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.