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Shawls and Shapes with Veera Välimäki

in Blog, Knitting by oftengrumpy

I don’t know if you follow either Veera Välimäki or Joji Lacotelli on their social media, but if you have been you’ve likely seen updates about their two-stop US tour. #veeraandjojiknitamerica2015 has been blowing up my instagram/twitter for the past week. I was very lucky that Happy Knits in Portland was one of the stops. I was even luckier to snag a spot in one of Veera’s classes: Shawls and Shapes.

Veera class


The class was about how to create different shawl shapes, from basic triangles to squares, circles, crescents, Vs, and other asymmetrical shapes.  Then we went over ways to incorporate color, lace, and texture into the various shapes. Of course I left bursting with ideas! As a special treat, the class came with a free download of Veera’s pattern Neon Beast, which I am now dying to cast on.

Veera Class


It’s obvious that Veera is really passionate about knitting and designing and it was really fun to get the opportunity to hear about her approach to designing and style. I’m not sure if I will turn my “practice” shawl into something real or rip it back. It was fun to experiment, but I was using leftover balls, so any finished shawl would likely be on the small size. Generally, I prefer to learn on my own at a pace of my choosing, so I don’t often sign up for classes. I’m so glad I did this time. Worth it.

2 Responses to “Shawls and Shapes with Veera Välimäki”

  1. Faith says:

    That sounds like such a cool class! I wish they had made their way over to my neck of the woods. Your practice shawl looks pretty cool too!

    • oftengrumpy says:

      Thanks! It was very fun. I tend to like classes that focus on techniques more than projects because so little of a project can be completed in the short class time. Practicing techniques leaves no project to finish hanging over your head!

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