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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Noro in Brioche


Each summer, I try to have a goal to learn a new skill in either knitting or crochet. This summer it is Brioche Knitting. This technique is from the Netherlands known as "Patentsteek". Nancy Marchant has written a comprehensive book on Brioche Knitting...I figure in an effort to make it more popular here in the United States. The technique is different than your usual knitting, but once you get the hang of it, it's not that difficult.
The really fun part was doing this in two different Noro Silk Garden colorways.
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The colors in this reversible scarf went in their own separate directions and there were no real repeats. As I would knit this, I had no idea what to expect. It was just fascinating. Was as if the yarn went on its own adventure.
I have this scarf listed in my Etsy shop. It is unique from the other Noro Stripe Scarves which is what I'm trying to do. Create pieces that I haven't seen listed anywhere else.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Worldwide Knit in Public and Handspun Creations

WWKIP in Montgomery was fantastic. It is always wonderful to get together with fellow knitters, crocheters, spinners....wow! It was a weekend of connecting with artists and making new friends. Speaking of artists....yes, spinners are artists. Check out these hats I've knitted using handspun yarn.

The hat on the left is yarn from SunriseLodgeFiber. I love Shannon's work, her colorways are so uplifting and positive. She weaves too...one talented gal. The center hat is yarn from FJCruiser on Etsy. Eileen can spin up some gorgeous creations. The hat on the right is a self striping handspun from ceereese1 on Etsy. Charisse was excited to see the result of this yarn and like me couldn't stop looking at the photo.
Coming down the pike will be some more handspun creations. I'll get getting some handspun yarn from Whorlingtides. I look forward to seeing what Beth cooks up!