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Sheep to Sock

Course Description

This adventurous group will gather once a month over zoom to work through the process of taking fibre through the spinning and then the knitting of a finished pair of socks.

  1. Janice Watterworth will cover topics and include demonstrations of the types of fibres, preparations and spinning techniques to create durable and hard-wearing socks.  It will include various carding and blending methods, the spinning of 2 ply vs 3 ply and cabled yarns.  (Spinners must be able to spin a single and create a simple 2 ply yarn.)
  2. Joan Janes will teach a cuff down sock knitting class which will be appropriate for all weights of yarns. This will be designed for beginner to intermediate knitters.  (Must be able to cast on, knit and purl.)

All classes will be virtual through Zoom.
Live virtual classes will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm – Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb 16, March 2, April 20
Live sessions will be recorded and accessible to registrants for one month.           
 ‘Sheep to Sock’ includes both the spinning and knitting classes:
    $50 for members; and non-members: $65
For non-spinners, the knitting classes are: $25 for members;
    and non-members: $35                
Knitting Dates: Jan. 19 – Prepping for Socks, Feb. 16, and March 2.
It may be possible to have an in-person dye class with our newly spun sock yarn in January or early February: let’s wait and see on this one!


  1. A working spinning wheel with 3 to 4 bobbins, a lazy kate, hand carders, niddy noddy or skein winder. 
  2. Joan’s multi-size ‘Sock Science’ pattern is included.  Use a set of 5 double pointed needles in a size that works for your handspun – this will be determined in the January class.  If you have sock knitting experience and prefer other methods such as magic loop or 2 circulars, go for it!

Please let Janice know if you are interested.  Questions can be addressed to: 
Janice Watterworrth     519-453-1971
Joan Janes                     519-200-9158   

Participants can source their own fibre or order a 250 gram box of
70 wool/30 mohair blend of natural coloured roving,
(undyed) from Wellington Fibres, near Elora.
Cost is $35 including taxes.
If interested in avoiding shipping costs contact Janice through email or by phone:
Orders must be in to Janice by June 21st.


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    Blog, Workshops


    Our first online rug twining workshop was very successful.  As a result, Dan Lajoie and the Guild are offering a second online twining workshop in February 2021.  Registration fee is $40.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members.

    During the workshop, participants will learn how to plan a project (a rug or table runner) including planning for your projects’ size and design; warping a frame loom; preparing your weft materials and how to weave your project using two basic techniques (counter twining and same pitch twining).   By the end of four classes, participants will have a finished piece.

    Dan has built specialized looms for this workshop.  The looms will be available for a $15.00 rental fee payable directly to Dan.   Registrants will use the looms for the duration of the workshop.  The looms will be available to purchase at the end of the event by anyone interested for $50.00 (minus the $15.00 rental fee already paid).  Warp will be provided with the loom. 

    Participants will also be required to provide their own weaving material (weft) and prepare their weft material in advance of the workshop.  Additional instructions about these required advanced preparations will be sent to participants once a completed registration form and full payment of the workshop registration fee has been received by the Guild.

    Monday, February 1st 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Monday, February 9th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Monday, February 15th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Monday, February 22nd 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Workshop will be limited to 8 participants so register early.
    Payment for workshop – e transfer only.
    Payment for loom rental and purchase – cash only.

    Registration: Closed