13 July 2017

Many Choices

I know right now is summer, filled with summertime distractions. But, there are knitting distractions coming up in the calendar.

This Saturday 15 July is North Georgia Knitting Guild's annual Beat the Heat Retreat in Woodstock. This is a day of knitting camaraderie with workshops, activities, food, and just general socializing.

The next weekend on Sunday 23 July is Christmas in July at The Whole Nine Yarns. This is the annual day to acquire lots of gift-appropriate patterns. Many of us who teach at the shop will be there to demonstrate the techniques, too.

Intown Quilters in Decatur is bringing Patty Lyons for a weekend of teaching Friday 18 August through Sunday 20 August. Classes are:
Friday night lecture: Oops, I Accidentally Knit a Dress (Tales of Lies, Heartbreak and Denial)
Saturday classes: Finishing Seams Simple & Best Buttonholes
Sunday classes: Secrets to Spectacular Sweater Success & Knitting ER Tragedy & Treatments

The September calendar overflows.
Yarn Rhapsody in Gainesville has scheduled Beth Brown-Reinsel for the weekend of September 9 & 10. Beth is a specialist in traditional knitting techniques. If you love classic Old World mittens, gloves, and sweaters, give the shop a call.

The same weekend is Georgia FiberFest in Columbus. The festival runs Thursday 7 September through Saturday 9 September. (Hint: You could attend the festival and still squeeze in a class with Beth on Sunday.) This year Georgia FiberFest has put the spotlight on knitting. The headliner is Franklin Habit. Also attending is Russian lace expert Galina Khmeleva.

Franklin's classes:
Thursday afternoon: Knitted Tesselations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice
Friday morning: Embroider Your Knitting: Level One
Friday afternoon: Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild (with Special Guest I-Cord)
Saturday morning: Introduction to the History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting
Saturday afternoon: Now You See It, Now You Don't: Shadow Knitting

Galina's classes:
Friday day all day: The Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace
Saturday morning: Spinning the Orenburg Way
Saturday mid-day: Plying Orenburg Style

I am also on the schedule with two of my favorite classes:
Friday afternoon: Oops! Now What Do I Do?
Saturday mid-day: Now How Do I Finish?

And there's always Varian Brandon:
Friday morning: Converting Flat to In the Round
Friday afternoon: Using Steek Stitches

If Varian's steek class weren't opposite my mistake-fixing class, I would already be signed up.

If you are north of the city — specifically all the way in South Carolina — then that same weekend South Carolina Knitting Guild is bringing in Edie Eckman. In this case, classes are Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Classes are:
Saturday morning: Go Bi-Textural: Combine Knitting and Crochet
Saturday afternoon: Mix It Up Miters
Sunday morning: Where do they Get Those Numbers? (or Math for Knitters)
Sunday afternoon: 5 Knit Buttonholes You Need to Know Now
Monday morning: From Start to Finish: Finishing Techniques

And then we get to October:

You can sign up for those classes here.

Marly's classes are also the same week as Spinzilla, which starts at 00:01 on Monday 2 October and runs through 23:59 on Sunday 8 October. Doh!

And at the end of October is Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. This year's dates are Friday 27 October through Sunday 29 October plus an extra day on Thursday for workshops. As usual, this show is a bounty of workshops, shopping, competitions, demonstrations, and sweet animals. It is, however, a longer drive from Atlanta than Georgia FiberFest.

My classes include:
Thursday: Conquering Kitchener and Brioche Rosetta Stone
Friday: Liberating the Labyrinth, Sonic Boom Möbius Cowl, and Italian Perfection
Saturday: Modular Mystique and Small Rounds + Two at a Time
Sunday: Daring Double Cables and When to Combination Knit

So, if you have been thinking it is time to learn something new, there is plenty of opportunity!

03 July 2017

Initial Experiments with the Y Increase

A couple months back, I posted a video showing how to work the k-yo-k increase in reversible lace. I mentioned that one of the interesting things about reversible lace is you can knit into the same stitch twice. Each "stitch" is actually a knit-purl pair. You can knit, purl, then back up and knit again, then purl again.

I've tentatively named this a Y increase because it is one stitch that splits into two stitches. When I sketch it out as a stitch chart or stitch map, it looks like a Y.

I've begun experimenting with this increase.

One of my plans for reversible lace is to turn circular shawls into swirl jackets. Circular shawls are fabulous lace projects. But how do you wear them? For so many people, the first thing you do is fold the shawl in half. When worked reversibly, you could insert sleeves and have a swirl jacket instead. I decided to test the idea with a teddy bear jacket.

It turns out that an 8-section polygon was a little hyperbolic. The 7-section design worked better. I suspect 6-sections will also work. In fact, I might need to make some swatches in 5, 6, 7, and 8 sections to see clearly what happens. For this project, I increased every-other round. The increases alternated between double yarn-overs and Y increases. For an even number of pairs on a section edge, I used the double yarn-overs because even numbers have a center gap. For an odd number of pairs on a section edge, I used the Y increase because odd numbers have a central pair.

Christmas in July is coming up on Sunday 23 July at The Whole Nine Yarns. As typical, I am contributing a pattern.

If you crochet, you may recognize this as a basic crochet hyperbolic plane. Stitches are doubled every-other round by working a Y increase into every stitch. The one on the left is five rounds tall and worked with the sample of Cedar Hill Farm Journey I received in my goodie bag at the Yarn film showing. The one on the right is seven rounds tall and worked from a Madelinetosh Unicorn Tail.

Those of you who follow knitting minutiae may notice they don't have the same bind-off. On the left I've simply bound off in pattern. On the right, I've worked Japanese three-needle bind-off (flat three-needle bind-off). A plain in-pattern bind-off is easier and faster and also a little more ruffled. The three-needle bind-off is cleaner and more structured. Both work.

If you have admired the crocheted coral reef projects but don't crochet, now you can knit your coral reef instead if you work in 1×1 ribbing and use the Y increase. As per my usual practice, I'll hold the pattern back for a couple months before posting it on Ravelry. If you want it sooner, you'll need to attend Christmas in July. This would also make a fine shower poof if worked in dishcloth cotton.