It’s September and with the arrival of misty mornings, shorter days and chilly nights you will be needing the comfort of pure wool – and you may well want to thank the sheep for growing it. They do a great job! This is the perfect time of year for appreciating all that is sheep and all that is woollen and a great time to get knitting and making. Find inspiration at Shetland Wool Week 2020, Campaign for Wool and Project Baa Baa…
It will be a real pleasure to teach brand new and repeat constructed textile workshops again next year. I shall be back at the Down Art Centre in January to teach the all new Crochet: Improvers. This is an inspiring 12 week course aimed at intermediate crocheters who are confident with the very basics of crochet but who now want to take their crochet knowledge to the next creative level. It is a follow on course from the popular Crochet: An Introduction that started in September.
And I shall be back at The Crescent Arts Centre in February with a brand new and very exciting, two day workshop that explores Baltic Knitting: Cast On’s, Fringing and Braiding. There will also be an opportunity to catch the Knitting: Beginners and Crochet: Beginners one day classes again in March. Take a look at my workshop pages to find out more.
Autumn is fast approaching and we will be needing warm, comforting clothes and interesting projects to make and do to see us through the winter.
Socks, mittens, scarfs, shawls, sweaters, hats – you name it, it will soon be the time to get knitting, crocheting and nålbindning them. I shall be teaching the following ten workshops over the next four months: Crochet: An Introduction, Knitting: The Basics, Knitting: Improvers, Hand Knitted Socks, Hand Knitted Mittens, Swedish Nålbindning, Crochet: Improvers, Beginners Knitting, Beginners Crochet, Knit A Nordic Angel.
Take a look at each of the workshop pages for more details and join me to get making unique woollen projects and brush up on your constructed textile techniques.
Folk knitting from the Northern, Scandinavian and Baltic countries is a fascinating source for decorative, colourful and textural constructed techniques. The Shetland Islands, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland and Denmark all share an inheritance of Viking traditions, a deep rooted love and appreciation of the natural world, a wealth of traditional handicrafts and a unique history of traditional knitting techniques.
I have always found the folk art from these areas hugely interesting particularly the construction of the knitted folk mittens, gloves and socks. These could range from the simple and utilitarian for everyday wear to the exuberantly textural, braided, tasseled, coloured and patterned reserved for holidays and other special occasions – and each knitted piece would be started with either a deceptively simple, or beautifully exuberant decorative cast on.
These decorative cast on’s bring an energy and excitement to the knitting and are fascinating to study – with names like Herringbone, Fishtail and Old Norwegian Beaded, it is easy to see how they are firmly rooted in folk history and culture and you just can’t help wanting to know more. You soon realise that there are many, many different ways to knit a decorative cast on and that there is much to learn.
I am delighted to be teaching an introductory, three hour Decorative Cast On’s workshop at this years Yarn Folk Festival of Wool on Saturday 3rd August – please do come along and find out more about these fabulous techniques and discover how you can create energy and excitement in your knitted projects using folk cast on’s.
Yarn Folk Festival of Wool is a lovely celebration of yarn and the yarn crafting community and I am really looking forward to being part of it again. Take a look at the Decorative Cast on workshop details here and here (as well as all the other things to do at this years Yarn Folk Festival of Wool).
Tvåändsstickat, two-ended or twined knitting is a real pleasure to work.
Both ends of the same ball of yarn are used and are alternated with each
stitch – the yarn is twined about itself and it all becomes beautifully twisted.
Twined knitted fabric is more dense, firm and durable than regular knitting and there are interesting patterned twined stitch techniques to learn which are unique to this lovely old way of knitting.
I shall be teaching two, one day classes in June if you want to come along and find out more – take a look at my workshops page for more details.