Anne Berk Knitting Expert and Author was today’s guest on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.
Anne started crafting when she was young and tried several things just as a matter of fact. If you wanted a thing, she was of the mind that you made it. She actually learned the knitting technique of intarsia from Lucy Neatby.
Intarsia is defined (according to Wikipedia) as: Intarsia is a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. As with the woodworking technique of the same name, fields of different colours and materials appear to be inlaid in one another, but are in fact all separate pieces, fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Anne’s designs define it again, but rather than the usual technique of twisting the stitches around each other a specific way, she teaches a way that she has found is easier for her! Her method her husband named Annetarsia.
She has self-published a book called Annetarsia Knits. (That was the link to Ravelry where you can see the patterns from the book and PURCHASE the e-book which is also available at her website.) Self-publishing does not mean that she did all the work of layout and everything on her own. Ann Budd was the editor, Lucy Neatby authored the forward, Donna Druchunas was project coordinator and the entire process took about three years. Clearly a lot of effort but all done by very talented and knowledgeable people.
She included designs that are inspired by the area she lives in near Portland, Oregon. ‘Oaks Park Socks’ are inspired by the amusement park down near the Willamette River, which is obvious by it’s giddy whirlwind colorwork, like riding the spinning carnival rides. She also included things that are close to her heart. The childhood paper doll motif of the shawl on the front cover of the book is a perfect allusion to elementary school in the ‘Sandy Hook Shawl’ creating children of EVERY color, and reminds us that everyday presents changes to our lives.
Anne has a wonderful Craftsy Class that works perfectly with her book as she is SHOWING and DISCUSSING her technique. (Please use this code so that Craftsy knows Marly sent you. As a sponsor of the podcast, they want to know!) http://www.craftsy.com/ext/MarlyBird_3998_CP
In just a few days, Anne will be teaching at Stitches Midwest: http://www.knittinguniverse.com/Midwest/ so if you’re near the Chicago area….
Anne Berk’s website is http://annetarsia.com/ and includes more information about her and allows us to keep up with her, so you can subscribe to her blog there.