Merike Saarniit's workshops schedule
I'll be happy to discuss scheduling workshops for your guild, group, or organization.  Please email me for more information. 

2005 (for reference)

February 19-20,  Arroyo Seco, NM
TAOS SUNFLOWER SPECIALTY YARNS
www.TaosSunflower.com
Beginning Tri-Loom Weaving

February 26-27,  Arroyo Seco, NM
TAOS SUNFLOWER SPECIALTY YARNS
www.TaosSunflower.com
Advanced Tri-Loom Weaving
(exploring color/weave structures including
Log Cabin, Houndstooth check;
Lace weave structures;  and more)

March:  Trip to Estonia

April 15-17, Columbia, Missouri
HILLCREEK FIBER STUDIO
www.HillcreekFiberStudio.com
Exotic Estonian Stitches
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches

April 19 , 7:00 p.m.Columbia, Missouri
Columbia Weavers & Spinners Guild
Ancient Symbolism in Contemporary Patterning”  with Merike Saarniit
Trained as an anthropologist, artist, and historian, Estonian American Merike Saarniit is also a hand dyer of beautiful yarns and a passionate knitter. She teaches workshops internationally on Estonian stitches and patterning.
As Merike has explored Estonian knitting, she has also been developing a logical and fascinating theory of the origins of the rich and diverse patterning of Estonian arts and crafts, found not only in knitting, but woven sashes, woodwork, and metalwork. In April, she will share her discoveries with us.
As Merike says, anyone who has ever taken a knitting--or weaving, or any--pattern and changed it to make it their “own” can relate to this. Anyone who has never done so will, hopefully, be inspired to do so with their next project!
Merike will also share some really really old Estonian folk songs that have been traced back over a thousand years - sung a capella by some old grannies (on CD).

April 30-May 1, Brasstown, North Carolina
JOHN C CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
www.folkschool.org
Universal SOCKS workshop

May 1 - May 6 Brasstown, North Carolina
JOHN C CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
www.folkschool.org
GOURMET SPINNING WEEK

May 29 - My son's WEDDING!!!  (I'll be busy with preparations for this after I get home from the Folk School.

JUNE:  ESTONIA - see info on the Estonia trip page of this website.

July 7-11, Hamilton, New York
CAMP STITCHES New York
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Design It, Paint It, Knit It   (Novices Welcome)
What are the colors you love?  Learn how to combine them and choose accent colors successfully.  Then learn how to paint your yarns in a no-mess, low-stress, highly gratifying method.  The stitches explored are ideally suited for hand painted yarns and your swatches will turn into beautiful hats, which you will design to be as elegant or funky as you (or your colorway!) desires.  The design utilizes the stitches you¹ll learn as well as a great two-needle no-gauge method for the crown, worked on circulars.

2007 (for reference)

February 22-25, Santa Clara CA
STITCHES WEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Purling "The Other Way"
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Toe-Up Socks YOUR Way!
Patent Stitches
Stash Reduction Vest

March 10-11, Independence OR
Rose & Ram Knit Shop
Microwave Rainbow Dyeing
Knitting with Variegated Yarns
contact: Jan Johnson


April 20-22, Houston TX
Knit at Night Guild
Microwave Rainbow Dyeing
Esoteric Estonian Stitches
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
contact:  Mary Lea Heald
mlheald2000@yahoo.com


May 19-20 , Falls Church, VA
AYLIN'S WOOLGATHERING
Microwave Rainbow Dyeing
Knitting with Handpainted Yarns
contact:  aylin@aylins-wool.com


June 14-17,  Asilomar, CA
CAMP STITCHES
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Color Remedies and Recipes   (Novices Welcome)


July 1 - 6, Brasstown NC
JOHN C CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
Weaving Fleece Rugs
www.folkschool.org

July 7-9, Brasstown NC
JOHN C CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
Lockerhooking
www.folkschool.org

August 2-12, Holland America Lines
BALTIC CRUISE
(Sold Out!)
Scandinavian Knitting Workshops
www.CraftCruises.com

September21-23 Columbia, Missouri
HILLCREEK YARN SHOP
HILLCREEK FIBER STUDIO
Knit to Fit You Stash Reduction Vest
Knitting with Variegated Yarns
www.HillcreekFiberStudio.com


October 11-14  Baltimore MD
STITCHES EAST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Purling "The Other Way"
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Toe-Up Socks YOUR Way!
Patent Stitches
Stash Reduction Vest

2006 (for reference)

February 16-19, Santa Clara CA
STITCHES WEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Purling "The Other Way"
Blueberries & Raspberries
Toe-Up Socks YOUR Way!
Patent Stitches
Stash Reduction Vest

March 19-25, Brasstown NC
JOHN C CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
Traditional Estonian Patterns for Contemporary Knitting, taught as part of JCCFS "Scandinavian Week"
www.folkschool.org

March 25, Lyman SC
Southern Charm Alpacas
Gourmet Spinning Sampler
9am-5pm
cmason2603@aol.com

April 7-9,  Columbia, Missouri
HILLCREEK FIBER STUDIO
www.HillcreekFiberStudio.com
Spinning Sock Yarns, Patent Stitches,
Blueberries & Raspberries
Raspberry Bottle Sock project class

April 29-30, Neenah, Wisconsin
MIDWEST MASTERS SEMINAR
www.YarnsByDesign.com
Microwave Rainbow Dyeing Yarns & Fibers
Knitting with Variegated Yarns
Spinning Sock Yarns
Invitation to Spin

June 1-5 , Lake Junaluska, NC
CAMP STITCHES
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Color Remedies and Recipes   (Novices Welcome)
What knitter doesn’t have odd lots of yarns leftover from one project or another (including yarns purchased on impulse and never used!)? Bring some or all and see how painting coordinated colors, over-dyeing, and stitch pattern selection can turn your odd-lot stash into an inspiring collection of yarns ready to knit into a vest, hat, scarf, afghan, or your own unique project.

June 16-18 , Harper's Ferry
AYLIN'S WOOLGATHERING
KNITTING RETREAT
contact:  aylin@aylins-wool.com

August  10-13  Chicago IL
STITCHES MIDWEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Purling "The Other Way",
Spinning for Knitting,
Toe-Up Socks YOUR Way!.
Estonian Patent Stitches,
Stash Reduction Vest
Estonian YOYOs (double wrapped stitch patterns)

October 14-16, Charlotte NC
Microwave Rainbow Dyeing
Knitting with Handpainted Yarns
contact:  weaveone@mindspring.com

November 2-5  Baltimore MD
STITCHES EAST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Purling "The Other Way",
Spinning for Knitting,
Toe-Up Socks YOUR Way!.
Estonian Patent Stitches,
Estonian YOYOs (double wrapped stitch patterns)
Stash Reduction Vest

2008

February 21-24, Santa Clara CA
STITCHES WEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Purling "The Other Way", Spinning for Knitting.,Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Toe-Up Socks YOUR Way!. Patent Stitches, Stash Reduction Vest

March 14-15, Huntsville AL
USEFUL KNOWLEDGE 2008
www.LittleBarnInc.com
Friday all day:
Spinning for Handknitters
Saturday all day:  Sock Savvy


March 23-29, Brasstown NC
JOHN C CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
Traditional Estonian Patterns for Contemporary Knitting, taught as part of JCCFS "Scandinavian Week"
www.folkschool.org

May 14-18,  Santa Fe, NM
CAMP STITCHES
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Beyond the Estonian Tradition


May 30-June 1 , Harper's Ferry
AYLIN'S WOOLGATHERING
KNITTING RETREAT
Microwave Rainbow Dyeing
Knitting with Handpainted Yarns
contact:  aylin@aylins-wool.com

June 26-30 , Hamilton, NY
CAMP STITCHES
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Color Remedies and Recipes   (Novices Welcome)
Bring some or all of your leftover stash yarns and see how painting coordinated colors, over-dyeing, and stitch pattern selection can turn your odd-lot stash into an inspiring collection of yarns ready to knit into a vest, hat, scarf, afghan, or your own unique project.

August  21-24  Near Chicago IL
STITCHES MIDWEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches,
Spinning for Knitting,
Toe-Up Socks YOUR Way!.
Estonian Patent Stitches,
Stash Reduction Vest
DARN IT!

September 19-21, Chicago, IL
Windy City Knitting Guild
Lecture/exhibit:
  Creative Knitting Estonian Style
Workshops:  Kihnu Troi Stacking Elements, Spinning for Knitting, Knit to Fit YOU, knitters@sbcglobal.net

October 26: Chapel Hill NC
Estonian-Americans of the Carolinas
Lecture:  Traditional Symbolism and Creativity in Estonian Knitting

November 6-10, Baltimore MD
STITCHES EAST
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches,
Spinning for Knitting,
Toe-Up Socks YOUR Way!.
Estonian Patent Stitches,
Stash Reduction Vest
DARN IT!

2009


February 26-March1, Santa Clara CA
STITCHES WEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Elongated Stitches Enchantment
NUPPS: Bobbles and Buds
Patent Stitches
Darn It!

March 19-22, Columbia MO
True Blue Fiber Friends
Spinning, Estonian knitting
www.TrueBlueFiberFriends.com


April 23-26, Atlanta GA
STITCHES SOUTH
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Elongated Stitches Enchantment
NUPPS: Bobbles and Buds
Patent Stitches
Darn It!


May 28-June 1, Lake Junaluska NC
CAMP STITCHES
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Beyond the Estonian Tradition

Imagine discovering several unusual cast-ons that can morph into a decorative edge which becomes part of an intricate border pattern that can include stitches that travel, bobble, braid, and otherwise delight the fingers and the eyes. We’ll explore many border options before knitting one of the dramatic stranded patterns for what is considered the official sweater of Estonia: the Kihnu Troi.  Then we’ll see how to apply our stitches and develop a personal pattern for a miniature sweater (with a bear attached, if desired), hat, socks, or mittens.

June 15-24, I T A L Y
Knitting Techniques Clinic
with Anna Zilboorg & Merike Saarniit
  www.AlpineAdventureAgency



July7 - 22: In Estonia for a photo shoot for my book and a traditional Estonian wedding of one of my relatives


August 6-9, Portland OR
SOCK SUMMIT
www.SockSummit.com
Darn It!
Special Stitches

September 10-13, Chicago IL
STITCHES MIDWEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Elongated Stitches
Patent Stitches
Nupps Bobbles and Buds
Darn It!

September 25-26, Harrisburg PA
KNITTERS' DAY OUT
www.KnittersDayOut.org
workshops TBA

October 21-25, Hartford CT
STITCHES EAST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Elongated Stitches
Patent Stitches
Nupps Bobbles and Buds
Darn It!
2010
February 25-28, Santa Clara CA
STITCHES WEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Elongated Stitches Enchantment
NUPPS: Bobbles and Buds
Patent Stitches
3-2-1 Roundabaout



April 21-25, Atlanta GA
STITCHES SOUTH
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Elongated Stitches Enchantment
NUPPS: Bobbles and Buds
Patent Stitches
3-2-1 Roundabaout


May 2 - 8 Brasstown NC
John C Campbell FolkSchool
www.FolkSchool.org
SOCK CLINIC



July 28-31 E N G L A N D
KNIT NATION SUMMER EXPO
workshops tba
www.knitnation.co.uk



August 18-22, Chicago IL
STITCHES MIDWEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
(pending contract)

October 27-31, Hartford CT
STITCHES EAST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
(pending contract)
2012
January 20-23, New York City
VOGUE KNITTING LIVE
Estonian Sts Sampler
NUPPS: Bobbles and Buds
Patent Stitches


February 23-26, Santa Clara CA
STITCHES WEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Lace Estonian Style
Estonian Sts Sampler

March 24-25, St Louis MO
St Louis Knitting Guild
classes

April 1-7, Brasstown NC
JOHN C CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
Kitchen friendly yarn painting, great sock construction (including ones that start from the heel - "Elevator Socks"). Can't wait!
www.folkschool.org


April 19-22, Atlanta GA
STITCHES SOUTH
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting
Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Lace Estonian Style
Estonian Sts Sampler - Cowl or Hat

May 19-20, Buffalo NY
Buffalo Knitters Guild
workshops


August 9-12, STITCHES MIDWEST
Chicago
Workshops

August 24-26 The Unique Sheep Retreat
Hawksdene Estate, Andrews NC
www.TheUniqueSheep.com


September28-30, New Jersey
FIBER FALLOUT workshops


October 11-14, Hartford CT
STITCHES EAST

November 2-4 Chicago IL
VOGUE KNITTING LIVE

2011

January 20-23, New York City
VOGUE KNITTING LIVE
Elongated Stitches Enchantment
NUPPS: Bobbles and Buds
Patent Stitches
3-2-1 Roundabaout

February 17-20, Santa Clara CA
STITCHES WEST
www.KnittingUniverse.com
Spinning for Knitting, Fiendishly Difficult Stitches, Elongated Stitches Enchantment, NUPPS: Bobbles and Buds,,Patent Stitches
3-2-1 Roundabaout

April 7-10, Meadows of Dan, VA
Knitting Retreat with
Anna Zilboorg & Merike Saarniit

April 14-17, Atlanta GA
STITCHES SOUTH
Spinning for Knitting, Fiendishly Difficult Stitches, Elongated Stitches Enchantment, NUPPS: Bobbles and Buds,,Patent Stitches
3-2-1 Roundabaout

April 30 YARNOVER Minneapolis MN
Keynote Speaker, Esto st classes

June 24-26 Chicago IL
Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair
Esto st classes

July13-17 E N G L A N D
KNIT NATION SUMMER EXPO
Lace Estonian Style
Estonian Stitches Sampler
Spinning for Knitting
www.knitnation.co.uk

July 28-31 SOCK SUMMIT, Portland
Darn It!, Vertical Elements,
321 Roundabout

August 18-22, Chicago IL
STITCHES MIDWEST

Sept 23-25 Los Angeles CA
VOGUE KNITTING LIVE

October 20-23, Hartford CT
STITCHES EAST
Opening Day Speaker and classes
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