After making To Slouch or Not to Slouch Hat I had an idea for a new class project. As you can see the Cable and Lace Hat has a lot going on. For the new knitter it is a challenge for the more experienced knitter an opportunity to learn some new techniques.
Because the yarn is making a stripe you can see where short rows have been used to create the shaping. Judy's Magic cast on is used to cast on under the arm so that back and front are knit as one row.
You can see the pattern here http://kelyarn.com/baby_patterns.htm and the adult pattern here http://kelyarn.com/adults_patterns.htm
Lucy and lunch, note Lucy's boots. The weather was bright and sunny and the information and techniques that Lucy shared with us was incredible. If you have a chance to take a workshop with Lucy I highly recommend it.
Chris, Linda and Janice at lunch time. The food at the workshop was the icing on the cake! And we did have cake - pumpkin cake and this melt in the mouth meringue treat. There was Mediterranean pie, salads and soup and I could go on but now I'm hungry!
Lucy showing Linda one of her many knitting techniques. That's Corinne hiding behind her hands!
Time to go home! From left to right Janice, Chris, Lucy, Linda, Anne and Janet. Janet Armstrong organized the workshops.
Happy after lunch faces, you can see Lucy's Bubbles scarf and one of her vests on the table.
Baby Venus Cardigan designed by Lucy Neatby
This was so different to anything I had knit before. To start with you use sock yarn and 8mm needles. The yarn is run triple from one ball of yarn using a technique called Navaho plying. It starts at the right cuff and ends at the left cuff. You use waste knitting for the placement of the Venus V on the back and the neck and front opening.
I had to show you this scarf knit with the new Rimu from Zealana. This yarn is incredibly soft and looks so different when it is knit up. In the ball it looks like a lot of wool yarns, although the colours are very definitely Zealana colours, when Rimu is knit the possum blooms and creates a wonderful soft halo that just wants to be petted!
Another request this year for classes was fairisle in a hat. I designed the Swirl Hat for the class, these are quick projects that will teach using double pointed needle, two handed fairisle and how to avoid the 'jog' when you are knitting a single line of colour. One I started working on the Swirl Hat the other hats came along almost by themselves. I've used the Briggs and Little Country Roving which is the same yarn that was used for the closing ceremony sweaters our Olympic athletes wore at the closing ceremonies this year.
Here are some better pictures of the Frost Diamonds shawlette I knit on holiday.