I thought I would tell you some more about the classes we are featuring this year.
Amongst other subjects this year, I am focusing one class per month on a technique featuring texture or color. You’ve all seen beautiful Aran or Fair Isle sweaters (I saw a fabulous Aran blanket a few months ago), but most of us haven’t tackled one. A sweater might seem overwhelming but what about a swatch? I know! I said the evil “S” word, but swatches really are important. And they can be great learning tools. Whenever I get an idea for a new design, I start (after the math) but making variations in swatches. I even found several great options for displaying swatches on Pinterest – such as framing them and using them to display and store your french hook earrings!
So, what is this deal with this series of classes?
In the afternoon on the 2nd Saturday of each month, we’ll do a class on either Texture or Color. January, March, May, July, September, November are Texture months. February, April, June, August, October, December are Color months. We are going to work our way through textures, including the basic knit and purl stitches (like ribs), lace, brioche and more; and through colorwork including stranded work (Fair Isle), intarsia, mosaic, double knitting, and more.
First up will be the basic knit and purl textures. These are texture patterns that need no more than the knowledge of the knit and purl stitch. No cable needles. No yarn overs. There will be charts though – don’t moan! Simple charts – that will prepare you for the more complicated ones later on. Charts are our friends!
As for February – it’s an introduction to stranded colorwork with Kim Neufeld. I’ll have more info on the class in the near future, but if you have had a class with Kim before, you know her classes are great!
Make your resolution this year to learn something new about knitting with texture and color!