Last Sunday The Sheep Shop in Cambridge hosted a Top Down Shawl workshop with none other than Stephen West!
We arrived at the shop for 10am, met Stephen and took our places around the table. After the introductions Stephen showed us his one of his first designs, The Boneyard Shawl, and talked us through making a garter tab cast on.
Photo of The Boneyard Shawl taken from the Westknits Ravelry page.
We started knitting the first few rows of The Boneyard using the M1L and M1R increases, and Stephen shared lots of handy hints and tips with us as we went along.
Then the fun really started…as Stephen put it ‘this is a workshop, so the first part is work…. and the second part is shop!’
So with the work bit put on hold we were free to browse the shop. Local yarn dyer Sparkleduck was holding a trunk show too which meant there was heaps of beautiful yarn to choose from.
And with plenty of Westknits patterns on sale it wasn’t long before I fell off my yarn diet wagon….oopsy!
Stephen was on hand to help us all with choosing colours for our projects
I decided to make Spectra. I instantly fell in love with the Sparkleducks ‘Enchantment’ colourway so that went straight in my basket, and Stephen helped me pick out the 2nd darker colour for the border ‘Inky’.
There was chance to look at some finished shawls and garments.
The beautiful Exploration Station
The Askews Me Shawl
Rockefeller (made by one of the ladies who attended the class)
Various Westknits garments, check out the gorgeous brioche stitch…that’s going on my list of things to learn in 2016!
And the man himself modelling his new design, The Doodler.
For the last part of the workshop were able to start our new projects and have a general knit and natter with Stephen, who was on hand to answer any questions.
After the workshop my friend Vero had arranged to interview Stephen for her ‘Along the Lanes‘ podcast.
…and here is the finished episode! In it Stephen talks about his designs, crazy knitting inventions and colour inspirations (you will never look at a train seat in the same light again!)
If you love all things yarny, crafty and homemade then do check out some of the other episodes of the podcast too. There is always something fun going on in Vero’s world whether it’s knitting, painting, cooking or filming on location – such as the Great London Yarn Crawl.
Finally, if like me you are always scrambling around trying to find stitch markers then Stephen West has a genius solution….
Until next time, happy knitting! x