Introduction to the History, Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting - October 10 - 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
In this three-hour session, learn the basic principles and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition. Subjects to be covered include beginnings and endings, chart reading, lifelines, nupps and other fancy maneuvers, edgings, dealing with mistakes, blocking finished work, and more. Students will also learn about the great national “schools” of knitted lace and what makes them unique. Participants should be familiar with the basic moves of casting on, knitting and purling.
Two balls Dale Baby Ull or equivalent in white or a light color. Wool or another non-slippery animal fiber is recommended.
One pair US size 3 needles (8" or longer) or circular needle (24" suggested length).
Notions: Scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (6), pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes. Row counter recommended, but optional.
(Note: My recommendation is Dale Baby Ull is because it's on the thin side, rips back easily, and doesn't have any halo to obscure the structure of the knitting. Any yarn of a similar weight that fits those criteria should be fine. The white/light color is also important because students must be able to see what they're doing.)
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Tomten Jacket -
In this intense but fun full-day class we’ll tackle an iconic design by a legendary knitter, working through a doll-sized version from cast-on to cast-off. In addition, we’ll learn the beautiful, little-known garter stitch jacquard technique and touch on such topics as I-cord edgings and buttonholes, afterthought pockets, garter stitch grafting, and more.
1 ball worsted-weight yarn in white or a light color (200 yards is plenty)
1 ball worsted-weight yarn in a contrasting color
1 pair straight 10" or longer needles or equivalent circular needle, in a size appropriate to yield a firm fabric
2 or 3 double-pointed needles of either the same size as above, or 1 size smaller
Notions: scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (at least two), and stitch holders (2) or lengths of contrasting scrap yarn to hold live stitches
(Note: Any firmly-spun yarn is fine, though I advise against anything that can't be ripped back easily, or that has a ton of halo (makes it harder to see the work). The notions are important as we will be working the entire Tomten in miniature, including grafting the hood–plus refinements like afterthought pockets and I-cord trim. Most knitters could probably get away with partial balls, but I hestitate to say so because then folks show up with 50 yards and run short!)
Photographing Your Fibers -
Bring your own camera and a small project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light box at home, cheap! No prior knowledge of photography necessary. The emphasis will be getting the best possible shots using your camera.
Camera (preferably digital)
Camera manual (if available)
A selection (one or two) of projects to photograph
Notebook and pen or pencil