|Knitting reveals a joyful bond of family, friends, and memories . . . Mary Kay McDermott|
|My first introduction into the world of
knitting was through Elizabeth Zimmermann. The Elizabethan philosophy
is creative and habit forming. This is seamless, shaped knitting
at its best. I still marvel at the way Elizabeth formulated these
concepts in her mind and transferred them to knitted fabric. I have
learned to appreciate yarns made from natural materials such as wool, silk
and cotton. Here are a few of her signature designs - the Surprise
Jacket, Suspender Sweater, Bog Jacket and Tomten. All of these sweaters
use the garter stitch fabric, making use of a development of angles and
short rows for shaping. As another plus, garter stitch is a reversible
surface which adds to the continuity to the design.
Before I started to knit extensively I believed that knitting was done in pieces and sewn together. With the concepts that Elizabeth Zimmermann shared this is no longer a given to create a successful project. Also included are additional examples of circular knitting - the spiral sweater - please note the message in the hem. Elizabeth Zimmermann lives on through her daughter Meg Swansen and Schoolhouse Press in Pittsville, Wisconsin.
It in great fun to knit shawls and I have included some of my favorites. Here we have two Mananitas - one from Meg Swansen and the other my version. These lovely circles of knitting are very satisfying to create and wear. I love how both are based on circular knitting and fundamental lace techniques and each have a personality of their own.
|Another Wisconsin knitter that has inspired countless knitting treasures is Carol Anderson. The pink Norwegian sweater is a product from a three month class that Carol taught many years ago. Not only did we create a fabulous garment - what a joy it was to meet and make our plans. Carol is now living in Iowa after spending her knitting days in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.|
|Fuzzy angora fibers lend a hand to make
the Swedish Bohus sweater a true work of art. A cottage industry
that began in the 1030's, this organization produced heirloom sweaters
until the early 1960's. I was fortunate to attend a workshop with
Wendy Keele who authored "Poems of Color - Knitting in the Bohus Tradition".
This was a catalyst to knit two of these lovely sweaters with a third currently
on my needles. Thanks to Fairy Hare - Kimmet Croft Fibers of Wisconsin
Rapids, Wisconsin for her fantastic yarn kits. Truly a knitter's
As the holidays approach my knitting will take on a traditional feel as our Christmas stockings appear to welcome in the celebration. I will allow them to close this exhibit and usher in a new year for a knitter's dream.
Thank you for allowing me to share my family, friends, and fiber. Remember that if you want to capture a memory - knit it.
|ADDITIONAL DISPLAY ITEMS - many socks,
designed by Lucy Neatby of Nova Scotia, Canada and Ruth Sybers of Monticello,
WI (the knitting mother of The Dining Room at 209 Main). Yarns used
in the socks are from Lucy Neatby in Nova Scotia, Schoolhouse Press in
Wisconsin, and Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.
BOUTIQUE AT THE DINING ROOM AT 209 MAIN - A shawl/throw designed and knit by Valentina Devine, a fabulous knitwear designer and teacher from Los Alamos, New Mexico, plus current and past Knitters' Magazines, knitting books, and yarn near the entry and on the corner shelves of the dining room. At this time of year our own knitter-in-residence has warm knit items for sale. Mittens, hats, and scarves make wonderful holiday gifts or mementos of your trip to Monticello. Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen books, patterns, videos, and DVDs are available upon request. Call 608- 235- 2835.
Mary Kay McDermott's garments contain memories for her of family and friends and are not for sale.
|Ruth Knight Sybers
Monticello, WI 53570
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Vivian Hoxbro Workshops - October 14, 15,
David Braunschweig who assists in "hanging" each exhibit.
Photos by Lori Manning
Copyright © 2008.
The Dining Room at 209 Main
The Story of the Textiles from Guatemala
NANCY L. DAVIS & JOANNE SCHILLING - TEXTILE ARTISTS
MARY JO SCANDIN - Fiber and contemporary painting
FULLING AND FELTING
Nostalgia - Apron Collection by Jean Adler
TEN YEARS OF TEXTILE EXHIBITS - Ruth Knight Sybers
SILVER THREADS -- Lee Ann Kleeman
Point of View: thread-work by Beth Blahut
Hooked Rugs by Ellie Beck
JOYCE MARQUESS CAREY
First Knitting Invitational
Weaving and the Structo Loom
Valentina Devine Creates
JAPANESE TEXTILES -- OLD AND NEW
Men Who Knit
Quilts by the Thursday Friends
WEAVING WITH SEWING THREAD
HISTORIC MONTICELLO WOOLEN MILL
Katherine Pence Inspired by Everything
WHY DO I SPIN?
THE EARLY KNITTED WORKS OF JOYCE WILLIAMS
EMBROIDERY - the late Ellen Scheidler
QUILTS OF MONTICELLO
23 HATS BY ESTHER AND OLGA
FROM GRANDMA'S TRUNK
JEAN NORDLUND - Ewe Hues
NAVAJO RUGS Weavings - Fran Potter
FIRST SHOW: Knitting - Ruth Sybers, Wall hanging - Kathy LaBeil