Designing our own shawls

My online Design Your Own Shawl Class started this week, and I’m having a great time!

So far, we’ve drawn out basic sketches of our shawls:

shawl sketch

And I’ve decided on which yarn I’ll use (Cascade 109). I’m using a bulky because I want what I’m doing to show up in the class videos, and because I love the look of “blown up” big lace on big needles!

Stefanie's yarn and needles

We’re currently in the process of choosing stitch patterns, swatching, and getting ready to chart our lace!

Self-Guided classes are now ready for signup.

Hi Everyone!

I’ve decided to open up self-guided versions of both the Upcycled Tshirt Yarn Class and the Fitted Raglan Shawl Class. These classes have both been taught several times, and all of the material has been tried and tested and is ready for you to use.

The self-guided format means that you will be able to sign up at any time and have access to the class materials for 4 weeks from your date of signup. Within 24 hours of your registration (usually with minutes) you’ll be invited to the class, where you’ll find all of the video, handouts, patterns, etc. You’ll then be able to work through the materials at your own pace. This means that there’s no set date that the class will start, you simply sign up when you are ready to begin.

The differences between this setup and the way that my classes are normally taught are that we won’t have scheduled chat times, and you will be taking the class along with other people who may be at any stage of the class (since people will go in and out of class according to the date that they sign up.) You won’t necessarily be working with others at the same time, and won’t necessarily interact with your fellow classmates (unless you choose to.)

You will still be able to contact me with any questions / concerns, and I’ll answer within 24 hours.

Because my interaction with the classes will be less than usual, the cost of the class will be lowered by $10 / class. If you’ve been considering trying a class but were concerned about the cost or about the timing of the class fitting in with your schedule, this may be a great way for you to sample a class with less commitment.

(Our baby is due to be born on February 15, so I’m taking a brief hiatus from actively teaching after the Winter Session of classes ends. Spring Session will begin in March. If you’ve signed up to be a member of my knitting studio site, I’ll send you an email with spring class topics and dates as soon as I feel comfortable setting those in stone.)

Mirth: Fitted Raglan Shawl Mosiac

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Fitted Raglan Shawl Class (Self-guided version)

The class will be taught using a combination of pre-recorded video and PDF handouts. There is also a forum, in which you can ask questions at any time and meet others who are working through the same class, but may be at a different point in the material.

You will receive: a PDF copy of the knitting pattern, as well as additional PDF handouts with further explanation and instruction as to how to read lace knitting charts and work lace stitches, how to incorporate lace stitches into raglan – style increases, and more.

Materials: (Feel free to make substitutions!)
SockWeight Shawl, pictured in colors “Autumn Wine” (2 sk.) and“Rockwell” (1 sk.):
3 skeins Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock [80% Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon, 215 yds. / 2 oz.]

DK Weight Shawl, pictured in color “Mirth”:
3 skeins Lorna’s Laces Green Line DK [100% organic merino wool, 145 yds. / 2 oz.]

Worsted Weight Shawl, pictured in colors “Chagrin” (1 sk.) and “Courage” (1 sk.):
2 skeins Lorna’s Laces Green Line Worsted [100% organic merino wool, 210 yds. / 4 oz.]

Sock Weight Shawl: US 5 / 3.75mm
DK Weight Shawl: US 7 / 4.5mm
Worsted Weight Shawl: US 10 / 8mm


WEEK 1: Introduction to lace knitting and Lace Chart 1
–How to read lace charts
– How to cast on a garter stitch insert
–Lace chart 1 row by row video instruction

WEEK 2: Lace Chart 2 and working with color
– Lace chart 2 row by row video instruction
– Color Theory: Which colors work together and why
– How to effectively change from one color to another in this project.

WEEK 3: Lace Chart 3 and Finishing
– Lace chart 3 video instruction
– Finishing and weaving in ends in lace
– blocking

WEEK 4: Knitting time! Use this week to watch the videos,
ask questions, and generally finish up.

Sign up today, start class tomorrow!

Class Fee for self-guided version:
$35 for four weeks’ access to the class materials.

Tshirt Yarn Mosaic

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UP – cycled T-shirt yarn class (Self-Guided Version)

Learn to turn unwanted old (or new) t-shirts into a beautiful yarn that resembles expensive woven cotton tube-type yarns. I will show you how to create different weights of yarn, and to add effects to
the yarn while you’re making it.

You will receive: A PDF booklet of four knitting patterns (click on More Photos under the mosaic above to see more examples of class projects,) as well as additional PDF handouts with further
explanation and instruction as to how to create yarn from T-shirts, how to dye cotton yarn using natural and commercial dyes, and more.

Week 1 of the class will teach you to turn those old Tshirts, jersey bed sheets, or yardages of Tshirt-type fabric into yarn

Week 2 of the class will be “Dye Class.” You’ll learn how to use natural dyes like tea and coffee to give your yarn an organic, earthy feel. We’ll also see how to use commercial dyes like Rit and
Dylon to add gorgeous bright color to the yarn and create special looks like self-striping and variegated yarns.

Week 3 of class will focus on projects for your yarns. Once you’ve created your t-shirt yarn, you’ve effectively RE-cycled your t-shirts, but our goal is to UPcycle. I’ll give you four patterns (leaf-shaped face cloths, lace wrap, lace triangle scarf, and lace shrug)
that will use your new t-shirt yarn to its best advantage. I’ll even go one step further and show you how to package your knits into gorgeous gifts that any friend or relative would love to receive.

Week 4 of the class will be time for you to knit your projects and ask any additional questions, watch the videos, and generally finish up.

The class will be taught using a combination of pre-recorded video and PDF handouts. There is also a forum, in which you can ask questions at any time and meet other students who may be at a different point in the class.

Class Fee for self-guided version:
for four weeks’ access to the class materials

Soakers and a Tutorial (how to knit your own)

Two of the (Damask Rose) Malabrigo soakers:
Soaker duo

I think I’m posting about this as a way to hold myself accountable, and also because my pregnant brain is telling me to focus hard on baby prep, even though realistically I’m pretty ready. My brain really wants to do serious baby prep crafting. Regardless of other work / deadlines. SO…maybe once my brain sees this post with pictures of my little knits it’ll calm down some.

I’ve finished 2 knit soakers, have yarn for a million more, and have one on the needles. I also have lots of eentsy fleece yoga pants, and ordered 3 of these wraps in NB and 4 small. So…I think we will be ok for the first 4 – 6 months soakerwise. I also have a few knits left over from Mazie. (Got it, Brain?? We’re prepped!)

A few people have asked me which is my favorite soaker pattern to knit. I knit a few pair of Picky Pants for Mazie, and they are the bomb, Picky Pants front but I’m actually not that great about following patterns, I glance at the pattern occasionally but just knit them like I think they “should” be knit…so I developed my own, taking our climate into consideration.

We live where it’s HOT. It’ll be too hot for wool pants by March, so I like smaller soakers that just cover the diaper with some ribbing to keep messes inside. Here’s a couple that I did for Mazie:

new pink ruffled soaker

Soaker set

A few people have asked me about these. Here’s the process:

Beginnings of a soaker
Start out with one stitch, and, working in stockinette, increase one stitch each end of every other row until the top of the triangle measures a little bit bigger than your baby’s waist.

Change to 2×2 ribbing for about 1.5 – 2 inches. Bind off loosely.

soaker about 2/3 finished
Leaving about .5 inch at either end, pick up stitches along each side of the triangle and work in 2×2 ribbing for about the same distance you used for the waistband. (see above)

soaker before seaming
Fold in the points and seam.

For the ruffles, you just pick up stitches in a straight line across the back and knit for an inch or so. Do this 2 or 3 times to make a little row of them.