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Monday, January 31, 2011

'Winter Sunrise'

Friday was the opening evening of the Winter Art Exhibition at the Thousand Islands Arts Centre (Home of the Handweaving Museum) in Clayton, NY. I have taught there and am a member so when the email came in December I decided to make an effort. First, I thought I'd make a jacket then thought better of if, too ambitious for a non juried show, though someone did a crocheted vest. I changed it to a scarf. 

I knitted strips using both my Singer machine where I worked ribbed strips and the wavy strips following the Irish Bishop method, and  my Brother with it's Garter Carriage for a garter stitch strip and a seed stitch strip. I used glass beads and Swaravski crystals to embellish and add sparkle. 

We picked a branch from the garden to display it on as I couldn't find anything that resembled an icicle! I knit this little bit of wire knitting to tie it in themewise though one had nothing to do with the other really... just decoration!

This is what it looks like as  a scarf, this one is quite long so you can do neat wraps with it. 

My idea, as the inspiration was to be taken from Winter on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands, was the river at sunrise. Early one morning looking out of my bathroom window I saw the white on the lake, the dark strip which is Wolfe Island and the rose tones of the sun coming up. this is what I tried to knit in my strips, with the beads as the sparkle the Ice and snow give off.

Here I am Friday night with my piece at the show opening. Unfortunately I had to email the Arts Centre the next day to ask that they remove it from the window as the sun and reflection off the snow outside will quickly ruin the piece with fading, yellowing and deterioration.

It wasn't completely exciting for everyone I took and my husband found out that the musical entertainment had a second guitar and as a seasoned musician, joined in the fun.

(He's wearing one of my fave sweaters on him... from Knit Scene Spring '07... I'm in the process of knitting him another one).

Here it is in situ with some wonderful artwork.

This wasn't a juried show so there was artwork from many artisans from the Clayton NY environs. Also from children, beautifully framed and hung. For a small riverside town it was soooo well attended and I hope to exhibit there again.

They have a show in the Summer.... better get my thinking cap on (wooly of course!)

BTW it is for sale - $125...with branch!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Knit 1 Weekend Part 2

Terenya & Foamy

I did take more photos on our Knit 1 weekend, January 8th, so here are some more. Above is a snap of Terenya with my foam dress form over in the lovely 'coffee corner', can you imagine your own little 'fridge and coffee maker in your studio.... I have to go downstairs, jump over the snow on my doorstep to get to my kitchen. Terenya's studio is three flights up so we got our excercise going down for more coffee pods!

There's a wonderful 'corset' knit in one of the workbooks and so we experimented with one of the panels, some day I'd like to make the whole thing. It's worked in panels and sections and 'cups' over the bust. Unfortunately, there isn't a photo of the back, I'm so visual with my learning but I'm sure I could follow. Also, by the time I worked the front the back should be a breeze (you think?).

There's also many pages starting with a 'sock heel' for working on shaped insets, adding and subtracting stitches in the middle of a piece.

First I just left it the way it was then I folded it flat and pressed it. I think this would be fun as an accent in a garment.....around a collar, cuff or on a kid's sweater. There are many other incarnations to think of....hmmmm.

 Sonja also worked on some 'holes' and thought if you made long vertical pieces then tucked them down and through holes below an interesting effect would be attained. You could always thread knitted coloured tapes through as accent, to draw it in as in a wrist or waist.
Here is my foamy dressed to the nines in all of our samples, I didn't realize we had done so much in a da and a half....between eating, walking in the snow, brewing great coffee, exploring Niagara on the Lake's downtown....                                                                                                         Gosh we were busy as we had our long quiet times each totally focused on what we were experimenting with then being able to share it with friends right away. Great for me as I always knit and work alone!

Here's the gang taking a break to walk through the cemetery of the church near T's house, beautiful after the snow dump earlier that day.

 Horse drawn carriages around town, even past T's house.

The things you see in store windows!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Knit 1 Weekend

 Well, we finally did it, we had our Knit 1 weekend. Knit 1 is a design school in Brighton, England where courses can be taken on amazing knitting techniques. My friend Sonja has the series of tutorial books purchased from their web site and four of us got our shorts in a bunch, chomping at the bit to try some of the techniques.

We got together at Terenya's house in Niagara on the Lake where she has just finished building her studio in the attic. Big windows overlook the lake and Fort Niagara on the US side, sun streamed in to illuminate our efforts

 These bits are exercises in short rowing and striping, looks fairly straightforward but actually you have to get into the rhythm of pulling and pushing your needles and counting and remembering to only do TWO pink rows!!!

Terenya worked on a chunky which she prefers, and in yellow and pale blue. I had picked up some dull taupe and, at the last minute, hot pink to work with, I actually liked the combination when I got rolling.

I'm amazed I got everything into my beloved PT, too snowy to take out the seats and drag them to the garage but we managed, I picked up Sonja in Toronto with her two machines, table and yarn. Not to mention food, wine, books!!! But I got my foam dress form in as a place to pin our samples as we completed them (or they fell off our machines!!!)

 Here, Sonja and Terenja get side tracked from the set up by looking through her stash of items she made for a sale before Christmas....Saturday morning was a beautiful sunny day.... before the snow flew and Sandy, who had braved the blizzard arrived in the early afternoon.

 This is a cool sweater knit on the chunky.

Sonja is finally set up and knitting on into the evening.

Here are Terenya and Sonja in T's kitchen working on yet more coffee! Terenya has a Kureg and we had great coffee...she even has a machine in her studio!

Sandy took some pics of me working on something but mostly of me unraveling ravel cord!

Sandy had some lovely yarn that she'd picked up at Sew-Knit-Serge from Peter Smith in Toronto, it was some Forsell that I had never worked with and beautiful colours .... but he has no more, drat!

Here she's done short rows but made large (non wrapping) holes. Instead of knitting to your hold sts, wrapping and returning, knit to and fro with the sts in hold, several rows then pull up your next needles into hold.

 Sandy pressing her pieces. I got to sit on an antique bench at my machine, I fell in love with it and liked it so much more than my swivel chair! I was able to pile stuff on the seat on either side of me.

Oh, and by the way, we had company in shape of Terenya's three Yorkies! Once they got used to us they were really sweet.

More of Sandy's work.

Something I wanted to try out of an old Machine Knitting News (no longer in print - sadly).

Terenya's leg warmers.

Here's the gang....taking a break for a walk around the beautiful houses in Niagara on the Lake.

Well, that's enough for today, more on my next post.