Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Summer School - the finale

A bit delayed but hopefully worth the wait (big stack of stuff to do before the annual sojourn to Cornwall).

Here is the group at the end of the week - still smiling you'll notice : )

And here are photos of everyone's completed pieces. I make no apologies for all the photos, everyone's work was so uniquely lovely I couldn't possibly choose just a couple - and besides, I thought you'd like to see "something of everything", as it were.

So, in no particular order, I give you:

And a close-up of a scarf Liz wanted to colour-match. Pretty darn good if you ask me. Take a look, too, at the coral/green trio - these were some of Liz's handspun skeins and look gorgeous dyed.

Jan Two of Jan's colour-matching projects, alpaca sock yarn (back), and a sock blank unravelled and awaiting steaming to de-crinkle it. These were just two of Jan's lovely skeins, her birds skein was also stunning.
Purple and blue - irresistible. Maggie also produced the most beautiful skein of merino/silk which I tried in vain to persuade her to part with...
Beverley created a wonderful range of greens - subtle yet rich. Her dip-dyed ball of bfl/alpaca (above) was just gorgeous.
Pippa's colourways were so vibrant and striking. Her Ipswich Town skein in blue, white and yellow was particularly fun, and her rainbow blank (top) was just yummy.
The photos don't do these colourways justice as Monica's pieces were really lovely. What you can see from the pics is how Monica used charting really effectively to plan her pattern repeat for the long skein project.
Gill definitely qualified for knitter of the week as she produced an entire sock from the knitted blank she painted on day two - amazing! You can see below how the knitted sock mirrors the picture of the dyed blank.
AngelaAngela was way too quick for me so I don't have all her work, but these unravelled blanks had such lovely colour variations and the hand-painted bfl/alpaca sock skein (above), was gorgeous with its subtle blends of blues.

HelenHelen sells her work at a local gallery in Lincoln and it's easy to see why (I think at least a couple of students were tempted on a visit there on Wednesday!). I loved this sock blank. It really captured the rich variation in the postcard image.

I think Andrea must have more hours in her day than me! By the end of the week all her pieces, recipes, samples and work were already beautifully presented in files. Although these photos aren't brilliant it isn't hard to imagine how fabulous these silk hankies looked in real life.

There was much interest in Pat's amazing diamond patterning on her samples, quite different to the 4ply ones. I think a few of us will be beetling off to try and replicate that effect! And note those lovely handspun yarns, too : )
Aren't these mini-skeins just too cute? The lovely purple yarn is a blank wound off and de-crinkled and we're all waiting to see how the other blank turns out (any pics yet, Isabel? No pressure!). The colours are gorgeous and the pattern promises to be most interesting....

Well, that's a sample of everyone's work and there's more, equally beautiful work to see here. It really was an amazing week and I want to say thank you to a fabulous group of students for making it such a pleasure - Thank you heaps!!!

And while I'm on the subject of thank you's, a big thank you to Bishop Grosseteste College and to Ronnie the chef for the fab shortbread recipe (and bag of homemade shortbread!). If you need evidence of how good the food was, I put on over 3lbs in the week (eek!). Oh, and not forgetting Judith the convenor, Peter her very patient husband, all the other helpers, tutors and all the people who visited the exhibition and trade fair too! See you all in 2011 in Edinburgh!

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