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Karida Collins, Founder and President of Neighborhood Fiber Co.,
Joins Us in Charlottesville March 22 and 23 for a
One-of-a-Kind Knitting Weekend Retreat

Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2019

Registration begins Wednesday, January 16 — Space is limited; Call 434.296.4625 to reserve your spot!

Neighborhood Fiber Co. began in the kitchen of a basement apartment in the LeDroit Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. Stirred by her surroundings, Karida Collins (above) set out to provide the world with hand-dyed yarns inspired by and named to reflect the natural beauty and diverse neighborhoods throughout the nation's capital. Since then, she has added many more colors to reflect a multitude of neighborhoods, both inside and outside of DC. Now based in Baltimore, MD, Neighborhood Fiber Co. continues to offer vibrant, one-of-a-kind colors inspired by urban landscapes.

Our fun Neighborhood Fiber Retreat will include a private reception at Magpie Knits on Friday evening and a half-day class and private lunch at Common House (right around the corner from Magpie Knits!). Here's the retreat schedule:

Friday evening reception: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The shop will be open exclusively to retreat guests giving you the opportunity to meet Karida and shop her amazing yarns first hand. She will be bringing a beautiful selection of bases, many of which we have not previously carried in the shop.  

Saturday morning: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
We will be meeting at The Common House (around the corner from the shop) where Karida will teach a class:  Color Confidence — Combining Colors for Your Project. 

Retreat Fee: $140.00


Knitting Top-Down, Seamless, Tailored Sweaters

February 16, February 23, March 2 and March 9, 2019

All classes are from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

$115.00 (includes book) + Materials

The Cocoknits Method was developed by Julie Weisenberger and uses top-down knitting that incorporates increases at specific intervals to create truly 3 dimensional shaping that doesn’t require seaming when you’re done. The neck, shoulders, and yoke are created together, so the shaping is softly sloped to hug the body in a flattering way.

The yoke is worked following a customized color-coded Cocoknits Worksheet. Your Worksheet tells you where the shaping happens in relation to the markers (before or after). Then you cruise along with knitting and don’t have to count or read abbreviations as you knit.

Once the yoke is complete, the body and sleeves are worked seamlessly down to the hem and cuffs. It’s easy to try on your sweater as you work and adjust, if necessary. Then all you have to do is sew up the underarm, and your sweater is ready to wear! When you’ve completed your sweater, you’ll have a customized pattern to work again in a different yarn or colorway with all the shaping in the right places for you.

Experience: Students should be comfortable casting on and binding off, knitting and purling in the round, picking up stitches and doing basic increases and decreases.

Materials needed:

  • Book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop by Julie Weisenberger; class fee includes book (more copies available here at the shop).
  • Yarn: We will be knitting the Emma sweater versions A (long sleeved) or B (short sleeve). The pattern calls for 700 to 1400 yards of bulky yarn. If you prefer, you can knit an open weave version using a fingering weight yarn and large needles, which knits up as a summer-weight garment for layering. Come by the shop and we can help you choose!
  • Needles: The pattern calls for size 11 circular needles 24″ – 32″. Before the first class, you will be given instructions for knitting a gauge swatch to determine which size needle you will use.
  • Notions: Stitch markers of a variety of colors, stitch holders or waste yarn, blunt tapestry needles. Other optional needles and notions may be helpful. We’ll discuss these in class.
Class Policy

  • Refunds for pre-paid class registrations can be made only if we are notified at least two weeks in advance of the beginning of class.
  • Missed classes will not be made up unless the instructor was unable to teach or the shop was closed for inclement weather.
  • Refunds for missed classes cannot be made.

Whether you’re advanced or looking to learn — join us this January at Magpie Knits!

Questions? Ready to register? Call us at (434) 296 – 4625!