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Studio Snapshots | Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Studio Snapshots | Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

A behind the scenes peek at what's happening in our knitting and weaving studio.

On My Knitting Needles

Twined Knitting Diamonds

I just love how these stitches are stacking up! My next sock pattern features an interesting technique known as twined knitting, or twining. You basically work stockinette stitch in alternating colors and twist the yarns around each other between each stitch.

Typically you twist in one direction for an entire row/rnd, then the opposite direction in the next row/rnd to create a zig zag pattern. (Work just two rows/rnds and it's a Latvian braid.) Or change the twist every few stitches for multiple rows/rnds to create a cool stacked diamond pattern.

On the Loom

Clasped Weft Diamonds

Diamonds spilled onto my loom. I'm upping my rug weaving game and experimenting with a technique known as clasped weft as I transition from making area rugs for the floor to art rugs that are displayed on the wall.

On the Water

River Diamonds

Warmer weather means it's time to get out of the studio and onto the water at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. We try to kayak at least once a week in the summer. So far this season we've seen plenty of fish, some egrets, herons, ducks, geese and osprey and one really aggressive cottonmouth snake 😲.

In the Garden

Raised Bed Diamond

Okay, maybe this is a bit of a stretch for the diamond theme, but from the right angle my garden beds form a diamond. This year is shaping up to be my best gardening year since we moved to Alabama. The tomatoes are growing out of control. The beans and snap peas are climbing their trellises. The wax and green beans are flowering, along with the squash. And I harvested my first chili pepper. It's going to be a yummy summer.

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