Madrona Saturday

After the excitement of all that shopping on the Friday, I took two classes on the Saturday. In the morning, I took Lucy Neatby's introduction to double knitting (A Dabble into Double Make a voyage of discovery to achieve a deeper understanding of your knitting! Try a variety of types of double knitting to produce two-layer fabrics. Starting with tubular knitting on straight needles, moving on to tubes within tubes and the double-knit pocket trick. Double Knit color patterning techniques include positive/negative and quilting for added texture and warmth.) After lunch, I went to see Pat Brunner teaching how to do art with short rows. (Tapestry with Short Rows Learn how to knit free-form wavy stripes, geometric shapes, and other intarsia-like effects with one yarn at a time using the short row techniques. Great for stash reduction and making unique sweaters, socks, hats, scarves, afghans and wall hangings.)

Personally I got more out of the double-knitting class, mostly because I was interested in the techniques. Lucy's style works well for me, I like her self-deprecating comments and her notes and exercises on the handouts were clearly written. The swatches were fun, and I got Lucy's DVD on the subject for when I want to delve more deeply.

double knit swatches

These swatches for double knitting show a checkerboard (note that the edge is closed on one part, and open on the other), a basic tube, and a knitted-in pocket on the top swatch (note the part where the stitches are doubled, that's the pocket-in-progress).

The tapestry with short rows class was more difficult for me. The actual technique of knitting short rows wasn't the problem, it was the tapestry bit that I found difficult. It's obvious that Pat and many of the people taking the class have a much stronger artistic bent than I do (I'd call myself creative rather than artistic), and some of them came up with wonderful designs. I'd need to spend a lot of time figuring out designs on paper before wanting to commit them to yarn. For the more artistic people around, I can see the techniques being inspiring and the potential results stunning. No picture of my pathetic swatch from this one, as I didn't like it enough to want to keep it.

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