Thursday, September 29, 2011

Knit Photography

Gale Zucker and Joan Tapper have a new book out called Craft Activism.  Their book is about promoting a more meaningful DIY lifestyle, featuring some inspiring crafters and projects.  I had the pleasure of a class taught by Gale at Fiber College, and while I was there I got a sneak peek at her book.  It's super.

Photos are of me at Fiber College, modeling my 'Sue' sweater, courtesy of my girlfriend Suzanne (puppylove on Ravelry).  Gale taught us about light and shadows, depth of field, and tons more.  As you can see, Suzanne was a quick learner.

My pal Elizabeth over at Dark Matter Knits has some other great photography resources as well.  I'm coming to the conclusion that there are some spectacular photographers out there - I think I would like to just have them shoot my work.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Barbara Walker's Double Increase #2

Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top is a fantastic resource that I highly recommend.  On page 20 she outlines ten ways to make double increases, my favorite being #2.  It is a symmetrical stitch, making one stitch into three with a small eyelet at its base.  She describes it as (k1, yo, k1) in the seam stitch.  I call it a sdinc in my patterns, or symmetrical double increase.

Here is a series of photos showing how it is done, as if one were knitting Round 31 of my Eileen Mary sweater. It all happens between the markers.  Click on any photo to see larger, and do admire my dyer's manicure.

 1. insert right needle in next stitch as if to knit,
wrap yarn as usual
and bring loop to front, but do not slip new stitch off of left needle. (k1)

 2. bring yarn from right to left between needle tips,
bring loop to back as if purling,
but do not slip new stitch off of left needle. (yo)

 3. wrap yarn back around as if to knit
and bring loop to front (k1),
and slip the whole three stitch cluster off the left needle.

Completed sdinc

Rounds 31-36

Here is the final product.  If this technique were used without all the other decorative stitches, the result would be a series of stacked small eyelets, a "handsome increase" in Barbara Walker's words, indeed.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fiber College 2011

 I'm home from Fiber College with lots to share, more than I can fit in one post.

I made this little cut out at my campsite at Fiber College.  I drove the 175 miles to Searsport in my family's 37 foot motorhome all by myself.  I'm pretty keen on myself right now.

This is where I was sitting while I made this little cut out at my campsite at Fiber College.  Yep. 

This is the class I taught at Fiber College.  We were working with our tricked out ball winders, winding yarn from recycled sweaters.
I have added a small cup hook to the top of each winder so that it can be used like a drop spindle.  Unthread the yarn from the eye, loop it onto the cup hook, hold two or more yarns at arm's length and crank the handle until the resulting plied yarn has the desired amount of twist.  Remove the loop from the cup hook, rethread it through the eye and wind it onto the ball winder in the usual fashion.  Repeat, many times. Many thanks to Knit Picks for donating two ball winders to our class.  Your generosity is kindly appreciated.

When I pulled into Searsport Shores Ocean Campground on Wednesday afternoon, Astrig and Steve were out on the porch waving and beaming.  And it just got better from there.  More to come ...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Surface Design

Fiber College is coming up quick, September 8 - 11!  If you have not taken a look, I think you should.  And if it does not fit in your schedule this year, please consider making time next year.

I am taking  Beth Berman's silkscreening class.  Surface design has been percolating in my head, including all the places that surface design can be used - clothing, furniture, freestanding art pieces, knitwear ...

Below are some examples of freeform machine embroidery I did a while back.  This is what we call "the asylum", a bedroom in our house up north.

beds from ikea

lamps from Brimfield

Hope to see you at Fiber College!