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I would love to hear from you all!!
In these uncertain times, partially from Covid-19 social distancing and my upcoming relocation from KS to AZ, I have found that live, virtual classes and one-on-one lessons have been very successful.

Please fill out the survey for upcoming classes to be held online. I will be hosting all classes live to interact with each other for better learning.

June Classes

CALL OR EMAIL TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT or REQUEST A CLASS 316.351.8515 firebrunetteknits@gmail.com


I have been a knitting and crochet instructor since 2003.
All skill levels taught from learning to knit to advanced techniques such as colorwork, cable work, intricate lace, and everything in between.
I love my craft, I love sharing my knowledge, tips & tricks with other fiber enthusiasts to help them further their talents.
Individual or group lessons, $15/hour private lessons per student, groups of 3 or more discounted.
Want to learn something specific? Let me know!!

Upcoming Classes


 

As you may or may not have heard, our life is taking a leap west to Arizona in the next few months.
With the relocation and the new social distancing policies, I have decided to move all classes and lessons to a live, virtual platform.

More information below and on my Facebook Page. You can always email firebrunetteknits@gmail.com, text/call 316.633.3217 to reserve your spot. Payment is due prior to class.

EVENT + CLASS LISTINGS ON FACEBOOK


June

Gauge Tips – online

3 hours
$25
Dates:
Saturday, June 6th, 12 – 3pm

Learn the how + why of gauge!
How do you make swatches, how do you measure gauge, how do you interpret gauge?
Why even do a gauge swatch, why worry about half a stitch, why is the fabric important?

Supplies:
– light color worsted weight yarn
– US 8 needles, dpn or 16″ circ
– a swatch or two from previous projects, if you have them


Yarn Substitution – online

3 hours
$25
Date:
Tuesday, June 9th, 2 – 5pm

You don’t have the yarn called for in a pattern?
Not sure if the yarn you want to use will work?
How do you go about choosing a different yarn for a project?
Can you substitute DK weight for a Worsted weight?
Can you use a cotton instead of a wool?
There are some simple things you need to know to help you substitute yarns in a project.

Supplies:
– Notebook
– pencil
– any patterns or yarns you may have questions about


Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ)
by Elizabeth Zimmerman – online

4 Sessions
$60
Dates:
Mondays
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
3 – 5pm

The jacket is knit in a single piece with just two seams that run across the shoulders and down the length of the sleeves. It includes extra ease across the back of the garment to fit well over a nappy (diaper).

Commonly referred to as the “BSJ”, the baby surprise jacket is “a very entertaining piece of knitted engineering”

Materials:
3 oz. of baby wool (6 sts to 1”) (sport-weight to dk)
or
2 skeins Fisherman Yarn (5 sts to 1”) (dk to worsted)

1 pr. needles in the size to give you either of these gauges.

Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann

There are a million and one ways to purchase the pattern through Schoolhouse Press, follow the link above to the Ravelry page for all the information.
If you are interested in someday knitting the Adult version of this sweater I would highly recommend knitting this smaller version first.


Beginning Lace

$40
Thursdays, June 4th + 11th
6 – 8pm

Feather & fan stitch border and the lovely Diagonal Fern Lace center makes a beautiful squishy cowl.
Learn the basics of lace knitting; chart reading, line reading, written instructions, lace pattern reading tips and tricks abound!

Materials needed are listed in the pattern.
The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry, https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/feathers–fern-cowl

Learn the basics of lace knitting; chart reading, line reading, written instructions, lace pattern reading tips, and tricks abound!


Cables Untangled – online

4 hours
$25
Date:
Saturday, June 13th, 10am – 2pm

Advanced beginner

Learn the basics of cables and some super neat tricks!
Cabling without a cable needle, repair a mistake cable, how to read a cable chart.

Supplies:
– worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in a light, solid color
– US size 8 circular needle, or longer double points
– smaller size double point needles
– crochet hook or fix-it tool
– a few markers and removable markers


SPECTRA ~ A Study in Short Row Techniques

$50
Dates:
Tuesdays June 16th, 23rd, + 30th  3 – 5pm

Learn the three most common SHORT ROW METHODS; Wrap & Turn, German, and Japanese, in one mesmerizing scarf, Spectra, designed by Stephen West.
This workshop will give you the tools to learn to substitute your favorite new method of short rows in most patterns.
Supplies:

Spectra Pattern Available on Ravelry, https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spectra

Removable stitch markers

Supplies listed in the pattern

May + June Online Classes!!

I am continuing with online, live classes!
Here is the first round of classes based on the survey results.
Thank you for helping me create classes for you!

Over the years a lot of you outside the Wichita area have stated you’d love to take a class with me. Well, from here on out you will have your chance!
If you are a knitter anywhere in the world you can join me for my upcoming live classes. 

I love having new students, new classes, and inspiration.
Haven’t taken a class with me before and you’re not sure what it’s all about? Don’t hesitate to contact me and we can walk through the general format together.

THANK YOU so much for supporting me in these changing times!! 

I am using Zoom, the app is simple to download and navigate on all devices. I also have access to Google Meet, Hangouts, and Skype for other options in one-on-one lessons. Click here to download Zoom

ZOOM HELP Thank you, stay safe + HEALTHY!!
ONE HOUR VIRTUAL LESSON
EVENT + CLASS LISTINGS ON FACEBOOK
BOOK A VIRTUAL LESSON THROUGH FACEBOOK


Gauge Tips – online


3 hours
$25
Dates:
Saturday, May 16th, 10am – 1pm
OR
Monday, May 18th, 1 – 4pm

Learn the how + why of gauge!
How do you make swatches, how do you measure gauge, how do you interpret gauge?
Why even do a gauge swatch, why worry about half a stitch, why is the fabric important?

Supplies:
– light color worsted weight yarn
– US 8 needles, dpn or 16″ circ
– two 5″ square swatches: one stockinette, one garter

Yarn Substitution – online

3 hours
$25
Date:
Thursday, May 21st, 5:30 – 8:30pm

You don’t have the yarn called for in a pattern?
Not sure if the yarn you want to use will work?
How do you go about choosing a different yarn for a project?
Can you substitute DK weight for a Worsted weight?
Can you use cotton instead of wool?
There are some simple things you need to know to help you substitute yarns in a project.Supplies:
– Notebook
– pencil
– any patterns or yarns you may have questions about

Intarsia – online

3 hours
$25
Date:
Tuesday, May 26th, 1 – 4pm

Learn how to simply, cleanly knit motifs + pictures into your projects.
Great to know for horizontal color or yarn changes as well.
And, did you know you CAN work intarsia in the round?? Yep!

Supplies:
– worsted weight yarn in two high contrasting colors
– US size 8 small circumference knitting needles of your choice, ie dpns, two circs, magic loop
– bobbins, if you have them, but not necessary

Bolan – online

3 sessions + 1 check-in
$60
Dates:

May 23rd, 10am – 12pm
June 6th, 10 – 10:30am
June 20th, 10am – 12pm
June 27th, 10am – 1pm

Skills required:
– advanced beginner knitting including pattern reading
– chart reading helpful
– lace knitting experience helpful
– solid basics of reading your knitting and fixing mistakes

This sideways knit and seamed summer top will be a great addition to your wardrobe! Simple lace design in a drapey fabric is flattering for all.
You must purchase the pattern, available through Ravelry.
Bolan on Ravelry
by Leila Raven
Published in Sparrow 2018Quince & Co.
Suggested yarnQuince & Co. Sparrow
Yarn weight Fingering (14 wpi) ?
Gauge 20 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, after blocking
Needle size US 4 – 3.5 mm
Yardage 840 – 1680 yards (768 – 1536 m)
Sizes available 43 (48½, 54, 59½, 65, 70½)” bust circumference

June

Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ)
by Elizabeth Zimmerman – online
4 Sessions
$60
Dates:
Mondays
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
3 – 5pm

The jacket is knit in a single piece with just two seams that run across the shoulders and down the length of the sleeves. It includes extra ease across the back of the garment to fit well over a nappy (diaper).Commonly referred to as the “BSJ”, the baby surprise jacket is “a very entertaining piece of knitted engineering”

Materials:
3 oz. of baby wool (6 sts to 1”) (sport-weight to dk)
or
2 skeins Fisherman Yarn (5 sts to 1”) (dk to worsted)
1 pr. needles in the size to give you either of these gauges.

Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
There are a million and one ways to purchase the pattern through Schoolhouse Press, follow the link above to the Ravelry page for all the information.
If you are interested in someday knitting the Adult version of this sweater I would highly recommend knitting this smaller version first.

Cables Untangled – online

4 hours
$25
Date:
Saturday, June 13th, 10am – 2pm
Advanced beginner

Learn the basics of cables and some super neat tricks!
Cabling without a cable needle, repair a mistake cable, how to read a cable chart.Supplies:
– worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in a light, solid color
– US size 8 circular needle, or longer double points
– smaller size double point needles
– crochet hook or fix-it tool
– a few markers and removable markers

Grateful for Clever People

Seriously, I am so grateful for people that are more clever than I am that come up with these brilliant, simple, and oh-so-helpful ideas.

Not everyone has the ability to sew themselves, and their loved ones, fabric face masks during this pandemic. We all know we can’t go to the store, or online, and buy masks so finding a way to make well-fitting fabric face coverings that you can insert a filter of some kind into should be high on everyone’s priority list right now.
NOTE: these masks WILL NOT filter out the Covid-19 virus, the goal is to prevent us from touching our faces with our hands that may be contaminated, plus helpfully keep out a portion of the many germs and viruses we encounter.

In my opinion, face masks cannot harm us as long as we understand that just wearing a mask doesn’t protect us completely from the Covid-19 virus, but it does encourage social distancing when in public. And that is totally worth it!

Studio Closed to All Visitors…So, that’s happening…

 

ICT DESTASH SALE IS CANCELED

Well hello!
I sure hope you all aren’t too sick of the website/social media/email bombardment from every contact you have. I know it’s an inconvenience and I certainly do appreciate you taking the time to click + read.

I received notice from the owner of Wichita Studio School, where my studio is located, that he is closing the building to the public. That means the iCT DeSTaSH SaLe is officially canceled, which is what I honestly expected to have to do anyway.

Today and tomorrow the building is being sanitized. Unfortunately, that does not include private studio spaces so I will be there Saturday when we are allowed back in, sanitizing our space and setting up for virtual lessons.

What this means for us:

For now, I have to cancel our in-person classes + private lessons.

I foresee having to move to virtual classes, which makes it hard for me to physically guide you, but it’s better than nothing!
I will be using Google Hangouts/Meet for virtual individual/group lessons.

Once we set up a time to meet virtually,  I will help get you set up if you haven’t used it before.

I will be keeping in touch via email, Facebook, Instagram so keep an eye out.
Thank you all!!
Don’t give up, we’ll all get through this time as healthy, more community-minded knitters. We have plenty of knitting to keep us busy!!

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Let’s Keep In Touch!! March Updates

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SO…how’s everyone holding up??
Guess where I am…my usual workspace, my cozy home ‘office’.
I am sure more than a few of you are also now working from home or off work keeping the community safe practicing social distancing.
Luckily, we have many many projects to keep us creatives busy!

I want to keep in touch and update all my students, knitting + spinning friends, and clients about Firebrunette Knits’ plans for the next few weeks through the end of March.
Subject to change.

  • CLASSES: an email will be arriving in all student’s inboxes about all classes scheduled through March
    • Spectra Short Row Study: postponed to begin April 2nd
    • Flax Sweater: will go ahead as scheduled but will be broken down into individual meet times for each student
    • Brenton Point: will go ahead as scheduled but will be broken down into individual meet times for each student
    • Ramble Shawl: postponed to begin April 25th
  • DROP IN HOURS AT THE STUDIO: cancelled until April 6th
  • iCT DeSTaSH SaLe: I am keeping this scheduled, but will NOT be accepting drop-offs until after the 1st of April, at that point I will evaluate the current Covid-19 situation and decide if the sale needs to be canceled

All subscribers will receive an email with a few more details shortly.

Watch the Firebrunette Knits Facebook page and Instagram @firebrunetteknits to stay up to date.

I have had virtual lessons available for the last year and with a few out-of-state exceptions, this option has not been utilized locally yet.

I would like to remind everyone that you can meet with me virtually through a number of video conferencing options:
– Please use the Book Now option on the Firebrunette Knits Facebook Page to reserve a time, choose Virtual Lesson
– If you are not on Facebook, contact me directly, chauntel@firebrunetteknits.com to schedule

  • Google Hangouts – I will send you an invite 10 minutes prior to our scheduled meet time so you have time to sign in or download the app to your phone/iPad/tablet
    This service works on any platform with video-enabled + I have found with a good internet connection it is good quality for video
  • Skype – I don’t typically use Skype, but if it is a platform you would prefer we can connect that way
  • Zoom – limited to 40 minutes
  • If you have a preferred way to virtually connect, please don’t hesitate to ask if it’s an option

I understand these are trying times, emotionally and for some of our small businesses, financially. There are a lot of movements out there for small businesses to stay alive during this time.
Picket Fence Quilt Co, the brick + mortar fabric shop I work at as well as teach at, does not have an online store, but we are staying open. If you cannot come in, please call and purchase a gift certificate for future visits, or as a gift for another quilter/family member. Maybe get a jumpstart on your Holiday shopping or prepare for upcoming birthdays!
316-558-8899

I cannot thank you all enough for taking precautions at this time, it is important that those of us that are not compromised do our part to take care of and watch out for those that are in danger from Covid-19.