This week was VK Live’s second virtual event, and this one was as good as the first!
My first class at this event was History, Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting with Franklin Habit, which was really interesting! He compared Orenburg, Shetland and Estonian laces, considering techniques and conventions of all three styles. We got to look at a bunch of gorgeous lace and learn a lot about various construction styles. It was a lecture class, but the class handout had an example motif from each type of lace, along with a reproduction of a lace pattern from Queen Elizabeth’s (I) stockings.
My second class was a really detailed class on gauge with Patty Lyons. I learned a lot – first that I have been doing gauge swatches wrong, and also that I have been measuring wrong. We did have homework for this class, but then really didn’t do anything with it during the class other than use it to practice measuring. One nifty trick – she doesn’t bind off her gauge swatches, and often doesn’t cast on in the regular way either. She just threads the end of the yarn through live stitches to keep it loose for more accurate blocking and measurement.
And last but certainly not least, Brioche Increases and Decreases, with Michele Bernstein, aka PDXKnitterati! For this class, you are working with one of her hat or cowl patterns that include brioche increases or decreases. Michele shows you how to do the stitches, walks you through the steps several times and in a couple different ways, and answers questions. She also showed us how to fix several common errors people make when working these stitches and coached us through reading our knitting as we went. If you have made a start with brioche knitting and would like to go to the next step, this is a great class!
I was shopping my stash for these classes, and made a questionable choice for this project (the yarns don’t 100% play well together). However, I have decided I’m just going to go ahead with it. I think the important thing here is practicing the skill. It looks OK, not great, but OK. And if I rip it back to start with other yarn, I’m going to wind up buying more, which I do not need right now.
So all in all, another good online learning experience!