This time of year is very stressful and hectic, trying to cram holiday tasks and festivities into an already crowded schedule. My coping mechanism of choice this year was to run away from it all and join friends for a weekend of weaving, knitting, and creativity. The site was Lisa’s house, and she has a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Fiber weekend with friends
It’s a good thing that Brooke Nico and Carol Sulcoski of Black Bunny Fibers have teamed up. Brooke’s designs and Carol’s hand-dyed yarns are a match made in heaven. At the VKLive Chicago market, I decided to find yarn to knit a sweater from Brookes’ book “Lovely Knitted Lace”. She and Carol had a “Sip, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Black Bunny Fibers + Floral Tunic = Perfection!
I forgot to share about the market at VK Live Chicago, which was fun to explore. Aside from all of the beautiful yarn, needles and accessories, there was some very creative knitting being displayed. I was very inspired by all of the color, shapes and the ingenuity of knitters. I also got to meet […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on VKL Chicago – Market
Big news for Annetarsia knitters! When I was writing Annetarsia Knits, I desperately wanted knitters to be able to control the chart colors, and change them to the colors they wanted to knit with. Sally Holt is the genius behind knitCompanion, which does more than any other medium to allow knitters to manipulate and monitor […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Annetarsia Knits is available for the KnitCompanion platform!
When I married Bill Berk, I joined a wonderful family. Grace and Bill Berk, Sr. treated me like a daughter and I have enjoyed their warmth, wisdom, and unconditional support in the 30 years I have known them. We lost Dad a few weeks ago. He had been very ill for a long time, and […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Celebrating a life well lived, and family
I am playing with my “new-to-me” Gilmore floor loom this weekend. It has 8 shafts, but I am only using 4. I bought worsted weight Sugar and Cream cotton in a bunch of colors, and warped from back to front, as you are supposed to with a separator beam. I didn’t like it much, there […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Weekend update – weaving, cats, and Deborah Chandler saves the day
One of my favorite classes involves how to edge garments efficiently and beautifully. Knitters find zippers challenging to insert into hand-knits, but it is easy if you do it right. Generally, at least one student comes to class with a garment to use for class, and I love seeing them leave with a finished sweater!Continue Reading... Comments Off on VKL – Zipper class
I want to thank Amy for a wonderful review of this class. I had a lot of fun with this group, who dove into intarsia with great enthusiasm and were lots of fun to be with. http://www.examiner.com/article/intarsia-students-enter-the-no-mistake-zone-at-vogue-knitting-live I want to remind everybody that you are now completely able to knit a color-block sweater! […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on VKL Chicago, Annetarsia class
I was impressed with the imagination and engagement of the knitters designing Intarsia motifs in Chicago. Several knitters put together more than one motif during class. The ideas were inventive, and they worked to turn those ideas into motifs that will be fun and easy to knit. I greatly enjoyed this class!Continue Reading... Comments Off on Vogue Knitting Live-Chicago Intarsia design class