A year to remember …

Our yarn bombing project from Knit in the Park 2010

An excerpt from Joie …

I remember it as if it was only yesterday……..my house the day after meeting on some show at Riverview ( which by the way, there is no river view ).  Who would have ever thought that one year later an idea nurtured by the love and hard work of you both, would end up with a one year celebration.
… this idea, with the love, laughter and learning to people that would have never noticed one another on the streets is something to really be proud of.
so here on this day, Sunday, October 17th, 2010, I will rise a glass to celebrate knit 1 take 2 and the wonderful people who have weaved their way into your hearts.

Yes, looking back I think we are all stunned and impressed with the difference a year can make in our lives. It’s hard to believe we’re a year old today. So much has changed and we have all accomplished so much. We started with a simple plan to knit, laugh, learn, and share. And as Anne so eloquently put it, we have evolved into a group that “meets about knitting and connects about community”. We’d like to take this time to thank all of you for coming out to our meetings and allowing us the opportunity to knit, laugh, learn, and share with you. We truly appreciate it.

We have seen so much happen in a year … good times and not quite so good times, we’ve had members go and more come to replace them, we’ve had a marriage and even a birth (and our future youngest knitter), and we’ve had someone go from casting on their first stitch (literally) to completing two sweaters for her children. We have completed four blankets (and continuing to work on more) and donated a few dozen individual items (hats, sweaters, scarves) to local charities and people in need. It’s great to see what can happen when a community of strangers united by a common thread (or yarn) can accomplish when they get together. Here’s looking forward to the next year and all the stitches it will bring! Here’s just a very small sampling of some of the memories forever knit into our hearts …

Yarn over and out!



Interlaced – working Entrelac!

The back of an Entrelac Scarf using 4 colors

Continuing with our working with color series, we’re going to delve into the world of Entrelac knitting. Entrelac is a French word, translating to mean interlaced in English. It is a unique thing in knitting, as it is a texture and a technique at the same time. You can use it to make a wonderfully textured piece of fabric in a solid color, or use two or more colors and make a multi-colored AND textured piece of fabric. It is for this reason why we’re including it in the color discussion. When working entrelac, it is best to try and visualize the formation before you actually start knitting. Entrelac uses a series of triangles and rectangles to create a rectangular or square shaped piece of fabric. This is achieved by making a series of isosceles triangles in the foundation row, using right angled triangles for the edges, and rectangles for the main body of the fabric. The triangles in the foundation row can be made in two ways. You can cast on 2 stitches and work increases until you have your necessary number of stitches for your triangle, or cast on all the stitches used in your foundation row and work one triangle at a time using short rows. The latter method is a little easier to work and doesn’t require you breaking the yarn.

A vest done in Entrelac on a different angle

Once the foundation row is finished, you make one of the edge triangles and then go on to your rectangles. The finished look of entrelac is one of a woven piece of fabric and you can get some phenomenal effects by either using different colors or using a variegated yarn. A single color will still produce a beautiful piece of fabric. Once you have gotten the knack of entrelac, you can also change the angles of the work to produce a different effect like in the vest shown here. While the actual technique is not very difficult, you should be comfortable with picking up stitches before jumping into this. Here is a link to a page that has a sample of entrelac and excellent instructions (why re-invent the wheel?) that will give you some good practice with this technique. Entrelac Instruction. I recommend using some spare yarn for your first project until you are used to this technique. Once you are, try some of the free patterns in the links below.

Entrelac Scarf

Entrelac Afghan

Good luck!

Yarn over and out!