Thursday, March 22, 2007

Great Workshops and another sign of Spring

Fiona Ellis is coming to Woven Art May 12 and 13. Yes, that is Mother's Day weekend. Can you think of a better way to spoil this (you!) important woman? Fiona is a reknowned knitwear designer and the author of the most gorgeous book: "Inspired Cable Knits". For more information on Fiona, please visit her website:

The workshop schedule is:

Saturday 9 am to noon:
3 hour workshop - All levels A single image can be a great springboard for generating many design ideas. In this workshop, Fiona will supply images and show you how to dive headlong into your interpretations. There will be time to work on your own samples and share ideas with fellow participants.
WARNING: This workshop may change the way you see the world!

Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.:
Fiona is famous for her morphing cables….cables that change and become other patterns. In this workshop she will show you the basic principles of how to get started designing your own cables. Even if you are not an advanced cable knitter, give it a try. Simple patterns can morph and create unique ideas. If you love cables but find working vertical patterns too repetitive and want to heighten the challenge, this workshop is a must! Requirements: ball of light coloured yarn in a medium weight, pair of yarn appropriate needles, cable needle.

Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3 hour workshop - All levels (newer knitters need to be able to knit, purl, cast on & cast off)We’ve heard the phrase “Knitting is the New Yoga”. Fiona loves both yoga and knitting. Join her as she brings awareness to what is taking place during our knitting practice. She will lead knitting exercises that will begin to teach many of the things she has learned from yoga. You can expect to come away with something new and useful; that may be a nifty new knitting trick or, you may learn something about yourself and how knitting can be used as meditation. Requirements: 2 part balls of yarn (different colours) in a medium weight, pair of yarn appropriate needles, cable needle.

Workshops are $50 each, but if you sign up for all three the cost is only $125.

Call Woven Art today, 517-203-4467, and reserve your spot. We take Master Card or Visa, or if you prefer, youy can send a check to Woven Art, 325B Grove Street, East Lansing, MI 48823.

I dyed a ton of yarn this week - in the colors of very early Spring. When the trees take on that first, pre-leaf haze of yellow green, and you see it framed in branches against a still pale blue sky.

And I also dyed black. Just because it is great for skull hats, entrelac felted bags, sweaters for guys who are conservative dressers, that Alien shadow scarf from "Stitch and Bitch" and much much more.

I finished the Kasai Vest from Folk Vests. I couldn't be happier with it. It was great fun to knit - I love color work, and the dynamic design was never boring. The style is a classic and will never ever go out of fashion. Plus I got to use the Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4 ply ( really the same as the Scottish Tweed line now available from Rowan). In the words of one of my customer friends "I could live on 4-ply!" Yes - say that outloud.

Notice how this vest appears to be a completely different color from the one I was working on a few posts back? Same vest, I didn't make two - but the lighting makes a huge difference. Remember that when you buy yarn. Look at it in a variety of light types if possible, and be sure to take it outside to see it in natural sunlight.

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