Tuesday, August 16, 2022

A question about the stitch dictionaries


I recently had a quesion via the comments about an older post for the second stitch dictionary. The questioner wanted to know if someone who cannot see could use the dictionaries, and run them through a (Braille) embosser. 

The stitch dictionaries are written with abbreviations that use punctuation as well as letters to designate the patterns and repeats, so they may not make sense when read in Braille. Here is an example:

R1: K2tog twice *(YO2, K2tog twice) rep *

R2: *(YO2, P2tog twice) rep * end YO2

I am not sure how these would read with an embosser. The files are pdf files, but I can provide a word file if that is of help. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The Basics of Shifting Stitches on your Knitting Loom: Lace, Yarn Overs and Cables - Live Zoom Class


The second of the Masterclass 2022 series is coming up on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. Please join me for the live, one hour presentation all about shifting stitches on your loom. I'll break down the fundamental structure of lace, explain shifts, the variety of yarn overs, and basics of shifting for cables. Included with your $10 registration is the live zoom class, class materials (a mini-handbook), class recording, and my Dandelion Shawlette pattern. The class is given in an accessible format, with captions for the zoom presentation, narrative slides, description and alt text for all images, and large print easy to read materials. I hope to see you on Saturday!

9 am PST
10 am MST
11 am CST
12 noon EST

Registration for the June 11, 2022 Masterclass is also open:

We will take a break over the summer and return with two more classes in September and October. 

Monday, March 28, 2022

2022 Cindwood Zoomin' and Loomin' Masterclass Series Begins!

I am very happy to announce that this coming Saturday, April 2, 2022 will be the start of this year's Masterclass Series. 
The topics this year were chosen by my wonderful students from 2021. We had an end-of-year meet last November and came up with 5 great topics.

The class dates and topics are: 

April 2, 2022: Creating shapes on your loom with short row shaping; short rows, wraps, triangles, squares and circles. Class pattern: Leafing, a short row asymmetrical shawl with a short row lace flounce.

May 7, 2022: Basics of shifting stitches on your loom; loom knit lace, yarn overs, knit and purl togethers. Class pattern: Dandelion Shawlette, a wide crescent shaped shawlette with an open lace edging.

June 11, 2022: Special techniques for loom knitters; slipped stitches, lifted stitches and cables. Class will feature a number of stitch patterns for each technique.

September 10, 2022: Sequence knitting for loom knitters; a fun and easy technique to give you beautiful, reversible fabrics on your loom. Class pattern: Cake & Ice Cream Cowl; a cowl with an adjustable sequence to fit your peg count.

October 8, 2022: All about yarn for loom knitters; fibers, weight, texture and felting. Class pattern: Simple Felted Purses.

All classes will be presented live on Saturday at 9 am PST, 10 am MST, 11 am CST and 12 noon EST. Registration is $10.00. A recording will be made and sent to all registrants along with the class pattern and class materials (a mini-handbook on the class topic.) Register via Renee's etsy shop.

Classes are presented in accessible format for visually and hearing challenged loom knitters.

The 2021 Masterclass Series is also available in recorded form. 

Hope to see you on Saturday!


Friday, October 1, 2021

Indie Untangled, Rhinebeck, Accessibility and More!


Hello, and many apologies for not having a post in several months. I do have a lot to share today, so I'll try to make up for lost posts. In just a few weeks I will be giving a talk all about accessible resources for yarn crafters. I have been invited to be part of Indie Untangled at Rhinebeck, which has both in person and on-line activities. I will be live on-line Saturday, October 16, 2021, 3pm Eastern, 12 noon Pacific to talk all about accessibility and take questions, too. The tickets for Indie Untangled include all of the other wonderful presenters as well. I hope to see many of you at Indie Untangled!

October 23, 2021 will be the last of the 2021 Cindwood Zoomin' and Loomin' Masterclass series. 

The 10th class in this series is all about wonderful Brioche and Tuck stitches. This presentation focuses on introducing loom knitters to flat knit style Brioche and Tuck stitches (not to be confused with a different style of double knit colorwork, sometimes also called "brioche".) Due to the time constraints of a one hour class, we will not be looking at the more complex lace style Brioche in this first class. 

Brioche and Tuck stitches lend themselves very well to looms, and I am excited to share them with all of you. The class includes the live zoom presentation, class recording, class materials (a mini-handbook with all the class notes and stitch patterns) and a new pattern I am writing just for the class! 



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

May Masterclass for Loom Knitters: Using Needle Knit Patterns on your Knitting Loom, Part One


This month's masterclass for loom knitters is a popular subject: Using Needle Knit Patterns on you Knitting Loom, Part One.

This will be a two part class, but each can be taken individually. Part one, on May 22, 2021 at 9 am PST, 12 pm EST, will cover the basics of evaluating a needle knit pattern for use on a knitting loom. The one hour live zoom class will include written class materials with everything covered in the class, a class recording, and my Triple Z pattern. Registration is $10 in my etsy store. 

Part two will be presented June 19, 2021, and will be a workshop on using needle patterns. This class will include the materials from class one, the class recording and my Teatime Washcloth pattern.

I hope you can join me for one or both of these classes! If you missed any of my earlier classes, you can still purchase the recordings and all the class materials in my etsy shop

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Mosaic Colorwork for Loom Knitters Class


Cindwood Looms Zoomin' and Loomin' April Masterclass: Mosaic Colorwork for Loom Knitters, presented by Renee Van Hoy

My April Masterclass for the Cindwood Looms Zoomin' and Loomin' monthly series is all about Mosaic Colorwork for loom knitters. This is a great topic, and I hope you will be able to join me for an hour on Saturday, April 24th. If you are unable to come to the live zoom class, you can still register and get the class recording, materials and my Honeybear Cowl pattern.  

Registration is $10 in my etsy shop. All the details are there. The May and June classes are also open for registration: Using Needle Patterns on your Loom!  In the first part, I present the basics for evaluating a needle knit pattern to see if it will transfer well to a knitting loom, and then explain how to make that transfer. The extensive class written materials (a "booklet" of how-to for later reference) are included with this workshop, along with a class recording and my Teatime Washcloth pattern. (Another pattern may be substituted if you already have this one.)

In the second part, we will workshop our attempts to transfer patterns, and in particular look at the two patterns that come with the classes. The Triple Z is a transfer from a needle pattern, and the Teatime Washcloth uses knits, purls and nupps - a classic pattern to transfer from needles. In addition, if you have a pattern you've been puzzling over, you can send me a few lines ahead of time, and I’ll be happy to evaluate it for you as part of the workshop.


Monday, March 8, 2021

New class, new patterns, new loom-a-long!


March will be a busy month, and I hope you can join me for the third of the CinDwood Zoomin' and Loomin' master classes. The subject this time is Swatching and Blocking. The $10 registration includes the live zoom class on March 13, 2021, a recording of the class, class written materials (a little how-to book for you to have on hand) and my Simple Lace Wrap pattern. If you already have this pattern, I will substitute a different pattern for you. Register in my etsy shop. Hope to see you there! If you cannot attend the live class, you can still receive the recording and other materials, and send me your questions ahead of time. 

I am delighted to announce my newest pattern collection is available. "More Kitty Mitts" is a three pattern collection based on the original "Kitten's Lost Mittens" collection, my most popular patterns. The mitts have three different designs, a smocked mitt, lace mitt, and striped mosaic. You may choose your thumb, the shorter and longer magical kitty thumbs, as well as customize your finger and wrist cuffs. 

Tigger Mitts

Buddy Bear Mitts

Mr. Milo Mitts

The More Kitty Mitts e-book collection is available in my etsy shop, my payhip shop and on ravelry for $9.00. 

Remember to use caution linking to ravelry due to recent changes that can cause dizziness, seizures, headaches and visual discomfort.

Last, but certainly not least, the March and April loom-a-long project in the Ravelry Loom-a-long group is my Winter Sky Love pattern from the Little Scarves, Too collection. This sweet scarf features a simple 4 row textured lace repeat (with the lace worked in only one of the four rows) and an optional beaded edge. Everyone is having a great time choosing beads and yarn for this one! I hope you are able to join us

And speaking of beading, the February class I taught on Beading for Loom Knitters is now available for purchase. You will get the class recording, class materials, and my Moondance pattern. A little extra bonus pattern is included, too. The class is available for purchase in my etsy shop for $10.00