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Two new classes at Serial Knitters: November and December 2016

Ready for some great classes? I’ve got two fun ones coming in¬†November and December!

In November I’m teaching an Intro to Brioche class on Sunday, November 13 from 1:30 to 3:30.

In December I’m teaching a Knitalong class for Iris Schreier’s¬†gorgeous Key of Life¬†- ¬†That class will be two Sundays, December 4th and 11th, 1:30 to 3:30.

Here’s the project!

keyoflife_medium2

keyoflife3_medium2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keyoflifeblackandwhite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few techniques you will study with this project: garter stitch tab cast-on, short rows, knitting in ends as you go, tricks for working two-color stripes and three-needle bind off. And of course there will be secret tips and tricks.

Stop in the shop or give a call at 425-242-0086 to register for a class.

Remember how you wanted my help with your knitting project?

Remember how you wanted my help with your knitting project? Well now you can get it! I’m going to be hosting a few knitting circles at Serial Knitters. A Serial Knitters Knitting Circle is a two-hour session that costs $15 a session or $65 for a 5-session punch card. You come with your project and get help from the teacher on duty. Which will be me on the following dates:

Friday¬†July 31 -¬†2:30pm –4:30pm¬†

Sunday, August 2nd - 11:00am Р1:00pm 

Sunday, August 2nd - 1:30pm Р3:30pm

Friday, August 7 - 2:30pm Р4:30pm  

 

Last Fox Paws Class for March and new ideas brewing…

Today was¬†the third and final session of the March Fox Paws KAL at¬†Serial Knitters. Our tenacious and dedicated group¬†has worked very hard over the past month and pushed on through the frustration of wrong stitch counts, dropped stitches and unfamiliar stitch-lumps. I was so excited to see everyone’s progress. Here are a few…

They are looking so beautiful and we are all grateful to Xandy Peters for this great pattern. For those of you who couldn’t make the session, post your progress pictures in the Serial Knitters Ravelry discussion forum here: Picture Thread.

Due to popular demand, we have scheduled another Fox Paws workshop in May! Details:

Fox Paws Workshop and Knit Along with Pamela Grossman. 

Workshop Series $75 Р Sundays, May 3, 24, & 31 from 1:30 Р3:30pm.

Loads more information on the shop website.

In other knitting news I am completely obsessed with the idea of combining three¬†things I love: gorgeous long-color-changing Spincycle Yarn, mathematically inspiring mobius knitting and complex and beautiful stitchwork in two-color brioche. Oh, and then there’s a fourth element I’d like to experiment with:¬†combining different yarn weights in the same project to create unexpected fabric.

So I’ve been desperate to carve out some time where I could just sit and explore some of these techniques.¬†This weekend I got to play a bit. I experimented with¬†a variation of Iris Schreier’s mobius cast-on¬†that was surprisingly, a success on the first go-around!¬†Here’s how it looked earlier today:

 

Loving this #briocheknitting #möbius experiment. #spincycle #manosmaxima #briochestitch

A photo posted by pamela grossman (@pamelamama) on

Serial Knitters just got in a big selection of Dyed in the Wool from Spincycle and I am pairing it up with some Shibui and Madelinetosh for inspiration. Dreamy. I hope to have more to show you soon. Once I get a basic version of this pattern written, I want to incorporate some fancy brioche stitch patterns like those featured in Nancy Marchant‘s gorgeous new book Knitting Fresh Brioche. I predict there will be some brioche stitch classes coming your way soon…

Find lots more pictures of my experiments on my Instagram page. Love to hear your feedback! Happy knitting!

 

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#foxpawsKAL session 2 details

Hello Knitters,

Session two started with looking at a couple of videos to learn how to work in ends as we go. Important skill. Saves much work later on.

Check out the videos on my Fox Paws Video Playlist.

Then we went over my cheat sheet document. Virtual kal-ers, message me via email or on Ravelry with a promise that you have purchased Fox Paws and your email address and I will send you a PDF of this document. It has row-by-row instructions on marker placement, vertical alignment and other fancy stuff. You need the actual Fox Paws pattern to fully utilize the cheat sheet!

Please share photos of your work and your questions in this thread on Ravelry. Love to see how you are doing!

Happy knitting!

Fox Paws KAL Day 1!

What a great group of knitters we had at our first in-person Fox Paws workshop at Serial Knitters! Today I gave an overview of the project, then we reviewed and practiced the new stitches that are the building blocks for Fox Paws. Students practiced stacked increases and decreases and learned to “read” their knitting when applying these new techniques.

We watched some videos (playlist here) and experimented with designer Xandy Peters’ two practice patterns Star and Oak Leaf. (Both are free on her blog and in PDF form on Ravelry.) Access my research document with all of the relevant clickable links here. Come post your progress and questions on the Serial Knitters Ravelry Forum. We’re on our way to knitting Fox Paws!

 

Case Study: Deciding on Debbie W’s Fox Paws Color Scheme

My new friend Debbie in California is excited about doing the Fox Paws knitalong but has struggled with color selection. She ordered a pile of Gloss Fingering yarn from Knit Picks and, after sifting through, nothing seemed to click. Then she saw this photo and it all came together.

butterfly paws image

 

(Does anyone have a credit for this photo?)

She selected these yarns plus black to make her project:

butterfly paws yarn

 

We conferenced online to walk through the process of creating her color scheme. I’ll share with you some of the screenshots of our collaboration.

First, I used Adobe Color to mock up¬†Debbie’s Palette.

adobe color screenshot of Debbie's Palette

She wasn’t sure it captured the colors correctly so I tried again for a lighter green:

adobe color screenshot of Debbie's Palette 2

 

More true to life, Debbie said. She told me she was surreptitiously holding her yarn up to her iPhone and hoping no one saw her…

 

I opened up Xandy Peter’s coloring page for Fox Paws in MS Paint and pasted in the palette. We tried for the first color, purple as A. Then, tested out yellow as the border color.

Debbies A D

She liked it! We filled in all of the D as yellow. Now, what should border the yellow?

Debbie's A D What next.

First we tried blue to border the yellow.

Debbie's A D Try Blue

Not our favorite. We tried black. Better!

Debbie's A D Try black

Next decision, what to border the black? We went for the bold blue.

Debbie's A B D Try E as blue

 

We both loved it! That left only to fill in the green. It worked beautifully:

Debbie's Screenshot of all colors filled in

 

And here’s the final jpeg of the image that she can use when she knits her Fox Paws:

Debbie's fox paws coloring page image complete

Happy knitting, Debbie! We want lots of photos!

Follow Debbie’s project here.

For an in-depth explanation of using Paint to plan your Fox Paws colors, click here for my earlier blog post, Playing With Colors.

 

 

Fox Paws Updated Class Overview with Materials List

Fox Paws Knitalong and Workshop Sessions @ Serial Knitters, Kirkland, WA (www.serialknitters.com)
{In-person workshop sessions: March 1, March 8, March 22 – 1:30 to 3:30}

KAL Deadline: April 25th at Midnight – Drawing in the shop April 26th for a $50 Serial Knitters Gift Certificate and a free pattern from Wooly Wonder. {This date represents a change; originally it was a shorter time period.}

Virtual knitalong on the SK Ravelry Forum: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/serial-knitters

To qualify for the drawing, post your completed project on the Serial Knitters Ravelry Forum in the FO thread by midnight, April 25th. Both workshop attendees and virtual participants are included in the drawing.

Session 1: New Stitches, Yarn and Color Selection.Learn the stitches with two practice mini-projects from Xandy Peters: Star and Leaf projects; Select your yarn colors and experiment with stripe/color order.

Materials needed for Session 1:

  • Medium-weight, bouncy scrap yarn. Pick something with some stretch to it. It‚Äôs nice to have a couple of colors for experimenting. Weight doesn‚Äôt matter, just pick something that is comfortable for experimenting.
  • Needles to match. You may want to bring a few different types to see what works best. Wood needles can be tricky for this project as there is a lot of stress on the needles and some have experienced breakage. Circulars are suggested because of the flexible cable.
  • The usual notions and tools, stitch markers, scissors, etc.
  • Optional: Laptop or tablet
  • Optional: Color scheme ideas

Session 2: Pattern Study and Swatch.Decode the pattern, discover patterns within the pattern, practice with a swatch. Discuss stitch marker placement and lifeline strategies. Decide on your width and look at the numbers.

Materials needed for Session 2:

  • Fox Paws Pattern
  • Project Yarn and needles
  • The usual notions and tools, stitch markers, scissors, etc.
  • Optional: Laptop or tablet

Session 3: Community Knit. If you haven’t already, cast on and begin. Share your progress and troubleshoot concerns. Get tips and suggestions.

Materials needed for Session 3:

  • Your work in progress