Tuesday, April 5, 2011

GRAMKC Spring 2011

I was delighted to try on Diana Berns "Flared Jacket" at GRAMKC Spring Seminar and found that it absolutely fit me. I bought the pattern right away. It is a yoked garment with saddle sleeves and side panels. so definitely will fit on my machine. It calls for Diamante yarn. She demonstrated her technique for making a ribbed finish that doesn't pull in, and doesn't roll, but simply lays flat, giving a very elegant, smooth look to the garment. Eileen Montgomery demonstrated a number of techniques. The number of stitch patterns you can obtain using all the machine's capabilities and the #1 (birdseye) card is amazing. She showed us two-color tuck, slip, fairaisle, weaving, elongation, double-width, and so on. There must have been 100 different samples, and none of them involved using a ribber. Everyone was fascinated by the "tea cozy" stitch, which involved slipping 4 rows then knitting 2 rows. I was sad because I only had one day to spend with these two ladies.