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With great concentration, Chris Stahl of New York City learns how to knit at the exhibition. Maybe he will enter a piece in next year's competition. Photos by Tara Kenny
Lynn Benson, owner of the Heath Hen Quilt Shop and Lisa Rusche, owner of the Clark House Inn, decided to show off Island talent by running different hand-craft festivals. Earlier this year the two women ran a quilting exhibition and also one for needlepoint. This past weekend Island knitters took the spotlight.
Jessica Oas from Westminster Fibers taught a class in intarsia last Saturday afternoon. Westminster Fibers distributes the popular Rowan line of books and yarn.
The festival also included a Yarn Tasting Party featuring Rowan yarns, and a master class on the intarsia technique taught by Jessica Oas. Ms. Oas is a representative of Westminster Fibers. For those non-knitters out there, intarsia is a technique for adding a new yarn, usually a different color, into the work, using the new yarn to create a pattern, and picking up the former yarn again. The trick is to do it without leaving any holes in the row. Mastering intarsia elevates knitters from a beginner to an advanced level, allowing them to try more complicated patterns.