Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

Adventures in Knitting

Last Tuesday, I had a great time speaking to a group of Knitting Off Broadway knitters at the Scotty's Brewhouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was good food, good conversation, beautiful works-in-progress, and a fun time during dessert when I presented on my two projects in the current Knitting Traditions magazine.

The Knitting Off Broadway gang at Scotty's Brewhouse, May 2015

The Knitting Off Broadway gang at Scotty's Brewhouse, May 2015

Despite backing up as much as I could and standing on a stool, this was the best shot I could get. Hannah is wearing the Jeanne Baret cap I made, and, actually, made a cute model for the sweater and hat combo. Here is Hannah wearing both. The hat is reversible and here she is wearing the other side facing out:

I was able to share some of my research and talk through the life and times of adventurers Jeanne Baret, first (known) woman to circumnavigate the globe, and Prince Roland Bonaparte and his photographic expedition to the Sámi peoples in the late 1800s. Both these knitted pieces are inspired by their exploration.

This week is the last week of school for my three kiddos. The last hurrah for them AND me. This week, I cram in all the work I hope to accomplish for the next two and a half months. This week's plans, this includes charting and writing five patterns for an Interweave ebook, and submitting several more submissions to print and web magazines. I better get cracking! 

When I resurface, I'll be teaching at the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, Michigan August 14 & 15. Come join me for my Skolt Sámi Motifs class, Irish Crochet Motifs or Kautokeino Sámi mittens!