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Want to learn how to knit pleats and welts?

Pretty Peaks and Valleys, Creative Knitting Winter 2013
My design Pretty Peaks and Valleys, Creative Knitting Winter 2013

It’s STITCHES class proposal time! And I’m brainstorming class topics to tempt you, the knitting and crocheting fiber enthusiast student.

If I go with what currently interests *me* most, one of the class proposals would be about those fabric-folding techniques known as pleats and welts (aka tucks).

I’ve had a thing for tucks for some time now, as those who have taken my 1-hour Market Session A Taste of Tucks can attest: they’ve seen the swatches. My favorite looks like the skin of a Shar Pei puppy.

The interest in pleats has been more recent, and apparently  is shared by the likes of Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Proenza Schuler, etc, for Spring 2014 (see here and here). Whoo hoo, I’m on-trend!

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The glory of words

Humpty Dumpty on the meaning of words
From Through the Looking Glass

Like a small child loves playing with sand, I love playing with words. Which isn’t the same as having those words say what I mean. As such, this is one of my favorite quotes. Would that we all had Humpty Dumpty’s ability to make a word mean exactly, precisely and only just what we choose, all the time. Most of us are just not as gifted as that cantankerous and contrary old egg.

I’ve had occasion to think of this quote several times in the last few weeks.

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Streak of Lightning: a little help from my friends

2013_CKSIP_AllSeasThrw_CVRI’ve had this not-so-secret love affair with log cabin knitting going for the last few years. There are partial blankets with different types and arrangements of blocks tucked away in my stash, waiting to become full-size things. They come out 4 times a year, when I teach the Playing with Patchwork 1-hour Market Session at STITCHES events. I was thrilled when I saw Creative Knitting’s Autumn 2013 Call for Proposals was all about afghans—at last, an excuse to make a full-sized Streak of Lightning afghan!!! AND I got to work with some great yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash, in beautiful colors.

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The color of the spirit

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love blue. Cobalt, sapphire, indigo, navy, ultramarine, aquamarine, cyan, cerulean, cornflower, blue green: all the blues in the crayon box and MORE! But not feeling blue, nooo. When life gets a little discouraging, I know it’s time to throw Tubthumping (or my current favorite song) on repeat and bounce around the room for a while.

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