Polish Your Finishing Skills at the Estes Park Wool Market

     June is just around the corner which means the Estes Park Wool Market is too. This year, we are pleased to announce that The Stitchin’ Den’s very own Paula Koerner will be teaching a workshop on Friday, June 10th. If you have ever taken a class from Paula, you know what a terrific instructor she is. If you haven’t, now is the time to take advantage of her talent and expertise.
     This workshop, Finishing with Excellence, will help you develop finishing skills that will make your next project fit and look beautiful. She will guide you through techniques for weaving in ends, the Kitchener stitch and how to do a three-needle bind-off (one of my favorite finishing techniques).
     The day will finish with demonstrations and discussions comparing various blocking techniques. As an experienced knitter, I know what an enormous difference proper finishing can make in how well a garment can fit and look. No one wants loose ends showing and uneven stitches which can make a sweater look bumpy. Blocking can correct this and also help ensure a final correct fit and professional look. 
I had a chance to ask Paula a few questions about her workshop and want to share some of her thoughts.
    “The reason I selected finishing as my topic is because I remember as a new knitter being afraid to choose projects that would require something I didn't know how to do. I made a baby sweater a long time ago that was striped and when I sewed it together you could see the seam.  I was disappointed that after seaming it didn't look great. I decided that I needed to learn more about finishing techniques so that I could be proud of my work. I want every knitter to be confident in their skills and feel like they can try a project. Finishing doesn't have to be scary if you are armed with the correct techniques that will take the fear out. Most patterns don’t tell you how to do every step so knowing several ways to do things will help a knitter determine how to execute a step in the pattern.” 

What are some common mistakes knitters make when finishing their projects?
   “The biggest mistake I have made is not knowing how to make seams that were invisible. I didn't even know that was an option. I think knitters are afraid of messing up in general. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a knitted item so making a mistake feels huge. Most things can be fixed but it might involve starting over or taking out a seam and redoing it until it looks right.”

How important is blocking a finished project?
   “Most people don’t look at blocking as a critical step in the finishing process however, I always say that your project isn’t complete until you block it. People tell me all the time that my knitting is smooth and even. Blocking works wonders with this. Blocking also helps with seaming because it helps your pieces lay flat. It also makes them easier to seam. I will be doing an actual wet blocking and steam blocking demonstration.” 

Don’t miss your chance to learn the techniques that will take your knitted projects to the next level. You will need to register soon because registration for Finishing with Excellence closes on May 20th. FYI lunch is included with the registration price.