Creative Inspiration: Afghans Samples at Knitty City
Before the pain of The Point’s closing could sink in, I dropped by Knitty City to hear Betty talk about her afghan. One thing that Knitty City does a wonderful job is displaying samples of various knitting projects as well as colorful swatches to entice you to use the fibers.
I arrived just in time to see Betty proudly displaying the beautiful piece which now covers her bed. Being late to the presentation, I didn’t get the full details about the original of the project.
While Betty had started with a rough idea of the color scheme, she modified it on the fly and added various squares as she wanted to try new things. There are two squares, one with a B for Betty and one with a D for Dick, her husband. The square that caught my attention was the one with the state of New York. Betty got the graph of the state from a playbill! Since Betty doesn’t like intarsia, the color work is embroidered not knit.
Betty explaining afghan squares in detail at Knitty City
Betty's show & tell afghan at Knitty City
To create a sense of unity, Betty framed each square with a mitered garter stitch border. Further, to create a more sturdy blanket and reduce wear and tear on the seams, she did a three needle bind-off so that it created an artistic border ridge on the good side.
While I find the idea of knitting an afghan daunting and likely to cause me to stop knitting, I think that this approach of creating multiple areas where the knitter can test new formats and/or have a small area to experiment is a great idea. I’ve been keeping my swatches of various sizes and colors in hopes of one day seaming them together.
BTW-There’s a great write up in the current issue of Vogue Knitting about Knitty City.
The UWS Knitters group (translation Upper West Side Knitters for those of you from outside of Manhattan) celebrated their 7th Birthday at their regular meeting this week. For our birthday, our list mom, Judi brings a birthday cake.
Upper West Side Knitters 7th Birthday Cake
Upper West Side Knitters List Mom Judi
We meet in the Starbucks on West 86th Street and Columbus Avenue from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm every Wednesday. The staff at this Starbucks is very friendly to our group. The manager even arranged for us to meet at another local Starbucks when this location was closed for renovation! We’re a very open group and welcome new knitters and visitors. Our oldest member is 91 years old (although she wasn’t with us for this party.)
Mary in Shetland Triangle Scarf
For those of you who may not have met her, Mary is the author of the Snit n’ Knit blog. She’s always knitting a shawl of pair of socks. She’s also on Ravelry as Mc Mary so check out her work!
Elizabeth's lace scarf making progress!
UWS Knitters Group Photo
UWS Knitters showing off their knitting
The Upper West Side Knitters are even crocheter-friendly. (Of course, we live in hope that we will be able to convert our hooking friends to a pair of straight needles.)
Jessica shows off her crocheted pants patches!
We’ve been joined by out-of-towners from Holland, Germany and England! If you’re going to be in New York City on a Wednesday evening, bring your knitting and join us! You can join us online by registering with our Upper West Side Knitters Yahoo Group.
I hope that some of the UWS Knitters will add their comments and words of cheer!
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