Madrona Fiber Arts retreat mini-class registration is open!I’m teaching Fox Paws Foundations.
Come learn with me! http://madronafiberarts.com/mini-class-schedule-registration/
Hi Friends! Exciting classes, including some freebies, coming up in the next few months. Please register! Excited to knit with you. Also, see above, a new feature called “teaching calendar” so you can stay up to date!
At Serial Knitters:
Two Color Brioche Workshop – the Hosta Scarf, a Nancy Marchant pattern
Brioche stitch in two colors! Wow! So beautiful! Students must be familiar with knitting brioche stitch.
- 2 class sessions
- Cost $70 plus pattern & supplies (Please purchase the pattern here or here on your own and bring your copy to class.)
- Saturdays, January 9th & 23rd from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Call or visit Serial Knitters to register. Class size is limited. 425-242-0086
Free #CeliaStrong Poncho Demo —Two Color Brioche
Saturday, January 9 from 3:30pm—4:30pm
Get hands-on help with the techniques from my latest pattern, #CeliaStrong. We’d be happy to help you with your yarn selection or show you the fun tricks that make this a quick and interesting knit. Try one on! Everyone wants to knit #CeliaStrong. (She’s already strong, but we’re knitting her even stronger!)
Registration is not required.
Check out the Serial Knitters website for the most up-do-date info on classes offered in the Kirkland, WA shop.
Fox Paws Foundations – mini-class at the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, FEBRUARY 11-14, 2016, Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington. (Mini-Class Schedule is released in January 2016. – Sign up for updates on their page to get the latest information.) I’ll also be doing a free Fox Paws Q & A in the rotunda at Madrona – more details to follow.
Fox Paws Foundations with Pamela Grossman
Have you gazed in wonder at Xandy Peters’ mind-bending designs? If you haven’t, you should, right here: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/xandy-peters
Maybe you’ve thought, “How could I ever do something that complex and fancy?” Perhaps you’ve agonized, “I’m a fabulous, experienced knitter, why is Fox Paws so hard for me!”
Help is at hand. Join Pamela Grossman for Fox Paws Foundations to learn the unusual stitch patterns and techniques used in Fox Paws. To prepare for her Fox Paws workshops at Serial Knitters in Kirkland, WA, Pamela undertook an in-depth study of the pattern devising tips and strategies to help knitters truly understand the compelling but tricky stacked increases and decreases. She collaborated with Xandy while developing the workshop plan.
In our class we’ll learn about stacked increases and decreases, do an exploratory swatch and, as time allows, test out the practice mini-projects from Xandy Peters’ blog, the Star and Oak Leaf practice projects:
We’ll also get an overview of the video playlist that Pamela has organized to support Fox Paws. If time allows, we will review the Fox Paws pattern itself alongside Pamela’s “Fox Paws Cheat Sheet” – an unofficial guide to parsing the pattern and remaining calm despite the challenges of the dreaded, feared and adored row 6.
Skills required: casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, binding off (adventurous advanced beginner)
- Your own printed copy of the Fox Paws Pattern
- Medium-weight (DK, sport or worsted), bouncy scrap yarn. Pick something with some stretch to it. It’s nice to have a few colors for experimenting. Weight doesn’t matter, just pick something that is comfortable for you.
- Needles to match. (Size 7 or 8 or whatever you use for medium weight yarn.) 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: internet-connected tablet, phone or laptop
Homework: Cast on for the following swatch:
- Cast on 25 stitches with a medium weight yarn and matching needles. Knit two rows garter stitch.
NOTE: We will not have time in this session to do an in-depth study of Xandy’s pattern. Pamela will be able share her cheat sheet, video playlist and other resources.
Interested in a class you don’t see or a private lesson? Email pamelamama at gmail.com or give a call over to Serial Knitters:425-242-0086.
Want to hire Pamela to teach a class at your venue? Email!
Yep I named it with a hashtag right in the title.
Hello knitters, friends and relatives,
Against all realistic odds I have released a new pattern for your enjoyment! The #CeliaStrong Poncho is a cushy asymmetrical multi-color cancer-fighting brioche poncho knit in the round with minimal seaming and built-in extremely fashionable fringe. Everything you could have possibly wanted in a knit. Make it now before the wheel of style turns and dictates we can only use it as a cozy blanket.
Celia is a 16-year-old friend fighting cancer. I wanted to make her a poncho because ponchos are in right now and we are stylish people. It came out pretty amazing. So, here’s the pattern. Thanks for the inspiration, Celia! 50% of the proceeds from the sales of this pattern will go to the cancer research organization of my choice. The other 50% will probably buy yarn.
This lofty, cozy brioche poncho is knit in the round using one color at a time. No carrying colors is needed. After knitting the whole thing as a tube, finish by creating the head opening with a three-needle bind off. A 10-stitch stockinette panel is dropped, cut and tied off to create fringe along one edge. Built-in fringe! No tying on hundreds of short strands!
For extra fun, I’d love it if you’d tag your project photos with #CeliaStrong #ponchostrong and of course, #teambrioche!
In order to do this project you need the following skills, or a willingness to learn:
Brioche knitting, casting on, three-needle binding off, knitting in the round, being completely awesome.
Use this link for the next week to get $2 off the $8 pattern price in honor of Megan’s Birthday. You can also use the coupon code MBBD.
Use this link to check out the pattern on www.Ravelry.com.
Dedicated to Celia Balderston:
Your fight and my love for your mama inspired me to create your poncho. It gave me great joy to do it. I hope it cuddles you up and helps you stay cozy and strong. Sending so much love,
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 – 1:00pm
Sunday, August 2nd – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Friday, August 7 – 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Have any of these things happened to you?
- You have some gorgeous yarn but aren’t sure what to make from it?
- You have a great pattern but you don’t know what yarn will work well?
- You are ready to start a new project but you wish you knew someone who has knit it before so they could give you some tips?
Do you know that there is a free and wonderful website that you can use to help you with all of these situations? It’s called Ravelry! I’m teaching a class in the basics of Ravelry which can solve all of those problems and more. Interested?
The class is happening this SUNDAY at Serial Knitters in Kirkland from 1:30 to 3:30. Here’s the full class description:
Introduction to Social Media for Yarnies: Exploring Ravelry.com
Are you on Ravelry.com? This free website is a rich resource that connects you to the online world of knitting and crocheting, spinning, weaving, dyeing… etc! It’s a social network for yarny folks, and so much more. You can search for ideas and inspiration… find a pattern to use your stash yarn, explore projects made by others and see tips and reviews of patterns and yarns. Before you jump into your next project, get advice from knitters who have been there, done that and lived to tell the tale. You can join in crafty conversations of every variety. Connect with your real-life friends and make new virtual yarn-loving buddies. We will learn how to create an account, navigate different areas of the site, search for patterns and projects, connect with friends, see what patterns are popular and upload the details of your projects to share with other Ravelers. We’ll explore privacy settings, groups and forums. If time allows we’ll also have a peek at Instagram and Pinterest.
- A device that can connect to the internet, like a laptop or a tablet. Phones are not ideal because of the small screen size and keyboard.
Information about a current or past knitting project, including a few pictures and the yarn and needles you used. (You just need to know what you used, you don’t need to bring yarn or needles.)
A picture of yourself or something you’d like to use for your avatar. (The picture on your account.)
Spirit of adventure!
Pamela is a patient teacher who is happy to hold the hand of any technophobes who are ready to take the plunge.
Contact the shop to sign up!
Would you like to learn the brioche stitch? Lucky you! I’m teaching a class at Serial Knitters:
- Saturday, August 8th 1:30pm—3:30pm
- Cost $35 plus supplies
All the details…
Introduction to Brioche Stitch
The knitterati are calling brioche stitch THE stitch of 2015. Have you played with it? This rhythmic stitch creates a lofty fabric and the variations are fascinating. Gorgeous patterns by Nancy Marchant and Stephen West are seriously tempting, but it can be tricky to get started by reading a book. Get some hands-on help from Pamela Grossman in this beginning brioche class. As a case study, we’ll review instructions for two lovely beginner-level patterns. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring along yarn to get started on one of these free beginner projects:
Brioche Scarf by Purl Soho – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brioche-scarf-6
Ferocious Briocheous by Stephen West: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ferocious-briocheous
Brioche Scarf by Purl Soho
|Ferocious Briocheous by Stephen West|
Thanks to Purl Soho and Stephen West for allowing use of their patterns and photos!
- basic brioche stitch
- brioche terms
- reading brioche patterns and charts
- worsted weight scrap yarn and needles that match for swatching and practice
- supplies for one of the beginner projects, if you want to give it a try (yarn, needles, printout of the free pattern, notions, etc.)
Check the www.SerialKnitters.com website for other class offerings! I’m also available for private lessons in English or ASL.
Hey Knitters! Here’s a flyer describing my summer offerings at Serial Knitters. I’m also available for private knitting instruction through the shop. I can do classes in English or ASL! Any other classes you’d like to see? Let me know!
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:
Workshop Series $75 – Sundays, May 3, 24, & 31 from 1:30 – 3:30pm.
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:
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!
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!