Saturday APRIL 27 & Sunday April 28
Saturday 9:00 - 13:00:    hands-on combing and basic information on genetic selection, followed by an introduction to various types of yarnsi:  SUSTAINABLE CASHMEERE produced by our own Cashmere Goats & Cashmere from Afghanistan spun by hand
BASIC KNITTING TECHNIQUES three and a half hours 55,00 euro, for beginners and intermediates
13:00 -  14:00                 lunch
14:00 - 18:30                  DIAGONAL KNITTING 4 hours 30 minutes, 77,00 eIn depth explanation of using the diagonal stich on.  cushions, runners, sweaters, T shirts, shawls and scarves

Sunday 9:00 - 13:00:    STICHES AND PATTERNS four hours, 70,00 euro.  Detailed description of different stiches and patterns, with hands-on practice making sample swatches, in order to master decorative stiches and designs on sweaters   We will learn to read a pattern diagram and written instructions, while mastering the secrets of each different 'family' of stiches
13:00 - 15:00                 lunch
15:00 - 18:00                 KNITTING FOR BABIES three hours 55.00 How to create well-designed booties, hats and clothing for babies
All the students attending the course will recieve a complete set of notes written by the teacher with patterns and instructions
Each student should expect to bring her own set of needles (or circular needles), embroidery hook, braid needles, wool needle.  Both our own SUSTAINABLE CASHMERE and our handspun AFGHAN cashmere will be availablee for purchase (see photos below)

Lunch is included; for those of you who will be staying for both days and need a place to stay we have rooms available or will help find you accomodations in the village of Radda in Chianti

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This year’s knitting instructor will be ROSANNA BASSANI; here is a brief description of her experience in the textile and yarn world:

Having always been passionate about textile fibers, after 20 years as commercial director in furnishing design, in the early ‘90s, Rosanna began teaching hand knitting.  From the year 2000 she also became involved with hand-felting, taking courses in Italy and abroad with some of the best-known felters
Currently Rosanna teaches felting and knitting in several cities and produces elegant and sophisticated felt accessories,  results of meticulous handcrafting combined with the selection of precious raw materials.  She has become an expert in Cashmere felting, and has designed and produced several scarf collections for Agnona (Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna).
Rosanna designs and personally produces knitted accessories for a number of yarn producers, such as,, etc.  She also is one of the producers for the project B.E.S.T. of Cittadellarte Fashion-Foundazione Michelangelo Pistoletto, Biella:  She has also been selected  by the Coordinamento Tessitori di Firenze as instructor for the 2013 edition of Feltrosa.

To see some of her work:  www.picasaweb.googlecom/feltrodiro and on Facebook ROSANNA BASSANI


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