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From Russia, with Love

From Russia, with Love

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog front.  I have been a very busy girl.

Now to catch up with my blogging!

At the start of April, the Knitters Guild held an Orenburg Style Lace Knitting workshop with Galina Khmeleva.  Leading up to this event I had been helping arrange the venue and catering, and then during making sure it was all set up and everyone was happy etc (the Husband was a huge help with getting things ready).  I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it all.

Thursday was a history of Orenburg Lace knitting,  and some basics which Galina recommended if you wanted to knit Orenburg Style lace.

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Saturday and Sunday was a very intense techique, elements and how to of planning your own Orenburg Style design.

Galina, herself, is a vibrant and enthusiastic instructor.  She REALLY knows her stuff.  I was gobsmacked at the history portions of the workshops.  Whilst verything she taught us had a good and logical reason behind it, the important mantra of the lesson was “Just do it”.

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Through it all, however, I think my three favourite things were:-

1. New bind off.  It’s super stretchy and leaves a lovely edge.

2. No sew grafting!  Super easy way to seam and add borders without sewing!

3. GARTER STITCH! Whilst I have no problems with purling, there is something about a no purl shawl that appeals greatly.

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I’m currently working through all the notes to create myself a workbook.  So when I’m ready to embark on my own Orenburg style lace project, I have it all there at hand.

Here’s a little example of what we were working with.

Miss Fee also wrote a great post on the weekend too.