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We’ve launched our podcast!

 

Rachels Sock Yarn Blanket in Progress

Rachel's Sock Yarn Blanket in Progress

Introducing… “Cloudy with a Chance of Fiber”

Two fiber and craft obsessed individuals from Portland, Oregon chat and explore what it means to live in a DIY nation.

You can view our show notes and link to the podcast here:

Cloudy with a  Chance of Fiber

I’m still working on some of the technical details with the RSS and iTunes but for anyone who want’s to listen it’s up there :).

Datura Sock Yarns in Mauve, Grey and Aqua. Prize yarn is either the Mauve or Grey. Winners choice.

Datura Sock Yarns in Mauve, Grey and Aqua. Prize yarn is either the Mauve or Grey. Winner's choice.

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“Learn to Crochet” starts July 20!

My Favorite Crochet Beanie (Koigu)

My Favorite Crochet Beanie (Koigu)

There are a few spaces left! If you’re interested please check in with the Naked Sheep Knit Shop via the link posted here. I’m excited to teach Learn to Crochet in a few weeks at the Naked Sheep. I’ve posted details and a link to the Naked Sheep site in an earlier post. Actually, teaching crochet to beginners is one of the classes I enjoy the most.  In my experience, many people take to crochet like a duck takes to water.

During the class we go over the basic crochet stitches in the first day (single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, treble crochet).  Then we learn how to crochet in the round and learn how to shape both flat and round pieces with increases and decreases. I also go over how to read symbols on crochet charts and hopefully get students on their way to learning how to make their own beautiful crochet objects with an unlimited variety of stitch patterns. If we have time I teach the basic shell stitch pattern from a simple chart.

Crochet Cropped Cardigan is done using just three basic stitches Half Double Crochet,   Single  & Double Crochet

Crochet Cropped Cardigan is done using just three basic stitches "Half Double Crochet, " "Single" & "Double Crochet"

I’m also at the Thursday “Knit Night” at the Naked Sheep (unless I have a family gathering or cannot make it on that night) so I can help students who have questions or difficulties with their work.

I love, no adore, the fact that most crochet symbols and charts are universal so there is very little guessing and translating when it comes to using the charts. As you may have noticed from my earlier posts, I’m a big fan of Japanese crochet books as all the instructions are charted and visual. I DON’T need to know how to read Japanese to finish these projects 🙂

By the time the students finish the course their well on their way to crocheting stitch patterns and objects like these:

This looks complicated but its not. Its a simple shell stitch pattern repeat. You can do it if you know two basic crochet stitches.

This looks complicated but it's not. It's a simple shell stitch pattern repeat. You can do it if you know two basic crochet stitches.

Cheongsam collar done in simple shell stitch

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Offering classes this summer at the Naked Sheep

Summer’s here and I’m teaching a few classes at the Naked Sheep in lovely North Portland. I’m pretty excited about the crocheted cardigan class as I’ve discovered myself that you can make pretty and stylish garments in crochet. It’s not just about granny squares, afghans and toilet roll cozies (not that those are bad things).

You can check the class schedule at the Naked Sheep’s website, but I’m also posting my classes here with some added description. I’ll be taking photos this weekend of the swatches, samplers and garment in the classes below.  Please note, I also offer additional individual help for students on Thursday nights during “Knit Night” at the Naked Sheep.

Learn to Crochet
with Natalie
$55
If you want to learn to crochet or just need a refresher course, this class is for you! You’ll learn the basics in just 3 classes and get started on the project of your choice! You will learn the four basic stitches in crochet as well as how to shape flat and round objects in crochet. You will also learn how to read and interpret basic crochet instructions and schematics.  Finally, you’ll pick your own crochet project and start it during the class.

Mondays ( July 20, 27 and August 3)

6:30-8:30pm

Crocheted Embellishments
with Natalie
$25

Want to perfect your sweater edge with a crochet edge? In this course we will discuss techniques for making a crochet edge on hems and necklines. We will also cover techniques for establishing the correct number of crochet stitches on stockinette and garter stitch knitting. Students will learn how to do a basic crochet edge as well as a picot and scalloped stitch edge. They will also learn how to make a crochet button band and button placket.

Saturday ( July 25) 10:30am – 12:30pm

Cropped Crochet Cardigan
with Natalie
$55
Crochet Cardigan
Tired of being restricted to crocheting hats and scarves? You can branch out to crocheted garments by learning to make this smart-looking spring and summer cardigan. During this class, we will discuss sizing and adapting patterns to fit your size. You will also learn how to create simple embellishments like a button band and crocheted edging. This pattern can also be adjusted for longer sleeve and body length!

Saturdays ( August 15, 22 and 29)
10:30am-12:30pm

Additional Information for the Cropped Crochet Cardigan:

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner Crochet

Must be able to do the following:

  • Make a foundation chain
  • Stitches: Single (sc), Half-Double (hdc), and Double (dc) Crochet

Materials needed:

  • 1200 – 1800 yards dk or heavy sport weight yarn (details for amounts per size available below). Recommended yarns: Hempathy, Silky Wool, Glacier del Cielo, Cotton Rich. No novelty or boucle yarns please.
  • Size D, E, F crochet needles. Needle size needed depends on your gauge
  • Removable stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 small plain buttons or ( 3-4 sets of hooks and eyes)
  • 3-4 large decorative buttons

Homework:

Make a 4”x4” swatch with the yarn you chose in half-double crochet (hdc)

Size/Yarn Estimations:

Size (Bust)

Yardage

35

1188

39

1296

43

1404

47

1512

51

1620

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Video Log: Yarnia for Fiber Lovers

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I like the corner for the husbands… :).

I actually went to Yarnia recently and made some very lovely bamboo/wool blend yarn that I’m using right now in raglan sweater for myself. As soon as I take some photos I’ll post it up here. I love the fact that Yarnia has some very beautiful heathered alpacas and wool threads to include in the mix. You could spend hours in there just playing with combinations.  I like matching analagous colors like families of greens with very different fibers like alpaca and silk or hemp and silk. What joy! I’m in fiber heaven when I’m in there.

Because I knit somewhat tightly, I’ve had to adjust my tension (loosening it) so that I’m not tugging to much on the yarn and causing some the strands to bunch up, but I love how the fabrics knit up.

Some people might complain about splittiness with this type of yarn, but I have to say… “Just rub some dirt in it” (i.e. sometimes you just gotta deal). If you want multistranded goodness you’re just going to have to compensate for the split factor. The overall effect of the colors and blending of fibers is well worth it to me. My bamboo/wool blend has a lovely spring to it. The boucle thread I chose for the combo has also added some grip to the fiber that prevents the bunching.

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Holy Sock Holes, Batman!!!!!… It’s the Sock Summit 2009

Sock Summit 2009

I about peed my pants when I saw the speaker/guest list for  the 2009 Sock Summit. I feel so fortunate to live here in Portland, proud in fact that we’re hosting this event. Last night at knit night we were discussing how many yarn stores there were in PDX: Twenty four-last count. Eileen mentioned that we had the highest number of yarn stores per capita and the only other city that could compare was Minneapolis St. Paul. Someone else mentioned that folks who want to study and prep for opening a yarn shop often come to Portland to “do their homework.”

I attended a conference here in downtown Portland earlier this week and met one very excited knitter who was just dyeing (ooops….) dying to get into her rental car and start her yarn crawl. I sent her a Google map of all the yarn stores I could think of. Too bad, I didn’t know about Judy Becker’s Google Map.. And what’s the best thing about purchasing at Portland Yarn Stores? Shopping is  TAX FREE!    Needless to say, I think she and her friends have probably dropped a pretty coin into our local economy.

It’s funny but as we were talking I pulled out my crochet project to share, and I think a colleague of hers walked up to us as we were yammering about yarn and such, I think he was confused by the fact that I pulled out a piece of craft to share at a e-learning tech conference. Ah, the befuddlement of those who don’t ‘get’ our craft.

I’ve often thought that Portland and Oregon as a whole should sponsor some sort of “Craft Tourism.” I believe that Portlanders truly have that DIY spirit. I know so many people in this town who are devoted to their craft. I’ve met many people who tinker and are involved with producing their own products. They’re just not satisfied with the consumer fodder that’s put out before them.  The love to customize, adapt, re-mix and re-work anything from sweater patterns to beer. Even though we have one of the fastest growing unemployement rates in the country, I have faith that many of the people of this town are resourceful and innovative enough to reinvent their purpose and livelihoods.

My Crocheted Koigu Scarf

My Crocheted Koigu Scarf

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