Last weekend 15 Swing-Knitters™ met in Helmstedt, Germany, at Petra Neumann’s (www.der-kreativladen.de).
We´ve been knowing each other for years, yet some of us never met personally, just held contact by email. It was great joy to meet after all this time!
On Friday, we met in Petra’s LYS and admired (and reduced :)) her stock of wonderful yarn. For Saturday, Silke had organized a wonderful room, just the right size and with lots of light. Here we were able to talk, knit, admire each others’ work, share our experiences, laugh a lot and share personal joy and grief – we had a wonderful day!
On Sunday, we just comfortably sat and talked and knitted, until after lunch we all headed for home again.
Silke had prepared all the very tasty meals with lots of love and very good and healthy ingrediences – the weekend was a culinary highlight as well!
A BIG hug and a gigantic THANK YOU to Petra, Silke and Christine for all the work they had in preparing this weekend perfectly! They arranged for nice and affordable hotel rooms just around the corner, lovingly decorated the room, Petra had ordered a wonderful assortment of yarns for the workshop and coilless safety pins, and Silke’s food offered everthing you can think of for lunch, tea and supper! Everything was just PERFECT!
On Saturday, I presented the Swingy Hitchhiker, our project for Workshop 5, and we went through the first stanzas together. The beginning of this shawl is quite complicated, but now everyone can continue on her own.
Sorry, it will still be some time until I can publish this workshop – I still have to do the theoretical part of it. I suppose the German version will go online by the end of April, the English version in May.
Our next meeting will be in September. It will be an OPEN MEETING – we are all very curious to get to know the “new” Swing-Knitters™ personally, and we will welcome them with open arms! As soon as we know the definite date of this meeting in Helmstedt, I will announce it on Ravelry and on the Swing-Knitting™ websites – if you have wishes concerning the date or the workshops we will offer, please send us an email. It shall be OUR “Swing-Knitting™ Festival” – so please tell us your wishes!
The slide show gives you some impressions of our meeting – have fun watching it!
In Workshop 4 we knit the cuddly Playground Wrap step by step.
And of course you’ll learn a lot:
The knitting melody: ideas, possibilities, inspirations
The pause: ideas, possibilities, inspirations
Different possibilities for beginning and finale
Rules of thumb for an esthetic design, especially for clothing
Composition of the Swingy Playground Wrap
This wrap is called “Playground” because we’ll play with different knitting melodies. It is not only a cuddly wrap but at the same time a sampler of nine different knitting melodies! I already used it as a proper alternative for a cardigan :).
With 77 pages and 40 coloured illustrations it will leave no questions, I hope :). After every knitting stanza you’ll get the correct positions of the safety pins so you can compare your knitting to mine. And for every stanza you’ll get a description what “happens”.
And now I’ll tell you why the publishing of this workshop was delayed: In knitting melody 6 – quite at the start of shawl 2 – I made a knitting mistake si that my positions of pins weren’t correct. So my test knitters found out. What did this mean? We had to calculate each stanza and each pin position (a really hard and exhausting task), frog and knit anew – it’s your right to get a pattern without faults!
My VERY special thanks to Nada and Baba who did this lot of work all by themselves in order to give me the time and brains to work on the next projects!
Workshop 4 you can buy in my Ravelry shop:
for $ 15.90 as PDF download, 77 pages with 40 colored illustrations
We have already finished the first part of the “Playground” Wrap – parts 2 and 3 will follow asap.
I am swing-knitting™ and writing, and my test knitters are just some stanzas behind. I’ve already worked the theory part over and added all answers to the questions my test knitters had. And where they have difficulties doing the Swing-Knitting™, I explain in more detail.
And Nada is already working on the English translation, doing the parts that will change no more.
Swing-Knitting™ Workshop 4 is halfway on its way to you!
The theoretical part is complete containing lots of information, ideas and suggestions concerning knitting melodies and pauses, and with more ideas how to start a swing-knitted™ work and how to do the finale. Up to now it’s 28 pages with 19 illustrations – I bet there won’t be many unanswered questions left :).
At this moment we are working on the “Swingy Playground Wrap” – some of the new knitting melodies will be tested within this wrap. The picture shows the first part of the wrap after knitting melody 1.
We- that is Nada and me – are knitting at the same time but independently, this way we are able to check the pin positions directly after the stanzas!
Of course, as always you’ll get all sorts of practical help in this Workshop – I’ll explain in detail what we do when something “happens” (like fastening new safety pins or pins as bar lines) and I’ll give you my pin positions as a control.
As soon as half of the wrap is finished, it will become test-knitted by a knitter who “only” worked through Workshops 1 to 3 yet. And her questions will be considered in the text – I want you to understand everything at once, and I want you to just follow me and knit, without difficulties!
At the same time we already work on the English translation of the theory part and the test-knitted practical parts – this time you won’t have to wait long for the English version!
The first English version will be our translation again, and Brigitte Elliott will “polish” it afterwards – you’ll get an update as soon as the “perfect language version” is online.
We hope and are quite confident that both the German and English versions will be online by the end of this month
Finally! The third and last of the three Swing-Knitting™basic workshops is online now!
76 pages, more than 50 colored illustrations, PDF-Download $ 15.90
The translation is Nada’s and mine – it hasn’t yet been “polished” by Brigitte, but I’m sure you’ll understand it perfectly. You’ll get an update when Brigitte has worked it over and “Americanized” it :).
The three Swing-Knitting™ workshops are consecutive, and you’ll have to work through them one after the other in order to understand all the secrets of Swing-Knitting™.
After finishing workshop 3, you’ll know all the basics of Swing-Knitting™, and you’ll be able to use this wonderful technique by yourself, designing your own pieces of knitted art.
In Workshop 3, you’ll learn:
• How to combine dark and light stanzas – the full Swing-Knitting™ technique
• Yet another way of designing the pauses
• Composition of the Swingy Shawl
• Knitting light and dark stanzas and pauses
• The “finale” of a straight knit
• How to knit attractive buttonholes ….
Workshop 3 is 76 pages long. In a very detailed way using more than 50 colored pictures, it will teach you the third and last part of the Swing-Knitting™ basics – and you learn this while swing-knitting™ the Swingy Shawl.
Please join our Ravelry group “Knitting the Swing – Swing-Knitting” - there you’ll find questions and answers and a lot of shared swing-knitted™ projects! The group is both in English and German, and the important posts I translate into both languages.
A lot of beautiful projects have already been shared in this group – so you can see how Swing-Knitting™ can be used to create knitted art and artful knits: from impressive wall pictures to amazing socks, everything is possible.
New members are always welome, old fellow knitters as well! We all want to learn from one another and share our ideas.
And: there are no foolish questions – and you won’t get stupid answers!
Our discussions are part German, part English. Important articles I try to translate so that everyone can understand.
I know – I promised to try to publish Workshop 3 by the end of last year. I’m so sorry I had to disappoint you, really.
But one of my test knitters let me down, and I had to search for a new advanced knitter to test knit: One of my test knitters always is a beginner, the other one an advanced knitter in different techniques like lace or colorwork. Both have different questions – and then I try to answer all their questions in the workshop before publishing it.
And my experiences with the German version (published on Jan 13th) told me that I too had to knit the shawl again to give you the safety pin positions after every stanza – it won’t take long now, we are already translating and knitting the finale!