Handknitting hit crazy new heights in Australia. The Mill had to ramp up yarn-spinning to seven days a week - and the dye house was in a frenzy!
I thought it would be fun to share images from the Mill from wool bales above to these pictures showing where natural & black yarn are blended to create classic Charcoal.
Meantime, I swapped my life from meeting you face-to-face at craft shows to ZOOMING into each others' lives screen-to-screen. So what now for 2021: Shows and Knit Classes January Zoom Class Fit & Flatter 3 x 2 hours sessions
Show dates confirmed Sydney and Melbourne
POP UP Bowral & Canberra
Think like a Dressmaker and design for every knitter: that's what your Fit and Flatter class is all about
My UK training is in fashion textiles, working with both woven and knit fabric. So I think like a dressmaker, creating my fabric as I knit, adjusting the fabric with larger needles to create swing and drape, or choosing smaller needles to support the garment and fit the shoulder. I also think about the knit-ability of a design, having sold ready-made and made-to-measure handknits for many years, running a team of up to 100 hand knitters.
With three cameras sharing my complete studio and letting me zoom in on knit techniques and tweaks, and tips & tricks, my Fit & Flatters class is visual and practical, keeping the maths to an absolute minimum.
You'll learn how to pop a little extra ease into the hip, or narrow the shoulders, alter the sleeve length and adjust a sleeve width.
The result of this fabulously enjoyable class is that you'll you'll approach your next garment project with more confidence, rewarding your knitting skills and time with great results.
...all this plus styling tips too!
The class will also look at garment styling letting you step a design from a casual cardigan to a Jacket. I'll also show you how to knit the button band with the fronts of the garment to save finishing challenges and UFO's.
2021 SHOWS & CLASSES
Australasian Quilt Convention at the beautiful Carlton Gardens in Melbourne city
Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th April 10 am to 4.30 pm
Designers On Show at The Coal Loader Centre Waverton Sydney
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th March 9.30 am to 3 pm
Sydney Quilt Fair NEW VENUE
Thursday 30th June to Sunday 4th July
Sydney Showgrounds at Homebush
Show hours may be extended standard hours 10 am to 4.30 pm
Zoom Knitting Classes January and February 2021
Dates to be confirmed for 2021
Handmade Market Canberra
March - awaiting confirmation of live event & dates
Pop Up Show Bowral NSW
Old Bus Depot Market Canberra
Wool Week (two days) May Sat & Sun
Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show July
Tech Tips - a change is as good as a Collar-day
Collar options can change your garment: and make your day!
Shaker Jacket (right & below) introduced the Split Shawl Collar option, enhanced by button back detail and back collar split (below left)
This coat has negative ease over the back between the armholes. On the image right you can see there are 3 Mitres in dark blue between the armholes. Left you can see 2 dark blue Mitres each front, allowing the fronts to sit edge to edge.
The skirt of the coat creates a semi-circle, making it really generous. The negative ease over the back shoulders supports & accentuates the drape in the lower skirt.
If you'd like to discuss anything in this newsletter - or anything at all, please email Jane. Thanks for your support - Laura, Petra, Philippa, Helen, Cathryn, Stephanie, Dodie, Anne and I look forward to seeing you in the knitting circle!