Swing Knitting with Expert Brigitte Elliott was our topic today and we love that she shared this with us as well as so many other things!
Swing Knitting was actually developed by someone else and Brigitte gives credit to Gabrielle Kluge http://www.strickrausch.de/ (Intoxicated Knitting) and was trademarked by Heidrun Liegmann-Halama http://swing-knitting.com. There is a workshop course in German (if you open it with Google, it can be translated) by Heidrun that Brigitte recommends. http://magischemaschen.blogspot.com (Magical Stitches) Brigitte deserves credit though, too, for translating to English (we think!) and showing us how truly fun it is! There are several patterns that are really popular that uses this technique, most familiar is the Dreambird Shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dreambird-kal), the Hitchhiker Shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker) to name a couple…
Brigitte met Patty McDonald who communicated by e-mail, who shared a scarf that they both found incredibly inspiring that was in German. That was Gabrielle Kluge! Brigitte took that course linked earlier in summer 2010, then she went to Germany for a live course, four days in a castle and met teacher Heidrun. Brigitte found it so exciting, and later Heidrun sent her a packet for Brigitte’s help to translate it into English. Brigitte really loved this style of knitting that she thinks of as German Short Rows. She devised a mathematical formula of explaining Heidrun’s musical way of writing.
This is one of her designs: The Autumn Fusion Shawl has been well received. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/swing-knits-autumn-fusion-shawl There is a series of workshops in German and in English in Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/swing-knittingtm-workshop-5—swingy-hitchhiker There’s also been some additonal designs from Heidrun placed in Ravelry in German and with Brigitte’s help, English! http://www.ravelry.com/stores/magische-maschen-designs Brigitte’s also had some designs published, most of us may have seen in the Knitter’s magazine. Here’s the link to her Ravelry Designer page to remind us: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/brigitte-elliott
Brigitte also recommends the Ravelry group for Swing Knits http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-the-swing—swing-knittingtm
Don’t forget to check out Brigitte Elliott’s website: http://www.bzknitter.com/ and if you missed hearing today’s program we hope you’ll take a moment to bring up the archive. For your ease: You may want to peek at iTunes for any of the episodes you may have missed, there’s a really concise list there so episodes are easier to find! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing.rss