Tuesday, January 28, 2014

February Mini-Workshop on Beads!

Knitting with beads can be a wonderful way to add elegance and texture to any knitted project.  In this fun, hands-on workshop, you’ll discover a variety of ways to use beads in your knitting. Whether you’re new to beading or you’ve been knitting with beads for a while, beading diva Wendy Troemel will show you techniques to transform a beautiful project into something exquisite.
The A, B, Seeds of Beading with Wendy Troemel
Beads are such a fabulous and easy way to add drama to your lacey projects.  But how do you add beads to yarn, and just how do you pair up yarn and beads?  What happens when there are no beads designed into the pattern?  This class will teach different methods to add beads to yarn, the most common types of beads used in knitting/crocheting, and how to look at a non-beaded pattern and plan where they could go. 
Wendy taught herself how to crochet 13 years ago in order to make adorable baby blankets for her friends.  Upon realizing her mother would never join her with a hook, she took up knitting 5 years ago and now enjoys being “bi-stitchual.” After leaving her engineering job in summer 2012, she was offered employment at Sugarfoot Yarns in Peachtree City, where she not only enables people with yummy yarns and teaches beginning knitting and crochet classes, but is also the Social Media Goddess in charge of all things Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and blogging.  She is also a moderator for designer Rosemary (Romi) Hill in Romi’s group on Ravelry.  She can be found on Ravelry as wendrish whenever she isn’t running her 3 kids around to karate, soccer, band, art club, and academic teams.
When:  Sunday, February 9, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where:  SEFAA, 1705 Commerce DR NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Fee:  $15 – AKG Members, $20 – Non Members
Supplies: Size 6 needles, highlighters, crochet hook -*if* you have one, size 10 or 11 steel hook (1.10 or 1.50 mm), patterns you would like to add beads to, beads and yarn that you’d like to use together
Materials Kit: $3 payable to instructor at the workshop

To register or get more information contact Mini-Workshops at workshops@atlantaknittingguild.org

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tortoise Suit

I'm pretty sure this is crochet rather than knit. Is the idea of tortoise suits brilliant or crazy? At least this way, you never lose your pet tortoise in the garden or mix it up with someone else's pet tortoise.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Our Own "Living Legend"

Jack Blumenthal of Lion Brand yarn recently had a lovely blog post about our own Janet Johnson Stevens.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Knitting on Norwegian Television

The Norwegian television phenomenon "Slow TV" had a successful program about knitting. Judging by their success at this line of programming, one might conclude Norwegians are temperamentally a patient people -- and possibly also a country of enthusiastic knitters. More information at this link and also this other link.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Can You Knit and Be Prime Minister?

There was quite a bit of talk this week about Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia appearing in Australian Women's Weekly knitting a toy kangaroo as a baby gift for the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge. The thread in the Ravelry main boards ended up being locked.
A sample comment in the media:
News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt said Gillard was "giving encouragement to young female politicians by plying a hobby now synonymous with mad old aunts."