Stitches West 2013

Next week, I plan on attending Stitches West 2013, wearing a new sweater knit using NORO Kuryeon Col. No. 185, Lot No. K.  The unique knitting pattern  is from NORO the World of nature, Vol. 15, Y-698.   In the process of organizing my knitting literature, I found buried treasure…Vol. 15.  I’ve kept this volume tucked away for atleast five years and was delighted to discover it all over again.   The act of casting off stitches creates pockets which render an interesting dimensionality to the surface of the sweater.  The sculptural qualities of the pattern are enhanced by the color gradations of the yarn.

I’m attracted to Japanese knitting patterns (translated) because of the visual straight forward instructions and attention to rows.   This year at Stitches West, I am looking forward to a class entitled, Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns taught by Gayle Roehm, in order to expand my knowledge of Japanese pattern symbols.

I hope to attempt a pattern designed by Setsuko Torri, detailed in Setsuko Torii Hand Knit Works.

NORO Vol. 15 Y-698NORO Vol. 15 Y-698 #3NORO Vol. 15 Y-698 #2

Nicky Epstein’s Magical Capelet

Nicky Epstein…publishing diva extraordinaire.  The prolific knitter and her designs “push the envelope of embellishment.”  I recently found a copy of Nicky’s Signature Scarves at my local recycled book store and was immediately inspired to knit Yo-Yos scarf on page 76.  Signature Scarves  are felted, lace, floral, constructed, cut, and embellished with sewn-on elements.

I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend of knitting with Nicky Epstein at Vogue Knitting Destination in Oregon.  My two favorite Nicky books were knitting on the edge and knitting over the edge, until my weekend of discovery.  Each attendee received a complimentary copy of Knitting On Top of the World.  Inside, I spied the  Mongolian Warrior Pullover, which I had recently pinned on Pinterest.  I was thrilled!  Nicky used “the armor used by the hordes of Genghis Khan” for her inspiration.  The Magical Capelet project for the weekend referenced Nicky’s most recent title, Knitting Block By Block.  Four blocks of any stitch pattern and color were transformed into a magical garment.  (For my magical capelet, I knit with Noro’s Kureyon and added a collar)

Listening to Nicky Epstein discuss her own way to create, I began to peel away the many layers of Nicky’s uncomplicated  innovative techniques. In order to appreciate her “over the top” approach, requires patience and a desire to understand her design sense, level of intuition and creativity.