Textured Colourwork with Carol Feller

Textured Colourwork

We’re already well into January, and that means many of us are contemplating our ill-fated New Year’s resolutions. But, there is still time to make some new ones, so why not choose something fun like resolving to be more crafty? We can help you with that! Maybe you’d like to finally learn how to Crochet, or master Brioche? If you’ve not seen our schedule for classes and events lately, take a peek, we’ve got an impressive line up for the coming weeks. We are particularly excited to have Carol Feller back in the shop for her Textured Colourwork workshop at the end of this month!

We recently celebrated Carol’s book launch of Short Row Knits, and now she’ll be back on the 30th with a workshop for a few lucky knitters. In this workshop, students will learn the essential skills for creating beautiful colourwork, with texture inspired by the Swedish Bohus style of knitting. They will learn how to manage dominant and recessive colours, how to work two-handed colourwork, all while creating unique texture using purl stitches. Students will also receive a kit with everything they need to make a hat, including a bonus pattern! Here’s what Carol had to say about this style of colourwork:

I love texture in knitting such as cables and slip stitch patterns. Typically you would not associate texture with colour work, which is typically flat and smooth. Bohus knitting is different, there are purl stitches interspersed with the colour work which creates a very different type of knitting. This texture in the colour work breaks up the transitions and makes very integrated colour changes.
I’m currently working on a small book about gradient and colour change yarns. The pattern from this class will be in the book as it’s a good example of how texture can add interest to colour changes in your work.

Carol’s workshop is suited to knitters who know the basics, and can work in the round, even if you are new to stranded colourwork. You’ll receive plenty of detailed notes, and a kit with all supplies needed, which is included in the fee.

Although this workshop is now fully booked, you can still add your name to the waiting list! The list operates on a fastest-finger-first basis, so even if we get just one cancellation you’ll have as much opportunity to snap up the spot as everyone else.

Have you knit any of Carol’s designs recently? If you’ve been a member of the Irish Yarn Club, what was your favorite pattern?

Quick And Cosy

With temperatures dropping below zero all over the country, many of us are feeling the bitter sting of winter, and that quickly reminds us of the need for cosy layers! With your holiday queue done and dusted, it’s time to focus on you again. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ve even been gifted some lovely wool, or a gift voucher for the holidays, and are in need some inspiration. There are plenty of last minute, super quick projects that you can whip up in a few hours to keep yourself warm. We’ve come to your aid with a list of some very easy accessories to knit and the perfect yarn to go with each. All patterns are available for free, and available to download via Ravelry.

c handepande on Ravelry

Cold feet? Everyone needs a good pair of slippers, and much unlike socks, these Garter Stitch Slippers have the most simple construction possible. Worked flat in garter stitch, you can knit them up in any hearty Aran weight wool; we recommend using some fun, self-striping wool such as Noro Kureyon (you’ll need two skeins) or Katia Azteca (just one ball).

c Jane Richmond

Anything knit in super bulky is sure to be instant gratification, and perfect in a time crunch. The cushy Marian Cowl is sure to fly off your needles, and only takes one skein of Debbie Bliss Roma.

c Sheep n Stitch

A warm hat is essential this time of year, keep it quick and simple with a classic beanie like The Big Hat. Super bulky is your best friend in a pinch, this hat will be done before you know it! We recommend a fluffy Wool Alpaca blend like Katia Love Wool or Love Wool Plus, you’ll need two balls for this hat, which will leave you with plenty to do a fun bobble!

What is your favourite accessory for the winter? What’s the first project you’ll be knitting for yourself this year?