What Does This Yarn Want to Be?

  • Instructor: Sarah Pope
    Cost: $95, Materials $40
    Supplies: Please bring several sizes of needles in the US4-8 range and a pencil with eraser.
    Skill Level: Adventurous beginner and up. Ability to read and create charts will enhance your experience but isn’t necessary.

    Every yarn has unique qualities based on its fiber content and preparation, and these qualities affect how successful the yarn will be when it meets a particular knitting pattern. It’s a treat to knit small-batch yarns like Valhalla Yarn's Cormo/Alpaca blends, but what should you make from them? In this class we will practice assessing a new yarn and putting it through its paces by swatching a variety of stitch motifs. You’ll walk away with a plan for a custom hat or cowl that can serve as a swatch for a larger garment.


  • Sarah knits and designs from a small sheep farm on San Juan Island. She enjoys exploring the wide world of wool breeds both as a knitter and as a spinner. She likes to create patterns that teach new skills and has published designs with Laine Magazine, Wool People, and Quince & Co.