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!