January 29, 2012

Vogue Knitting Live 2012

Estonian lace shawls in Nancy Bush's class

I cannot think of a better way to start the new year than spending a weekend in New York City with one of my favorite people, Mangokiwi, knitting and eating awesome food! It was so much fun that she and I might go to VKL in Chicago... I signed up for VKL in order to attend two classes with two instructors who do not offer classes on the East Coast very often: Nancy Bush and Ysolda Teague.

Saturday was a 6-hour class with Nancy Bush entitled "An Overture to Estonian Lace". She covered the history of Estonian lace and explained its characteristic stitches and construction using beautiful shawls as examples. We knitted a sampler that allowed us to perfect our nupps and understand the center motif/edging construction, which means that I am ready to tackle one of the shawls in "Knitted Lace of Estonia".

Estonian lace sampler
(Pardon the messy edging, I was so excited that I blocked the sampler in the hotel room with no T-pins)

On Sunday I spent six happy hours with Ysolda as she debuted a new class, "Top down beyond the raglan". Ysolda explained why the basic raglan is not flattering and how to remedy this deficiency by modifying the yoke of a top-down sweater to reflect our body shape. We went through the calculations necessary for each type of yoke (compound raglan, round yoke, saddle shoulder, set-in sleeve, increase yoke) and knitted a swatch to understand the construction of each yoke. My favorite was the top-down set-in sleeve: can you even tell it was knitted top-down and not seamed?

Top-down set-in sleeve swatch in Quince Lark

Of course, there was also the marketplace. I was excited to see the set of Addi lace with long tips and lifeline cords (I already placed an order with my LYS), leaf through the galley print of Knit Red, and get a healthy dose of autographed books such as Knit Local and Whimsical Little Knits 3. Below are some pictures taken with my iPhone as I was walking around the Gallery

Yarn bombing

The cutest afternoon tea

A battle in Mochimochi Land

A beautiful wedding gown by Julia Ramsey

January 08, 2012

Défi 13 de janvier: Accessoires maison

Je suis allée à un atelier crochet au magasin local, Gather Here, et le résultat est un coussin "granny square" crocheté avec un assortiment de laines Cascade 220; le dos est en feutre et cousu à la machine (tuto de Katherine Codega). Je compte faire un autre coussin avec des couleurs vives pour cet été.

Bonne année et bonne santé! La galerie de janvier est ICI.

My holidays in pictures

I ate some yummy Claramels

I learned to make buttonholes while sewing pajama pants at Gather Here

Did you know that merino is not just a sheep breed?

A store called Len (the pronunciation is the same as the French for wool, "laine")

Even when it's 35ºC/95ºF outside, Vietnamese people like to knit and crochet

Knitting results from my two-week trip:
- an almost finished Cedar Leaf shawlette (I will block it and post a decent picture before I mail it to my friend in California)
- 2.5 finished socks that unfortunately do not amount to a finished pair
- a tearful goodbye to three pairs of Addi needles at the Paris airport