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“Wow, just opened the fermented veggies that we made with Ilah Jarvis and they kick some serious ass! Must get more starter and make more!!” -Janine Anderson

“Ilah is friendly and knowledgeable .  Her relaxed, mellow attitude towards measurements and instruction made me feel comfortable about trying the recipes on my own.  My first batch that I created in my kitchen turned out beautifully and it was great fun to do.”-Annie Kenny

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Want answers to your burning knit, crochet, watercolor or cooking questions? Schedule a private class with Ilah. We can meet in my Berkeley office or a location of your choice. 1 hour = $40. ilah@eatbetterfeelbetter.com

 

Classes in Berkeley, Danville and Albany

 
IMG_0849Easy Knit Sweater Tuesdays February 21-March 7, 10:30am-12:30pm  (3 sessions)  at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res.
In this class, we will make baby-sized, top down, seamless raglan cardigans with tips on how to create a flattering shape. Students must know how to knit and purl. Bring at least 300 yards of worsted weight yarn, 16″ circular size 8 knitting needles and a set of size 8 double pointed knitting needles.
 
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.05.03 PMDelicious Vegetables Wednesday February 22, 6:30-8pm (1 session) Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others. $7 material fee paid to the instructor.
Don’t drown your broccoli in ranch dressing! Learn how herbs and spices can turn greens into delicious sautés and salads. We will also use leafy herbs to make your green smoothies extra yummy, not bitter.
 
IMG_2469Knit Fair Isle Hat Fridays February 24-March 10, 10:30am-12:30pm (3 sessions)10:30am-12:30pm  at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res.
Make adorable repeating patterns in contrasting colors. Student must know how to knit and purl. Students should bring at least two colors of worsted weight yarn, 16″ circular size 8 knitting needles and a set of size 8 double pointed knitting needles.
 
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.11.53 PMCultured Sauerkraut Wednesday March 8  6:30-8pm(1 session) Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others. $7 material fee paid to the instructor.
Cultured sauerkraut is deliciously rich in probiotics or “good bacteria” but a 16 oz. jar can cost as much as $10. In this class, you can learn how to make a gallon for as little as $2 with a variety of vegetable and spice variations. Tips for making low-sodium kraut are included in this class.
 
smallafganKnit Crochet Workshop Tuesday March 14 10:30am-12:30pm(1 session)  at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res.

Want help with your current project? Need a refresher on a crochet or knitting technique? Get support from a teacher and share tips with fellow crafters. Students should bring their own materials. This class is open to all levels.

 
landpic Watercolor Landscapes
Fridays March 17- April 21, 6:30-8:30pm(6 sessions) at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $115 for Albany Residents
Learn how to apply layered washes, basic drawing and perspective to create simple and beautiful landscapes paintings. Students should have taken Watercolor (Beginning) or an equivalent class. Drawing skills are not required and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration. 
 
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.13.45 PMTortillas and Tamales Wednesday March 22, 6:30-8pm (1 session) at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.
Tamales are traditional holiday dish in Latin America. We will use masa to make tamales filled with a choice of beans, cheese or pork. Then we will make tortillas and guacamole as we wait for the tamales to steam. Both tamales and tortillas are easy to make and delicious. $9 materials fee paid to the instructor.
 
screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-4-55-55-pmColorwork for Beginners
Wednesday March 29, 6:30 pm (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. Berkeley  (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
 
Make exciting color combinations with easy techniques like jogless stripes, slipped stitches and welted striped. We will also look at how to knit on the bias for flattering diagonal patterns. Bring at least two colors of worsted weight yarn and size 8 knitting needles.
 
IMG_2596Easy Knit Sweater
Saturday March 25-April 8, 10:30 am (3 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. Berkeley  (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $75.
In this class we will make baby-sized, top down, seamless raglan cardigans with tips on how to create a flattering shape for an adult version. Students must know how to knit and purl. Bring at least 300 yards of worsted weight yarn, 16″ circular size 8 knitting needles and a set of size 8 double pointed knitting needles. 
 
MedTurbanSquashBeginning Watercolor Wednesdays May 3- June 7, 6:30-8:30pm (6 sessions) Albany Community Center Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $115 /res
Discover how easy and beautiful watercolor can be. We will make delicate gradations, hard edges and surprising patterns with paint. Then we mix colors and create the illusion of shadow and light to create wonderful still life and landscape paintings. Drawing skills are not required for this class, and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration.

 

 
MedKnittingHandsContinental Knitting
Saturday, May 6 1o:30 am (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. Berkeley  (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $25.
 
Speed up your knitting pace by holding the yarn continuously close to your work instead of dropping it between stitches. This is an important technique for finishing big projects quickly, and is also handy if you knit fair isle and want to hold a yarn in each hand.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Beginning Knitting  10:30 am-12:30pm(3 sessions) at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res
Cast on, knit purl and bind off to make adorable scarves, hates and blankets. We will demystify gauge, tools and patterns so your projects will fit well and look beautiful. Students should bring at least one ball of worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 8 or 9 knitting needles. 

MedTurbanSquashBeginning Watercolor (3 sessions) Danville Senior Center, Veterans Memorial Building 115 E. Prospect Avenue Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3430 Enrollment is$68/res
Discover how easy and beautiful watercolor can be. We will make delicate gradations, hard edges and surprising patterns with paint. Then we mix colors and create the illusion of shadow and light to create wonderful still life and landscape paintings. Drawing skills are not required for this class, and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration. 
 
 
screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-4-55-55-pmCreative Stash Busting
(1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. Berkeley  (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
Learn color theory and different knit and crochet techniques to turn your stash into beautiful, wearable projects.  Examples of  hats, skirts, sweaters and blankets made from exclusively from stash yarn will provide inspiration. 
 
screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-4-55-09-pmIntarsia Scarf
 (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
Learn how to knit a variety of shapes on a contrasting background. We will practice reading charts and then embroider details using duplicate stitch and discuss how to design your own images.
Materials: bring two more contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn and size 8 knitting needles.

Continental Knitting , 6:30-8:30pm (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is sliding scale.
Want to switch from English style to Continental? Then come learn with us!
No prior experience with knitting is required to join in our two-hour basic class. You’ll learn the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. You can either bring yarn and needles from home – we recommend a light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 6-8 straight or circular needles.
 
img_2345Watercolor Workshop 6:30-8:30pm(3 sessions) Danville Senior Center, Veterans Memorial Building 115 E. Prospect Avenue Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3430 Enrollment is$68/res
Apply techniques from beginning watercolor to any subject you with to paint with assistance from an instructor. Pre-requisite: Beginning watercolor or an equivalent class.
 
 
screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-6-43-15-pmFair Isle for Intermediate Knitters  1-3 pm(1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
You too can decorate hats and fingerless gloves with adorable repeating patterns in contrasting colors! We will learn how to juggle two colors at once with smooth, even results. Students should know how to knit in the round with either cable or double pointed needles and 1×1 ribbing. 
 
MitersquareBlanketColor Workshop
 (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
Need a refresher on fair isle? Have a problem with an intarsia pattern? Get help from a teacher with your current knitting project and see what others are working on. 

 

Beginning watercolor

(6 sessions) at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $115 for Albany Residents
Discover how easy and beautiful watercolor can be. We will make delicate gradations, hard edges and surprising patterns with paint. Then we mix colors and create the illusion of shadow and light to create wonderful still life and landscape paintings. Drawing skills are not required for this class, and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration.