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Machine Knitting To Dye For workshop

January 10th, 2006 (01:34 am)

On Saturday I spent all day with Janine, Lala, Rachael, and Nancy at a fabulous workshop by Nancy Roberts (two Nancys) of Machine Knitting To Dye For. Check out her site for classes, kits, and lots of inspiration.

We started by machine knitting blanks of wool in the morning. I chose to do blanks for socks and a skein of my homespun yarn. The knitting allows you to plan out the kind of color changes you want in your final project. When you are done, the knit fabric is unraveled and reknit as the intended project. After lunch we talked about colors and jumped into painting what we had just knit.

Nancy Roberts has a wonderful studio full of inspiration.

Group Shot
Here is a group shot. Nancy is hiding in the back corner, Nancy Roberts is middle left, Lala is front left, Rachael in the back right corner, and Janine in front left. I am holding the camera.

Janine & Nancy
Here is our instructor with Janine in the background.

We all made fairly different projects. It was a lot of fun to see the variety.

Janine's project, I can't wait to see what it becomes.

Lala's project, I love her colors.

Rachael's gorgeous work, Nancy in the background.

My Socks
My socks to be.

Somehow I didn't get a shot of Nancy's work.

It was a great workshop. Everything was so well organized and we couldn't have asked for a better instructor. She is very articulate and patient. I highly recommend this workshop.


Posted by: Rebecca (opheliaspins)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)

Oooh that looks like a lot of fun! Seeing pictures of what this stuff looks like after it's knitted always makes me want to have a knitting machine badly. I can't wait to see your socks!

Posted by: missbell53 (missbell53)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)

Cool! I bet that was real fun........I've got a machine, but I would have never of thought of doing that with the knitting!! Might try it out hehe

Posted by: misshawklet (misshawklet)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)

iwas always told that handspun can't be used with knitting machines. they can! yay!

Posted by: miss_maia_d (miss_maia_d)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)

I have a bit of trouble, but it was at the bulky end of what the machine likes to knit and the yarn was a thick and thin single I hadn't set. I wasn't trying to get gauge, just fabric to paint. All in all, I think it is quite doable.

Posted by: Vesper (vesper2000)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Deep Color

I think I saw you at Deep Color on Sunday; you were buying heaps of fiber, and I was there for a class...I was going to introduce myself, but I lacked a good opening line ("Hey! I think we're LiveJournal friends!" seemed kind of goofy at the time). :)

Nice to not-really-meet you (if that was you)!

Posted by: miss_maia_d (miss_maia_d)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Deep Color

That was me. I was in a rush and felt guilty for coming in right before a class. You don't need an opening line. I would be happy to meet you in real life; I have been expecting and looking forward to it. :)

Posted by: Vesper (vesper2000)
Posted at: January 11th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Re: Deep Color

Will do, the next time I see you! :)

Posted by: Slughunter Extraordinaire (slughuntersf)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)

very neat!!! Looks like a ton of fun!

Posted by: DeeAnn (rocks_and_fiber)
Posted at: January 11th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)

Big fun!! I love to paint everything and that just looks like you all had such a great time. Beautiful colorways but I must say I do like yours the best. So rich!

Posted by: miss_maia_d (miss_maia_d)
Posted at: January 11th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)

Thank you. I will definitely have fraternal socks. I meant to put green on both pieces, but made orange instead of green. I was rushing and not paying enough attention. Oh well, can't say I mind either.

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