Friday, September 7, 2007

Reception for Knitters this Sunday

Here is a special invitation to all of you who live in the mid-Michigan area. On Sunday, September 9, Woven Art is hosting a reception for the fiber artists who have contributed to "Hand Knit from Hand Dyed" an exhibit of garments made from yarn hand dyed by Nancy at Woven Art. Also on view will be hand made shawl pins by Jill Valenzula. Please join me in applauding these talented and generous artists, and join me too in raising a glass of wine, or cider, and enjoying other refreshments.

Now that school is back in session, there is new creative energy in the air. There are more interesting ideas floating around Woven Art than I can shake a stick at. Or two sticks! Ha ha. I am trying very hard to be somewhat disciplined in which projects I pick up next. But it is really really difficult. Here is one:
I am calling this my Barcelona Ruana. That's because I hope to wear it to Barcelona this coming October. I am indeed going to Barcelona, and Lisbon too! I am uncertain about whether I can finish a large weaving project before I go. We will get to visit my oldest daughter, and attend a meeting. Anyway. I need clothes. I think a perfect outer garment would be a black alpaca ruana, with a pattern stripe at each edge, and one up the back. Hopefully the stripe up the back won't have a skunk effect, as it will be red, with a strong diamond pattern. And it will match the side stripes. I will try to post progress here as it happens. So far, as you can see, I only have the warp measured out, and the reed about half sleyed.

And here is another! Actually I can blame this one on Deidra. She causes many new ideas to fly around the shop on a regular basis. It would drive me nuts, if her designs weren't so intriguing! Anyway, below is Deidra's idea for a shop class. D knit the bag, and lightly felted it by hand. I made the crocheted granny square embellisments. There is nothing wrong with your monitor, or my camera. The square on the left is fuzzier looking, because it got lightly handfelted as well. We are still in the testing stages - and decided we like it felted. So - this will be a two-fer class. Deidra will teach the felted bag part, and I will teach the crocheted embellishing part. As I said earlier, the bag is still in process, look for I-cord and beads to top it off.
Another technique I have been wanting to play with is mosaic knitting. It is a method of two color knitting that is different from Fair Isle. I am still discovering things about it, but it seems like you can have longer color lines with Mosaic knitting. You only carry one color at a time, so there is much less worry about tangling. You work from a chart, and you have to pay attention - but each design line is worked twice, so you really only have to think every other row.
I just finished this slouchy sling bag:
I think it is pretty cute! Understanding the "sling" part was harder for me than understanding the mosaic part. You knit a tube - as long as it is wide. Do a three needle bind off. Then you put a zipper in at a right angle to the bottom seam. OK - I get that part. Then, you sew the cord to one corner, and to a center back, and you put a button on another corner, and a loop somewhere else, and it is supposed to end up doing these triangle things, with other options for different ways to carry it. Huh? I need to see one that someone else has made. Help!

1 comment:

Susan Ripley said...


My name is Susan Ripley and I apologize if you have already received this message from myself or an associate. I am gathering knitting and crochet patterns for the 2009 Pattern-A-Day Calendars from Accord Publishing. I am contacting you today in the hopes that you will submit a pattern or hang the attached flyer somewhere in your store or post it to your website / BLOG /pod cast to let your customers know about the design contest and the chance to get their designs published. You could also email the flyer if you have a mailing list. Patterns are accepted from individuals, shops, charities and yarn companies. There are no restrictions and the patterns can also be something that is currently being distributed for free.

Some of the yarn shops that have worked with us in the past have also offered fun pattern design/writing classes. This is a great way to get customers into your store while taking advantage of this great contest. $500 will be awarded as First place for both calendars; there are also 2nd and 3rd place prizes; and all contributors whose patterns are used will receive a 2009 calendar.

Please go to our website at and learn more about the submission requirements and our contest. The contest deadline is December 15th, 2007. If you have any questions, please contact me and I will gladly answer your questions. If your email program stripped the PDF, you can download the flyer at

Susan Ripley

Susan Ripley, Creative Director

Ripley Designs, Inc
1860 Sandy Plains Rd
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Marietta GA 30066

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