With the publication of our Alabama Studio Book Series, we open sourced our beloved techniques that these living arts might be preserved for future generations. One of the things that we learned along the way is that people who are dedicated to one particular area of craft can also become converts to another area. The art of working with your hands seems to span all disciplines.
We have customers who are woodworkers, potters, scrapbookers, knitters, and crocheters. Particularly, knitters seem to find themselves at home making Alabama Chanin pieces. Perhaps loop-by-loop finds familiarity with our stitch-by-stitch method. Knitters Melanie Falick (my editor) and Mason-Dixon’s Kay Gardiner are now hand-sewing enthusiasts in the Alabama Chanin style.
My new favorite material in our studio is the Yarn Ball.
Made from scraps of our 100% organic cotton jersey, the scraps are pulled by hand (see page 99 of Alabama Studio Style for instructions) into ropes and then tied together with a square knot and rolled into these beautiful balls.
The largest ball is 12” in diameter and weighs about 6 lbs. Although I love them just as objects just to sit around the studio, Diane Hall – our master seamstress – knitted the beautiful scarf above using this “yarn.”
Shown here in Storm Blue, I have worn my scarf everyday in this cold weather as it sits just like a collar under all of my sweaters and jackets. Keep an eye out for this in our upcoming Fall/Winter collection or get started knitting now… yes, knitting. (Melanie, are you reading this?) The yarn is also great for making placemats, bathroom or door mats, braided rugs or just tying two things together.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am definitely not a knitter. My fingers just can’t make those little movements and I am much too impatient to make it to the end of a project.
While I have sewn and crocheted since I can remember, I have never been able to understand the groove of knitting. I collect yarns, needles and threads in every weight and color as I love the way they sit in the basket together. And I find that all of the notions for knitting are absolutely beautiful.
Melanie swears that she can teach me to knit & I am waiting with baited breath to hear her acquiesce that I am un-teachable… with her laughing all the while at my uneven, crooked stitches. (The idea of my weekend knitting course appeals to my adventurous spirit.)
BUT if I were to knit, I would certainly start with this beautiful Felted Saddle Blanket for the horse that Butch is threatening to buy. This book, and all the projects, from Suzan Mischer make me want to go right over to Purl to order loads of yarn and accessories. Greetings from Knit Café now available in paperback