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.

Fall Knitting and Teaching

The start of cold weather means the genesis of a new knitting season.

 Oh, don't roll your eyes at me!

Oh, don't roll your eyes at me!

I've had a great month: teaching at the Nordic Knitting conference and a smaller conference here near home. I've taught some new knitters and I've taught some new spinners as teaching older knitters some more difficult techniques.

 New knitter!

New knitter!

 Jazz hands!

Jazz hands!

 Audrey pieces together her FIRST KNITTING PROJECT. That's right: a lace, long-sleeved tunic!

Audrey pieces together her FIRST KNITTING PROJECT. That's right: a lace, long-sleeved tunic!

I've finished up a group of Christmas presents, and a project for the Spring 2017 Love of Knitting magazine. I can't post pictures of those, yet. So... here's a hat for a friend's daughter. She is in (her first) semester at a boarding school in Vermont. 

 warm and snuggly, no?

warm and snuggly, no?

Today, I hope to finish knitting the body of a vest I started six years ago. I rediscovered it about 2 weeks ago and put it in the queue. I had stalled on it after two days of knitting in November 2010, because I had a sizable mistake in the fair isle pattern measuring about one inch by two inches. I had the option of ripping out five rows, or dropping 8 stitches four rows down. Well, six years later, I chose the later. It took about one hour to correct (well, an hour and six years) and I was on my way. 

It is a deep V, steeked, two-color argyle vest by Eunny Jang. The pattern is so clever! I'll have some pictures later, but first I must knit the last four rows...