Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Creative Confluence

I am in the midst of a creative knitting storm. The January workshop for which I swatched so compulsively is spilling over into my preparations for a workshop I’m teaching in March.

The Michigan Fiber Arts Symposium  is a new event, sponsored by Michigan Fiber Festival, Inc. It will be held March 22-24, 2013 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

I am scheduled to teach three days of workshops. On Friday, I’m teaching “Spinning & Knitting Energized Singles”; on Saturday, “Creating the Yarn You Want”; and on Sunday, “Blending Colors at the Wheel”. The latter two workshops I’ve taught numerous times. The first workshop on energized singles I haven’t taught for a number of years.

So, to get into the mood for that workshop, I thought I’d prepare some new knitted samples. As I knitted a few swatches, I got an idea for a vest. In my fiber stash I found just the right fiber: some lovely Wensleydale rovings dyed by Chris Roosien of Briar Rose Fibers. I gathered together colors in the blue, green, purple direction and started spinning. Then I started knitting.  Here’s a picture of the knitting in progress. What lovely colors! What intriguing texture!

As I’ve prepared other swatches for this workshop, I’ve played with a number of the stitch patterns that I’d explored in January. I’ve found that many knit-purl stitch patterns will do interesting things when worked with an “unbalanced” or energized singles yarn. Not all knit-purl patterns yield cool results, but some are really surprising.

Look at this swatch, for example:

Can you tell what the stitch pattern is? It’s “Pennant Pleating”! Such an interesting result is compelling me to knit more swatches with energized singles and to re-organize my workshop. I’m falling in love again with energized singles. I can hardly wait to share some of my new explorations in the March workshop!


  1. Reminds me of Collapse weave... Pretty cool Amy.
    do you use only wool? or have you tried some of the Collapse weave yarns? Could be interesting.

    1. Hi Mary! I'm not sure what "collapse weave yarn" is....my weaving experiences are rather limited.