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Who’s ready for Rhinebeck?

Registration for Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool Festival) begins this Saturday! Do you have your classes picked out?

They are doing a staggered registration process to try to mitigate any website issues – so Saturday at 12:01am you can register for Thursday classes, Sunday at 12:01am you can register for Friday classes, and so on.

I am teaching four classes at Rhinebeck this year (my first year attending – I am SO EXCITED!) and I thought maybe you’d like a little more info on each of these classes so you can decide if you’d like to take one. ๐Ÿ™‚

For all of my classes, I like to provide robust handouts so that you have something to take away with you to jog your memory after the class is over. I use a projector and camera so everyone can see my hands, and I walk around to everyone to show techniques up close. I try to target the multiple ways in which people learn, so that everyone can understand the techniques I am teaching. My classes are all about you, and adding tools to your knitter’s toolbox!

Thursday I am teaching Double Knitting in the a.m. This is a fun class where we learn the basics of double knitting while making a trivet/pad. I provide several patterns/designs for you to choose from – one of the most popular choices is the sheep (it’s so cute):

In the afternoon I am teaching Mosaic Knitting. This is a super fun color technique, and I provide you with several patterns/designs for a dishcloth to make while learning the technique.

On Friday morning, I am teaching my ever popular ‘A Sampling of Short Rows’ class. This class sells out whenever I teach it! We don’t really go over the absolute basics of short rows, instead we go over a whole bunch of ways in which you can make short rows — and the pros and cons of each method (because they all have pros and cons!) We also cover how to substitute one for another. We don’t make a project here, but work on a swatch to try out the techniques. It’s a great learning class!

Then Friday afternoon I am teaching Estonian Decorative Stitches. In this class we make a small lace rectangle that you can easily continue knitting to make a scarf. We will learn several stitches and techniques that are unique to Estonian lace, and that can show up in lots of modern lace patterns. I’ll show you several ways to make nupps and star stitches, so that you can find a method that works best for you.

I hope to see you at one of these classes this fall! Or on Saturday, when I will be soaking in the NY Sheep and Wool experience! โค

(I’m currently in Cleveland at TNNA, so stay tuned for a post recapping my experience here!)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!!

 

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Conference/Festival Recaps, Designing, Patterns Released

Unwind Getaway Recap

But before I get to the recap, did you see the newest issue of Cast On magazine? I have a pattern in this issue, plus an article! Introducing my Up and Down Cable Socks:

These are worked in The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For ‘Studio Sox’. Color Silver Lining.
Worked cuff-down, and written for two sizes. Charts included.

My article in this issue is on Darning Hand-Knits, and has loads of photos accompanying it, you should check that out too! (You have to be a member of the TKGA to access these. Membership is $25 for the year, and you get access to current as well as past issues and content. Plus a monthly newsletter, too! It’s a great value at $25, honestly.)

On to my recap of the Unwind Getaway Retreat that was April 25-29 in Blowing Rock, NC!

I was a participant/teacher this year. I was not supposed to teach (this would be my third year in a row and Nancy and Sue don’t like to have teachers three years in a row – they – smartly – like to mix it up!). BUT, they had such high registration numbers that the one class was way too big – and since I was coming as a participant anyway, they asked me to teach one session. I love teaching, so I happily said yes! And being a participant, I actually got to take a couple of classes, too!

I took Twined Knitting with Jeffrey Wall, and Portuguese Knitting with Mimi Kezer.ย  I had taken twined knitting with Beth Brown-Reinsel several years ago, but then I didn’t do anything past the class sample, so I thought a refresher course would be a good idea. It was a good class! And I finished my tiny little mitten sample by the end of the weekend – so cute!

Latvian Braid!

I’ve been intrigued by Portuguese knitting for a while, but never tried it, so that was a great class too. My tension using this technique is drastically tighter than normal! It would be good to try it out on things that need tighter tension, like ribbing and seed stitch.

I taught Double Knitting, and all my students seemed to get the hang of it really well!

I bought yarn from ‘The Yarn Guys’:

(Malabrigo in Matisse Blue, Black, and Ravelry Red; and Wooly Wonka sock yarn in Brocade. Those will be a Wonder Woman shawl, and I’ll share that in a day or two. Plus two skeins of Biscotte Yarns: Bis-Sock.)

(I also was gifted a skein of Miss Babs yarn to play withย  – and I have cable designs swirling in my head and can’t wait to try some ideas out with it!)

I had an info table the one night, with all my Master Knitter notebooks and samples:

I also ate at several places – and all the food was glorious! At Bistro Roca I had the NC Mountain Trout, and omg was it delicious!

Each night, our hostesses had happy hour before dinner – one suite hosting beer and wine, and one suite hosting tea. So much fun.

A group of us went into town the one day and visited the Mast General Store, and then ate at a bbq place, The Peddling Pig. (awesome bbq! so good!)

Here are all of my purchases (or door prizes/gifts) from the weekend (except for the yarn above):

(See my tiny twined knitting mitten?! So cute. Also, who else had Charles Chips delivery growing up?? OMG, they taste just like I remember! Yum!)

And despite meaning to, I didn’t get out into the town to take pictures of the town and all the flowers that were blooming and such. Oh well. But I had loads of fun seeing friends I’ve made over the last couple of years, and making new friends. If you ever get a chance to go to the Unwind Getaway retreat, don’t hesitate to sign up (and sign up fast, because they filled on DAY ONE for this year!) It is really such a well done retreat. And even if you arrive alone, you will leave with about 50 new friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall, I had a blast and I’m hoping I can attend again next year!

Conference/Festival Recaps, Teaching

DFW FF 2019 Recap

Hi all!
Well, I should have known that I wouldn’t post during the Fiber Festival – but I always have high hopes that I’ll get a minute or two to post from the road. Oh well. But I’ll post a recap now…

I flew into Dallas Fort Worth on Wednesday (4/3) – and had a pretty uneventful flight (little bit of turbulence but nothing major.) Well, unless you count the fact that my checked bag was actually overweight and I had to pay extra — oops. Got to DFW in the afternoon, and rode the DART light rail from the airport to the Conference center stop. Then hoofed it from the station to the hotel — with NO sidewalks for me to walk on… on a major road. That was fun (NOT) carting my overweight bag plus my purse and carry on.ย  (A construction worker along the way actually offered to help me get to the hotel. But I’m an independent woman and I politely declined. I was a sweaty mess by the time I got to the hotel lobby, but darn it, I got there on my own.) Made it to the hotel and checked in fine. What a lovely hotel!! It had just opened for business the Saturday before, so the staff was still learning the lay of the land – which made some things interesting.

I met the TKGA instructors that had come in from all over for dinner at one of the restaurants within walking (at the Toyota Music Factory area) and it was lovely to see them all again! (I wish we had gotten a group photo!)

(Oh, and I dressed in 1940/50s attire all weekend – check out my Instagram feed for all of my outfits.) ๐Ÿ™‚

TKGA Master’s Day was all day Thursday, and it was sold out. It went very well (or it seemed like it from my end) and hopefully students got some good value out of the day. I love teaching at Master’s Day, because it’s so nice having such dedicated students all together in one place. Master’s hopeful knitters are a really special group. Then Thursday night we had a TKGA staff dinner at another area restaurant (Gloria’s) – the food in the area is just wonderful.

Friday I taught all day. In the morning was my ‘Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets’ class (15 students) and it was a great group of students. In the afternoon was my ‘A Sampling of Short Rows’ class (sold out with 20 students) and it was another great group of students! I had a long day and was desperately fighting off a migraine that had been trying to take hold since the night before. Thankfully, I was able to keep it at bay during my classes, but every time I got a break it tried to come back. So instead of participating in the speaker event that night, a few of the TKGA folks and I had a quiet dinner in the hotel — it was the best choice for my poor head. I got a few minutes at lunch to shop in the vendor hall, too.

Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets
A Sampling of Short Rows
Dinner Friday night

Saturday I was at the TKGA booth pretty much all day, and I got a chance to really do some shopping. I fell down hard at the Graces Cases booth. lol. And I got some yarn (3 skeins of self striping sock yarn) among some other doo-dads.ย  I had some stress this day because when I tried to check into my flight for the following day, my itinerary showed as cancelled! I had to call the airlines, who actually thought I had missed my flight on Wednesday. Kind of hard to be in Dallas if I had missed my flight? They got me back on my original flight home, though, so it worked out. Then we had an even quieter dinner at the hotel, since by now we were down to me and two of the TKGA instructors (everyone else had left town on Saturday.)

Celia and I at the TKGA booth
My haul from the Vendor Hall

Sunday was an early morning, catching a taxi at 6:15 to get to the airport in time for my flight home. I made it home uneventfully (except for catching the wrong shuttle to my parked car, oops!)

It was a whirlwind long weekend, but a fantastic one! DFW Fiber Fest is really a great show- well run, with lovely vendors – if you ever get a chance to go you definitely should!

WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 3/28/2019

I’m busy prepping for the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Festival! (April 4-7th.) One of my classes is sold out, and the other only has a few seats left – and Master Knitter Day is also sold out! (There’s still space in my Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets class if you want to add a class to your schedule…) I’m really excited – it should be loads of fun. Who will I see there? I’ll be participating in the stitch marker swap, so if you see me around, stop me and swap with me! Here are the stitch markers I am bringing with me:

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Also, if you stop me and ask about one of my patterns, I will give you a coupon for a free Ravelry download of a pattern of your choice*! I’m only bringing 50 coupons, though, so when I’m out, I’m out!

Ok, let’s get to my WiPs! I am finally blocking my Vitamin D cardigan, because I’m hoping to wear it sometime in Dallas — or at the very least show it to Claudia of Claudia’s Handpaints! (Hopefully the weather is warmer than last year!) It bled like crazy when I soaked it, so I’m hoping the color didn’t fade too badly. We’ll see when it’s dry…

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I finished up my most recent plain socks as well:
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Yarn: Twisted Owl 2-Ply Sock in colorway ‘Happy Birthday to EWE’!
Needles: Size 0
Started: Oct 13, 2018
Finished: Feb 12, 2019

I’ll have to go stash diving to find a skein to start my next plain socks with. Don’t worry, it won’t be hard, I have a lifetime’s worth of single sock skeins to choose from! lol (Sock yarn doesn’t count as stash. That’s what I tell myself, anyway!)

My current WiP is design work, and these are *almost* done. Good thing, since they are due soon! These will be in the next issue of Cast On magazine.

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Once these are done, I have loads of design ideas floating in my head that I want to work on! Sweaters, shawls, and more. I’m not sure which design will win the fight for my attention first, but I’m excited to find out.

I will do my best to post a few times from Dallas! At the very least I will post a recap afterwards.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

(*Patterns available are my for-sale Ravelry patterns. Patterns for sale elsewhere are not available with this coupon.)

Conference/Festival Recaps, Teaching

Kanuga Recap

Hi everyone! How is your February going so far?

I figured I should show you some photos from the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting retreat. It’s only been almost a month since then, lol! I did take some photos though – go me for remembering to do that!

I had such fun at Kanuga! My students were fantastic, and I met so many wonderful people! It was lovely. I taught my Quatrefoil lace shawl the whole weekend, and I loved seeing everyone’s lace progress and grow as the weekend went on!

On Sunday I went on a hike around the property. It was so peaceful and calm, I loved it (even though it was SO cold and windy!)

At this point I was having second thoughts about my hike. It was *very* muddy and this was a steep descent down! But I made it safely. ๐Ÿ™‚

Many of my students made sure to make it known that they wanted me to come back next year, which makes me very happy. I’d love to teach there again next year! โค

So, that’s a recap of the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting retreat! I’ll post again soon with a recap of the Guild Workshop that I taught a few weeks ago too, and my WiPs and upcoming classes!
Until then, Happy Knitting!