Jan 22, 2017 Sunday

Darn It!

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

It can be hard to part with a favourite knitted item once some of the areas have worn thin or have holes. Darning is a surprisingly straightforward process that allows you to repair your beloved knitted goods and extend their lifetime for years to come. In this class, participants can bring an item of theirs that needs repairing. By the end of the class they will have learned basic repair skills and they will have had a chance to repair the item that they brought with them. Appropriate items for repair may be: socks, mittens, scarves, toques, sweaters, shirts, etc. Keep in mind that an item should be darned with roughly the same thickness of yarn that the garment was made with - even thin cotton t-shirts can be darned; it just takes longer than repairing a bulky-knit toque. Keep in mind that you don't need to know how to knit in order to learn how to darn! What to bring: - An item that needs repairing. It is ideal if the hole is no bigger than a toonie. - A darning needle, if you can get your hands on one. There will be limited darning needles available, so please bring one if you can. - A couple metres of yarn that you might want to use for darning your item, especially if you are particular about the colour that you would like to use. Yarn will be available in various thicknesses, but with limited colour choice.

Bring one of the following:
a good story (for the soul)
an old, battered pair of size 43-45 rock climbing shoes (for an exciting project)
pickles (I just can't get enough)
red wriggler worms or earthworms (my vermicomposter worms met an untimely death this summer during a heat wave)

About the teacher, Jenna Holz

I started knitting when I was a child, but the real obsession didn't set in until ten years ago. I knit sweaters, socks, mittens, hats, and scarves, and I enjoy making my own knitting patterns. Years ago, my grandmother knitted me several pairs of socks. Determined to continue to wear and repair those socks for decades to come, I took an interest in darning. I am also the co-owner of a local climbing shoe repair shop called Cruel Shoes...so I am in the business of repair too! I believe in the practice of repairing and fixing, and the role it plays in countering our throwaway culture.