Susan Guagliumi

Craft Lover + Author + Gardener

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Recent & Current

Machine knitting continues to bring me to interesting places, where I have met some of the warmest, most welcoming knitters! Even though there are fewer places now than there used to be for machine knitters to gather and study, the craft is alive and well in all parts of the world! I'm very happy and grateful to be a part of it.


Beginner Class
I've finally found a great place to hold classes here in Connecticut - right in my home town! The beginner class in mid-April is over, but there are other classes scheduled. It was so much fun to just pack up the car and drive a mile to teach - instead of heading forthe airport with suitcases!This photo is the beginner class - a great group!
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My Second Craftsy class is caled Machine Knitting Special Techniques: Color and Texture and will be released at the end of May, 2016. It includes use of the garter bar, intarsia knitting and entrelac. Once again, I worked on the LK150 because it has the most features common to the most machines - it crosses brand lines and makes the work easy to see and easy to understand and transfer to other machines. The class materials include directions/patterns for a tulip edging, shaped cap, intarsia sweater with an unusual edge and an entrelac tunic you can knit with or without sleeves. All of the intarsia motifs (for the sweater and the practice pieces) are based on Peruvian designs - my favorite source for all things textile!
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2015 Spring Fling at The Knit Knack Shop in Peru, Indiana. This is one of my favorite seminars because it is always perfectly planned - right down to popsicles in the afternoon! Charlene Shafer has been doing this seminar for more than 30 years and it just keeps getting better. Great knitters and the best demonstrators year after year. See you there next year?
SanFrancisco
I always leave a piece of my heart in San Francisco. There is just something about that part of California that feels so right to me and I have several friends and some family out there. The fact that tulips and daffodils were blooming (while my CT garden is covered by 6’ of snow) might also have something to do with it! This is another very active, large guild. I wish we could take the formula for what they have done here and in San Diego and get groups in other parts of the country so well organized! .
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The San Diego Machine Knitters Guild remains one of the largest and strongest in the country. I spent two days doing lecture/demo for this group and, as always, had a terrific time! It always surprises me that people are interested in seeing things a second time - and that, sometimes, I think I have already shown a particular technique when I haven’t. We had lots of time to work through a huge variety of things from the new book, Hand Knits by Machine, and some ideas I am still developing for Mostly HMS.
Albuquerque
Desert Design Machine Knitters in Albuquerque is a small, but very enthusiastic group of people who knit a lot and are also involved in other fiber crafts. Baaaaabra the sheep and the felted soda and burger were needle felted by some of the members; the Spirit Woman is a work in progress for the spring Fiber Festival in Albuquerque. We did two days of hands-on, which is always so much fun because knitters get to try things right away, while it is fresh, and I get to see the results (good or bad!) while I am there. Like I always say, some of my best teachers have been my worst mistakes!
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Some of the best needle felting I've seen - definitely the most imaginative!
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Spirit Woman is a collaborative project the group is working on for the upcoming Fiber Festival in Albuquerque.
Norway
February 2014. For the second time, I was invited to teach at the machine knitting seminar at Vinterfest in Rauland, Norway. Arthur and I visited during the summer in 2012 so this was my third visit to Norway and I have to say that, cold as it was, winter is gorgeous in Norway. The place looks like a perfectly composed Christmas card once you get up into the mountains—snow country. This photo of me with Bill King was taken in front of the university museum, where we were heading to view an exhibit. Most of the building was deep in snow but it wasn’t as cold as I remember it being three years ago in February.
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Although Bill and I were there for the machine knitting program, Vinterfest at Rauland is a magical, musical free-for-all. People burst into song at the slightest provocation and there are always clusters of musicians playing music at any moment. In the evening, there were several performances. Astounding.
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In addition to Bill King, Rita Nylander and Anne Grut Sorum, known as Duodu exhibited their incredible knits and lectured about their company. Go to their web site (www.duodu.no) to see their stuff. Some is done on flat bed machines and some on light industrials. All of it is fabulous and I am hoping to see them here in the U.S. one day. I was also excited to see that my friend, Marit Buset, who teaches machine knitting at Telemark, has finished her book. The first copies off the press were delivered to the seminar! First of all, it is loaded with great information... in Norwegian, but we are hoping for an English language version. The photographs are some of the best textile and knitting photos I have seen. Crystal clear. Congrats to Marit on a job well done!
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This carving decorates the entrance to the home of a well known Norwegian author, but I wondered if it was a reference to a specific person now or earlier.
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Hard to believe the green roofs on these hand-built cabins could hold almost 4 feet of snow. On the first clear day, there were men up there with shovels clearing the chimney holes.
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Bill King and I thought this was a clever little vehicle on skis.
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Randi Falla and I had no trouble getting around Ski because there was hardly any snow on the ground. Strange winter.
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Knut Falla and I drove to Sweden one afternoon for lunch and some grocery shopping and there was no snow on the ground there either!
Australia
This fall (2012) I spent six weeks traveling and teaching in Australia. I taught 15 workshops in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Canberra, New South Wales and Queensland. The knitters were warm and welcoming and the country itself is fabulous. All of the workshops were about “Bridging” and I hope I left lots of Aussie knitters thinking “I knew that... I just didn't know that I knew it!” I visited fabulous museums, drove through wine country, dipped my toes in the Indian Ocean, was wowed by botanical gardens, petted kangaroos and dingos and koalas and fed meatballs to kookaburras. I even visited the famed Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo and saw the show at the Crocoseum. Every place I stayed, I had a hostess who made the visits seem like I was visiting old friends, instead of making new ones. I feel very fortunate to have had such an opportunity. This is the Camberwell Knitters Club in Victoria.
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Feeding kangaroos: They are gentle and sweet but their lips are tickly!
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Petting koalas with Barbara Fletcher. Can you believe they sleep 18-20 hours a day?
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Dipping my toes in the Indian Ocean with Anne Gregg in Perth.
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With Libby Poppleton. Libby organized this entire teaching tour—coordinating dates and requests from each of the 15 clubs involved. A huge thank you to Libby!
Norway
I spent a week in July teaching at Telemark University College in Rauland, Norway again. Have to say, it was a lot warmer than it was when I was there last February! The school is fairly far north so there were probably close to 20 hours of daylight each day—you could still read a newspaper outside at 11:00 PM! This is a magical place for anyone who cares about fiber, folk arts or any of the major craft areas. The studios are probably the best equipped studios I have ever seen anywhere. While I was teaching the machine knitting (to one of THE BEST groups of students I have ever had the privilege of working with, I might add) there were other week-long courses in silversmithing, willow basketry, “ale hen” carving, leaded glass (Arthur took that course and loved it), loft (log cabin) building, clothing design and an assortment of cooking/food courses. If you ever want to take a fun summer vacation, check out the courses at http://www.hit.no/eng and the summer Raulands Akademiet. Did I remember to say that the location is absolutely beautiful? Check out some of my pictures! Linda Romoen (at left), one of my students on the shore of the lake. The school arranged a number of sight seeing jaunts in the late afternoon to interesting places near the school—and there are lots of them! This water is crystal clear—and icy cold.
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This is my class: Sissel Berntsen, Anne Guri Braenders, Gunilla Bjerknes, Kari Hovland standing. Torill Christoffersen, Marit Buset and Linda Romoen in front. Tusen Taak for a wonderful week!
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Marit teaches all the machine knitting courses during the academic year.
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Sissel, Anne Guri, Torill and Kari enjoyed an afternoon break in the on-site bakery. I, of course, was there just to take the picture! Deelish!
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Arthur and me with our dear friends, Randi and Knut Falla. They drove us all over the country and we had a ball—we’re missing them already.
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Randi and Leidorf, the best behaved dog in the world.
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Arthur and Knut at the fabulous Oslo Opera House. They were instant buddies—and neither of them even knits!
Estonia
We traveled for several weeks after my course was over and I don't want to bore you with endless photos (which I have!), but I loved this woman’s straw work. She was selling in a craft market in Tallin, Estonia. The brooches were fabulous—all woven straw—and I bought a beauty. There were great buys on linen fabrics and clothing in Tallin, which is a beautiful, magical little Middle Age city. Highly recommend!
Denmark
My homing instincts brought us to this beautiful yarn shop in Copenhagen. No machine knitting, but beautiful yarns and notions and other eye candy!
Vinterfest
I spent the week of February 15-22, 2011 teaching at Telemark University College in Rauland, Norway. The school has a fabulous folkart program where the students are taught traditional crafts and then encouraged—required—to modernize and experiment with what they have learned. It was a wonderful week and even with -24 degrees Celcius, it was an incredible trip. On the 4 hour drive from Oslo to Rauland, we had some “light snow” to contend with. As you get into the mountains, it all looks like a Christmas card with the white snow and green fir trees.
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This is one of the famous old stave churches. The detail is amazing.
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The studios at Telemark are beautifully equipped. This is the weaving studio. The looms have been pushed to the back to make room for a surface design workshop with an instructor from Hungary, Hedi Harmati. The class in the room at the rear is a hand knitting class where Kristi Joeeste from Estonia is teaching traditional mittens and gloves.
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This is the view from the porch of the building where I taught. There is a huge lake between the trees and the mountains. I plan to take another photo from this porch in July 2012 when I return to Rauland to teach a one week workshop.
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This student knitted the first horizontal cable ever machine knitted in Norway... at least I think it was!
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Anne Christensen was exhibiting her work at a gallery in Rauland and did an excellent slide talk for the group. I think she must be the best kept secret in the world of machine knitting. Her work is incredible—all hand-manipulated, lifted stitches—produced on an ancient Knittax machine. Check out her web site: www.annechristensen.net.
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Irish Bishop and Bill King, British machine knitters who most of you know, took a turn at driving a “spark”. This is the coolest way to get around in the snow!
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My new friends, Randi and Knut Falla, took really good care of my while I was in Norway and even tried to teach me a little Norwegian. The one phrase I remember well—Tusan Takk—means “thank you”. So, Randi and Knut: TUSAN TAKK!!!!
Metropolitan
Anne Smith (publisher of Machine Knitting Monthly) and her husband, Neil, hosted me at their fabulous home in Maidenhead. We had dinner one night at The Hind's Head, the Heston Blumenthal restaurant that was just voted the best pub in England. I agree! Dream Week at Metropolitan in the UK is probably one of the best seminars around. Carol Hocknell goes all out for the 100+ knitters who attend this week-long program every September. There are lecture/demo classes and some hands-on. Even with my accent, people seemed to enjoy what I was teaching and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Worth a trip from anywhere, there were knitters from Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Australia and Canada. You can subscribe to MKM at www.machineknittingmonthly.net.
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Anne Smith and Bill King, who's work often appears in MKM, at evening dinner. The food, by the way, was fabulous!
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Carl Boyd writes regularly for Machine Knitting Monthly. If you don't subscribe, you should!
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I delivered the opening address on Monday, but was clearly upstaged that evening at dinner by Elvis! Carol Hocknell is at left and Anne Smith and I are cozying up to The King!
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Marit Buset (seated in front) teaches machine knitting at Telemark University College in Norway. Randi and Anne are two of her students. Many of the knitters in Marit's classes have purchsed the LK150 and they are all excited about hand manipulated stitches!
Holland
I had a week free between the two weeks I taught at Metropolitan and used the time to visit with my old friend, George LeWarre for a few days down in Dorset. Then I took the Chunnel train across to Amsterdam to spend some time with my brother, Richard, who lives and works in Germany.
Stitchers’ Dream
Shannon Strain’s “Loopity Lou” hat class produced some terrific looking hats using my pattern. Pictured below are Eileen, Carol, Shanon, June and Francoise. Their machine knit club meets the second Saturday of each month in Glenside, PA.
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Cindy Schmatz, Cindy's Knitting Room in Princeton, MN, held a terrific seminar September 11-12, 2009. There are a lot of experienced knitters in that part of the country, but I was happy to see some new—younger—knitters as well. I especially enjoyed meeting Rebecca Yaker, who is a ball of energy and great ideas. Check out her Sock Monkey Dress at www.hazelandmelvin.com. I think that cold climates must produce especially warm, friendly people because I felt right at home all weekend. Thanks for a fun seminar, Cindy!
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A really great group of knitters!
Iwannaknit
The Iwannaknit Retreat 2009 in Shipshewanna, Indiana was a blast! I loved working with so many knitters who have learned to get the most out of their basic, hobby machines. Shipshewanna is in the heart of Indiana Amish country and next time I wil definitely arrive early enough to check out the giant flea market and some of the quilt shops.
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Lea-Ann McGreggor has been running this retreat since the late 90' and has a terrific shop—Knitting Today—in the area.
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Carol Scott was my host while I taught a two day workshop in Chicago, May 16 & 17th. She was a terrific host and took very good care of me—including a special shopping trip. Thanks, Carol!
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Sixteen-year-old, Amanda and her mother, Diane, are always a joy to see at any seminar. This kid can knit!
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Saturday was a general lecture/demo session, but Sunday was a hands-on workshop. I was happy to see a lot of LK-150 machines.
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Linda Bushby from www.knittersedge.com recorded a number of my demos for the web site.
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The group included advanced knitters and beginners and I think we all learned from each other.
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The Cardiknits seminar in Hamilton, Ontario on May 1-2 was fabulous! With a microphone and video set-up, I felt like a rock star!
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The place was packed with enthusiastic knitters, who got a bound booklet of all handouts and first-class meals and snacks.
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For the first time ever, I taught at the Knit Knack Shop’s Spring Fling in Peru Indiana. There was a great turn out and it was probably smoothest running seminar I have ever participated in. Charlene & Harold Shafer have got it down to a science after all these years! Look for products and seminar information at www.knitknackshop.com.
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Peru is almost 2 hours from Indianapolis so we left good and early to make flights on Sunday morning. Charlene and Rhaelene Winberly were in great spirits—even at 6:30 AM!
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In the early morning rain.... with Susan Lazear and Tricia Shafer. Great seeing old friends again!
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At the BT Yarns seminar in Cleveland in October 2008 with Shannon Strain and Dottie Richey from Stitcher's Dream in Glenside, PA, (they are Silver Reed and Husqvarna Viking dealers). This was a great seminar! The students were enthusiastic and hungry for ideas and I had a ball.
San Francisco Guild
Nancy Roberts (at left) setting up my machine for the San Francisco Machine Knitter's Guild March 7, 2009. This is a strong, enthusiastic guild! I enjoyed staying at Nancy's and talking yarn and knitting until the wee hours. Check out her web site (www.machineknittingtodyefor.com) for a unique way of hand dyeing that allows you to match colors on cardigan fronts and on to the sleeves!
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The following day, was a hands-on workshop for a dozen members of the guild.
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The next weekend, I did a two-day program with the Machine Knitters Guild of San Diego. The reception was as warm as the weather and I think we all had a great time. I remembered having met some of the members when I was in San Diego in the early 90's.
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One of the best things about being in Southern California is spending time with my dear friend, Toni Salerno. We've been friends since my son, Jordan, was 3 and once greeted her by biting her hand. He's now 42 and has stopped biting people!.
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Gladys looked so fabulous in this sweater that I almost gave it to her. Her necklace is a fabulous I-cord confection. This lady has s-t-y-l-e!!.
the band
Alexandra’s Ragtime Band This is a very tongue-in-cheek feminist piece that I worked on for years. It was my reaction to the expression “she is on the rag” to describe some female behavior. I decided that the “rags” should be interesting and appropriately uncomfortable to cause such behavior and thus was born (from top left) a rag rug, Raggedy Ann, dish rag, ragtime, news rag and rag-a-muffin.
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Detail of News Rag and Ragtime Alexandra’s Ragtime Band.
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Detail of Dish Rag Alexandra’s Ragtime Band.
Raggedy Ann
Detail of Raggedy Ann Alexandra’s Ragtime Band.
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Detail of Rag Rug Alexandra’s Ragtime Band.
beading on screen
I love Peruvian textile motifs and this cat is a special favorite. The beading is worked on window screening, with 3-D work around the upper and lower edges and dangling Milagros. The rough edges were finished with machine stitched ultra suede bindings. The full directions appear in a book called Beading for the Soul, edited by Deborah Cannarella and published by Interweave Press in 2005.
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Detail of Peruvian Totem Bag.
woven and beaded tapestry
Woven, beaded tapestry Paracas Dream was inspired by ancient Peruvian weavings.
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detail of woven and beaded tapestry Paracas Dream.
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Cartoon for the beaded tapestry Paracas Dream.
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My earliest interactions with wool!