Here’s a quick-and-dirty little tutorial post for a bag I sewed up last night. It’s not a knitting post, and I can’t even begin to call myself a sewing expert, but I’m quite pleased with how the pouch turned out so I thought I’d share!
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I am super thrilled to welcome the lovely Kate Atherley, also known as WiseHilda, to my blog. Kate is the tech editing genius behind Knitty (she’s the Lead Technical Editor), the author of two very excellent knitting books, and one of the best knitting teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from. Also, she has a sweet rescue hound, which earns her bonus points in my book!
That last post on colour theory was a long one, but believe it or not, I still have more to say. But if the last post was a planned-out chapter, this post is more like a notebook full of sticky notes and scribbles. There’s just so much out there, and so many things I wanted to say or point you to, that didn’t fit into that original post!
Last year, Ruth from Rock+Purl very kindly gave me the opportunity to talk about colour on her blog. I told the story of developing cataracts, losing access to the world of colour, and then finally having the eye surgery and re-gaining that whole magical world. Recently, she invited me back to talk about colour again, but this time I wanted to help YOU unlock some of the magic.
I am reposting my entry here in all its glory… This all stemmed from a talk I did with Johanna Botari at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild last autumn, and I owe thanks to Johanna for giving the talk with me, and to Angela Blackstone, the Guild’s programming coordinator, for asking us to speak! This isn’t a straight copy of that talk by any means, or even of my portion of the talk, but it’s a chance to share some of the cool resources I found while preparing for it. Continue reading
I don’t know exactly what she has planned, but it promises to be good stuff. After all, she taught in Japan for about five years in all, so she has both the language skills AND the craft skills to rock this.
I’m willing to bet that knitters know at least a little bit of Japanese — more than we think, anyway. For example, that fab colour-shifting Noro Kureyon? “Ku-rey-on.” Crayon. (It truly is just a syllabic spelling of the English word.)
Anyway, hop on over and have a look at what else “Ji-ri-an” (Gillian) has to teach us!
Here is my contribution to Day Five of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, organized by the adorable Eskimimi. Today’s theme is Something a Bit Different…
In the process of making the various mitered square blankets that I’ve done — including Gina’s blanket mentioned here, and Gillian’s blanket here — I’ve had a lot of people ask me about how I’m seaming them. I decided to do a tutorial, which is only sort of new for me, but if you keep reading, you’ll find there’s a surprise near the end!
The Chawton Mittens are, I hope, utterly Austen. But they really don’t have to be. Cameos are really trendy these days, whether they feature classic Grecian goddesses or something a little more quirky. There is absolutely nothing saying that you have to knit the Chawton Mittens as designed; you could easily use them as a framework to show off your own allegiances.
There is one potentially tricky section of the Chawton Mittens: the cameos. Traditional fair-isle patterns avoid long stretches of one colour, specifically because it’s hard to maintain tension when you have long floats of the unused colour strung along behind the work. (Also, those long strands are easily snagged on fingertips, rings, etc.) But with the Chawton Mittens, the cameos are the main design feature, and the whole definition of a silhouette is that it’s just an outline. I had to unvent a technique for dealing with the resulting long strands.
I had lunch with Glenna (Knitting to Stay Sane) not too long ago, and talk turned to design work. (We were both working on Super Seekrit Projects which cannot be discussed at present, except to say that we were both wrangling charts.)
I do all my charting in Excel, personally. Mostly this is sheer laziness, since it’s the software I know best from my day job, and I can’t be bothered to purchase or learn another program! Anyway, I had some tips and tricks to share with Glenna, and I promised I’d make her a proper tutorial. I’m hardly an expert (at Excel OR at designing) but maybe this will prompt some others to share their tips and tricks too. Here goes!
❖ Updated at 5:10 PM, June 6, 2011, with the image I had forgotten to save…