Friday was another busy day, like Thursday. In the morning I had Lacing Up Brioche with Nancy Marchant, which was pretty fabulous. As with regular lace knitting, for each opening you make, which creates a new stitch, you have to remove a stitch to keep your stitch counts even. There are two ways of creating openings in brioche fabric, and she showed us both methods, along with several ways to remove stitches. At the end of the class we had little samplers that demonstrated all the new techniques and stitches we learned. I messed mine up a little bit at the top, but I had ripped this back and redone it already by this point, so figured it was good enough!
Friday afternoon my class was on designing your own round yoke sweater, which was mostly a lecture class with a little bit of sketching work toward the end of the session. The teacher is an artist and art teacher as well as a knitting designer, so she had some good rules of thumb to share about using motifs as well as regular knitting design rules and formulas.
Saturday I had intro to marling, again with Cecilia Campochiero, and again she was fabulous! Without getting too much into her methods, a big feature of figuring out how you want to combine yarns is microswatching – knitting teeny little swatches of the combined yarns to see how they look. You can then use these microswatches to play with how you want to order your marls. I did one microswatches combination during class:
Then because I had the yarn colors, and my mind basically always goes to Halloween, I did another set in a different set of yarn combinations:
Today’s class was on making tessalated motifs. I have to be honest, my brain was already full when I joined in to this class. It was well taught and interesting. I took notes and followed along, but I just could not make myself do the exercises right now. It will be useful info later though!
One of the great things about the virtual format is that it makes attending a class much more accessible. You don’t have the bother and expense of traveling to an event and staying there, not to mention the time away from home. There have been people in each of the classes from all over the place – not just the US, but all over the world. If you are interested in attending, VK has said they are doing one of these events each month – they have already announced their August and September dates. Now that I know they will be doing more of these I can calm down a little bit and just attend every once in a while. Thanks for your patience – I promise to stop blathering about VK Live tomorrow!