Lace Contest

Lace Contest

Ok.  Here it is!  All the lace we’ve knit up to date and numbered below.  Now, it’s not just for looking at!  We’re hoping you can lend a little advice, input, your quality opinion! Please post a comment telling us which lace you like and whether you prefer it as a headband, a bracelet/cuff or even as a scarf, bag, anything else! Then, and here’s the contest part, we’ll assign each comment a number and use a random number generator to pick one.  The winner can choose whatever product (actually only bracelet or headband because we’re not ready for anything else yet), whatever lace they like and we’ll knit it up for you, in your chosen colour and send it to you!   What a great deal for making a little, bitty comment! Adding the most recent creations…  They are not numbered because DH is not available to do that in Photoshop.  But from left to right, we have 16, 17, 18 and 19!   I really think 16 is going to be a huge...
Bracelets

Bracelets

We’re continuing to play around with lace patterns and spent yesterday morning making bracelets.  The results are below.  And here you, dear reader, have a job to do.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make some constructive comments (especially, but not only, if you are knitter). One thing that will change for certain are the buttons.  There are beautiful, locally produced coconut shell buttons available that will complement the colours of the natural dyes of the yarns perfectly.   The yarn in the bracelets is locally dyed cotton yarn.  We hope to work with Goel community in the future to produce a range of colours for the accessory line. So, what do you...
New products coming!

New products coming!

A long, long, long time ago I started teaching the knitters (and myself) lace knitting.  It wasn’t really that long ago, a few months, but there were some setbacks.  The past month though, we’ve been pounding away at it and are now in the process of thinking about a line of products.  We’re started with headband and maybe bracelets because these are a quick knit, but also because the knitters were already making them in simple garter stitch before.  Now that they have learned more than a dozen lace patterns, it was time to put those skills to use. The headbands below were knit by Tyna and Rofi.  They chose the pattern themselves and played around with stitch counts and needle size.  They also crocheted the ends to accommodate button holes which they hadn’t put in before.  I think they did a great job!  This morning we started another headband and there will be photos...
A Day of Learning

A Day of Learning

A lot has happened at the CK office in the past few weeks.  This is part of the reason for the silence on the blog.  We had to let go of one of our original knitters as it came to light that she was not on the same page as the rest of us.  Most detrimentally she was refusing to learn new lace patterns (it didn’t suit her) or teach the other staff knitting skills.  So today, to make up for last time, I spent the morning with the remaining staff for an indulgent day of learning. Poan and Navy have wanted to learn to knit since they started with us back in November.  Today they finally got the chance to sit down with a puppet pattern, ask questions, get all the help they need and finish off one doggie dog each.  Rofi, Tyna and I worked our way through three new lace patterns. We all made mistakes and ripped up at least one swatch but we learned more this morning than we have been in the past few weeks. What I’ve learned is to take nothing for granted.  I can’t assume that I know what’s going on unless I take every effort to monitor it myself.  I feel terrible and sad that Poan and Navy are only now getting their chance to learn knitting and that they were made to feel selfish for asking questions in the past. Time will heal all...

Lace Dreams

Today I started teaching Mony, Tyna and Rofi how to knit lace. They were really interested when they saw me knitting my first lace scarf (Branching Out for you Rav’ers) and were floored when they saw the lace shawl my sister gave me as a wedding present. And when I asked if they wanted to learn lace knitting, the answer was an overwhelming yes. Yesterday we looked at some free Ravelry patterns and they selected the one below. And since I cast on in order to be able demonstrate, I’m going to end up making one as well. In a colour I don’t particularly like and in a yarn not really suitable. But once I started, there was no frogging it. For those interested the free pattern, it’s available here. I wonder if my sister is slapping herself in the forehead and shouting at the computer: That’s too hard for a first lace project!! I have no idea what is easy to start with or not, but I think this one is doable (too late now…). Things have not gone as smoothly as I thought they would and we barely got through the set up rows without multiple mistakes… I think the knitters are not that good at knitting through yarn overs on the following rows. We’ll work on it more on Thursday afternoon. I wanted Mony, Rofi and Tyna to knit something for themselves. They have been knitting for months and not experiencing the joy of creating something for themselves in all that time. Well Mony has knit herself a couple of sweaters. I honestly don’t know where...