Turn black and white into glorious colour with Sarah

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.It is not often we post a black and white photograph these days, but our delightful knitting tutor Sarah Hazell has just sent me the one above.

She says: “If you want to know which colours I have selected from my Missoni-style scarf, then there is still one place left on my Knitting and La Bella Vita workshop at the Watermill. I will do a full reveal of all the colours in May!”

Yes, we have only one bedroom left on Sarah’s week this May. It’s our lovely Ghiberti bedroom, with stunning views over the walled garden and the high Appennine mountains beyond. This double bedroom is available for single occupancy, or for two people sharing. Why not make it yours for a week inspired by Italian design and the Italian lifestyle? One of the porjects Sarah has designed for the week is Missoni-inspired chevron patterns. Sarah says“This project will enable you to design your own scarf using a simple chevron pattern. We will explore how different colours relate to each other, look at some of Missoni’s sketches and designs and discover how altering the proportion of colours within a striped sequence can affect a design.”  And the colours? Wait and see!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Sarah has been developing the special projects she and her guests will be working on during her knitting week here. As well as the Missoni-inspired scarf, there are two other projects incorporating cable knitting and sequence knitting, both also inspired by the Watermill location and Italian design.

Creative Cables. “A cabled scarf/cowl reflecting all the twists and turns that you will encounter during your stay – from the winding landscape through to the vines at the Watermill.” 

In the photo you can see Sarah’s example knitted in Mrs Dalloway (a stunning ochre), but it will work equally well in Ballet Russes (a luscious pink), Kanoko (chalky blue), Clarissa (a warm neutral) and French (a bold, purply-grey). You choose which colour you prefer.

Sequence Knitting: “This project uses the sequence knitting technique to create a beautiful shawl with lots of drape. It is knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Illustrious DK and comes in a choice of Old Lace (cream) or Sandstone (marled ochre): you decide which colour you prefer.”

Sarah adds: “Workshop sessions tend to start with a technique focus linked to the projects and then a chance to work at your own pace with me on hand to offer support or advice if you need it. I am always happy to help with any other projects that you bring with you.”

Sarah will be joining us again for her Knitting and La Bella Vita week from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018. We’d love to welcome you here to join the dozen enthusiastic knitters already signed in? And add your on colour to that Missoni-inspired scarf!

Sarah Hazell is a designer in knit and crochet, and author of several books. She says, “I have a passion for beautiful yarn and textiles and am endlessly fascinated by colour, pattern and texture. She loves to teach new techniques and inspire confidence in others. Sarah’s workshop at the mill will show you to elevate your knits from homemade to handmade.

New Sarah H H&S cropped5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell

Knitting and La Bella Vita One place left

To find out more about Sarah and her course, please click here.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Knitting under the shade of the vines in the Watermill garden

 

 

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