Monday, August 19, 2013

Knit Workshops

I attended weekend knit workshops on Saturday and Sunday with the El Segundo Knitters Guild.  Our teacher was Sally Melville.  Sally is a world-renowned knitter, speaker and educator.  I'd taken a few workshops from her in years past at Stitches West in Santa Clara, so I was definitely looking forward to this weekend's classes.
I attended three different workshops:  Knit to Flatter and Fit; Essential Skills for the Self-Taught Knitter and Emergency Measures / Fixing Knit Mistakes.  All were excellent.  There was lots of hands-on knit practice and yarny discussions.  The workshops were well attended.

Sally brought many samples of her beautifully designed sweaters with her.  We were able to see the sweaters up-close so we could ask about her techniques.  Many of the sweaters were from this book that I own, "Styles" published in 1998.  Some of these pieces are almost 20 years old and look as sharp and beautiful as when they were new!
Guild President, Peggy Baxter with Instructor and Designer, Sally Melville
Many of us were particularly enchanted with Sally's unique button bands and cuff edges.  She has devised a trim where you knit the edge in reverse stockinette stitch so that it curves in and looks almost like i-cord, but it's less bulky and you don't have to "apply " it.  After a few rows of reverse stockinette, there is a 2x2 rib then another few rows of the reverse stockinette (see above button band).  Below are some close-up shots of cuffs with this unique edging.  Brilliant!
2 x 2 rib with 2 colors!
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Sunday's workshops were well-attended too, but a bit more laid back than Saturday.  We all had an energizing time.  My head is spinning with Sally Ideas!
Sunday's Knitters

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At 12:40 PM PDT, Blogger Heather Brown said...

Everybody sitting around knitting? If THAT isn't happiness, what is?! :-) Looks like you guys had a great time!

At 12:43 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

It certainly was heaven, Heather! I LOVE learning new tips and tricks with just two sticks and a ball o' string!


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