Friday, June 16, 2017

Fresh Starts

It's nothing personal, blogspot. I like you. But I need a fresh start with my fibre persona online. I may or may not continue to add updates here. I have some decisions to make about what I post.

In the meantime, I'm over at Wordpress.

FYI, tied to the new/fresh blog are edits coming to the old design patterns (new layouts, updated contact info, consistency, etc.) I'm also on Instagram now (mandyz.moon because I started my mandyzmoon Insta-count years ago and have no idea what my login is since I never finished the set-up, but Instagram still recognizes that someone - me - has that account.)


Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year. New Fun.

There is so much to catch up on, and if I was planning I'd start writing up some preliminary posts (maybe I will...), but I have so many other things I am focused on planning - paid work things - that I'll just see what I get to. I knit a few things in the past while. Just a few.

Today, however, I'm thinking about upcoming fun. I am going to offer a mini skills class on Brioche Knitting at the Norwood Naughty Knitter Fibre Frolic on Sunday, January 15th.  I love brioche.  I probably don't brioche enough. I could brioche more. I did brioche knit the edging of a recent scarf/shawlette instead of the (less interesting) stitch called for.  I've also knit my way through many of Katrin Schuber's hats.  I only own one of the hats, but I've knit a few.

For myself I started with Liguria
 With the same orange handspun yarn I knit my mom Ondadolce.
Later I whipped up a bulky version of Beezee for one of the preschool teachers.

Then a fellow twins-momma / dance-family friend requested a similar hat, so I made her the Frost on Roses.

 I think another hat is in order soon. Or perhaps one of the brioche stitch sweaters in my queue.
Just look at how squishy it is (best seen in the bulky version) and those beautiful lines. Curves? Easy-peasy.
Sure, you can do single-colour brioche, but I like 2 colours. In particular, I like that this is float-less colourwork.
The edging of this scarf in single-yarn brioche, but not a ribbed stitch.

I know I should have some older brioche projects somewhere, but I can't recall what they are. Scarves I suspect. Simpler basic brioche. Or maybe just some stitch samplers.

I look forward to demystifying this technique for folks next weekend.