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You're Wearing That?

You're Wearing THAT?
Thursday, January 25 at 7 PM

You're Wearing THAT?, now out in paperback, is a book that some call Deborah Tannen's most provocative work to date—in which she takes on what is potentially the most loaded and passionate connection in women's lives: the mother-daughter relationship. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that in You're Wearing THAT? Tannen, ¨with groundbreaking insights, pitch-perfect dialogues and deeply moving memories of her own mother, helps daughters and mothers¨ untangle the knots that entrap them. So bring your mother and your daughter. Fathers and sons are also welcome.

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford
Friday, January 26 at 7 PM

Jessica Mitford, a Bay Area legend, is perhaps remembered best for her scathing revelations about the funeral industry, The American Way of Death. But Decca, as she was called, was also a dedicated letter writer. Peter Y. Sussman, a long-time editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, brings together Mitford's letters in what a review for the London Sunday Times calls ¨one of the funniest, most enthralling and gloriously honest collections of contemporary letters I have yet read.¨ And, for those who don't know much about Mitford, the Washington Post advises, ¨Just start reading...and hang on for the ride.¨

Envious of those women and men on the train or at the cafe who, with knitting needles flying, create beautiful wearable objects? Do you want to learn this ancient and meditative craft? This four-session class will equip you with all the basic skills you need to make your own scarf, hat, shawl, poncho, or blanket: casting on (long-tail technique), reading a pattern, knitting and purling using the English (a.k.a. American or throw) method, adding a new ball of yarn, increasing and decreasing, casting off, and weaving in ends. You'll start your own project in the third class.

A set of straight needles and skein of yarn are provided for learning techniques; students will be given guidance as to what to purchase for their first project.

4 two-hour sessions, $90 (includes materials)

Whether you learned to knit at Grandmas's knee or just picked it up a few months ago, this class will help you perfect your techniques and learn new ones, enabling you to tackle more advanced projects and produce more professional garments. This four-session course will teach you how to repair mistakes such as dropped stitches; execute different increase, decrease, and selvedge edge stitches; pick up stitches for sleeves, neck edges, and the like; and seam garments like a pro. Students are welcome to air their knitting quandaries in class. If time permits, we will practice some of the many stitches available beyond basic stockinette and garter.

Students will be expected to bring a smooth worsted-weight yarn and a pair of size 8 (5 mm) needles, straight or circular, to class.

4 two-hour sessions, $85

—Spinning with a Drop Spindle (1 two-hour session)
—Knitting a Toy in the Round (2 two-hour sessions)
—Making a Felted Hat or Bag (2 two-hour sessions)
—Knitting Socks (3 two-hour sessions)

Although her students claim she "came out of the womb knitting," Thea Gray began knitting in third grade. She hasn't stopped since and has even flown 6000 miles in a weekend to polish her couture knitting techniques. Because she understands the many obstacles to learning a handicraft, she has developed foolproof strategies for helping her students overcome them.

Current Schedule

Learn to Knit, Session A:
Sundays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Learn to Knit, Session B:
Tuesdays, February 6 and 13
Mondays, February 19 and 26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Learn to Knit, Session C:
Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Learn to Knit, Session D:
Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Learn to Knit, Session E:
Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Intermediate Techniques, Session A:
Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Please send an email to knitting@bookshopwestportal.com if you would like to sign up for a class.

Please let us know which class you're interested in.

Minimum class size will be 4 participants, maximum class size will be 8 participants.