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Student Works

While I’ve been mostly occupied at home with my computer transition, I’ve taught a handful of classes at local shops as well. I try to take photos of student works, sometimes I don’t remember.

I taught a basic baby hat class at Rae’s in Lansing. Two women were trying their first non-scarf projects, so they chose my button hat pattern (roll brim, simple decreases, button on the top rather than a pom pom or other detail) and the third student chose the very appealing Ann Norling Fruit Cap. That one calls for two yarns and something like four or five rows of knitting which alternates between those yarns. It’s a great first-time stranded knitting (sometimes called fairisle) project.

frankensock.jpgSince the baby hat class was only one evening, there was not much to photograph by the time they left. They knew what to do next, they practiced everything they would need to do later (on my knitting sample, so they would not mess up their own projects) but I did not take photos.

I also taught a one-day First-Time Toe-Up Sock class at Yarn Garden in Charlotte. We had such fun! They chose DK-weight washable wool (Zara, a wonderful yarn) and knit their toe, increasing until it would fit their own foot. At that point we put in a lifeline (waste yarn through each stitch so that they could rip back to that point later and put the same stitches back on needles). We saved time by not knitting much on the tube for the foot. We dove directly into knitting a shorter-than-usual heel flap (under the heel) and turned the heel, decreased for gussets, and then discussed several methods for binding off so that the top of the sock is stretchy enough to pull on over the heel.

It was a fun day. They ended up with what I call a “frankensock,” (I may have learned that from Lucy Neatby) which is all parts but out of proportion. No foot and no cuff to speak of, just the parts they needed to learn with the teacher nearby.

needlefeltlindashirt12.jpgThen last Friday I taught Needlefelted Embellishments at Threadbear in Lansing. We first experimented with both yarn and fluffy wool roving, on an old felted/shrunken sweater I bought at Goodwill (it was donated to the charity after someone had accidentally shrunk it). Then Linda got out a cotton knit shell she had bought for the occasion. She originally had thought she would make flowers on it but ended up opting for paisley shapes. I know that folks needlefelt wool onto blue jeans jackets fairly frequently but had never tried needlefelting on cotton myself. She chose the finest needle she had so that she would not damage the cotton (cotton breaks more easily than wool) and she had quite a success. Won’t this be fun to wear with jeans???

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