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It seems like I’ve always been a fiber junkie. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and crochet when I was a little girl. In the early 1990s, I studied fashion design at Washington University in ...
It seems like I’ve always been a fiber junkie. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and crochet when I was a little girl. In the early 1990s, I studied fashion design at Washington University in St. Louis and opened my first fiber-related business - Studio #96 in St. Charles, Missouri. I worked for several years with an artist who painted original designs on silk fabric which I then transformed into clothing that was sold in upscale boutiques across the country. I also designed and sewed clothing for others, including wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
My husband and I purchased and restored a circa-1870’s building in downtown Madisonville, Kentucky in 2003 and it became Black Dog Fiber Studio in 2010. The studio got its name from our sweet black lab, Magic, who used to come to the studio with me. Alas, he is getting up there in age and prefers to stay home now.
Currently I spin, weave, knit, felt, and dye my own yarns and fabrics which I make into wearable art. I’ve always derived great joy from creating a design in my mind and then making the materials come alive. Seeing others enjoy my work is icing on the cake.
While Black Dog Fiber Studio is not a retail shop with set hours, I do open the studio for “fiber fellowship” most Tuesday evenings, as well as for occasional local art shows in conjunction with the Hopkins County Art League. I teach knitting, dyeing and felting workshops and create and publish knitting, crochet and sewing patterns. Many of my patterns are featured in the online and print catalogs of Knit Picks (www.knitpicks.com), as well as through my Etsy shop (www.blackdogfiberstudio.etsy.com). I spend way too much time on the social network for all things fiber (Ravelry.com) - you can find me as “Mariaknittedit.”
Mitered squares are a great way to make the most of self-striping yarns. Simple construction and lots of garter stitch makes this hat, mittens and scarflet work up fast in worsted weight wool and it will keep you toasty warm on a cold day.
Techniques used: mitered squares; decreasing using K2tog; applied I-cord; provisional cast-on. Each technique is explained or an internet source for additional instruction is provided.
Size: Ladies size medium; can be made larger or smaller by changing needle sizes and number of stitches cast on for the mitered squares or using a different gauge yarn and appropriate needles.
5 stitches and 10 rows = one inch in garter stitch
400 yards of Worsted weight