Friday, March 6, 2015

Seaming Challenges

Join us this Tuesday to learn some tips to deal with seaming challenges from Barb Bettegnies

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Short Row resources

I collected together some videos of the techniques we talked about at guild.

Cat Bordhi Wrap and Turn

Ysolda does the same thing as Japanese short rows using scrap yarn instead of pins, she calles this technique Wrapless short rows.

(Note: I think she makes an unfair comparison as the left side short rows often don't look as good as the right side, but her instructions are good and clear)

"Thanks Ma" from Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel

And here is a Free Craftsy Class on short rows.

It discusses Wrap and Turn, Yarn over, and Japanese Short rows, but also has a section on how to work them in shoulders, sleeves, and bust lines, so those of you wanting more specific information on how to add them for your own shape might find it there.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Short Rows in February

Join us on February 10th where we'll talk about Short Rows. 

Short rows are rows of knitting that do not go all the way to the end, which allow for shaping.  We'll talk about when to use them, how to add them to your pattern to improve fit, and several different ways to perform them. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Abby Franquemont workshop on January 24th

Abby Franquemont is the author of Respect the Spindle and several Interweave videos.  She is also the daughter of Ed and Christine Franquemont who were textile anthropologist.  Her family moved to Chinchero, Peru when she was quite young and learned spinning and weaving there.  Many of you will remember her as the Abby Cat Bordhi mentioned a lot in her lecture.

Classes are:
Drafting: the Long and Short of it will take place from 10-1. This class is geared toward people who already know how to spin at least a little. Cost is $50 plus $30 materials fee (paid to Abby).
What’s the difference between long draw and short draw? Does it matter? Why would you choose one or the other? What difference does it make in your finished yarn? Are some fibers or preparations more suited to one or the other? What do people mean by woolen and worsted? We’ll talk about those subjects and learn to execute a range of drafting methods with a variety of fibers. Bring a wheel and/or spindle, and we’ll supply the fiber.
Spinning for Knitters will be $50, plus $10 materials fee (paid to Abby), from 2-5.
Have you been wondering about learning to spin? Is it for you? Is it expensive? Why would you want to? How hard is it, really? How long does it take to get to where you can make lots of yarn you’ll want to use? Whether you’re just looking to find out if you’re interested or not, or looking to finally make that leap, this is the class for you. Using a spindle (we’ll supply one for class, and you can buy it if you want to keep going), get hands-on instruction right from one of the world’s foremost spinning teachers and feel confident you’re off to a great start.
The lecture will be at 7, the topic is Handspinning through History, the cost of the lecture is $10.
Well-suited for audiences who may not spin. From ancient times through the dawn of industrialization up to the present day, who spins and why? What do they spin, with what tools? What do they make with yarn? What role to textiles play in the development of civilization? What would live be like without yarn? Includes spinning demonstrations with spindle and wheel.
All 3 events will take place at the Olde Mill Condominium Clubhouse at 165 Olde Mill Circle North Dr,Indianapolis, IN 46260

Please email me ( if you have any questions or to sign up.

And please feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Latvian Style Wristlets

We are lucky enough to have Anne Reaves teach us about Latvian mittens and will make wristlets at the January meeting on the 13th.

Supplies: two strongly contrasting colors or shades of worsted wool (the label should read 20 stitches by 24 rows on size 7 needles for 4 inches square) and size 5 or 6 needles (double point or magic loop). You can definitely use leftovers from wool hats.

No, you won’t be able to complete an entire wristlet during the workshop, but you will be able to accomplish enough to be able to finish the wristlets at home. There are two different designs: one for those less experienced in stranded knitting and one for the more adventurous. The easier version is a wristlet made of different bands of typical Latvian geometric designs, and the second is made of alternating braids but is only for those who are already comfortable with stranded knitting. (A third version could be one braid, then other chart—if you decide braids are not a technique you enjoy!)

In case of cancellation due to weather:  We will make every attempt to let everyone know.  It will be posted here, and on the facebook page, as well as direct email.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sweet Tomato Heel KAL

IKG is having a KAL of the lovely Sweet Tomato Heel (you can choose any of the many versions, it's the heel we are focusing on).

Shown in Feather and Foliage
We will meet one Wednesday evening every month starting in September (9/17, 10/22, 11/19) at the Panera in Glendale, about 6-8, but please come even if you will be late.

You do not need to be an IKG member to attend.

We will be meeting at the Panera Bread in Glendale: 
6055 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220

Friday, August 8, 2014

August Meeting

At this month's meeting (on Tuesday August 12th) 3 members who attended Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp in July will be talking about camp, what they learned, and what they brought home.

We will also be discussing some upcoming programming ideas, including a trip to Turkey Creek Alpacas and having Andrea Wong teach Portuguese Knitting.  Click for more info on Andrea. and sign ups for a dye workshop hosted by president Ann Wright.

Pre-meeting dinner will be at the Keystone McAllister's, 8487 Union Chapel Road
Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Also, a reminder that election of officers and dues are due in September.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.  Happy Knitting!