I am driving to “The Soo” (Sault Ste Marie),
on Friday for 2 days of teaching. This
makes me happy! I’m teaching “Spinning
With Commercial Yarns” on Saturday, and “Shaping With Stitch Patterns” on
The latter of those two workshops is a new one for me. To prepare, I started knitting swatches in November. And I couldn’t stop. Well, I could stop, and I did stop, but only after I’d knitted 53 swatches. Here’s what that looks like (yes, I'm still using the crappy camera, not the new one):
In the process of knitting all those swatches, I immersed myself in the nature of knitted fabrics. I played with several stitch patterns that I’d previously not tried, and I systematically explored stitch patterns that I’d used but not really understood. It was a fantastic journey into knitting.
I prepared 15 pages of notes for workshop participants. That’s a lot. I included a number of stitch patterns and pictures of some of my swatches. For those pictures, I used my flat bed scanner. It works reasonably well, although I typically needed to lighten the jpgs so they would show up reasonably well in b/w print. Here is a picture of what is called “Escalator Pattern” in Mary Thomas’s Book of Knitting Patterns. It’s a charming broken welt pattern that is very easy to knit, yet creates an attention-getting effect.
In future blogs, I plan to share some of the “ah-ha!” moments that came to me in the knitting of 53. Stay tuned.