Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Kaffe Knit-along Check List!



OK....settle down knitters....this is a long knit-along and you don't want to burn yourselves out!

There are a few things that you have to know - here is a check list for you!

Are you a Row@n Member - if not, join here. You MUST be a Row@n Member to be able to download the weekly clues!

Got your yarn?  If not....here is the shopping list for the 4 different colour ways!

The Week 1 Clue is UP!  

BEFORE YOU CAST ON!!! Please read the Tip Sheet!  Rowan has provided TWO versions of each square - a M1 increase or an Increase version.  What is the difference you might ask?  Read the Tip Sheet and decide which version you prefer!

Rowan has done videos for all of the techniques that you need to be able to knit these squares! There is a Kaffe KAL Playlist which shows them all! It helps if you watch these videos on a bigger screen - they are ok on my iPad, but great on my Mac screen! (It is worth going to your computer to watch them!)

I would recommend that you do a swatch, knit a square to sample the techniques as demonstrated on the videos....get comfortable with the pattern before you cast on!

I KNOW, WHAT A RADICAL IDEA!

All set? Cast on!

Happy Knitting!

Anne

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PS:  

I am still knitting Emley in +RowanYarns Fine Art Aran and I am determined to finish.  I must finish as I am offering my 4 or even 5 leftover skeins of Fine Art Aran to you.  Want to enter the draw?  



enter my "Fine Art Aran Giveaway" draw

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Docknits Workshop Weekend!

This past weekend was the 2nd Annual Fall Docknits Retreat

Everything about this weekend is fabulous!  A wonderful knitting shop in a unique lakeside community, with a terrific staff who teach classes and hold workshops on all sorts of fibre topics...then add an enthusiastic group of knitters!

When I was asked if I could do a workshop for the 2014 Retreat, how could I resist? My family traditionally vacationed each fall in the Port Elgin/Southampton area because my Dad loved to fish there in the Saugeen River....so while I hadn't been here in years....it had a nigh nostalgia rating with me!

The subject of the workshop was "Colour Play in Stranded Knitting".

We were going to take inspiration from art work from the Southampton Art Gallery, or a photograph brought to class by the knitter, pick shades, and using the Kaffe Fassett "Magic Ball" method, play with colour while knitting a motif that I had designed especially for this weekend.

Yarn Dominance in Stranded Knitting was the technical aspect of the workshop. I demonstrated and everyone had to get their head around "background" vs "pattern" shades.  (I discussed this in my blog post "Following the Straight and Narrow in Stranded Knitting"! )

Well, I had great intentions of taking LOTS of photos!  But I have to say, enthusiasm is contagious.....put 20 like minded knitters in one room with LOADS of yarn, spectacular inspiration, good food and well, time just flies!  

So, photos are worth 1000 words....who actually said that? If you want to know....go to this wikipedia page.  Whoever you want to attribute it to, they were right....so here goes!


On the drive up, the fall colours were pretty amazing!
What a coincidence that the colour of this house caught my eye....
and look at the cute cup cake dessert!
Everyone picked their shades of yarn and cast on!
The results were spectacular!
The Saugeen Trillium Scarf!
I used +RowanYarns Felted Tweed for mine!

I'm just going to write this up as a pattern from my class notes!

I need to get this done right away....

Because THIS Wednesday is October 1 
and the Kaffe Fassett Mystery KAL Starts!


I'm knitting the Red Colourway!
Have you got your yarn yet?

No? Here's a link to the shopping list!

I am so excited about this KAL! It's Kaffe at his best - a simple design idea in combination with his spectacular colourways - 4 of them!  So, just a couple of days to finish up projects and clear your knitting spot for the Kaffe KAL!

Until Wednesday.....Happy Knitting!

Anne

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