These snowy, windy and cold days make for some of the best times to gather and knit, quilt or sew. We know of many people who are tucked into their own Washington Island homes, weaving, spinning or stitching, too. Mondays and Tuesdays find several Island residents meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church, sharing their gift of handwork with others, like a warm shawl or a quilt to comfort those who are experiencing a loss or illness. Handmade hats, mittens and scarves might be draped on December’s “Giving Tree”, where items are collected and sent to youth in need. The Trinity quilters, besides making comfort and charity quilts distributed both on the Island and globally, create and present a quilt to each […]
…for all the knitting and quilting and learning that took place in both Sandy De Master and Mary Germain’s Baltic Knitting Extravaganza and Ellen Graf’s Balance in Quilt Design classes! From the smallest Latvian mini-mittens to a full-size quilt, there were new and renewed projects in both studios. Following traditional designs or adapting and creating new ones were options in both classes. Both were equally wonderful! Studio visit times allow everyone to share and show the work of their hands, demonstrating a quote often associated with Walter Schutz, “Happiness is in your hands…and it keeps you young!” From the Reader’s Digest article Walter found that quote in, the last sentence reads, “We need the sense of self-confidence, self-respect, that comes […]
Can you knit both yarn and two groups of people together at the same time? Of course! It all happens during the week of Sandy De Master and Mary Germain’s Creative Knitting Retreat class and the companion Open Knitting Studio. Returning students, new-to-Sievers students, past and present students of Sandy and Mary, Carol Anderson, Carol Huebscher Rhoades and others “K2Tog”, picking up and knitting from year to year, working as established. In both groups, students bring projects of their own choosing. It can be a time to focus on mastering color work as in Fair Isle knitting, starting, working on and/or finishing anything from shawls, cowls, sweaters, hats, mittens, socks, a knitted pig (it’s true!) and more. The Creative Knitting […]
Although Sievers will have to formally celebrate the first Local Yarn Store Day a month later on May 21st when we open our doors daily, we did want to share photos of our yarns as we are beginning to arrange everything that has come in, including the lovely work sent by many Sievers students and teachers. We hope you will be inspired this year, not only by yarn and knitting, but with any fiber art you love best. “Stairway to (Blue Sky) Heaven” “Norwegian Wood” (I mean Wool) “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” “Send in the (Knit Circus) Clowns” “Kashmir” Merino Silk DK Rowan Felted “Tweed-le Dee” “Mad (Tosh) World” “Sock It To Me Baby” Brown […]
We probably could’ve included the words “handmade treasure” in each of this year’s class descriptions or titles, but it officially appeared in only one: Handmade Treasure Boxes. We’re taking the liberty of applying those words to the two previous classes, as well, Creative Knitting Retreat with Sandy De Master and Mary Germain and the Open Knitting Studio session held in the Walter Studio, where eleven knitters worked independently on a variety of projects. The Creative Knitting Retreat class saw a number of knitters working on Latvian or Estonian-patterned mittens, Fair Isle, sweaters of all kinds, baby blankets and more. Help in solving fit issues as it applies to hand knits, substituting yarns and deciphering patterns are just some of the talents Sandy and Mary bring to class […]
In these first three weeks of February, we’ve had over 250 students register for classes. Wow! We are looking forward to seeing many of you this summer and fall! In the meantime, our last Sievers in Winter classes were in session: Knitting with Sandy De Master and Mary Germain, Splint-Woven Basketry with Jeanette Biederman and Rich Prange, and finishing today, Weaving Workshop with Connie Westbrook. As of yesterday (February 19), Sievers has a presence on Instagram. It’s only one photo so far, but it’s a start as I’m in the “learn-as-we-go” stage. https://instagram.com/sieversschool/ We like having many ways to say “hello from Sievers”!
Before we get to the fall color report, I wanted to share this link about Sievers. About two weeks ago we had a visit from Katie Schnorr, the arts blogger for the Door County Visitor Bureau. Click the link to see what she wrote about Sievers and her photos: http://doorcounty.com/arts-blog/uncategorized/a-little-scrap-of-heaven-at-sievers The fall colors this year are inching towards the deep oranges and reds whereas last year, we saw more yellow and gold. A climb to the top of the mountain tower and views both northeast towards Rock Island and north are in the photo tour. The fields are filled with deer, wild turkeys, geese and pheasant.
Because there’s a lot to show both with the two knitting classes in session this week and almost-peak fall colors, this post is split into two chapters. Chapter 1 will introduce you to the Knit-to-Fit Scandinavian Mittens class taught by Carol Rhoades and the Creative Knitting Retreat team-taught by Mary Germain and Sandy De Master. Both classes began Tuesday afternoon and will finish Sunday morning, after five days of knitting in the studios, at the Red Cup Coffee Shop, Danish Mill and outside in the sunshine. Knitters in both groups will meet tomorrow night at Trinity Lutheran Church to eat turkey and all the homemade trimmings at the annual Harvest Dinner after a Sunset Resort breakfast and famous caramel apples at the W. I. Farm […]