March 2010 Archives

Knit Camp


August 9-14, in beautiful Stirling, Scotland, is UK Knit Camp 2010 and I have been asked to teach there. A tutor had to drop out and the good folks at British Yarns asked if I'd be willing to put something together.

I couldn't be more excited. The list of tutors is amazing and varied, offering a huge assortment of classes for almost any interest. My only regret is that I won't be able to take any of those classes.

You can check out the details of my courses here.

The first class is in MS Office for pattern writing, where I'll cover topics I've discussed in my Excel tutorials plus some extra tips and tricks including wrangling all that information in Word. If you like hands-on learning, instead of just reading things on a screen, I think this class will be a great pick for you. Since classes are held on a university campus, we'll have access to classrooms with computer workstations so everyone can follow along.

Sign up here.

I'll also be covering the use of Adobe products for pattern creation, including my Illustrator tutorials on chart and schematic making. For people who have access to these applications at home or an ability to apply skills learned with Adobe products, to an open source alternative, I think this will be a fun class and I hope to be able to cover some extra tips and tricks including some InDesign skills, in the class.

Sign up here.

And lastly, I'll be doing a class on knitting La Cumparsita

La Cumparsita

We'll discuss the basics of knitting a triangular shawl, how to read the charts and relate them to the work in our hands (ie, "read your work") and how to make the piece bigger or smaller based on whatever yarn and yardage you have on hand.
Sign up here.

I really hope that I'll see some of you in Scotland and I'm looking forward to organizing my lesson plan and classroom handouts for the event.

Interview with Robin Hunter

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Robins5Avatar_edited-5.jpgA quick post to let you know that I recently did an interview with Robin Hunter on being a professional designer. It was a great exercise to think about my process in a really conscious way. A lot of what I do now has slowly evolved over time and it's encouraging to realize how far I've come but also know I have plenty farther to go.
Please check out all her weekly interviews. I am clearly in fantastic company on her blog. And, if you feel so inclined, leave her a comment or two. I'm surprised how few she has and her posts are so interesting.

Getting your greens


A fat squirrel on our patchy but quite green lawn. The girls are not fans.

Dastardly Squirrel

Yummy green olives, capers and artichoke hearts combined to make a delicious spread. Check click the image for a link to the recipe.

Artichoke Olive Crostini

Not green, but a recipe recommended by the same site, is a buttery tomato sauce I've garnished with bacon. Mmmm, bacon.

Tomato sauce

And lastly a quick little spiral striped (jog free, baby!) hat in soft superwash merino left over from another design.

Spiral Stripe Hat

I'm thinking I may rip the ribbing and rework it a little tighter (but not too much so) just to make sure it holds up to some wind. I wanted something loose and slouchy and not inclined to give me terrible hat head. I could sleep in this thing, it's so comfortable.



Thea loves this thing

It's exhausting being a dog.

Sacked out dog

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