Saturday, April 05, 2008

Freeform Fun

I don't care if I was the teacher, this was a great class. We had so much fun. Everyone caught on quickly and were willing to push their comfort zones. Look at the table of yarns we had to work with. Most brought lots of leftovers and we dumped them all on the table to share.
Jet produced her scrumble quickly and did not follow a single direction from my little pattern. Yea, Jet! She's just been waiting to do this and embraced the technique immediately. We did some serious yarn swapping at the end.
This is a view of some of the other students and a clearer view of Jet's scrumble.
Dawn knit this piece and loved it. I'm talking stroking it and jumping up and down. Dawn is delightfully strange.
Rachel's swatch was very different from the pattern I gave them. Rachel has never been afraid to risk with her knitting. I think she may have inherited that attitude, along with a lot of yarn and needles, from her grandmother.
This is Cynthia's piece. We had to threaten her to get her to stop thinking so much and just knit. She also shared her new kiddie afghan with the adorable cupcakes she had knit to sew onto it.

This is Jean's piece and it is all risk. She added the solid green piece after discovering she didn't like the business of too many patterned yarns together.

Leslie' s piece below is headed toward a great evening bag. The yarn choice is very nice on this.

I didn't get a picture of Hannah's piece but it was very nice. Hannah taught us all a new technique by mistakenly using a slip knot on the needle before picking up stitches to knit in a different direction. I started to "correct" her when I was struck with how this could help with getting the stitches all the way to the end of the piece when adding a border. Lots of new techniques are discovered by a mistake. Don't worry about your mistakes; embrace them. They teach you far more than your lucky guesses ever will.


turtlegirl76 said...

That does sound like a fun class! I'll have to give that a try some time.

Anonymous said...

I had such a blast! Thank you, Jane, for opening up another creative avenue for me. I have so many ideas now for how to "improvise" some gorgeous knitted pieces.

Me? Follow rules? Hah. I *sometimes* listen to guidelines, though, and you're pretty good about providing those rather than rules. ;-)


Janet Richards said...

Looks like little mini works of art! Sounds like a ton of fun!

Procraftinator said...

I couldn't help all the spontaneous squees of glee. :> I am a big fan of collage in all its many forms, and this is a great way to use a lot of the techniques I love. The class was wonderful, and gave me another piece in my giant scavenger hunt of crafty techniques. Horizontal crafting FTW!!

PS You have to ask Jet for the "horizontal crafting" explanation. Personally I think it sounds better than ADD. :D