A knitting teacher who's fond of Buddhist philosophy. Free knitting patterns, knitting advice, knitting lessons, and anecdotes. My blog is where City Meets Suburbs in design, and where peace meets chaos in my daily knitting life.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Two Color Brioche - The Continuing Saga
The holidays have come and gone, and things are settling back down to normal around here. I've seen a few knitting friends in the last few days, and the long and short of it is this: I have not found a two-color brioche teacher yet. I thought I had one, but she turned out to be thinking of something else. When I mentioned my dilemma to my Mr., he suggested I just borrow a pastry cookbook. Then he wondered where the colors come into it. I explained that it was a knitting thing, and his face visibly fell as he realized I wasn't about to bake some brioche.
As always, I am not a loss for projects, but I haven't given up on the brioche thing, either. As a knitting teacher, I always feel funny about not being able to perform a particular stitch. (Does this mean I have nothing to offer as a teacher?) I don't know whom to ask for help. I've decided the next two steps in my journey will be to attentively work with the website briochestitch.com (run by Nancy Marchant), and to order the book Ms. Marchant wrote called Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch. Ms. Marchant is Vogue Knitting's go-to expert on the brioche, and the work I've seen in photos from her book is stunning. (Why isn't two-color brioche covered in any of the Vogue books?) She has directions on her website which appear to be a little different from what I've been able to find so far, and I'm hopeful. No video, though, so we'll see. The book also has several pages of directions with photos. So I will patiently knit socks as I wait for my book to arrive, and perform lessons while staring at the website. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.