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Friday, 23 March 2012

Tips and Techniques knitting workshop with Debbie Abrahams Day 1

The first workshop of the year at La Verderie has started! The four guests - Wendy, Caroline, Irene and Clare arrived at Bordeaux airport yesterday afternoon and Debbie flew into La Rochelle.
The girls are all from the knitting group that I used to run at Kangaroo and is now the Chailey knitters so it is really lovely to see them all again and catch up with the news which we did over a few glasses of wine last night. The weather forecast for the week is fantastic, so hopefully we will be able to eat lunch and knit outside every day.
Today is a full day workshop, Debbie has two projects lined up for the week to cover all the following techniques -

·        Choosing the best method to cast-on for your project
·        Creating neat selvedge edges
·        Neat buttonholes (cast-off)
·        Fully-fashioned shaping
·        Bobbles
·        Cables
·        Lace stitches
·        Intarsia (optional)
·        Swiss-darning (optional)
·        Easy-to-knit stripe patterns (using circular/double-pointed needles
·        Three needle cast-off to join stitches together
·        Blocking and pressing
·        Sewing up using Mattress stitch
·        Picking up stitches along horizontal and vertical edges
·        Knitting a neat handle
·        Sewing in ends

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