Just a reminder that I will be teaching two, one day workshops at West Dean College in June.
On Saturday 15th of June I will be teaching Crochet — The Basics and on Sunday the 16th, Hand Knitting — The Basics.
Both workshops are for complete beginners or for anyone who needs reminding of the basics. All the hooks, needles and yarn you will need will be provided.
There should still be some places left, but if the courses are full you can still put your name down just in case someone has to drop out…
The 3rd annual Interweave Knitting Lab is taking place just outside of San Francisco from the 31st of October through to the 3rd of November and I am really pleased to let you know that I shall be there for the full 4 days teaching workshops!
Knitting Labs aim is to focus on ‘unique regional, ethnic, and historical techniques and traditions, with rarely-offered classes and seminars presented by a roster of recognized knitting luminaries.’ And they urge you to join them and ‘deepen your knowledge of knitting history and expand your technical horizons!’
I am sure it will be a very special event indeed and you can find out more by visiting the official website here.
I will be teaching the following workshops:
Knit an Ornament using Folk Knitting Techniques
Estonian Decorative Knitted Cast On Techniques
Thrums and Thrumming!
Folk Patterned Socks
Swedish Twined Knitting: The Basics
And you can find out more here
For the last couple of months I have been busy designing and knitting a collection of projects for a new book (unfortunately, I won’t be able to show you any pictures, or even hint at what the projects are for quite some time though).
Working on a new collection can be a fairly intensive job and I am usually locked away in my studio sat at my work table all day.
However, last week I was lucky enough to be able to go off down to the family beach hut in Dorset and work by the sea!
The weather was fantastic and despite all the distractions of being at the seaside I did manage to get plenty of work done…
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This wonderful photograph by Natalia Wiernik is called the The Protaganists and is one of a series of images based on the theme of the family.
It won the student focus award.
I was really pleased to get the chance to see the Sebastiao Salgado Genesis exhibition at the Natural History Museum on Friday — I particularly liked the photos in the Northern Spaces section.
The Ice Age Art: arrival of the modern mind at the British Museum is well worth a visit too — its small but inspiring…
“Of course she could not knit real feathers, but she made a kind of grey woollen jersey as much like feathers as she could.”
Just to continue the theme of animals knitting, here is an illustration by John Burningham from Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with no Feathers.
This was Burningham’s first children’s book (published by Jonathan Cape 1963) and this picture shows Borka’s mother, Mrs Plumpster, getting out her knitting needles and setting to work to knit Borka something to keep her warm.
I have blogged about John Burningham before here.