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.


Jan 26 10-noon – Spinning for Stitching with Kate
1-3pm – Free-Form Stitching Bring a few scraps of fabric or choose some from Kate’s pile of thrift fabrics. We will make some small swatches or you can jump into a simple project bag design. To learn more about this kind of stitching, look online for boro andkantha fabrics.

Feb 2    No classes.

Feb 9  10–noon – Spinning Worsted Yarns for Gloves with Kate
1–3pm – Glove Projects Continued or Spinning Clinic Many of us are spinning and knitting gloves as a group. Come show us your progress or get started from scratch. Not into gloves? Bring anything else you would like help with—gloves not required.

Feb 16  10–noon – Spinning Longwools with Nelly Let’s experience a variety of the longwools family together! Border Leicester, BFL, Leicester Longwool, Lincoln, Wensleydale, Cotswold . . .  breeds study. If you have some in your own stash you’d like to Show and Tell, please do. The more examples we see, the better!
1–3pm – Open Spinning and Knitting

Feb 23  10–noon – Spinning Tweed and Marled Yarns with Kate
1–3pm – Easy Texture with Knitted Slip-Stitch Cables Kate’s working on a sweater with an effective, yet simple stitch pattern. She’s using a tweedy yarn, but it works well in all sorts of handspun yarns. Bring at least ten yards of yarn in two different colors (commercial or handspun) and an appropriate needle size. Kate will show you how knitting back-backwards and working without a cable needle make this fabric a quick knit.

March 2   No classes. Swift meeting at the Wabash Woolen Works in Wabash, Indiana.

March 9  No classes. We’re all at the Jay County Fiber Fest!

March 16    10–-noon – Chain-plying with Nelly This technique can help add strength and structure to yarns AND can help preserve the color repeats in the beautiful braids we buy!!
1–3pm Open Spinning and Knitting

March 23   10–noon – “Primitive” breeds with Nelly Navajo Churro, Shetland, Icelandic, Jacob.  We’ll see what makes these breeds special and the different ways we can prepare and spin them.
1–3pm Open Spinning and Knitting

March 30   No classes. Kate is at Interweave Yarn Fest.

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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