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Laura Ricketts

Rochester, IN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Laura Ricketts

Laura loves to play with color and design, and the knitting of the Sámi peoples in northern Scandinavia fits that bill while exciting her historically and culturally. She knits, crochets, spins, and quilts. Lately, she has lectured and taught at Finnfest, Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum, ASI, and the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle. In between writing articles and patterns, she chases her three school-age kids, shuttles them about town, and tries to attend all their events.

Current Courses Offered by Laura Ricketts

1 day
Teaser image for Sami Knitting Traditions: Skolt Mittens

Sami Knitting Traditions: Skolt Mittens

What type of knitting is associated with the Sámi? The majority of traditional Sámi clothing is made of reindeer skin or wool felt. Very little is knit, except for mittens. This session will explore the knitting motifs of the Skolt Sámi, whose traditional homeland lies at the junction of Norway,…
Sun, Nov 22nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
0.5 Days
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Twined Knitting Intro: Let's Get Twisted

Dive into the special Swedish knitting technique of tvåändstickning, also called twined knitting or two-ended knitting. With this technique, the knitter works with two strands of yarn at the same time, traditionally from both ends of the same ball of yarn, twisting them between every stitch. While this type of…
Fri, Nov 20th, 2020
9am-noon
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
0.5 Days
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Twined Knitting, Advanced: Squared Off

Twined knitting, also known as the Swedish specialty knitting technique tvåändstickning, produces a lovely, dense, flexible cloth.We’ll begin with a brief overview of twined knit, twined purl, chain path, and other color work tips. Then, this class will focus on experimenting with two of twined knitting’s specialty stitches–crook stitch and…
Fri, Nov 20th, 2020
1pm-4pm
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
1 Day
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Winter Winds Hat

The Winter Winds Hat is a clever little sampler that allows an individual to experiment with what could be an intimidating technique in an unintimidating format: tvåändstickning, also called twined knitting or two-ended knitting. With this Swedish technique the knitter works with two strands of yarn at the same time,…
Sat, Nov 21st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Laura Ricketts

Past Courses Offered by Laura Ricketts

Advanced Sámi Knitting Techniques

Casting On: Skills for Knitters (Online Course)

Karesuando Mittens: Swedish Sámi Mittens from the Far North

Quilting the North Woods: A Seasonal Block of the Month Quilt

Sámi Knitting Techniques

Sámi Knitting Traditions- Skolt Sámi Sampler

Sami Knitting Traditions: Kautokeino Child's Mittens

Skolt Sami Inspired Hat

The Red and the Black: Swedish Sami Mittens by Skaite-Maria

Two-Thumbed Arctic Fisherman’s Mittens