As summer arrives (be cool, Southwest!) (be dry, Southeast!), we pause to take a look at what has happened since A Year of Techniques launched in March.
In a word: tons.
In four short months, we have premiered video tutorials in the following techniques:
- Helical stripes, to make Hyacinthus Armwarmers by Jen Arnall-Culliford.
- Intarsia, to make the Brambling Shawl by Bristol Ivy.
- Pinhole cast on, to make Alex the Mouse by Ella Austin.
- Knitted edging, to make the Talmadge Cloche by Romi Hill.
The learning! The leaning in! The persistence and focus and stick-with-it-ness! Kay finished her mouse. I finished my shawl. Everybody’s finishing all sorts of stuff. Knitters are dipping in for one project, two projects, every project. Everybody’s being so kind to each other. And we have learned that Jen Arnall-Culliford can apparently answer pretty much any question about anything. She Who Cannot Be Stumped.
The quickest snapshot of all the making and learning is to take a spin through Instagram, where #ayearoftechniques reveals the glorious energy of knitters sitting down and figuring out how to do something new.
Want to Jump In Now?
Maybe you’ve been watching all this unfold and find yourself thinking, I gotta make a mouse. My stripes are never very helical. What is a pinhole cast on, anyway? Why don’t I have a cloche? Feel free to join the party right now.
The great thing about A Year of Techniques is that it can happen whenever you like, in whatever order you like.
The patterns are available as an ebook from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear, right here. You can order ebook only or a print/ebook combination, with the print book arriving in September.
We have yarn kits for all four projects—and we’ll continue to bring in a new kit each month for the upcoming projects. The yarns are great, and it’s kind of fun to get a little package of yarn in the mail on a warm summer day. In particular:
Helical Armwarmers, featuring the almighty Zauberball.
Brambling Shawl, a cloud of a shawl thanks to Fyberspates’s Cumulus, an airy alpaca/silk blend.
Alex the Mouse, using the sturdy, mouse-appropriate Socks Yeah! yarn by Rachel Coopey.
Talmadge Cloche, in one of the dreamier batches of color we’ve seen, Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply.
Or (clearly) feel free to use your own yarn, which is its own kind of fun. What we’re finding is that everybody’s having a swell time, and that’s what the whole thing is about: having a swell time figuring out new ways to have fun knitting.
PS Photos up top from stalwart AYoT folks. Follow ’em all!
Thank you for being awesome!