NEEDLES & KNITS
Over the past couple of years, Gabriela has introduced and has been teaching classes and workshops at Needles and Knits Wool Shop in Aurora. Her unique style, and approach to her classes, is why new and long time students sign up for several classes a year.
So who is the lady that runs the workshops? We believe an introduction has been long overdue, and we are rectifying that right now. Read on, and enjoy the interview transcript below...
How did you start knitting ?
GD: My grade 2 class learned to knit, crochet, and embroider as it was part of the curriculum.
Where did you study?
GD: In the 90's I took Fashion Arts at Seneca and in third year I had to choose a specialty - tailoring or knitting on the machines . I designed a whole fashion line in one semester which was leather skirts and knit sweaters with lace inserts.
I have also taken classes with Lucy Neatby, Jared Flood, Donna Druchunas, and Brandon Mably.
Why did you choose knitting?
GD: I have always knit. I was in between jobs - retail, owning my own ceramics business, and I applied at a knitting store. I started teaching classes and ended up working there 10 years!
What was your first knitting design?
GD: I was 19 years old at Kindergarten Teacher College and I designed a pullover with the Hungarian flag on it for the Hungarian Scouts.
What projects are you currently working on?
Garter stitch cardigan
Mitre square garment
40 UFO's (unfinished objects)
What is your favourite piece that you have knit?
GD: One of my 45 skirts. I love them all so it is hard to pick one.
What hobbies and interests do you have ?
GD: Gardening, pets and family (not necessarily in that order).
Do you have any recommendations or suggestions for people new to knitting?
GD: Use the best quality materials you can afford. Do not be afraid to start over or change things (ie. in the pattern). Take classes - group or one on one. "Knitting is a social thing" so be inspired by others.
What is your ideal " I'm going to knit for the next few hours" routine? Do you watch movies? Listen to music?
GD: I carve out time to knit. If I am knitting intricate lace then I will listen to music. I watch tv if knitting anything else.
English or Continental? Continental
Cardigan or Pullover? Cardigan
Cables or Lace? Lace
DPNs or Magic Loop? Neither - 2 circulars
Yarn - Solid or Variegated? Both
Socks - Toe Up or Top Down? Top Down
Needles - Wood or Metal? Wood
Wool, cotton, alpaca, cashmere, silk? Silk and cotton
What does your stash look like?
GD: It fills the office, a closet and half the attic and there is more scattered elsewhere.
What is your favourite thing about knitting?
GD: The possibilities are endless. "You can tweak anything." If I am teaching a modular class, I love how everyone is knitting the same thing but they all come out differently.
Register in store at Needles & Knits Wool Shop for the Spring Knit-Along: Line Dance by Heidi Kirrmaier. This cardigan is all about neat lines created by a combination of squishy garter stitch, I-cord edges, pockets and slipped stitch details. It is worked top down in one piece, and has a gentle A-line shape.
Intended to fit with 0-2 inches of positive ease. The front sections overlap by about 1 inch.
Suitable for a knitter with some experience.
Class Information: THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL
Where: Needles & Knits Upper Level
Sessions: Four – 2 hour classes
Starts: Monday Evenings 6:30PM – 8:30PM
April 24, May 1, 15 and 20
Registration: Sign up in store at Needles & Knits Wool Shop, Aurora ON
Materials: DK weight yarn
**Materials for the class must be purchased in store at Needles & Knits Wool Shop, Aurora ON
Pattern available for paid download on Ravelry
Therapy Knitters Holiday Potluck
Therapy Knitters Potluck brought together a gathering of knitters from various Needles & Knits knitting classes and workshops! Students brought mouth watering appetizers, main dishes and deserts! There was a sharing of recipes, laughs, opinions and of course, their finished work or work in progress.
We are looking forward to another year of learning something new in the classes offered with another potluck in the spring :)
Click here for more information about our upcoming 2017 Winter knitting classes and workshops
Thursday Knit Nite Holiday Dinner
December is the month of celebrations and gatherings of family and friends. On Thursday December 15, the Thursday night, Tea with Tove group braved the winter snow storm to attend the annual Holiday Dinner...and of course, to knit!
From Needles & Knits, we wish all Happy Holidays and the very best in the New Year!
Tove has some exciting news to announce!
Knitting classes are coming to Needles and Knits starting in January 2016. Gabriella Dudas and Christina Panzures will be offering classes during the day and some evenings. A calendar of all classes will be posted soon on the website as well as a brief description and a picture of each class offered. Come into the store to sign up and do it soon as classes are filling up!
Thursday night knitting group, at Needles & Knits Wool shop, celebrated Tove's 70th birthday!
Bring your latest knitting project and join the "Tea with Tove" knitting group on Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm. All skill levels are welcomed.
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