Last weekend I attended the River City Knitters' workshop with Iris Schrier. I bet many of you have one or more of her books in your library. Exquisite Little Knits, Lacy Little Knits, and Modular Knits. OR, you have used some of her delicious yarns - Artyarns.
Here's Iris! In the picture on the left, she is wearing her Long Stitch Wrap. On the right, she's drawing a diagram to illustrate her directions.
I started last weekend at Lettuce Knit for their Friday night event with Iris. There were about fifty of us gathered in the store to meet her. Poor thing! She finally arrived - about 30 minutes or more late! She had spent the last four hours trying to get to Richmond from Virginia Beach and had been delayed due to traffic, ignorant GPS, etc. But, no one left because we trusted that she was worth waiting for. She didn't disappoint! She showed us scrumptious samples made of her Artyarns. Silk, cashmere, merino, glass beads, sequins, etc. Just beautiful!!! Iris also described how each garment was designed and knitted. She really is a master of construction.
Her yarns are just beautiful! Her red is such a true red - just beautiful! And, people ----- she's coming out with a new yarn ----- a washable cashmere! You can also keep your eyes open for a new book coming out next year on reversible knits. She showed us a reversible scarf. It had different cable patterns on each side. Left us all wondering - how'd she do that!?!???? Guess we'll have to buy the book!
Saturday was the Long Stitch Wrap class. This project is listed in Lacy Little Knits. I bought her Ultramerino 8 yarn and loved the feel of it. However, it was very very sproingy. As much as I loved the feel of it, I've pulled it out. I was afraid it would block WAY too big when finished. Iris recommended yarns that drape - yarns that don't have memory - for most of her patterns. She said you wanted yarn that would open as you knit to show off all the lacy patternwork. I bought Cascade Venezia to try the wrap again. I think this will work well. The yarn content is 70% Merino and 30% Silk and it's very different in the way it's spun/plied. The Long Stitch Wrap was so easy and it is definitely a fast knit. Essentially, it's three triangles.
Sunday, we worked on the Zigzag Scarf from Iris' Modular Knits book. For this project I used Iris' Ensemble - 75% Silk, 25% Cashmere. This was fun! As usual, it was fun being with the group so you could see each project grow out of different yarns.
We all oohed and ahhed as we watched Iris pull sweater after sweater out of her bags.
Here's the hard-working and happy group on Saturday during Lacy Little Knit Wrap. It was a great weekend!
Now, here's when you need a scratch n' sniff computer screen! My gardenia bush has finally decided to bloom. I love gardenia blossoms! They smell SOOOOOOO good.
And, here's one of the last roses of summer.
Do you remember when I had Gracie pup with me for several weeks? I bought her a bigger bed and kept her little one. Here's my Gracie kitty trying it on for size last night. First, she has to knead it all over. I love watching cats "make biscuits". When she had it just right, she settled in for a nap. Perfect fit!