inspiration to testing an idea with fleece to taking your idea to the next level, Norah takes you through her design process and shares her current obsession with making innovative garments (yet wearable) garments where fit isn’t a big issue. 

Sydney - Thursday, June 22

9.30 am –12.30 pm
Swatch Development
Norah will describe her design process for coming up with a new stitch pattern and final product. Explore taking a pattern stitch and making it your own. Students who aren't ready to alter pattern stitches or make up their own can focus on ending the perfect pattern stitch for their combination of yarn and silhouette.

1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Knitting Polygons
From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons. Make modifications to make a new polygon and make your knitting unique.

Canberra - Saturday, June 24

9.00 am –12.00 pm
Swatch Development
Norah will describe her design process for coming up with a new stitch pattern and final product. Explore taking a pattern stitch and making it your own. Students who aren’t ready to alter pattern stitches or make up their own can focus on ending the perfect pattern stitch for their combination of yarn and silhouette.

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Make It Your Own - Yoked Sweater
This is a fun, hands-on workshop on working from the top down, in the round. You will design your own cabled yoke cowl, which could grow into a poncho or sweater. You will begin by choosing from Norah’s variety of textures or cables and move on to manoeuvring details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own likes and quirks with Norah’s “fill in the blanks” template.

 

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Albuquerque – The Yarn Store at Nob Hill
Jun
2
to Jun 4

Albuquerque – The Yarn Store at Nob Hill

My visit starts with a get together Friday night, and then there are two full days of classes available on Saturday and Sunday.  To sign up for classes, please contact The Yarn Store with your name, phone, and prepayment (cash, check, or credit card).  
Location:      120 Amherst Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone:          (505) 717-1535
Email:            yarnstoreabq@gmail.com
http://www.theyarnstoreatnobhill.com/index.html


Friday June 2nd, 5-7pm:  Trunk Show/Potluck/Book-signing
Norah is bringing a try-on trunk show of projects from her recent book, Knitted Cable Sourcebook (we will have books available for purchase).  This is a free, no-sign-up-needed event.  Just bring yourself, your questions and perhaps a dish to share!

 

Saturday June 3rd will feature two, 3-hour classes:
9am-12pm:  Knitting 2 Sided Cables
Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2-sided cables.  The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side.  Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go. 
Suggested skill level: intermediate.  Materials to bring: Medium-weight yarn (Dk or Worsted) and a range of appropriate needle sizes; cable needle or dpn needle.  Cost: $60.

1-4pm:  Playing with Polygons
From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons.  Play with paper hexagons and pentagons to design an accessory of your own. 
Suggested skill level:  advanced beginner, comfort on double pointed needles or magic loop a plus.  Materials to bring: Medium-weight yarn (Dk or Worsted) and a range of appropriate needle sizes; also dpns or long circular for working in the round.  Cost: $60.

 

Sunday June 4th will feature one 6-hour class:
9am-4pm (1 hr lunch break):  Make it Your Own - Cabled Cloche**
Learn some of Norah's favorite techniques while knitting her cabled hat and customizing it for yourself.  You can knit the cloche as shown in the photo or substitute your own choice of cables from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook. 

**Class begins with a one hour lecture on designing cables - how one idea leads to the next.  If you'd like to attend the lecture only, from 9-10am, please note when you sign up, and cost is $20 for lecture only.

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Española Valley Fiber Arts Center
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Española Valley Fiber Arts Center

Join in New Mexico at the beginning of June!  I'll be teaching at the EFAC June 1st and 2nd.

FUN GEOMETRIC GARMENTS - Knitted or Woven with Norah Gaughan

June 1, 2017
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Explore the design possibilities of sweaters made with rectangles, triangles, circles, or half circles. From finding inspiration to testing an idea with fleece to taking your idea to the next level, Norah takes you through her design process and shares her current obsession with making innovative garments (yet wearable) garments where fit isn't a big issue. Learn how to make modern garments with geometric shapes, then drape new ideas in polar fleece and customize your design to fit. Class Supplies: 2 yards of solid colored polar fleece, scissors, permanent markers, duck tape, graph paper, pencil, eraser.

PLAYING WITH STITCHES with Norah Gaughan

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Norah will describe her process of coming up with new pattern stitches and talk about the process involved in designing the final product. Explore taking a pattern stitch and making it your own. Students who aren't ready to alter pattern stitches or make up their own can focus on finding the perfect pattern stitch for their chosen yarn.

SURPRISE YOURSELF Try on Traveling Trunk Show with Norah Gaughan

June 2, 2017
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
You probably look great in styles you never thought you would look good in. It’s not easy to imagine how great a new shape, will be on you. The answer is to try it on! We’ll begin with a try-on trunk show with several sizes plus some flexible fit garments. There are always many pleasant surprises and it’s a lot of fun. You’ll come away knowing which shapes are good for you and what changes you’d make to it personalize the it for you The second half of the time is open for questions. Do you have a project you’d like advice on? We’ll sit down together and learn form each other’s projects.

Sign up on the EVFAC web site here (may have to scroll down to find my classes)

 

 

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Sedona Knit Wits
May
30
10:00am10:00am

Sedona Knit Wits

Join me in lovely Sedona!! I haven't been there in almost 30 years and I am very happy to finally return to this very special place.

Two Classes

  1. 10 am to 1 pm   The N-Ogee Shawl (see below). The shawl comes in two sizes and can be worn in different ways. Fingering weight yarn. Advanced beginner and up. Skills required: Ability to recognize knits and purls in your knitting; chart reading.
     
  2. 2 pm to 5 pm. Playing with Polygons. Learn all the tricks of knitting garments and accessories made from hexagons and other polygons (see Norah’s patterns on Ravelry for a taste of her designs with polygons). Play with paper hexagons and pentagons to design an accessory of your own. Mid-weight yarn and appropriate double pointed needles or circulars. Advanced beginner and up. Skills required: Comfort with double-pointed needles or magic loop.

Sign up on the Sedona Knit Wits Site here

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New Mexico Retreat –
May
19
to May 28

New Mexico Retreat –

Art, sun, desert life, fine New Mexican cuisine... 

 

there's no other place quite like it.  And there is no better way to spend a week than with friends, Norah Gaughan teaching with the fibers of the region, and exploring the rich culture of the American Southwest.

Our week in Northern New Mexico….. is an all-inclusive retreat.   

     We begin in Santa Fe spending our first evening together at the elegant Hotel de Chimayo then progressing to the hills along the River Chama to Abiquiu where Georgia O'Keefe made her home and studio.  

Our home away from home will be the Abiquiu Inn. From there we will make daily excursions to historic sites, fiber producers, weavers and dyers, enjoy fine New Mexican dining and visit an historic mineral springs spa once visited by ranchers, cowboys and local natives back in the 1800's.  

At the conclusion of our week away we will return to Santa Fe for one last night at the Hotel de Chimayo before saying goodbye the next morning.

Full info here

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Unraveled Knitting Weekend – San Antonio TX
Mar
4
to Mar 5

Unraveled Knitting Weekend – San Antonio TX

Unraveled in San Antonio TX
Presents Knitting Classes with: 
Norah Gaughan & Martha Wissing

When: Saturday, March 4 and/or Sunday, March 5
Times: Classes run 9AM – 12PM and 1:30PM – 4:30 PM each day.
Where: The Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas
Cost: One day for $100 or both days for $150
(that’s only $37.50 per 3 hour class!!)  

Join Unraveled at the beautiful, historic Menger hotel for knitting classes with two top designers!  Learn new skills, or sharpen old skills in the Victorian setting of the hotel, just minutes away from the Alamo, the RiverWalk and other nearby attractions!

Saturday, after class, from 5:00 – 6:30, we will bring you (or you can drive yourself if you have a vehicle) to Unraveled for a book signing with the designers and enjoy a 20% discount off all in stock yarns and any books by Norah or Martha!

Pay by February 24th to reserve your seat!  Limited seats!  Price at the door will be $125 for one day, or $200 for both. 

SATURDAY
9AM – 12PM
Norah Gaughan - Make it Your Own - Patterned Yoke
Martha Wissing - Mosaic Knitting
Photos with your favorite designers at the end of class

1:30PM – 4:30PM
Norah Gaughan - Interesting Cables
Martha Wissing - Charts Made Easy

5PM – 6:30PM
Meet in lobby to go to Unraveled
Shopping with 20% off yarns
Book signing/photos with designers

SUNDAY
9AM – 12PM
Norah Gaughan - Make it Your Own - Patterned Yoke
Martha Wissing - Charts Made Easy
Photos with your favorite designers at the end of class

1:30PM – 4:30PM
Norah Gaughan - Knitting Polygons
Martha Wissing - Brioche

Unraveled 
815 E. Rector Suite 104San Antonio, TX 78216
Ph:  210-251-4451
email:  unraveledsa@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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Woods Hole Inn
Feb
3
to Feb 5

Woods Hole Inn

Woods Hole for a knitting workshop weekend, February 3-5th, 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for knitters who want to learn a new stitch, improve on their technique in a supportive environment, and have a cozy weekend in our charming seaside village of Woods Hole.

Full info here.


Friday Evening
Arrival/check in starting at 3 PM
6 PM — Meet Norah over wine and cheese at the Woods Hole Inn.  Join us for this “try-on trunk show” and book signing with Norah (no cover charge for workshop attendees, this event is open to the public).
Dinner on your own: Try one of Woods Hole’s wonderful local restaurants or drive into Falmouth (three miles) for many other choices.
Saturday
9.30 AM: knitting session with Norah, followed by pre-fixe lunch at Quicks Hole Tavern (included in package price)
1.30 PM: Open knitting in the afternoon
Dinner on your own: Try another one of Woods Hole’s wonderful local restaurants or drive into Falmouth (three miles) for many other choices.
Sunday
9.30 AM: knitting session with Norah followed by pre-fixe lunch at Quicks Hole Tavern (included in package price)
 Note: Our famous breakfast will be served both mornings starting at 8 am at the Woods Hole Inn. Check out on Sunday is before Norah’s session, with free parking offered in our adjacent lot until 2 pm Sunday. 

It will be a weekend full of knitting, learning, and chatting, and we can’t wait!

See pricing details here or please call (508) 495-0248 to book your weekend with us.

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Vogue Knitting Live – New York City
Jan
13
to Jan 15

Vogue Knitting Live – New York City

Full info on the Vogue Knitting Live Site

3 Classes

Easy Designing: Cable Additions & Substitutions

Ever wished you knew how to add cables to a sweater pattern? The first step to designing is the urge to change patterns. Explore how to add cables to an existing pattern and how to substitute one cable for another while studying examples from hats and scarves to skirts and sweaters. Norah has devised a method to make switching up cables easier, but be prepared to swatch. This six-hour class takes the day to fully develop and prove our ideas.  (Full day class)

Charts and Schematics: How to Use Eazydraw on Your Mac

You don’t need a special knitting software package to easily make beautiful cable, lace, and colorwork charts or draw professional-looking schematics on your computer. One simple, inexpensive drawing app for your Mac will do it all. Norah will guide you through the process she uses to make charts and schematics with the easy-to-understand and intuitive program/app, Eazydraw. Note: This app is for Mac computers only and you need to provide your own Mac laptop for the class.

Choose Your Own Arrangement—Cabled Hat

Design a cabled hat without the hard work. Choose from a variety of different cable charts designed for the class and learn how to complete your hat by following prewritten design templates for a beanie, slouchy hat, or beret. All three styles can be knit seamlessly in the round or flat, then seamed. Experience reading charts is helpful, but if you’ve never done it before, you can learn it here. The variety of charts will include a range of difficulty so intermediate or advanced knitters can forge ahead and take on a more challenging chart while beginners can keep it simple.

2 lectures

Lecture: Designing with Simple Geometric Shapes—Sweaters with Flexible Fit

Lecture: Designing Cables: How One Idea Leads to the Next

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Sheep Knitting – Needham MA
Jan
6
to Jan 7

Black Sheep Knitting – Needham MA

January 6th and 7th

Friday,  Jan 6th  10:00 - 12:00
Lecture - Designing Cables  - how one idea leads to the next.
Cost: $35.00
From simple substitutions to logical transformations and expansions to drawing with cables, Norah delves into her process of making up new cable patterns. Copiously illustrated with photos by Jared Flood taken from her new book Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook.  The 1 hour lecture will be followed by a "Try On " trunk show with several sizes.

Friday, January 6th 1:00 - 4:00
Workshop: Knitting 2 Sided Cables
Cost: $75.00
In this afternoon  session you will learn to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables.  The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side! 
Skill Level: Intermediate Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

Saturday, January 7th 9:30 - 12:30  
Workshop: Design Your Own Semi Circle Vest
Cost: $75.00
Norah's easy plug and play template will allow you to design your own flattering and fashionable vest.  Worked in one piece, pattern stitches are added in between rounds or decreases.  You can make your own vest as elaborate or simple as you like. Even a beginner can be a designer.  As an added bonus, the vest can be worn two ways.
All skill levels appropriate

Saturday, January 7th 1:30 - 4:30
Workshop: Creative Design
Cost: 75.00
Explore Norah's take on the artistic side of designing, from inspiration to stitches, swatches and sketches.  After an overview of the design process and Norah's creative philosophy, the class will divide in several teams to work on the planning of mini collections.
Skill Level: Ability to knit and purl, and a curiosity about knitwear design.

Call now to reserve your spot and get more information
781-444-0694

 

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Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival
Oct
28
to Oct 30

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival

I was lucky to be invited to last years festival in the Dalles and I loved it. (This photo is the view from the campus!) The class room are amazing. They are dark for slides and bright for knitting + the AV is the best.

I also can't say enough about how wonderful the marketplace is. The room is light filled, with a wall of windows showing off all of the many and exciting vendor's wares.

These are the classes I'll be teaching. Be sure to check out who else will be there.

From the CCFF web site:

Friday, ALL DAY – Make It Your Own: Cabled Poncho: Learn some of Norah’s favorite techniques while knitting her cabled poncho and customizing it for yourself. Knit it as shown or substitute your choice of cables from Norah’s newest book, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook (included in class fee). Included is discussing how to modify the poncho to become a pullover and changing the neck treatment.

Saturday, ALL DAY – Easy Designing: Cable Additions & Substitutions: Ever wished you knew how to add cables to a sweater pattern? The first step to designing is the urge to change patterns. Explore how to add cables to an existing pattern and how to substitute one cable for another while studying examples from hats & scarves to skirts & sweaters. Norah has devised a method to make switching up cables easier, but be prepared to swatch.

Sunday AM – Knitting 2-Sided Cables: Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side. Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

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The Mermaid's Purl – Rhode Island
Oct
23
9:00am 9:00am

The Mermaid's Purl – Rhode Island

I'll be spending the day at The Mermaid's Purl in Wickford, RI – teaching , schmoozing and signing books.  Lizzie's got all the info here

Class includes a signed copy of my new book, yarn for the project, and a light lunch.

Don’t worry if you cannot make the workshop-
I'll be at the shop from 1-3 for a book signing, accompanied by a trunk show of garments and accessories from my new cable sourcebook. Make sure to stop in to chat with me, pickup a copy of the book and check out all of the cabled goodies that I am bringing with me.

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Knitting with Company – Minnesota
Oct
6
to Oct 9

Knitting with Company – Minnesota

Catherine Lowe and Julie Hoover are partnering with The Yarnery for a unique knitting retreat. There aren't any formal classes, but instead the opportunity to knit, talk and make friends with the special guests. This time around Karen Templer of Fringe Supply Co. and I were both invited.  This is a real treat for me. I love sitting around knitting and talking life knitting (and food) with fellow enthusiasts. 

As the Yarny puts it:

This year's retreat will be held October 6-9, 2016 at The Lodge on Lake Detroit, Detroit Lakes, MN. The retreat begins with registration and a dessert buffet Thursday evening, and ends at noon on Sunday. The retreat is conceived as the ultimate knit-in; you'll learn from the designers, and each other, as you knit, share and laugh together. Each of the four designers will offer a presentation about their work, and an extensive trunk show will be on site to inspire you. The Yarnery's Pop Up Shop will offer yarn, kits, patterns, and accessories that highlight the work of the designers. 

More info on the Knitting with Company site and on The Yarnery site.

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New Hampshire - Harrisville Designs
Sep
30
to Oct 1

New Hampshire - Harrisville Designs

This year's class at Harrisville is a 2 day event.  Students will be among the first to see and work from my new book on cables, Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook, coming out in October. Published by STC Craft, an Imprint of Abrams. Photography by Jared Flood.

Learn the ins and outs of my cabled poncho pattern. Starting with learning the advantages of working cables from charts (or brushing up your chart reading skills), swatching possible alternate cables and learning how to make cable substitutions with an easy system. You’ll also explore yarn possibilities and learn Norah’s favorite cast ons and finishing (hint: her philosophy is make it pretty but keep it easy and enjoyable). This is a work at your own speed workshop, allowing beginners to learn the basics while more advanced students can delve deeper.

Make the garment to suit you. Explore the changes that will make the garment your own. Including: Changing the proportions, adding sleeves, making it a pullover, splitting the pattern to make a cardigan and having fun with the neck finishing. You’ll be able to try on the original poncho, as well as several fleece mockups and other related garments to determine what’s best for you before you start knitting. While we’ll be concentrating on one particular pattern, the ideas and skills you learn should prove useful in the future as well.

More info:  http://harrisville.com/learn/2016-workshop-schedule/exploring-cables-garments/

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Monhegan Knitting and Yoga Adventure
Sep
18
to Sep 24

Monhegan Knitting and Yoga Adventure

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT...

Knitting with this great group of women is worth the trip in its self.  This trip gets a fun mix of folks who return every year and new adventurers. I've seen first hand how the veterans make a point of making new knitters feel welcome.  The food is amazing. Melora, the yoga teacher, is amazing. Mary Alice, the masseuse is a phenomenon.  Clearly I can't say enough nice things about this trip.  I'm planning 5 days of classes to keep every level of knitter intrigued. 

Monhegan Sunset photographed by John Ranta (aka Mr Norah)

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Squam Fall Retreat
Sep
14
to Sep 18

Squam Fall Retreat

Coming out next fall, my new book will be previewed at Squam this year. 

The class description:
Learn some of Norah's favorite techniques while knitting her cable paneled skirt and customizing it for yourself. You can knit the skirt as shown in the photo or substitute in your own choice of cables from Norah Gaughan's Cable Sourcebook (Published by STC Craft, an Imprint of Abrams, Photography by Jared Flood) 

This brand-new book from Norah' is coming out just in time for this class.

Kit fee includes a copy of Norah's book.

More info here

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Block Island Knitting Retreat
May
13
to May 15

Block Island Knitting Retreat

This will be so much fun! I'll be teaching with Deborah Newton and Mary Jane Mucklestone,  two of my favorite people -- and Block Island is amazing.

  • May 13-15, 2016. The North Light Fibers 5th Annual Knitting Retreat with Deborah Newton, Norah Gaughan and Mary Jane Mucklestone. This all-inclusive retreat is for three days and two nights with three world class knitting designers/teachers and includes everything from the ferry tickets and yarn for homework to fine dinners and beautiful hotels. Deborah Newton will make two presentations about inspirations and finishing while Norah Gaughan and Mary Jane Mucklestone will lead classes on Cables and color work. Please click on the brochure link below to see all the details but there are a number of activities you can do in addition to the classes including knitting time, island tours, bird banding, nature walks and lighthouse tours.

PDF brochure here

More info on Block Island here

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make. wear. love. west coast retreat
Apr
7
to Apr 10

make. wear. love. west coast retreat

I'm really looking forward to this California event.  There will be lots of time to talk, mingle and knit – even for me!  More info here

My classes:

creative geometric design

Explore Norah’s take on the artistic side of designing, from inspiration to stitches, swatches, and sketches. After an overview of the design process and Norah’s creative philosophy, the class will explore making mod- ern innovative sweaters with geometric shapes. Drape a new sweater idea in polar fleece and customize your design to fit.

swatch development

Norah will describe her process of coming up with new pattern stitches and talk about the process involved
in designing the final product. Explore taking a pat- tern stitch and making it your own. Students who aren’t ready to alter pattern stitches or make up their own can focus on finding the perfect pattern stitch for their com- bination of yarn and silhouette. 

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Nov
6
to Nov 9

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival

Picture of The Dalles, taken  by Karen LeBreton

Picture of The Dalles, taken  by Karen LeBreton

FRIDAY All Day: Cable Design Workshop

Explore innovative cable crossings and “drawing” with cables. Norah will show you how, by using a few different types of cables as building blocks, you can design an infinite number of cables. With that knowledge you will then practice putting cable symbols to paper. You will design your own Ogee shaped motif, further personalize it with the fill of your choice, then test it out by knitting it.

SATURDAY AM: Creative Geometric Design

Explore Norah’s take on the artistic side of designing, from inspiration to stitches, swatches, and sketches. After an overview of the design process and Norah’s creative philosophy, the class will divide into several teams to work on the planning of mini collections.

SATURDAY PM: Knitting Polygons

From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons. This intriguing little shapes can transform your knitting into beautifully shaped pieces of art. Make modifications to form a new polygon and make your knitting unique!

SUNDAY AM: Design Your Own Cabled Yoke
Norah is famous for her ingenous and elegant cabled yoke sweater designs – and she’s ready to pass her secrets on to you! In this class you will begin with learning how to tap into your sources of inspiration for your custom cabled yoke sweater. You will also practice drawing your own cables, and how to use your desired cables in a yoke template. The class will finish with instruction on placing your yoke into a “plug-and-play” pattern in 6 sizes – everything you need to create your own, unique garment.

Festival web site: http://columbiagorgefiberfestival.com

 

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Oct
3
to Oct 4

Loop Knits, Philadelphia

There are still a few seats left in my Designing Cables class and Polygon Class hosted by Loop in Philadelphia.  more info

CABLE DESIGN Saturday, October 3 from 10am-5pm
(includes 1 hour lunch break)

Explore innovative cable crossings and “drawing” with cables. Norah will show you how, by using a few different types of cables as building blocks, you can design an infinite number of cables.

After practice putting cable symbols to paper, you’ll design your own Ogee shaped cable motif, further personalize it with the fill of your choice, then test it by knitting.

Skill level: intermediate/advanced, comfort with cable charts a must

Class Supplies: worsted weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) & range of needle sizes, cable needle, #2 pencil and a great eraser


KNITTING POLYGONS  Sunday, October 4 from 10am-1pm

From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons. Make modifications to make a new polygon and make your knitting unique.

Skill Level: advanced beginner, comfort with double pointed needles a plus

Class Supplies: Worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes

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New Hampshire  – Harrisville Designs 4 day Intensive Workshop
Aug
25
to Aug 28

New Hampshire – Harrisville Designs 4 day Intensive Workshop

Designing Surprising Sweaters from Simple Geometric Shapes

Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class.

Day 1:  The Big Picture
Explore sweater structures made from geometric shapes. We’ll look at how circles, rectangles and triangles can be used to create whole garments or combined with classic sweater  shapes to make innovative, modern garments. We’ll search for inspirational ideas on the web then you’ll test your concepts in fleece fabric to perfect shapes and fit.  Daily sweater calculation lesson: Armholes and sleeves for a blanket sweater.

Day 2: The Fabric
Learn about stitch resources and how to make up variations and new stitch patterns. Experiment with different kinds of yarn. Swatch stitches and perfect fabrics to go with your sweater structure from day one. Daily sweater calculation lesson: Knitting circles.

Day 3:  Sketches and Schematics
Practice several styles of sketching to see which suits you best. Get your idea down in sketch form to work out some of the details, followed by an accurate schematic on graph paper (or on your Mac or iPad). Daily sweater calculation lesson: Knitting hexagons and triangles

Day 4: Variations & Calculations 
What other ideas does your design lead to? Dreaming up variations can be one of the most creative and rewarding aspects of designing. We’ll finish the week by working on the calculations you’ll need to complete your project. Daily sweater calculation lesson: Armholes and sleeve caps.

 

 

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