We here at My Sister Knits are HUGE fans of Jared Flood and Brooklyn Tweed (that’s a link to his Ravelry pages). His patterns are simple and brilliant, making use of lace, cables and the ever-wonderful garter stitch. Not to mention his photos: Jared Flood is an excellent photographer and the photos of his knitting make even the busiest knitter want to curl up with a cuppa and some nice scrunchy wool.
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed
A native of New York, Jared takes inspiration from his neighborhood in Brooklyn. His blog alights with his gorgeous photos and explanations of where he finds his inspiration and ideas for his lovely patterns. He has recently been blogging about his experiences with some Elizabeth Zimmermann (another inspiration of his) treasures that have crossed his path. You can read about the process he went through to create his own yarn line, Shelter (unfortunately NOT available at MSK). Be sure to read up!
While Jared won’t be able to join us this summer, we’re contenting ourselves with his beautiful projects. Patterns are available for the Girasole Lace Shawl-Blanket (shown above), Wool Leaves Baby Blanket, Shale Baby Blanket, Cinder Cable Scarf, Fenimore Cabled Tam, Habitat Cabled Beanie, Tweed Baby Blanket, Guernsey Wrap, Celes Lace Stole, Umaro Textured Throw, Cobblestone Pullover and Porom Lace Hat. Samples will be available in many of these patterns, and we’ll be doing featured blog posts on them throughout the month. Happy knitting!
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Posted in Artist Profiles on October 8, 2010 |
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One of the first knitting reference books many new knitters purchase is Knitter’s Companion, written by Fort Collins’ own Vicki Square. Coveting the Barbie clothes her maternal grandmother was making, Vicki was taught to knit at the age of 6 so she might make her own. While she is most known for her knitting, she has a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking and also takes pleasure in mixed media drawings utilising as diverse materials as paper, paint, oil or charcoal pastels, and fiber.
“As an artist, I’ve been creating art to adorn the human figure for much of my life,” says Vicki. Historical fashion and theater is a favorite source of inspiration for her designs. She is most known for designing outerwear with timeless style. Her 2007 book, Knit Kimonos was a huge hit with its simple shapes and attention to detail. A follow-up volume, Knit Kimono Too is coming in early December. This collection of patterns is more contemporary; the projects a realistic commitment of time and yarn with many being only hip length. Her Knitter’s Companion title is also being re-released in early December with 2 companion DVDs comprising more than 4 hours of learning – a great gift for newer knitters on your gift list. Besides authoring several knitting titles, Vicki has also contributed to many collections and magazine publications.
Sharing her vast knowledge and experience in knitting is a joy for Vicki. Teaching is an opportunity for her to connect with others who are passionate about both knitting and exploring something new. On October 12th Vicki will be teaching an Adventures in Color workshop here at My Sister Knits. As part of the class students will learn some of the foundations of color theory and the accompanying vocabulary. Then Vicki will demonstrate how to develop a color palette which will then be used to knit a mitered square pillow. Past students have raved about the class and left with increased confidence in working with color. It is definitely a not to be missed class!
You can call the shop to reserve your spot in class with a credit card or stop in to sign up in person.
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A Chicago native, jewelry artist Katherine Ware has resided along the Colorado Front Range for 26 years. She moved to Boulder to follow her siblings to the University of Colorado where she studied Art History. As part of her studies she “learned the traditional methods of casting and fabricating in silver. I enjoyed studying ancient jewelry and jewelry in portraits, and I was inspired to try recreating what I liked.”
Katherine’s mother taught her to knit when she was young, but it was her Norwegian friends she met while volunteering in Israel before college that hooked her. Combining the properties of metal with knitting and crochet aids the creation of more imaginative shapes that make her jewelry designs unique, wearable art.
She finds her jewelry work an intuitive process where the pieces make themselves while she acts as a facilitator. To deal with creative slumps she likes to look at photos of old and new jewelry for inspiration, puts on music and starts simple.
Katherine recommends those looking to try knitting or crocheting with wire to “use [a] fine gauge (24-30) and make sure the wire is ‘dead soft.’ Use wooden or plastic needles (not metal) as they work best with the metal and will help keep it from getting stiff. I like fine silver for its color and that it can be fused to itself without solder.”
Opting for smaller and portable projects that can travel with her, Katherine still knits with more traditional materials as well. She says most often you will find socks, shawls and gloves on her needles. She also enjoys painting, drawing and spinning her own yarn. She says, “It is good for me to mix things up and try new things to keep my ideas fresh.”
In addition to seeing her trunk show at My Sister Knits through the month of June she will be taking part in Longmont’s Studio Tour in September and frequently has shows at the Muse Gallery on Main Street in Longmont.
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New York City born Donna Druchunas lives in the region with her husband, mother and three cats. As a child she learned many crafts from the women in her life including knitting, crochet, rug-hooking, embroidery, and sewing. Like many she took a break from crafting, hers lasting 25 years.
For 20 years she worked as a writer, designer and creative servies manager in a variety of industries from large industry to small business and even military training facilities. These jobs strengthened her skills in technical writing and creative services. Eventually she broke away from corporate culture and combined her interest in knitting with her skill in writing easy-to-follow instructions. Her designs and features have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and the pattern lines of a variety of yarn companies. She has also authored six knitting books, including the award winning Arctic Lace.
Donna’s latest book, Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade, will be released on May 10th. The book contains more than 25 knitting patterns from many top designers, each pattern using lace stitches designed by Dorthy Reade. This book is more than a pattern book though. It is also a biography of Dorthy Reade who is considered by many the mother of modern lace knitting. There is also a section designed to take the mystery out of reading charts and knitting lace.
We are excited to welcome Donna to the shop on May 8th from 10am – 4pm for her Lace 1-2-3 workshop where she will take you through the ins and outs of knitting lace, including reading charts. The workshop is $65 + supplies. Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited so call or stop in soon to sign up!
You can connect with Donna in any of the following locations:
Her Six Knitting Books
- The Knitted Rug
- Acrtic Lace
- Ethnic Knitting Discovery
- Kitty Knits
- Ethnic Knitting Exploration
- Successful Lace Knitting
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A New Jersey native, Joanna Johnson and her husband moved to Colorado in 1999 for the sunshine and drier climate and haven’t looked back. Together they have started an independent publishing company called Slate Falls Press. This spring marks the first released publication, Phoebe’s Sweater which was written by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by her husband.
“Phoebe’s Sweater was inspired by our daughter and the time I spent knitting her a jacket while I was pregnant with our second child. When I finished the sweater she was playing in the sprinkler and it was in the midst of summer’s heat. I called her over to try it on, and at that moment, something seemed so poignant about everything- her carefree playfulness, my pregnancy, the coming changes in the seasons and in our family… it was a very rich moment and inspired the whole story from there.“ Included in the book are patterns for the sweater, a Phoebe doll and a doll-sized sweater to match. The book is sure to make a great gift for a special child with a knitter in their life.
Joanna comes from a long line of knitters and has her mother and grandmother to thank for her love of knitting today. Like many she relearned as a young adult. Joanna also enjoys sewing and quilting and exploring the wide world of fiber arts, including spinning and weaving with her daughter who also has the “fiber bug.”
Joanna and Eric live in Loveland with their three children. Phoebe travels the world and blogs about her adventures and teaches children about fiber arts, culture and geography.
Come meet Joanna on April 24th from 11am-1pm at the shop for a book singing!
You can connect with Joanna and Phoebe on-line at any of the following:
Joanna on Ravelry
Slate Falls Press Group on Ravelry
Joanna on Twitter
Slate Falls Press on Facebook
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