I attended the Knit and Crochet Show this week and was fortunate enough to take two classes.
Fine shaping in crochet with Lily Chin. I recommend taking this class to anyone who has felt frustrated or limited with construction and design options in crochet. Lily’s excellent class helped open doorways to understanding how to shape garments in crochet.
Part of our homework including making an eight inch swatch of a crochet stitch pattern of our choice and making several Xerox copies of the stitch. She showed us how to create a graph template using inch grid chart paper from any garment. She also demonstrated that we could carefully lay out the Xerox copies of our stitch pattern and estimate or plan out our design on the template.
Lily truly is a talented instructor and a storehouse of knowledge about her craft. She shared some of her design stories and swatches. She told the story of her adventure of crafting a beautiful metallic thread crochet dress and the trial and error process she went through to make a stunning evening dress worn by Cindy Crawford. I scoured the Internet looking for an image of the dress but I could not find it. I honestly think this was one of the most helpful classes in fiber craft I’ve ever taken and I recommend this for anyone who’s itching to boost their skills in crochet and garment design. I can only imagine that her knitting classes are just as enlightening.
I went home and ordered a copy of Couture Crochet as soon as I got home.
Click the image to view the book at Interweave Press
Designer Day with Janet Szabo. I got a lot of important and useful information and insights on launching one’s own career in the world of fiber design. It was a really valuable class for anyone who is interested in becoming a designer of knit or crochet.
She was able to dispell some of the myths lodged in my brain about getting started as a designer and self-publishing. One of the most important lessons I learned: if you want to insure that your patterns are the best and secure a good reputation as a designer, hire a tech editor to check your patterns.
This class was a good start to understanding what it takes to launch a business as a designer but I would also encourage those who are interested to check SCORE or the SBA (Small Business Association) for classes. I took a class a year or so ago on writing business plans that was very helpful.
On another note, Janet has written two books that I’ve found indispensable:
I Hate to Finish Sweaters &
Aran Sweater Design
Click the image to view the book at Janet's site.
New additions to my library
I forgot to mention I bought a few more Amigurumi books during my San Francisco trip. Actually, I really need to write about and post some pictures from the trip but maybe in the near future.
I shelled out a bunch of dough for crochet books in general. I’ve been finding myself more and more drawn to crochet as a craft.
I met some very nice folks at one of my classes during the Knit and Crochet show who were really interested in learning more about interpreting Japanese books.
I know I’ve posted these in an earlier link but I”ll do so again. I’ve also found a another great resource here http://craftlog.org/craftingjapanese/
I really adore the lamb from the Amigurumi book volume 6.
I’ve been pretty sick for the past two weeks. Actually the last three or four days or so I’ve been on the mend. Earlier this week I came down with a bad bout of bronchitis. Which had me laid up in bed resting, taking antibiotics and drinking lots of “Breathe Easy” tea. I honestly think I can’t stomach the stuff anymore, and the smell of it makes me gag.
Yoke Sweater in Araucania Nature Wool
The Tweedy Aran cardigan was abandoned… and the project I remained anonymous to was a top down yoke cardigan out of Araucania Nature Wool (languishing in my stash) from Wendy Bernard’s wonderful book Custom Knits. I really adore this book. Aside from the sweater I just finished I’ve already cued three patterns from it. The instructions are very easy to follow and I like the fact that she give you permission and even instructions on how to adapt the patterns to your desires and needs. This is the kind of Knitting Designer I adore.
I was probably monogamous to this pattern during my illness because it was easy to knit, requiring very little mental strain. Eric joked that a week of sickbed time and I end up with a sweater.
I meant to post my latest raglan earlier but never got around to it. Here it is:
I made the yarn at Yarnia. It’s actually a blend of bamboo and wool. I really did enjoy knitting this sweater. The think about stranded yarns is that you have to be very carful with your tension while your knitting. Adding a strand of sticky wool boucle to this yarn blend actually gave it more of a grip. Also, I have enough of the stuff left over to make a nice scarf or cowl for someone.
Yarnia Raglan Sweater - Wool & Bamboo
Close up of stockinette
I’m sharing my husband’s video here. My apologies for the duplicate sharing via my other blog for you’s that follow. The video was done for the Bran Flakes song, “I wonder where my grandmother is.”
A lot of work went into this short which is all in all not even a minute and a half long. Amazing stuff, and yes, I am married to this man 🙂
The story behind the short is based on The Electric Grandmother television show/special. It felt like one of those “Afterschool Specials,” but apparently it was based off of the short story by Ray Bradbury titled “I Sing the Body Electric.”