March 2019: Fairisle with Tanis Gray

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For our March program we had a fairisle workshop with local knitwear designer/author/teacher Tanis Gray.   Here’s a video on Knitting Daily,  with tips on fairisle knitting.

Tanis offered the three patterns below,

Chickaloon Cowl

Queen for a day Cowl

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and brought many examples of beautiful fairisle patterns for cowls.

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We worked on fairisle swatches and Tanis demonstrated several techniques for stranding with two colors of yarn.

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February 2019: Pico Vela Designs

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Our program for the month was a presentation by Nicole Alfieri, the designer for boutique knitwear, Pico Vela. Nicole brought many of her knitwear designs to show us. Using a knitting loom/machine, she creates simple knits with not much shaping. Often she creates articles of knitwear for the individual to wear in multiple ways. A shrug can be easily converted into a shawl and some more drapery pieces can be worn directly, or cinched up with a pin or brooch to give a totally different look. There were plain knit designs using seaming as a design element and designs where she added embellishments and shibori. Nicole likes to experiment with yarn and uses yarn from the USA and from Italy. Her designs use bamboo, linen and cotton yarn where the blends are created by using individual strands of each type of yarn. There were a few people in our group familiar with loom knitting and had looms of their own. We hope that the presentation will encourage loom owners to dust off their looms and try creating some knitwear of their own!

Here is Nicole, and some of our members modeling her fashions.

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Our show and share included these interesting projects:

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Roland 

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Butterfly Shawl

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Summer in Tokyo pullover

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Stephen West Lost and Found Jacket

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January 2019: Brioche Stitch with Ann Weaver

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Ann Weaver is a knitwear designer, author and teacher in Baltimore, Md.  Our workshop was an introduction to brioche stitch, where we had a chance to try single color brioche and two color brioche.  Here are some photos from the workshop.

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And the handouts from the Brioche Stitch workshop.

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Highlights from out Show and Share:

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Deb’s Scarf, A Walk in the Woods

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A beautiful rendition of ZickZack scarf

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October 2018: Sequence Knitting

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Our program this month was Sequence Knitting with Reah Janice Kauffman, a local designer and knitwear teacher.

Reah brought many samples of types of sequence knitting so we could visualize examples of the Row method, the Serpentine method and the Spiral method. She clarified the symbols and terms associated with sequence knitting. There is no “right side” or “wrong side” of fabric, instead, there is a “frontside” and “backside”. As for the symbols, an open square on odd numbered rows are knit, and in an even row, a purl. A filled square on odd numbered rows are purls and a knit on an even side row. Odd number rows are read right to left. Even number rows are read left to right.

During the class we were able to try two different swatches using the row technique and one swatch with the serpentine technique. Everyone seemed to enjoy the class with sequence knitting’s simplicity, yet somewhat a brain challenge. Once you get the sequence and pattern down, you can enjoy some simple social knitting.

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Here are some photos from our Show and Share:

Kathryn’s Apple Blanket

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Anita’s Shawl and Pumpkin Hats

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Jessica’s Norwegian Fair Isle MittensJessica

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Margery’s seamless cardi

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Brunch 2018

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These are patterns shared at the CKG Brunch August, 2018

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  1. Multnomah Shawl by Kate Ray – Ravelry
  2. Manic Panic Cowl by Sara Core – Ravelry
  3. Mini Mania Scarf by Sara Core – Ravelry

 

Mila V.

  1. Saroyan, sideways shawl by Liz Abinante – Ravelry

 

Joan F.

  1. Baby Girl Chevron Blanket – Red Heart –  Red Heart website

 

Lois G.

  1. EZ 100th Anniversary Camping Half Circle shawl by Mwah Knit – Ravelry
  2. ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm – Ravelry
  3. Foreign Correspondeny’s Scarf by Lexy Lu – Ravelry
  4. Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood – Ravelry

 

Janet L.

  1. Evolution Shawl – Skacel Collection – google “Evolution Skacel”

 

Anita K.

  1. Feather and Fan – Lion Brand Website search for L50254

 

Dana N.

  1. Slipstitch Cowl by Valerie Zumwalt – Ravelry and Knit Noro

 

Martha O.

  1. Soft Lace Shawl by Chery Beckerich – Ravelry and Cascade Yarn website

Linda P.

  1. Ashling Shawl by Veera Valimaki – Ravelry and Rain Knitwear Designs

 

Pam P.

  1. Bluebird of Happiness by Linda Dawkins – Ravelry and Natural Suburbia Blogspot
  2. Manaan Cowl by Pam Allen – Ravelry will provide link for purchase $6

 

Anita S.

  1. Milk Run Shawl by Cat Wong – Ravelry and Nutwood Design Studio
  2. Summer Flies Shawl by Donna Griffin – Ravelry (previously free, now $6)

 

Anne S.

  1. Alpacas Lace Purple Gradient Shawl – Cascade Yarn FW248 – Cascade Yarn website

 

Sara W.

  1.  Honest Sheep Project by Marja de Haan-Trollenwol

Jessie W.

  1. “F729” Gina and Galway Worsted Brioche Cable Cowl (2 color Brioche) – Plymouth Yarn Website
  2. Virus Shawl (Crochet) by Julia Marquardt – Ravelry will link you to the pattern
  3. Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder – Ravelry and Dreams i Fiber Website
  4. Maine Morning Mitts by Clara Parkes – Ravelry and The Knitter’s Book of Yarn

And some photos from the restaurant and Woolwinders yarn shop.

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Knitted Sculpture in the Berkshires

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Colorful Stitches in Lenox, Ma. has a window display to knock your handknitted socks off!  Owner Bonnie Burton has created this feast of knitted food.

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sausage and eggs

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The designs for knitted food come from a variety of sources.  To quote Bonnie,

” I was initially inspired by Knitted Fast Food by Susie Johns, which I thought was just hysterical. I had no idea how many knitters and artists had already knit down this road before me, but there are many accomplished food knitters and designers and lots of online free patterns as well as books. For example,

Also, there are lots of free patterns at Knitting Central and I was inspired by mushroom and strawberry patterns found there. However, most everything else was my own invention. It is possible to get into the swing of this subject and just knit what’s around you at lunch, or what’s on the menu for dinner. Once you know your flat circle formula, the pizza crusts just materialize. At the store we stock the Knitted Fast Food” and “Knitted Cakes by Susie Johns and Susan Penny, to help get you started.”

Bonnie was recently featured in the Berskshire Eagle newspaper, on the store’s 25th Anniversary.

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Here’s Bonnie on Ravelry

December 2018: Sweater Beginning and Finishing Tips with Leslye Solomon

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Our presenter this month was Leslye Solomon,  a well known knitting instructor, author and yarn store owner.  Her publications include books and videos.

Leslye demonstrated how to make a perfect swatch, and described how to use swatching to get precise measurements for a sweater.

She also demonstrated the use of blocking wires, for blocking a finished project.

 

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Leslye’s yarn, color coordinated

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the Red Scarf Project!

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November 2018: Our UFO’s

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Our November program invited our members to bring in their unfinished knitting projects, no matter how long they have been sitting in the closet or under the bed.  We took turns showing our neglected projects and explaining why we haven’t finished them.  A few people mentioned that their projects were started as part of a knitting class they attended.  They felt little pressure to complete the project since their main interest in the class was learning a new technique.

Some other members brought unfinished sweaters that just needed to be assembling at the seams and loose ends woven in.  And there were a few baby projects that didn’t get finished soon enough and were set aside for some future babies.

We awarded prizes in three categories:  the most UFO projects; the most unusual UFO; and the oldest UFO.

Our winners –

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And last, some recently finished projects:

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Sunshine Coast pattern

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Taina Scarf pattern

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Fade Cardigan pattern

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September 2018: The Fiberists

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Our guest speakers, Reginald and Spencer, are yarn dyers who produce a variety of fibers and yarns in the most interesting combinations and colors. The Fiberists talked to us about fiber and fiber combinations in yarn and how they are best used.  They brought a range of yarns for knitters and fibers for spinners.  Here is their current  Products List

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Photos of our projects:

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Karen’s Little Cotton Rabbit

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JoEllen’s Anemone 

Webs Yarn Store Northampton, Ma.

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A few days ago we visited Northampton, Ma. to check out some bookstores.  On the way into town I noticed a sign for WEBS.  Realizing that it was the Webs store, I decided to pay a visit.  We started out in the center of town in Thornes Marketplace where we would return for lunch at Paul & Elizabeth’s restaurant.  My friend took the car and I walked, since Google said it was less than a mile.  Anyway, Google got me lost but a mailman set me on the right path.    The store is located in a business park, at the end of  a long service road.

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The store has two sections – a large front room and an equally large back room that looks like a warehouse.   The sale yarns are mostly in the warehouse, well labeled for price, but not organized otherwise.  I was looking for a sale on variegated superwash yarn, which required me to check all the isles in the warehouse room.  I ended up not buying anything because the choices were mostly ugly color combinations.  If you are planning a trip to Webs, it’s best to time it for the beginning of a seasonal sale.webs2

 

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