Stitches West was so much fun. We spent two FULL days. Clearly, we had to take a picture with Stephen West. Stitches continues to feature plenty of weaving and spinning displays as well as the many kitting demonstrations. Three of my favorite booths are:
DanDoh Designs – Yumiko Alexander is a designer of a line of knitting and crochet patterns marked and published under the business name “DanDoh” located in Chandler Arizona. She started selling her designs in Japan before moving to the US. DanDoh means Warm Earth. The yarns are beautiful linens, cotton, wool and cashmere. Her shawl designs are particularly attractive.
Red Fish Dyeworks is a small company that dyes silk and silk blend yarn, fiber and fabric by hand. This is one of my favorite booths to visit. I always make a point to buy the silk 20/2 for weaving. It is difficult to make a decision on what colors to choose. There is too much to pick from.
Fiberlady – Fine Bamboo Fibers & Yarns – I love to weave with the Luxury Bamboo yarnb sett at 30 epi. They sell several bamboo and bamboo blends yarns and fiber. There are many colors to choose from.
I’m starting a new shawl where I first painted the rayon/cotton warp. There are three painted and one solid warp. I plan to stripe up and then weave using a very thin weft yarn so the project will be warped faced. The set is 24 epi. We’ll see the progress together. Looks like a mess right now, but it will all work out
Tonight I had three brand new knitters in my class. I showed them the two knitting styles of English and Continental and the pros and cons between the two. They decided on Continental. It was a great class. They were so excited! They want to knit everything I have in the studio. Wrongly, I think sometimes every body knows how to knit. Then I have this opportunity to teach these brand new knitters and then realize there is still people out there who do not know this fabulous craft.
I went Stitches with Sierra and Jeanne, stayed overnight and it was so much fun. Weaving was everywhere at the show, especially rigid heddle. I bought some yarn for weaving. I hope to weave these projects up and students can purchase them on line. This is a picture of a weaving kit from the Purlescence Yarns booth located in Sunnyvale, CA. The yarn company is called Lunatic Fringe Yarns. This can be done on a rigid heddle or floor loom. I can’t wait to get started.
While there, I met Stephen West, Anna Zilboorg and Alastair Post-Quinn (taught me double knitting).
I’m going to start saving up now for next year
Today I had the privilege of spending a wonderful morning with Dee Jones. She instructed us on “How to Sew with Handwoven. As most of you know, she has a wealth of information. Thank you, Dee, for a perfectly delightful morning and the inspiration you have given me.
This picture makes me laugh because you can see my reflection in the mirror taking the picture.
Jeanne is very gracious to offer her house on Tuesday mornings for social knitting gatherings. February 3 was our first meeting for the NC Knitters. It was so much fun sharing knitting and weaving. There was plenty of inspiring conversation. Just the other day, I read this story about social knitting. This article was about the significance of social knitting in the rural Welsh knitters life:
“The knitting night was an important social event in eighteenth century Wales and well into the nineteenth century. The party was often held on moonlit nights with special treats provided by the hostess. The ladies usually arrived first and the young men followed later. All the ladies would work on their knitting; some of the men would knit garters. Both written and oral accounts show that not much work was really accomplished during these evenings – stories were told and stitches were dropped as teasing lads pull out needles. Good storytellers were always welcome at these gatherings, especially if they told ghost stories, which made the ladies nervous and unwilling to walk home without a male escort (from Minwel Tibbott’s Knitting Stockings in Wales). “