I’ve been very quiet, but it’s because I’ve been working on a few various projects and have been nursing the tail end of a cold. So here’s what I’ve been doing, for you lovely, patient folks!
MN Knitters Guild
Last night I gave a short talk at the Minnesota Knitters Guild about Standardization And Fashion History – or “Why I want to dress you like an Minoan” It went really well, it was very enjoyable (well, for me at least!) and folks laughed!
I had a chance to see friends I hadn’t seen in a while, and folks who had fallen off of my radar. THANK YOU MN KNITTING GUILD for hosting me!
As part of my talk I discussed where I am with History on Two Needles and played a short movie that I’d made to show some of my research and back-work. Here it is, for your eddification:
My projects thus far, some of the pitfalls, and some of the triumphs. No words, just images and music.
I wanted to participate in Shannon Okey’sNaKniSweMo, so this year the planets were finally in alignment and I had a nice-sized project to jump in with.
I’ve just finished this lovely poncho for Imperial Ranch Yarns, I was inspired by their very colorful yarns and wanted to make a BIG piece of fabric. Two, actually.
So I put them together in the time honored 2 Rectangle Poncho and added a bit of fringe. I hope you like the colors – they’re pretty out there. I like to think of this as my “Mondo Period”
The cable rectangle references the vertical strips in the plaid, with the yellow carried up into the cable. I think this creates a through-line that makes the disparate sections make sense. Between the cables are tiny eyelets creating a vine lace pattern that mirrors the cable movement.
Plaid Detail & Fringe!
The plaid is one of my favorites, a slip-stitch technique that I teach in my colorwork classes. It’s not difficult, but it is complex.
Complex and difficult are two different things. Complex can be broken down into a set of simple actions, and that’s exactly what this technique is.
I won’t say it’s easy, but I will say that even a very new knitter can get it by following the simple steps.
I’m currently working this plaid technique up as part of an online colorwork class, and if all goes well I hope to have it ready to go live by December, or January at the latest. I also hope to have a millinery (hat making) workshop ready to go at that point, too!
The Universal Mitered Bag
Until that time, my current Big 4 Class Roundup [Combination Knitting, Lace Bootcamp, Twisted Float Shrug, Universal Mitered Handbag] are up and running in my NEW classroom space – www.knittingheretic.com – and it’s going beautifully!