Ask an Expert! Seminars with Ann Budd
Three socks with different heels
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Ask an Expert! Seminars with Ann Budd

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Ask an Expert! is a series of one-hour topics delivered in a seminar format. Ann will present on the topic/subject and may use a variety of visual aids, including photos, demonstration, and video. Time will be given for a questions during/at the end of the seminar. If a "work along" option is included, instructions will be provided but there is no requirement to have it completed: learning by watching (and practising later) is also encouraged.

Seminar Topics

Happy Heels: Thursday, January 7 at 5:00 pm MST

In this one-hour online workshop, Ann will demonstrate three popular types of sock heels—the round heel, the short-row heel, and the afterthought heel. While the round heel is most easily fitted when worked from the top down, both the short-row and afterthought heels can be worked equally well from the top down or from the toe up, and both are great for adding spots of contrasting colors. All three types are interchangeable.

A handout of the three techniques will be provided.

If you’d like to practice the techniques demonstrated, you’ll need worsted-weight yarn, size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles (you may substitute another method for working small circumferences in the round but the techniques will be demonstrated using double-pointed needles), and three homework swatches. (Homework/Pre-work instructions are provided as a digital download with your registration.)

Tips for Finishing Finesse: Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 pm MST

Through more than 45 years of knitting, which included editing and writing knitting books, Ann Budd has a number of tips and tricks to ensure her knitted projects have a professional look. In this class Ann will share some of her favorites for casting on, binding off, joining a new ball of yarn, counting rows, picking up stitches along necklines and heel flaps, and weaving in ends. Do you have a particular finishing question that you'd like addressed? Please send them (photos, too, if you like) to

Skill Level

You don't need to have any particular skill level to attend the seminars. Beginners will benefit from watching the demonstrations and see "how it's done" before having to tackle the topic for the first time. Experienced knitters will find options that are also new or may have specific questions that get answered. We all benefit from the depth of knowledge and the experience that Ann brings to the seminar! 

Ann Budd

Ann Budd is a teacher, writer, designer, and founder of Knit For Fun Retreats. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting SocksSock Knitting Master ClassNew Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of books in Interweave’s Style series. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops across North America and beyond. Learn more at

Read these helpful tips before you register:

  • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can register online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone. 
  • Time Zones: the class times listed are Mountain Standard Time (MST). 
  • As this is an online class, you will need to have Zoom downloaded on a computer, tablet or mobile device. If using a computer, make sure you also have a webcam and microphone built in or attached.
  • The class session(s) will be recorded and copies of all/segments of the class will be available for you to review for a limited time after the class session(s).
  • Refunds? If you cancel 14 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will transfer your registration fee to a RCY gift card at no charge or offer a refund less a 10% cancellation fee. The cost of any materials provided to you will be subtracted from any refunds/transfers.
  • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 14 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

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