Wednesday, 29 October 2014

National Knitting Week

Every year, there is a week dedicated to knitting, aptly named 'national knitting week', and every year (apart from one about 6 years ago) I miss it.

I always see things that happened in 'National knitting week' when it's over, which is a shame because I love knitting and encouraging others to knit. This made me think that for me, most weeks of the year centre around knitting, whether it's making (knitting) my own work or teaching knit design in my jobs. That said...what was I doing in national knitting week?!

I was mostly knitting this mask for my current exhibition at Prick Your Finger...

Along with this I made 2 other masks, all hand knitted. These were challenging and fun to make. I mostly machine knit and these took lots of shaping and a bit of calculating but I'm happy with the results AND..I was hand knitting in national knitting week! I also taught machine knitting, I think we were doing shaping and intentional laddering that week, and did some knit design tutorials with my awesome students.

I think the moral of the story is, it's nice to have a 'week' where knitting is recognised and celebrated but... EVERY week can be KNITTING week, just pick up your needles and get creating!



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tricks and Treats

All has been quiet on this blog for a while. Mostly because my hands have been busy! I have been making work for my second solo exhibition which opens THIS FRIDAY - 17th October at Prick Your Finger.

Here are some sneak peeks of what I've been up to over the past months ...

Planning out the first hand-knit piece
Choosing the colour palette
Hand knitting blue bunny...
Went back to my machine for this 'centrepiece'
Close-up of one of the completed hand-knit pieces
And finally, making my own sparkly pink yarn by mixing wool and lurex together!

More info about the opening event and the exhibition here. And for those of you who can't make it, I'll make sure I get some pics on here when it's all up!