Are you tired of all the plastics in your bin that you can’t recycle? I know I am so I’m converting to trying to buy as few plastics as possible and it’s really hard. It’s one thing not to buy fruit in plastic punnets, though sometimes I tell myself that I’m going to re-use them when I pick my own, so that’s okay isn’t it? Most things can be recycled or composted so what’s left in the landfill bag is often all plastics. You can make useful new things from the new sheets of plastic which are easily stitchable with a sewing machine if they’re not too thick. I’ve made planters with mine to hide that other unsightly plastic thing, plant pots.
If you’d like to have a go yourself I’ve made a downloadable worksheet. Let me know how you get on. Please make sure not to burn yourself or inhale nasty fumes. remaking plastic worksheet
Join us for our Knitting know-how summer term at New Brewery Arts and brush up on your knitting skills. We’ll be meeting on Wednesday afternoons from 26 April to 24 May to look at how to make your knitting more professional. Ever wanted to know which increase or decrease to use where, or how to make your edges neater? All these questions answered and more.
Find out more and Book here
“Don’t let your awkwardness worry you; or the sliding about of needles, you are their boss and they know it.” (Elizabeth Zimmerman, Knitter’s Almanac)
I’ve been getting ready for a new series of workshops at New Brewery Arts in February. The classes will be based on the throw that I designed for The Art of Knitting, using increases and decreases to make squares, except this time we’ll be using different colours and yarn, making it in Rowan Tweed’s muted palette. We’ll look at diagonals, entrelac and short-rows, all those things that can put you off before you even start. This course will make you more confident and in charge of your needles. I’m really looking forward to meeting a new group of knitters.
There’s been a change of dates, workshops now start on Wed Feb 22 and are every week until Wed Mar 22, 2017. That gives people more time to sign up, yay!
Tutor: Katy Bevan (that’s me)
Date & Time: Wednesday afternoons, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Albright Studio, New Brewery Arts
Kate Jenkins, Ham and Mustard
Max Alexander, Merveille du Jour
Meet the Artists is a new series for The Knitter about knitters who venture beyond the sweater. So far I’ve written about Zandra Rhodes, Freddie Robins, Kate Jenkins in Issue 102. Max Alexander and Celia Pym are coming up, with more artists in knit to follow.
I have a review of an exhibition curated by Liz Cooper, What do I need to do to make it ok? in Selvedge this month featuring the intriguing work of Celia Pym.
There is a blog post for Selvedge here.
Also for Selvedge, a short piece about the fishy work of Kate Jenkins’ Stitchmonger project
Kate Jenkins, Stitchmongers