29 June 2012

Compendium

Today is a stay indoors day, as the rain has been pouring down all day, so I thought this would be a good day for getting the last few details done and publishing my compendium. I had some problems updating my homepage, and since the whole week has been sunny, I haven't had much time fixing it. Living in Norway, you'll have to get out there once the sun is shining, because you never know how long it's going to last.

So, my compendium in knitting mathematics is now available for purchase at Ravelry and on my website. As for now, the compendium can be had in Norwegian only. An English version will be published later. Those of you purchasing the pattern now, will be able to download the English version once it's ready (as for all my knitting patterns).

The compendium covers the basics of mathematics needed for following a knitting pattern (for example distributing increases and decreases), adding sizes to a pattern and re-calculating the pattern for a different gauge.

It contains explanations, illustrations and examples showing how the calculations work for a specific knitting problem.

20 pages.

I hope you'll find it useful, and that it'll enable you to work the numbers when tweaking a knitting pattern. This is however not meant as a full guide to creating knitting patterns. There are a lot more to it than what's covered in the compendium. This is exactly what it says it is: knitting mathematics. Good luck!

ETA: If you wish to purchase more than 1 copy of the compendium, please click here. You may then choose "Add to cart", from where you can change quantity and purchase as many as you'd like to.

23 June 2012

Workshops

I'm back home after some wonderful days at the Grib Garnet festival in Silkeborg, Denmark. My workshops went really well, as I had the most charming women participating.

As already mentioned, my workshops' subject was knitting mathematics (Strikkematematikk), and the main issue was how to re-calculate the numbers to make the pattern work for other sizes than those listed. The workshop also covered the mathematics necessary to re-calculate for another gauge. Sometimes you'd want to knit a specific pattern in a yarn different from that in the pattern, and some adjustments are needed. A little math, and you'll probably end up with a garment that actually fits.

My participants worked so hard trying to figure out how to get the numbers collaborate. I do think everybody finally got it, even those who've spent half a lifetime being afraid of mathematics in general and the mysterious x in particular. In the pictures, you can see the lovely ladies struggling to create different sizes for my Big sister's dress pattern, which I used as an example.

I enjoyed teaching this subject, as I was able to combine both mathematics, teaching and knitting, three of my interests. I work as a math teacher, but I usually don't get to talk about knitting that much..

I prepared a compendium for the workshop. The compendium will be translated into English, but is for the time being available in Norwegian only. It will be available for purchase in a few days. More about that later..