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Will This Yarn Hurt My Hands?

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1 - 4 pm

Neutra House in Los Altos

Will This Yarn Hurt My Hands? The Ergonomics and Mechanics of Yarn

Creating or embellishing fabric is an exercise in energy exchange between your body and the yarn. Some yarns will help with this exchange while others are ‘energy vampires’ that require you to give your all! In this class you’ll “dissect” a variety of yarns to understand how helpful it will be in sharing the work. We’ll go far beyond what some think is obvious (cotton is “harder” to knit than wool) and dive deeply into the characteristics of plant and animal fibers, fiber, yarn structure and construction and how it relates to knitter's hand comfort. Understanding the mechanics and construction of several fiber and yarns will help you to selecting yarns that will be comfortable for your hands and arms to work with and knowing what to do if you choose a challenging one. This class is appropriate for knitters and crocheters, and any crafter who uses yarn.

Yarn will be provided.
Learner’s Materials: Students need to bring needles sizes US 4, US 7, US 9 or 10 (3 different sizes).

Skill Level: All levels of experience. Must be able to independently cast on (any method), and perform knit and purl stitch. This is not a ‘how to knit’ class.