Mosaic and Lace Knits by Barbara Benson

Mosaic and Lace Knits by Barbara Benson

Mosaic and Lace Knits by Barbara Benson was the topic of our Tuesday Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. 

Barbara Benson says: When I was eight years old, my father gave me a camera. Photography has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I am working on marrying that old love with my more recently discovered passion for knitting. In 2005 I learned how to knit and absolutely hated it. I managed to finish one project and one sock then gave up because purling was evil. In May of 2010 I decided to pick it up again, in large part due to Ravelry. And then I discovered the Norwegian Purl and life was good. 

And then I learned that I am not particularly good at following patterns, so I ended up winging it. I found this creative process exceptionally satisfying and have been dreaming up new things to do with beautiful yarn ever since. My work focuses on creating detailed and beautiful accessory patterns. I tend to explore slightly unorthodox elements in knitting; be it shaping, color combinations or unusual themes.

Mosaic & Lace Knits: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitch Colorwork and Lace Techniques is the result of several years developing techniques to combine slip stitch colorwork with lace I have written a book detailing what I have learned in my experimentation. You the knitter can confidently knit any of these 20 beautiful accessory patterns that play with color, drape, and form while working with only one yarn per row.

You can follow Barbara Benson at her website: www.TumpDuck.com, also her YouTube channel, her Facebook Page or Facebook Group, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and her designer page in Ravelry or the group. Her book is available in Amazon, with Marly’s #affiliatecode.

If you missed getting to see this live, find the video Marly recorded for us as a Facebook LIVE video, or listen to the archived episode: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2017/04/25/mosaic-and-lace-knits-by-barbara-benson


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  1. Nikki Nothstein says:

    I’m only just learning to knit but I am an avid crocheter. It was interesting to listen and your patterns sound challenging and I have looked at all of them on Ravelry and they are beautiful! Hopefully one day I’ll be at a level enough to make your stuff and slip it good! Thanks Barbara and Marly!

  2. Susan Oeltjen says:

    I enjoyed the podcast today. I have tried Mosaic knitting before and it didn’t come out like it was supposed to. I am ready to try again. My favorite pattern in the book is Your Princess is in Another Castle! Hopefully I could slip it good and get it right this time.

  3. Christi B says:

    I really enjoyed the podcast and hearing how Barbara got her start. I am also going to have to follow her on youtube so I can become motivated to slip it good with her pattern reveals and enjoy all the secret shopping experiences.

  4. Vicki Lund says:

    There’s nothing better than learning something new especially when someone’s slipped it good to me! Like Barbara I’m teaching myself both crocheting and knitting but relying on YouTube and helpful written material/pictures. Thank heavens for crafty elves!

  5. Michelle says:

    Hey…fun fun fun podcast! I loved learning how slipping it good will make a wonderful, colorful shawl!

  6. Colleen Caro says:

    Have slipped it good before with both mosaic and non mosaic, but never mixed with lace. How creative. Plus I learned what tumped means.

  7. Heather farley says:

    I have done only a couple of mosaic knitting washcloths in my life, so I’d love to win and have more options for slippin’ it good! I’d never considered the mix of lace and mosaic knitting and am looking forward to see that mash up.

  8. Suzanne says:

    I really enjoyed this podcast. I learned about tumping and mosaic knitting and walked away with an ear worm singing, “Slip it good” to the tune of Whip It by Devo. (You’re all welcome now.) I hope I get my hands on this book.

  9. Chris Lopez says:

    The designs are amazing. It looks so complicated but with your patterns I think I might be able to slip it good and make a few of them.

  10. Amberly says:

    I have not yet tried mosaic knitting, but this book seems like a good place to slip it good!

  11. Karensu says:

    First-time listener–this podcast livened some household chore time, which I greatly appreciated! I look forward to more listening and to seeing the book at some point–it sounds spectacular! Magic phrase: slip it good! Thank you, Marly and Barbara! Here I go to check out Barbara’s website!

  12. Laura says:

    Still pretty new to knitting but I crossed over from crochet because I love learning new things. Your book looks like something to aspire to! I want to learn to slip it good. Oh, and tumped is also a word commonly used in East Texas because I had not idea it was an unusual word until this podcast! Even after livingin different states and traveling quite a bit. LOL

  13. Ramona says:

    I really enjoyed the podcast but I have very bad earworm now. I am a child of the 80s so “slip it good” becomes Whip it Good in the blink of an eye!!!

  14. Amy L. says:

    I could definitely slip it good with the Your Princess is in Another Castle cowl!! Every project in Barbara’s book is a work of art. Thank you Marly and Tammy for introducing me to this unique and talented designer!

  15. Carol T says:

    Loved hearing Barbara”s story and how to “slip it good” and try mosaic knitting! The book looks like it has beautiful patterns in it that I want to try.

  16. Jill H. says:

    I have been wanting to try mosaic knitting and it looks like this book would help me slip it good 🙂

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