Classes in Indiana

Kate hosts spinning and knitting gatherings several Saturdays each month at the Trading Post in Pendleton. If you have questions about the session topics, skill level, or want to receive Kate’s monthly newsletter, contact

Trading Post – Spinning and Knitting

$15 for each two-hour session. This is a very casual, open-format gathering and you should feel free to bring questions and your knitting, spindle, or wheel. If you have something specific you would like to learn or you are new to the group, just send me an email. Each session will have a topic for discussion. The morning classes tend to focus on spinning and the afternoon classes focus on knitting.

Oct 13    No classes.

Oct 20    No classes.

Oct 27   10-noon – Introduction to Handspinning with Nelly. Register for this session by emailing Bring a spinning tool if you have one. Spindles will be available to try. 
1-3pm – Open Spinning and Knitting with Nelly. The shop will be open—come and hang out with us! If you would like a lesson or help during this time, contact Kate or Nelly.

Nov 3   10-noon – Silk Fusion with Nelly.  Make silk “paper,” which can be a work of art in itself, or can be used as a background for embroidery or other artistic additions.
1-3pm – Open Spinning and Knitting with Nelly. The shop will be open—come and hang out with us! If you would like a lesson or help during this time, contact Kate or Nelly.

Nov 10  10-noon – Charkhas, Tahklis, and Cotton Slivers!
1-3pm – Kate’s Favorite Cuff: Tubular Bind-Off. Life changing! Bring a ball of yarn (sport to worsted weight) and needles in the size indicated on the label. We will be working a cuff in the round, so needles should be DPNs or a long circular for magic loop as you prefer.

Nov 17   10-noon — Spinning a Shetland Hap. Kate is spinning for a shawl known in the Shetland Isles as a hap. In this second session, we will discuss finishing yarns, do a bit of natural dyeing if your skeins are ready, and begin swatching.
1-3pm – Knit a Mini Hap. Follow link above for more information about haps. Kate has written a pattern for a tiny hap, perfect for practicing a variety of techniques. Bring a ball of yarn  and  some contrast color or purchase Shetland yarns at the Trading Post. You will need DPNs in the size listed on the yarn label and one size larger.

Nov 24    10-noon – Camelid Fibers for Socks with Nelly. Llama, alpaca, maybe even camel!  Let’s explore this fiber usually discounted as a viable sock yarn fiber.
1-3pm – Open Spinning and Knitting with Nelly. Or start knitting that camelid fiber sock!

3 thoughts on “Classes in Indiana

  1. I will be coming to trading post tomorrow. Bringing my wheel and need to learn how to spin the fiber. I already can ply but just can’t figure how to start spinning the fiber. Have been using a drop spindle up to now. But now I have a wheel I need the figure out how to spin on it. Thanks, see you there! Lee

    1. Hi Susan,
      I’m not offering classes for beginners only right now. Our group is so diverse and everyone wants to join in on Saturdays! You are welcome to join us any Saturday that classes are being held and I’ll be happy to teach you to spin on a spindle or wheel. As you can see here, classes typically run from 10-noon and 1-3pm ($15 each session).
      This Saturday will be an natural dyeing class, so that would be the only one I would suggest not joining to learn to spin. You’re welcome to join us for dyeing, but I’ll be running around the dyepots. You will get more attention from me on a different Saturday. : )
      Our Saturday group is so welcoming and helpful. We would love to have you join us! If you have further questions email me at

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