I’m teaching at Interweave Knitting Lab in NH!

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I’m teaching at Interweave Knitting Lab this October in New Hampshire! I always love the Interweave events, they’re so well-run, and I find that the students are really prepared, genuinely love knitting, and are just a joy!

And…Barbara Walker is the keynote! I can’t WAIT!

Last year, I taught several sold-out sections of both “design your own top-down sweater” and “fit your knits.” This year I’ve added a new class as well… “color theory for knitters.”

I know these images are tiny, so click on them to see the descriptions on the event website.

 (PS: Thanks to bitterpurl for permission to use her gorgeous yarn image in my class listing!)

Two new free patterns!

Treehugger Tutu

Hey moms (and dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents…!) Have you seen the FREE online knitting magazine Petite Purls?

It’s a really cute kids’ knits magazine edited by Allegra Wermuth of Fiddlesticknittng (who is also a designer, mom, and professional violinist!) and by Brandy Fortune of Pixie Purls (also a designer and mom!)

In this issue, I have two new patterns (1, 2,) both are gaugeless (meaning that you can use any yarn and come up with something that fits!) and both are knit using UPcycled Tshirt yarn! The first is the little “tutu” above, and the other is this little bib:

Tshirt yarn bib

This is Petite Purls’ GREEN issue, so all of the projects are knit using environmentally friendly yarns. There are also contributions by Vickie Howell and Betz White!

Here is a video that describes my projects:

And another one that shows you how to make your OWN Tshirt yarn:

If you’re interested in signing up for my ONLINE Upcycled Tshirt yarn class, it just started this week and there’s still plenty of time to sign up!

UP – cycled T-shirt yarn class
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.

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.