Everyone in the Pool!

Faux Ikat ScarfSometimes you see a beautiful skein of hand-dyed sock yarn that you just have to have, and it knits up looking like rainbow pony barfed on it.  The colors pool into blobs instead of blending nicely in the sock.  But in weaving, having the colors pool in a scarf creates an effect similar to that of a warp dyed for ikat without all the mess of dying it yourself.  With a rigid heddle loom like the Cricket looms I teach with, you can direct warp that skein of yarn in less then an hour and have a scarf with a few hours of weaving.  I made this colorful scarf with a 50 gram skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn and some red 8/2 tencel (laceweight).  It’s just plain weave, but far from a plain scarf.

I made this as part of the Rigid Heddle Study Group that I lead at The Weaver’s Guild of Greater Cincinnati.  Next month we are going to continue our study of hand-dyed knitting yarns and help each other with this technique.  This scarf itself is destined for our guild sale on November 8, 9 and 10 as a donation to the sale from the Rigid Heddle Study Group.  If you are interested in weaving, starting with a rigid heddle loom is a good way to begin.  You can get started with small amounts of  knitting yarns, a relatively small investment in a little loom that is portable and a minimal amount of equipment.  Although they are simple looms, you can create quite complex looking textiles that anyone would be happy to have.  If you are interested in learning to weave, check out my classes at Silk Road Textiles or look for some to be posted on the WGGC website that will begin after the first of the year. If you want this scarf, go to the guild sale, hire me to teach you how to weave it, or I can take a commission if the price is right.

Weaving for Knitters

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I had a great class this morning at Silk Road Textiles teaching Rigid Heddle Weaving.  It is another terrific way to use luscious knitting yarns and you can quickly make a scarf or other item.    Here are two students threading the heddles on the Cricket loom you get to use as part of the class fee.  They will take the looms home overnight to weave some more, and come back tomorrow to take the scarf of the loom and learn about finishing.  It’s a great way to get a taste of weaving and using a Rigid Heddle loom before buying one.

March Classes

simple hatI have two classes beginning this week at Silk Road Textiles.  I am teaching a simple hat class beginning on Friday from 12-2 and a Sweater Knitting Workshop beginning on Sunday from 1-3.  Both classes will work for newish knitters and teach knitting in the round.   You must be comfortable both  knitting and purling for either one, but that is the only requirement.  The hat requires a 16 inch circular needle and a set of double pointed needles, both in size 8, and worsted weight yarn.  You have a couple choices for top down sweater patterns available at the shop and the yarn and needles required will depend on which pattern you choose.  I will be available 45 minutes prior to class time for the sweater to help choose the pattern, yarn and needles.  Call the shop at 513-541-3700 to register.

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Little Moe

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I knit a baby hat for a friend’s newborn. I used the school colors since our kids are in high school band together. It is a small version of the hat I teach in one of my classes. I really like knitting baby items. I didn’t knit when my kids were babies; so I don’t really have any keepsakes I knit for them from their baby years.

New Class Coming Soon!

Neck Down V-Neck Pullover

I have a new class starting in March at Silk Road Textiles on knitting neck down sweaters.  You will  have your choice of a variety of neck down or top down raglan sweater patterns from Knitting Pure and Simple for men, women or children.  Top down raglan sweaters are knit in one piece and require very little finishing. I will teach you about increases and you can choose the type you like best for your sweater. The fit can be customized as you knit as well.  The class will be offered as  knit-along for you to knit at your own pace and I will be there to guide you.  We have three sessions scheduled beginning Sunday, March 10, no class on Easter and we will get back together on April 7 to finish up.   So in five weeks, you should have a sweater!  If you need advice on choosing a pattern please email me.  Silk Road has some wonderful yarns to choose from as well, in fine wools, wool-blends and acrylics.  This class is designed as advanced beginner and you must already be comfortable, knitting, purling, casting on and binding off.  (If you take the beginning class now, the hat class in February and keep knitting in between, you can be ready for this class in March!)

Knitting the night away

I am going to Sip n Sitch tonight at Silk Road Textiles.  I’ll be working on a mobius cowl, hope to get it cast on before I go and perhaps finish while I am there.  Then it can be left for display.  I had to rip it out, not quite enough yarn to bind off 260 stitches and it gave out 1/3 of the way through on the 11th round.  I had just tinked the bind off and 1/2 a round and starte to rebind off but was still going to come up a little short.  I may restart with less stitches or add a couple of more and only go 8 rounds instead of trying to go 12.

 

 

Sampling

Alpaca Bamboo Yarn

Alpaca Bamboo Yarn-so squishy!

I am knitting up a sample möbius cowl for a class I am going to teach at Silk Road Textiles. The yarn, Araucania’s Alpaca Bamboo, is lovely and soooo soft.  They have a lot of it at Silk Road Textiles where I am going to be teaching the class to make one on October 19th.  You only need basic knitting skills(no purling required) to make one, and it only takes 50-100 grams of yarn, depending on the size you choose to make.  A long circular needle is used to knit it.