it has been all things knit around here. going over my notes from class (do i know enough?), finding and making up patterns for the beginning knitter. designing flyers, 'learn to knit' (i've never been on word before!) distributing them, and now waiting...
here is a hat that i learned about at FIT. it's a good learning one for many reasons. it's knit on two needles (as opposed to circulars and double points) along with using the knit and pearl stitch, there is also a chance to teach a simple ssk decrease, and then it's seamed at the end. it's also nice because the widest part of the band can be personalized with any stitch you can think of. for my knitting friends here is the non pattern pattern:
make a swatch with desired yarn, get gauge. measure head and minus one inch. multiply this number by the gauge to get the number of stitches to cast on. example: head 22 inches, gauge 4 sts to the inch = 22 x 4 = 88 stitches to cast on. at the bottom any combination of knit pearl or garter is worked for one inch. knit any pattern for 5 inches (i used the seed stitch). then one inch in garter. for the top, the number of stitches in your hat is divided by the number of wedges you want. decrease (ssk or knit 2 together) and place markers. don't decrease on the edge and decrease every other row.
i used a gorgeously soft wool, alpaca and silk blend by Araucania, which makes even a funny pointed hat nice.
visual aids that we made for class, different stitches, increases and decreases, now i can use them in my own classes!
here's a very simple beginner pattern we had to write and make, this wool is from the lovely talented genevieve at Sweet Basil Fibre Works, visit her here
and her etsy shop here
, she hand dyes beautiful wool using only eco friendly dyes. today is her birthday and she's offering a special discount! happy birthday genevieve!
not quite on the newsstand (next week), Santa Barbara Seasons magazine, with chuck's photo of our last paddle trip
. see how glassy the water is? that was before the lake turned into an ocean. and last, the above left photo is of the house we were married at. seeing it unexpectedly in this magazine made me feel really really happy.
i hope your having a great weekend!