Some time ago, like maybe 3 years ago, I wrote about a trip I took to VK Live in LA. While I was there I took an all day class from Gayle Roehm
about learning to read Japanese Knitting Patterns. It was an amazing class and I cannot recommend Gayle enough as an instructor. Later, I took a couple more Japanese Knittting classes from her at Madrona.
Thanks to Gayle I made this.
Author: bluegirl - Date: 02 Mar 2014 14:54 - Tags: recreational knitting
Yarn: Classic Elite Ariosa (the one with the bit of Cashmere)
Modification: Knit Bobbles in, instead of crocheting them on after the fact
If you have not looked at a Japanese Knitting Pattern (JKP from here on out) before, then let me explain it to you in short hand. There is a schematic and a few symbols and some numbers and that's it. There is a system for writing these patterns that everyone uses and if you know it, then you can knit it. Knitting a JKP is like doing a puzzle and if you are not the single size that is given in the book, then you have more work to do to adjust the pattern to your size. In the sweater above, I was able to follow the stitch counts given, which was helpful my first time out!
I used a heavier yarn than called for and still knit to gauge, which makes this a little more dense and coat like. I love it though and I am looking forward to knitting another JKP soon.
...will be back soon with lots of Weaving pics. I have been busy learning to weave or as I like to say loom.
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Sometimes life throws you for a loop and you just have to take a break. So, I did.
Since my last post so many moons ago, I have started selling my patterns on Craftsy
! These are my top 5 best selling patterns.
I love this site and what they have to offer. I decided to take up Rigid Heddle "Looming" and took a class on Craftsy to get started. And yes, I am calling it looming, instead of weaving. I like the way it sounds.
I am hooked and will share some projects with you soon. It's a whole new outlet of creativity with yarn and I am intrigued by the techniques you can use to produce different fabrics. I am also really excited to make fabrics that I can then sew and turn into something else like maybe a skirt. The possibilities are endless and as with any new craft, it is overwhelming in the beginning, but also super exciting!
Author: bluegirl - Date: 25 Sep 2013 16:03 - Tags: bluegirl knits designs
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I can't believe it. The Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival is almost here- less than 2 weeks away now!
I have nothing but Brioche on the brain, as I will be teaching 2 classes at this year's event. For the next 2 weeks, I will be knitting brioche, brioche, brioche and then some more brioche. Good thing it is fun and I love it!
Go to the site and check out the event, which begins on April 19th.
Author: bluegirl - Date: 07 Apr 2013 18:57 - Tags: events
You can also check out the classes I will be teaching- Beginning Brioche
on Saturday morning & Brioche In Two Colors
on Sunday morning. The two classes can be taken together, so if you want to learn both the one color and the two color techniques, you can!
I hope to see you there.
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Author: bluegirl - Date: 16 Mar 2013 18:46 - Tags: bluegirl knits designs
I think it is obvious from the picture what inspired this hat! Thank you winter.
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As I said in my last post, this is long overdue! January and February were particularly busy months for my regular job, so I am just starting to feel like a normal person again.
I journeyed up to Seattle last October to attend the Nordic Knitting Conference
at the Nordic Heritage Museum
. What a cool place! I had some time to take in the exhibits and check out the gift shop, which was fun. They had a nice selection of knitting books and of course I had to go home with at least one. The 2012 Conference theme was mittens- Nordic mittens to be precise.
I was able to take 3 classes at the conference and will share a little about each.
The first class was Thumbs Up! with Susanna Hansson
and I hosted Susanna a few years ago here in The Gorge at our purlaway Bohus Stickning worksho
p. I knew that I would not be disappointed in any class that I could take from Susanna. She is an amazing instructor and always incredibly prepared for her classes.
Thumbs Up! was a great class, which covered the construction of 4 different mitten thumbs. Susanna covered all the bases and challenged all of us to think differently about thumb placement and how the anatomy of the hand really relates to this placement. This class left me inspired and wanting to go home to work out some new ideas.
The next class up was another class with Susanna called Lapland Hand Garments, The Mittens of Rovaniemi.
I had no idea what I was in for in this class and I ended up walking away learning a new colorwork technique. Here are some pics from the class. I apologize for the poor picture quality due to my phone camera, but I really wanted to share.
These are some sample mittens Susanna brought to show the class
Here are some more samples and I think a couple of these have some modified thumb placement as well.
Author: bluegirl - Date: 02 Mar 2013 15:06 - Tags: knitting related stuff
This is what I was working on in class. Of course I picked some blue to work on! I know this is a bad picture, but it shows you a little bit of the technique and tools we were using to make this cool colorwork. I am in love!
Here is my finished wristlet.
I have to confess that I have not sewn any of the ends in on the inside and that it has not been washed or blocked, but look how pretty it is. If you ever have an opportunity to take this class do it!!!
The last class I took was Traditional Norwegian Design with Anemor Sundbo
. We worked on designing our own Selbuvotter Mittens. We charted out a design and then worked it up in class. I decided to just make one little mitten and hang it from my Christmas Tree. Here is my mitten front and back.
Anemor brought many of her beautiful original samples with her, which we all were able to touch and investigate. It was really a treat and so was the entire conference. If you have a chance to make it to the next Nordic Knitting Conference you should absolutely go. I had a great time and as always learned a lot.
...Lots of knitting to share over the last few months,
...A new Design, and
...my trip to the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival
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