IMG_9508Workshops at Olives and Bananas are taught by various instructors. Each brings a new approach, background, and special talent to the table. All ages are welcome to any workshop. Each workshop will include most materials with advance notice if any extra items are required.

Knitting workshops will cover everything from beginner to advanced, including sock making, mittens, Fair Isle (stranded) knitting, seasonal projects, and doll making. We also offer stitch-a-long projects for a more relaxed get-together style.

Crochet workshops will  also cover beginner basics to speciality stitches, seasonal crafts, and blanket squares and hexagons. Amigurumi and doll making is also an option.

Needle felting workshops include projects such as birds (chickadees, robins, hummingbirds, owls, and nests), felt your own pet, create a felted sculpture of your child’s artwork, foxes, seasonal decorations, mobile making, wreaths, soaps, and felted reproductions of your favourite characters.

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com or through Facebook, Instagram message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358


Upcoming Workshops 

2020January

The January calendar!

I’m looking forward to a new year with a fresh start, new projects, and goals. I have so many hopes for the shop in this year, and feel fueled and ready to get started. (Fueled mostly with cheese and chocolate, that is.)

We’re starting off the year with a couple of knit-a-longs and some skills classes. Tiffany is leading a sweater knit a long we’re calling “Knit a Grey Sweater Feel Better” because alliteration is fun and so is making a sweater. Your grey sweater could be any colour sweater, with the idea of keeping it simple for those working on their first sweater, and learning the art of garment making. We will begin on Saturday, January 11th and will set future dates to get together within the group.

Another group has formed within the community and are working on the Akemi shawl pattern by Isabell Kraemer together beginning February 1st. This is not a class, just a friendly group working on the same project. Heliina will be with this group.

If you’d like to join these knit-a-longs, contact the shop!

Thursday night drop in will continue with a few changes. Dates will be posted in events, as it won’t be every Thursday for a couple months. January 9th and 30th will be the first two knit nights, so mark your calendars and we will see you then!

Skills classes begin Sunday, January 12th with Katie. This one day class will focus on knitting with the magic loop. we will be making a hat using magic loop – a technique that replaces the use of double pointed needles, allowing your stitches in the round to be as many or as few as needed on one circular needle.

Ashley tops off the month with a much requested class for crochet granny squares. Modern or old school, these squares are all over crochet pages, and their versatile styles can create almost anything. This is a two part class, both days, Sundays, January 19th and 26th.

Beginner knitting returns January 28th and continuing February 4th (one class = both dates). Start the new year with a new skill, and learn why we love to knit. Beginner classes teach you how to read a pattern, cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Projects vary and can be chosen to suit your skill level. We want you to have fun and create something that motivates you to keep learning.

Contact the shop for more information about any of these classes or project groups.
Two day class are always $60.00+hst plus materials.
One day classes are $30.00+hst plus materials.
We ask that you purchase your yarn from Olives and Bananas Wool Shop. You’re always welcome to bring your own needles or hooks. If you don’t have the right tools, we can set you up with those too.

Cheers to 2020!


Drop In Needle Felting

Free (other than the cost of supplies)

Every Wednesday Afternoon 

1:00pm – 4:00pm 

Learn to needle felt!
First timers can expect to spend around $30.00 on start up tools and wool.
The tools: foam work surface, leather finger protectors, felting needles.
Needle felting is a dry felting technique using a single barbed needle pierced into wool roving, catching the micro fibres and binding them together. Sculptures can be created by shaping the wool and felting it in place.
These drop in sessions are designed to introduce you to needle felting. Various kits are available at the shop, some with all the tools and supplies, other just wool and needles. Bring your own tools if you have them!

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com or through Facebook, Instagram message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358

Drop In Knitting & Crochet

Free (other than the cost of supplies)

Every Friday Afternoon 

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Drop in with your knitting projects and join us for an afternoon of knitting and crochet. This is a good opportunity to ask for help from a variety of sources. By helping each other we all learn.

 


Beginner Knitting

(Class ONE) Tuesdays, January 28th and February 4th (both evenings) (Nearly FULL!)

(Class TWO) Tuesdays, February 11th and 18th (both evenings)

6:00pm – 8:30pm

$60.00 + HST + materials

Instructor: Katie Britton 

Learn to knit! Join Katie to learn all the basics and make a simple beginner project. Learn how to cast on and bind off, knit and purl, how to read a pattern, and how to choose the right needles and yarn for your projects.


Knitting Skills – Magic Loop

Katie Britton

Sunday, January 12th 12:00pm-3:30pm

By donation for Australian Wildlife Rescues

Magic loop is a useful technique that replaces the need for double pointed needles, allowing you to begin or finish with just a few stitches on a long cord. This is a wonderful skill to have when making any knitted garment and for toy making.

We’ve changed this from a class to a drop in workshop by donation toward Australia’s Wildlife Rescues. We were going to be making a hat, but now Katie has made plans for us to make joey pouches and other projects put out by Australia’s crafter’s guild.

We hope to raise money for the rescues while also making projects we can donate.


Crochet Granny Squares

Ashley Gibbons

Sundays, January 19th and 26th 12:00pm-3:30pm

$60.00+HST plus materials (materials cost will vary)

Learn to make the classic and versatile crochet granny square!

 


Shawl Knit-a-long

Team Leader: Heliina Murray

Pattern: Akemi by Isabell Kraemer (available on Ravelry)

Beginning Saturday, February 1st 12:00pm

Free to join, please purchase your yarn from Olives and Bananas Wool Shop

Join this knitting group and make a shawl. The hope of knit-a-longs are to create working groups that will encourage each other and help each other work through a project.

Yarn requirements: 900 yards/800m fingering weight

Needles: 4mm circular, 40″

Stitch markers and row counter if desired.


Beginner Crochet

with Ashley Gibbons

Coming again in February!

Also coming in the new year: crochet hexagons, modern granny squares, crochet bag making, and more from our talented crochet instructor Ashley.


Ravelry.com Basics

Postponed until the new year. Date TBA

$30.00 + HST

Instructor: Heliina Murray

Introduction to using Ravelry.com – the essential knitting and crochet website.

Bring your laptop, tablet, or phone and learn how to navigate Ravelry’s database of patterns, yarns, and designers. Learn how to upload your projects and photos to use the site to its full potential.

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com, through Facebook message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358

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Coming again soon!:

Wonderful Wool

IMG_1156Instructor: Jen Huhta of Roses & Purls Fibre Art

Price: $80 including materials and provide small samples.

Even non-spinners know that most yarn is made of wool, and that it comes from sheep. But did you know just how many types of sheep there are? Or how many ways you can prepare their fibre, and how it affects the final yarn? Have you ever wondered what’s involved in taking wool from the sheep to the sweater?

Join Jen from Roses & Purls for a hands-on class exploring wool in all its glory. We’ll explore the difference between long, fine, and medium wool classes by handling examining washed fibre samples of each. You’ll learn the different characteristics of each class, how they’re best spun, and what they’re best used for.

Wonder what the difference is between top, roving, batts, and rolags? We’ll talk about the different ways wool is prepared for spinning (from the lock, carded, and combed) and examine samples of each. We’ll discuss how the type of fibre preparation affects your choice of spinning technique and the finished yarn.

Curious about “spinning in the grease?” Find out what it is (and what it isn’t), why you might want to try it, and what the benefits are.

And of course, want to know how to get your hands on all of these fibre types? I’ll share my tips on how not to get fleeced buying spinning fibre.

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

Equipment needed: spindle or spinning wheel that you are comfortable

Build Your Own Spindle and Learn to Spin ~ ALL AGES

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$65.00+HST (all materials included)

Build a top whorl drop spindle and learn to spin! (For children)

$60.00+HST materials included

Join us and learn how to build your own drop spindle, then use it to turn fibre into yarn!
Students will learn:

  • what spinning is and what yarn is used for
  • how twist adds strength to fibre and transforms it into yarn
  • where fibre comes from, and see and touch a variety of fibres used to create yarn.

Students will build a basic spindle from the materials supplied and will use it to create a single ply yarn.

Experience level: beginner
Prerequisites: none
Equipment needed:none
Limited to 4-6 students; parents may attend with their child to observe.
Please notify instructors of any allergies prior to class.

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com or through Facebook, Instagram message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358