Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Thursday, 25 August 2016
So When we learned the shadow knitting technique - it seemed interesting to try combining it with mitred squares that turned different directions and had different sized triangles inside.
I've added a few pictures below.
This is what I had before. From straight on it looked like this:
I added more squares and stopped using symmetircal patterns:
Friday, 19 August 2016
I have been so busy with work that the garden has been neglected. As I watch the birds though I can see the seasons changing. Remember that scarlet tanager visiting the feeder?
Monday, 8 August 2016
Saturday morning we had a class on Increases and Decreases with Judith Durant.
I had mixed feeling about this class. Judith was a good teacher and clearly knew quite a bit about the subject. She has written a book about 99 ways to increase and decrease.
This is the project we worked on in class. Unfortunately neither mine nor my sister's looked like that.
Ours looked like little pig faces - I think there needed to be a few more transition rows.
I ironed my pig nose only to discover it isn't even centered in my piece.
It wasn't always clear to me where we were supposed to start our increases and decreases on the hand outs (obviously) and I felt like there wasn't much more to the class besides the hand outs, unless we thought of questions we wanted to ask. This was the case with several of the courses we took this time around.
Kennita Tully's Short Rows class also felt that way and I think it would have helped if she had demo'ed the techniques before we did them. I liked that we had a swatch project for the class - a little vest that would fit a small Teddy bear.
We didn't have much time to practice, because Ms. Chin had so many examples and stories to tell, so I won't bother with my 4 row swatch, but my advice to others is to take any course they have opportunity to do so with Ms. Chin and they will not be sorry (uness they are easily offended and then these people might as well take a class from a handout or just read a book.) My sister and I left the class completely blown away and inspired.
After class we went to the market where I did some real damage and listened to Rick Mondragon read the names of the door prize winners. Once again it was not us!
So traditionally I put a picture of my purchases up at the end of my Stitches blogs - so here is the damage:
So, it was time for our annual pilgrimmage to Chicago for Stitches Midwest. It was a bit disappointing this year. There were fewer vendors (probably because it converged timewise with Convergence in Milwaukee and many of the vendors were there.) It also seemed like there were fewer classes and they overloaded them with more people than usual.
Our first class (Thursday afternoon) was Shadow Knitting with Franklin Habit. I wondered what on earth we could do for three hours with such a simple technique, but Mr. Habit did a good job of not only talking a bit about the technique and history, but also suggesting some creative applications.
Even with the smaller market size I was able to find lots to buy. (More on that later)
Our Friday morning class was "Making a Masterpiece of your Leftover Yarns" with Gwen Bortner. I always enjoy Gwen's classes.
Here is another example:
With my long lens I did not get good pictures, but we each brought a bunch of leftover yarn and then swapped with each other to make our "magic ball". The more random the lengths of yarn the better, it turns out! Here we are looking for good yarns for our magic balls.
That evening we went to hear Steven B. talk about unlocking our color future. It was a cute presentation. Sort of your knitting aura - not sure where he got the descriptions, but I think he should have credited the source. Steven B. is an exuberant, fun person with a marvelous sense of creativity and he runs a yarn shop right here in Minnesota.
This is his Willie Nelson vest.
I think the picture above captures a bit of Steven B.'s personality.
Oh, and I couldn't figure out my color - I seemed ot be all of them (just like Horoscopes, huh?) I guess red and yellow were my best matches. I WAS wearing yellow at the time.
After all this excitement, my sister and I were quite exhausted and of course there was more to come in the next two days!
Thursday, 28 July 2016
Here are a few more shots of the pigs.