Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Vogue Knitting San Francisco 2018 The Classes - Brioche Lace

One of my goals for 2018 was to get comfortable with Brioche Knitting.

I have taken quite a few brioche classes in the past 9 years, with a variety of different instructors: Nancy Marchant, Antie Gillingham (my favorite sock author and teacher), Lavanya Patricella, J.C. Briar ( great take on the process), Faina Goberstein and probably a few others that I can't remember.  I spent countless hours on Nancy's Craftsy classes on Brioche, rewinding again and again, til it was beginning to make sense.   Love the fact that you can rewind, pause and take notes in class on the site.
This year at Vogue, I took a class with Nancy Marchant again.   This was about brioche lace and at this point I had knit two brioche scarves.    Now mind you I'm a combination continental knitter. That means my stitches are loaded onto the needles so that when I knit a stitch I place the needle into the back of the stitch.  (it isn't twisted and I get great fabric when I knit, it's also a faster knit.)  It's sometimes referred to as Russian style.   So anyway, as I'm taking the class and knitting this way I was able to figure out that in order to make holes (lace) properly for brioche, I needed to twist the stitch and Nancy gave me the OK!!!  Great feeling.

Here's what I'm working on now.    This is definitely a focused knitting project - no music, no TV no distractions.    It been a few weeks since I picked it up and knitting a few rows each day has been my practice.

The Pattern:  Ms. B from Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant.
Yarn:  Rowan Silk Haze 25g each, 2 gray & 2 lavender


Light side 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Vogue San Fransisco 2018 - The Classes-Double Knitting

In Sept 2018, Vogue Knitting Live was in San Francisco for the first time.   I knew I had to be there.  I live only 55 minutes away and there is no way I'd pass this up.  A few of the local knitting girls were going to be there, either spending the weekend or coming down for the day...so much fun.  We met for lunch or dinner, went to a few mini presentations and roamed the market place.

The Last Class-Double Knitting- creating a fabric that is double sided with the knit stitch on the outside and any image, pattern design fair isle, is reversible.  

It's always so hard to choose a class out all the wonderful offering at Vogue Knitting Live.  Although this was the last class I took, this is the class I want to share first.   Usually after a full weekend of classes, shopping and knitting, that last class can be a blur.   Well not so with this class, Double knitting with Nathan Taylor or better known as the Sockamatician.  Outstanding class, a truly enlightening and entertaining class.   An entertainer, no really he's a British Actor, in the theater.   Lively, eloquent and great attention to deal in his instructions both written and spoken.   This was a great class and I can't wait to begin some of his original double-knit designs.   His first book (my hope is that there are more to come)  Guy's Knit was released at the end of 2018. I knit a hat and my son -in-law, is currently knitting a cap.  Nathan is on Youtube also.

Check out the Sockamatician on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/sockmatician/

 https://www.ravelry.com/designers/nathan-taylor




Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Vogue San Francisco 2018

Somehow the year goes by and all the things I wanted to post get lost in the days....so here is one of the things I wanted to share.

Vogue Knitting San Francisco-Sept. 2018 

There were so many classes to choose from and so many mini events also, 
but I thought I share a bit about the marketplace.  

The MarketPlace

The Market Place at Vogue Knitting has everything...baskets, books, bag, needles, Fashion shows, a Rowan exhibit of the last 40 years, Art work, sit and knit space, and prizes.
 (Oh and a wine bar also).  The pace is just what I like..slow and enlightening.   I was able to preview the show on Thursday night after my class with Julia Farwell-Clay, all about steeking.  The class was lovely, informative and definitely took the fear out of steeking a knit in the round fair isle sweater (cutting into your stitches - yeeek! )

To be continued:  The Classes

A look at the Market place.
Nicky Epstein Gauge swatches=Bears




Student Art Occupational Therapy Prog. 
Friend modeling her Rowan Knit at the show

Carol Macdonald Fiber Artist