Knitting · Knitwear Spezialist

It’s been a while…

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It’s been a while since my last post. A lot has happened, many interesting – an not so interesting – projects. My main focus in the last few years has been on knitting. So much to explore: techniques, designs, fibres. So little time…

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Two of the best inspirational trips were to the Shetland isles. Visiting Shetland and the Shetland Woolweek (at last!) in 2014 + 2017 was something of an eye opener. A place where knitting is founded deeply in island life, culture and tradition.

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I have recently started with machine knitting and finally got the chance to start with a trainings course “Knitwear Specialist”. After a rather long time of not designing and developing it feels good to get started again.

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Homework has never been so much fun 🙂

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Knitting

Work in progress …

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For some time now I have been thinking of designing some new products for my (non existent) label. For the last thre or four years knitting has been my number one passion. Apart from the costumes I made for various production making clothes for wearable.design wasn’t really what I was looking for. Ok, then maybe some knitted items? Clothes? Hmm, to much swatching, working on the pattern. What then? I love large knitted schawls. But, considering the amount of yarn – and I do tend to use luxurious blends – and the time spent working on them, The price for these schawls would be enormous… So I started to combine light wool fabric with knitted lace edgings. Let’s see where it leads…

I have also been thinking of making the “body” of the schawl with the knitting machine and then adding a delicate lace edging…

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Knitting

Vintage Knitting Patterns

Knitting with vintage patterns can be quite a challenge…I’m knitting this purse and gaiters from a vintage pattern for a knitting exhibition at the Textilmuseum in St. Gallen. At first I thought the pattern is like totally easy, but when I knit what I understand is meant it looks totally different than the picture. Might have to do some research on vintage stitches…shouldn’t be such a challenge for me as a historian…we’ll see…

On the left is what it should look like, and this is the description:

I’m especially looking forward to knitting the gaiters:

Costumes

Unexpected Returns – Three Short Plays by J.M. Barrie

Besides knitting I designed and made costumes for several productions. The next one is coming up in May

We’ve been busy all week end sewing dresses. The short plays were written between 1911 and 1918 and we try to make the costumes as authentic as possible which isn’t always that easy: getting the fabrics, the patterns…especially when your budget is limited…but it’s great and also fun trying to make the dresses from what we find in our stashes of different material and in second-hand shops. You’ll be surprised what you can find there! So I think we’re doing pretty good 😉