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Fairisle February 2015, Week 2

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This week, members of the fairisle course had their first chance to STEEK!  Yes, we did.  We cut through our knitting.  And, we did it with impunity!  Hahah! (snip, snip, snip!) Here are some photos from class... I love their color choices!  Check out those beautiful palettes! I was able to make some fairisle swatches using the knitting machine, and I am fairly certain it's what helped many overcome their fear of cutting through their knitting.  Amanda might recognize this yarn if she looks closely... thanks, Amanda! Lots of students even decided to go the traditional route instead of doing...

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Fairisle February!

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Can't believe it's already started, and it's already February.  Yesterday I taught Day 1 of my fairisle course.  I taught (in German!) the the fundamentals of fairisle knitting.  I was so excited!  They got the basics yesterday: -how to hold the yarn when knitting two colors -planning colors -working with colorwork charts Our table was so messy by the time class was done.  Sadly, I somehow deleted the images from my phone!  GRR!  Oh well.  In the meantime, here's my little guy modeling the sample sweater-vest I made for the course... Next week I'll back up any photos I take...

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WIP: Prepping for Fairisle February!

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This past month, I've been working on a fairisle pattern and accompanying hand-out for a class I'm teaching on traditional fairisle techniques.  I've taught the class twice before, but I was taking over someone else's class after they were too sick to teach.  The orginal instructor had chosen a very thin yarn to do the colorwork, but now that I'm teaching it again I asked to switch to a thicker yarn.  Here is where Rowan Fine Tweed steps in.  It's pre-felted, slubby, thick/thin colorful yarn, and best of all, it's tweedy!!  I love tweedy yarns. I'm getting back into the knitted...

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A Change of Pace

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I'm writing from Texas today.  We're on the second leg of a pretty long tour of the U.S. while we introduce our baby boy to the extended family.  This long trip is forcing me to explore other facets of my work, and I think it's to my benefit.  Since my sewing and knitting machines stayed in Germany, I've focused more on knitting, illustration, and fonts... In the knitting world, I'm working on a fairisle design for babies.  Here's my swatch: If you're in Munich in February, I'll be teaching a class on fairisle knitting at the local yarn shop (contact...

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Another FO: Red Rosita Mittens

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Finally, I finished this long unfinished object!  This red version of the Rosita Mittens, a knitting design pattern originally published in Knitscene Accessories 2013, was a prototype. I had finished the first mitten in red and white to conserve the yarn that was for the planned colors.  You can see in the magazine photo below that the green and white yarn was planned for the final design. A bit about knitwear design... When you receive yarn for a project, you don't know how many prototypes it will take to get the design right, so you conserve yarn as best you...

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