Sat, Oct 2, 2021 @4:00pm
Kim McBrien Evans designs clothes she loves and wants to wear, and wants to ensure you feel the same. It takes a combination of creativity, observation, a lot of careful planning, and just a touch of chaos to get from yarn to finished garment and a pattern that suits as many people as possible. How do you design for bodies that aren’t yours? And as makers, how can we feel more confident about the garments we make for ourselves, making a handmade wardrobe that fits our bodies and suits our personal style?
Join Kim as she talks about all of this and shows how she uses personal fashion illustration templates from mybodymodel.com
to “try on” sweaters before she makes them.
If you wish to play along, you can purchase a personal fashion illustration template based on your measurements at mybodymodel.com.
Discount code for 10% off: INDIGODRAGONFLY [case sensitive]
Curiosity and exploration is the focus of Canadian knitwear designer and indie hand dyer, Kim McBrien Evans. A lifelong love of colour, texture, pattern, and shape prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a wearable reality while simultaneously fitting and complimenting a wide range of bodies. She lives and works in the woods of Central Ontario, Canada.
Her yarn company, Indigodragonfly, is renowned for its vibrant colours, offbeat names, and ever expanding plan for world domination. She is co-author of Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter (with Kate Atherley). Her work has appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitscene, Knit.Wear, Knitting Magazine (UK), A Stash of One’s Own (ed. Clara Parkes), The Sewcialists, Digits & Threads, and Uppercase.
Sat Oct 9th, 2021
In this Fiberside Chat Sarah will give us a sneak peek of her debut collection for Harrisville Designs, slated to release at the end of October. It takes a village to make a design collection, combining the skills of knitters, designers, technical specialists, photographers, models and many more; and in the case of Harrisville Designs it takes a literal village to make the yarn as well.
Sarah will share a little of the history of the mill and its modern operations and tell us about the yarn they make, ranging from the heirloom-quality Highland and Shetland lines they started 50 years ago to their newest and most contemporary-looking yarns, Daylights and Nightshades, made with American-raised Cormo wool. We’ll learn about the running of a mill and the building of the extraordinary 64-color palette and then take a look behind the scenes at the making of this latest pattern collection.
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Looking to add a little color to your knitting?! Little colors (aka mini-skeins) are an obsession for designer Lisa K. Ross of Paper Daisy Creations. Learn how to choose colors for your next project and arrange the yarns you already have. Experience simple techniques that can cut minutes (or hours) off your project time by carrying yarn up the sides and weaving in ends as you go. See the big reveal for the Just Beachy MKAL wrap and learn more about upcoming designs. We could all use a few more rainbows these days... it's time to get colorful!
Lisa Ross is the mother of four crazy, wonderful boys in Bloomington, Indiana, living out the dream she never knew she had designing knitwear patterns. She has been finding creative ways to showcase incredible yarns for the past seven years and has a particular obsession with socks and shawls. She loves supporting the community with fundraising efforts, such as organizing a KAL that raised over $ 30,000 for Down Syndrome International, and collaborating with other small businesses in the industry. Her love for rainbows and passion for color has led to an obsession with highlighting mini-skeins in her work. You can find her full pattern library on Ravelry or at her website. To see what's on the needles now, check out her Instagram.
Sat, Nov. 6, 2021 @4:00pm Eastern
Join author and designer Tanis Gray for a chat about her newest knitting book, Knitting with Disney, The Official Disney Knitting Book! She’ll take you through the process of what it takes to make an official book with one of the most recognizable brands on the planet, as well as share with you how to do one of her favorite techniques, the Latvian Braid!
Here’s your homework if you’d like to try a Latvian Braid during the Chat: Gather some leftover bits of worsted or bulky weight yarn in two contrasting colors and corresponding 16” circular needle or DPN’s. Cast on enough stitches (in a multiple of 2) to join the round for your chosen needles. Work a few rounds in garter stitch [knit one round, purl one round, knit one round], then [k1 st in Color A, K1 st in color B] all the way across for rnd 1. Because we have limited time, please don’t use fingering weight or something teeny!
A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Tanis lives in Northern VA with her Mechanical Engineer husband and two children.
With over 600 published knitting designs in her portfolio, her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide. She is the author of more than 10 books, including Knitting the Galaxy: The Official Star Wars Knitting Pattern Book (2021, Insight Editions), the first and only official knitting book based on the original 9 Star Wars films by Lucasfilm and the soon-to-be released, Knitting with Disney (2021, Insight Editions) a book for Disney fans featuring projects from Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin. The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Brave, Moana, and more.