Knitting Expert Wendy Bernard guest, Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird, April 22, 2014
We’ve met Wendy Bernard before, we’ve recently been working together on the first Yarn Thing Crochet OR Knit-a-long, sharing the experience of learning methods of Entrelac!
Wendy has a new book coming out (her fourth!), it’s a stitch dictionary published by STC Craft, called UP, DOWN, ALL AROUND due out May 20th, spiral bound and 150 patterns worked from top-down, bottom-up, in the round… She wanted a book for herself that gave methods of maintaining stitch patterns no matter the way they were worked and presented that idea to a publisher. Each pattern has four different alliterations that can be incorporated into the design of your work.
The book is organized by categories, lace, cables, color-work, etc. and are color coded, and includes charts. Wendy made all of the swatches pictured, using one brand – Blue Sky Alpaca – for the wide range of colors and the visibility of the swatch. Wendy had been teaching at a shop close to home and has had trouble filling the class on the Importance of Swatches. It’s hard for her to understand this because she loves swatching. So, she was perfect for this project and it was the perfect project for her! She wants to investigate, not just how it works up, but also how the yarn reacts after being washed.
Marly asked if she had fun creating the book, which seemed to surprise Wendy. She says it can be lonely work, which can be ‘not so fun’, but once it’s done, she likes to look at it and say, I did that, which means she did enjoy it! We are all excited that the book is spiral bound, so it lays flat while you work from it. There was much admiration on air and in the live chat room for the projects we can see in the book, a beautiful blue raglan pullover with lace front, a vest with a cable in the center front.
Marly and Wendy shared favorite stitches: Marly shared what she loves is the Waffle Stitch in her crochet. Wendy, in creating this book, spent a lot of time with stitches that were a challenge to convert and, in fact, one could not be converted. So, she showed appreciation for Tech Editors, and the brain twisters! She hopes that the book will empower more knitters with the ability to spend less time figuring out how a stitch needs to be worked, the ability to add a texture to a simple pattern ‘recipe’.
Marly and Wendy also commented on the Yarn Thing CAL/KAL, Marly’s crocheted wrap and Wendy’s knitted cape, both creating the interesting woven look of entrelac but with widely different methods.
This is the link to the group on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/yarn-thing-cal-kal
Here is the link to Marly’s Wildberry Wrap: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wildberry-wrap
Here is the link for Wendy’s Shady Cove Cape: http://www.knitandtonic.net/knitandtonic/2014/02/shady-cove-cape-cowl.html
Make sure if you want to do either of these, read through the threads. There is lots of helpful information from the designers as well as those working on the projects. Wendy and Marly will be selecting winners and it will be posted in the Ravelry group soon!
Ana Capa Fine Yarns in Ventura, CA, has openings with Wendy Bernard class on Swatching, you may want to make time to learn how important that is from an advocate. They have a website: http://www.anacapafineyarns.com/
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And we can’t forget the Giveaway! Leave a comment below for your own copy of Wendy’s new book Up, Down, All Around: Stitch Dictionary
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