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Sunday, August 24, 2008

garter stitch and inspiration

I'm knitting simple garter stitch projects for the kids learn to knit class I'm going to teach. These will be hand felted but I haven't gotten to it yet. There's a part of me reluctant to felt knitting!

Garter stitch and short rows make a circle shape; and garter stitch worked straight for twice as many rows as stitches for a square shape.

The pot holders and lot's of project ideas are in this amazing, delightful knitting book, Invisible Threads by Annemor Sundbo available from Schoolhouse Press. If you love knitting, love to read about knitting, and knitting history you will love this book. It's definitely a favorite of mine, with the author's personal style of relating history through knitting and traditional craft.

When I'm working I always gather piles and piles of reference material for inspiration. I thought it would be grand to gather lots of exciting imagery for the kids to enjoy.

Endless inspiration is to be found in The Quilts of Gee's Bend.

And a new book that I'm really enjoying is Vera Textiles Add Color To Everyday Fashion. Indeed! Loads of beautiful color combinations and diverse pattern design on every page.


mames said...

i know what you mean about felting. i have only felted one project and it is a well loved purse. the short row hat is an awesome project...those kids are going to love all of your ideas.

now, i must get that book. i have been known to read ez's books over and over for the sake of reading. now i have another.

Poethead said...

Oh wow, Kat! These are just awesome. I wouldn't want to felt the potholder, either. Those look like such fun, and I want to make one! Thank you for sharing your discoveries.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love your kitchen knits as is! The garter looks great, and the colors are so vibrant!

Knitsonya said...

Those shortrows! Lovely colors and thank you for the book suggestions.

raining sheep said...

I am definitely with you on the felting...I think the only thing I might not mind felting is a purse. I absolutely love the quilt from the Quilts of Gee's Bend. I have always been fascinated by Amish quilts. Their geometry and use of bolder single colors makes them so modern. The quilt in your post reminds of that a bit, except the Amish typically have very organized geometry in their quilting. But the colors, that blue and black combination - I just love that.

gay said...

why are you reluctant to felting? i love the felting process, i sometimes get impatient about all the knitting i need to do to get to the felting part but i always love the results. i'm thinking of a felting project now, still havne't started yet!