I have been an uber bad blogger this year, and the first month is gone already! Oh well.
I've been muddling around with little, quick gratification projects, and yearning for some good technique knitting - Fair Isle, Guernseys, Arans - Shetland wool - you know, the good stuff of old fashioned technical knitting. So, I got some Shetland stimulation today at Fiberphilia and invested in some Shetland books.
That was while I was trying to get organized and put together the references and sources for all the techniques I hope to be teaching in a single sample sized sweater for a new class I am developing. Back in the early to mid 90's, I attended Stitches West. In one of my classes, I struck up a conversation with a woman who taught intermediate knitting using a 3 arm holed mini sweater as the class sample. She was kind enough to share the outline of that course with me, and I have carried it from Montana to Utah, to Maryland and now Maine without ever teaching from that material. It has been hibernating in the recesses of my mind, and since I started teaching knitting classes last year, this one has been taking form (very slowly) in my mind.
I'll be covering (all in one sample garment) : Provisional, I-cord and cabled cast ons, Entrelac with knitting back backwards, Fair Isle, lace, cables, knitting from charts, circular knitting adaptations, Bohus, buttonholes, after-thought pocket, Guernsey underarm gussets, shoulder straps, steeks, Intarsia, hemmed edges, applied I-cord edges, placket front neckline, Kitchener stitch, picking up from an invisible cast on, duplicate stitch, etc etc etc. Michele, the owner of Fiberphilia, and I made up class kits of Shetland, Claudia handpaint (for the Entrelac section) and Peace Fleece sport weight. The combinations are striking!
No photos tonight, but I will have some by next week when I start giving the class for the employees of Fiberphilia as my test students.....