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I’m a certified Tech Editor!

I finished the TKGA Tech Editor certification course – I am now a certified Tech Editor! Pop over to my Services page if you are interested in hiring me as a Tech Editor for your next pattern or patterns! 🙂 The course was fantastic, and Sharon (the instructor) is a wonderful mentor, so it is well worth the time and money – and holds up to the high TKGA standards one expects.

I forgot to tell you last time – I had a pattern in the August K2Tog Newsletter from the TKGA, Neon Plain Socks. These are simple cuff-down socks with a heel-flap heel – the heel flap has a twist on the usual eye-of-partridge pattern. Check out last month’s newsletter if you’re interested! Not a member of the TKGA?  Why ever not??  There are lots of benefits to being a member, including the K2Tog newsletter and Cast On issues and discounts on correspondence courses. You really should join. 🙂

I think I’ve decided to steek and work a gusset in the arm-holes of my sweater that I posted last time. I just haven’t had the time to work on it yet but when I do it I will fully document what I do and walk you through it!

I’m hard at work on a couple of patterns – one is a sweater/tee and one is a pair of socks. You’ll see the sweater next Spring, and you’ll see the socks in a couple of months. 🙂 There are also a couple of submission calls out that are right up my alley, so I’m working on submissions for those as well…. I’m a busy gal!

Next week is the Georgia Fiber Festival, and I’m teaching there! It should be a lot of fun, so hopefully I’ll see some of you there! I’ll do a post afterwards (and maybe one or two during it as well!) so that if you can’t join me there you can see how much fun we had! 🙂

Oh – and I have a new logo thanks to my mother!  (Thanks Mom!) How do you like it? It think it’s world’s better than my previous one, and I’m slowly rolling it out to all the places where my logo shows up…

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

 

 

 

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Master Knitter Posts, Teaching

Fiber Frolic was a blast!

This last weekend I was one of the instructors at the Carolina Fiber Frolic.  I had so much fun!!  I taught 5 classes:  Fair Isle, Steeking, Socks a la Carte, Thrummed Mittens, and A Sampling of Short Rows.

I was a good teacher and got pictures from my first day of classes, but then I was a bad teacher and got no more pictures the rest of the weekend!!  Oops!

Thursday night we had the chance to go visit the Bascom and see Charles Gandy’s art installation ‘Beyond the Sock’.  It was a real treat to see him again and to have him talk to us about his socks and the art show.  If you live anywhere nearby you should definitely go check it out!!
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This one is my favorite – I love the twigs!
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I took several more photos, check out my Flickr album if you wish to look at them!

The other two instructors for the weekend were Kate Larson and Jerry Spears.  I really wish I could have taken one or more of their classes!  But I was teaching all the available class slots and had no free spots to take classes myself!

My Fair Isle class did really well knitting their hats:

Fair Isle class

And my Steeking students took those scissors to their knitting with gusto!

Steeking class

I wish I had gotten photos from my other classes!  The socks class was designed for a wide range of experience levels, and it seemed to go very well!  And the Thrummed Mitten class was just fun.  The Short Rows class was fun, too!

Now I’m looking ahead to July and the conference in Charleston.  Registration for it should open tomorrow!!  Come join me there if you can!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

 

Oh wait – I forgot!  I wanted to point you all – especially those of you going through the Master Knitting program – to this link!  The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast covered knitting history!  It might come in handy for research for the Level 2 report (especially the list of references given).  But even for non-MK students, it is very interesting listening!  Check it out!

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My biggest and best FO, EVER

Well, no more waiting for me!  I’m the newest TKGA Master Knitter!  This is the culmination of 7 years of hard work (not consistently – the first 5 were off and on, but the last 2 were pretty much dedicated exclusively to the MK work.)

My resubmits should get back to me in the next few days, but my co-chair was kind enough to email me my letter so I wouldn’t have to wait to find out.

I am filled with so many emotions right now – joy, relief, pride, amazement, disbelief.  I think it will take me a little while to get use to it. 😀

I am SO looking forward to the TKGA conference in July.  I’ll be able to stand on stage with so many accomplished knitters (and friends) and get my pin along with them.  It’ll be amazing, I just know it.

Thank you to my readers – you’ve been wonderful cheerleaders and supporters!  Stick around, I’m only just getting started!! 😀

As always, HAPPY knitting!!

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More waiting…

This time on my resubmits!! 🙂

I got my box back a week ago (yay!!), and had a few things to redo, but really not much!  My sweater and hat (and related patterns) all passed, as well as my reports and book/magazine reviews.  Whew!!  I just had three swatches to redo or fix, and one mini swatch to submit showing a technique I had done wrong on one swatch.  Several of my patterns and information sheets needed editing or more info added as well. And I had to add more info to 4 of my answers to the questions.

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Swatch #1 resubmit – tubular cast on and bind off. Plus gauge calculations. (That’s why the pink yarn is there.)

My swatch #1 needed redoing because a) I had too tight a gauge for the worsted weight yarn and b) I didn’t actually do a tubular cast on and bind off! Duh!! I don’t know what I was thinking – only that I must not have been thinking! I had done an invisible cast on and bind off, but not tubular! So, I had to do that one over, of course!! 🙂 (I’m still kicking myself on that one!!)

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Swatch #8 – Herringbone stitch (resubmit)

My Swatch #8 – the herringbone one, didn’t have the bind off done in pattern, so that one needed fixing. Instead of knitting the whole thing over I simply ripped out the bind off and did it correctly. Then I blocked it again.

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Swatch #14 – mini swatch – front
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Swatch #14 mini swatch – back. (Notice the right hand side.)

So, my Swatch #18 – the slipped stitch swatch, passed, but my method of carrying the yarn on the side wasn’t ideal – it left a ‘barber pole’ effect. (My original swatch is in with resubmits, otherwise I’d show you a picture of the back of it to compare! Maybe when I get it back I can do that – to show the difference.) So, I had to knit a mini-swatch of my pattern showing the more appropriate method of carrying the yarn up the side.

Swatch #18 resubmit
Swatch #18 – resubmit.

Then my swatch #18 – the duplicate stitch swatch – was really good except for a couple spots where my weaving of my yarn ends showed through to the front, because I had done them wrong! (I forgot to take a picture of the swatch with the spots indicated, oops!) Anyway, this one I fixed by undoing all my yarn end weavings (even the ones not pointed out to me!) and redid them correctly. I would have ripped out the whole bottom of the S and done it over (because there’s still a spot or two that I didn’t like) but I have no more of the blue yarn to have it match! Yikes! I looked all over for more of the blue and can’t find it anywhere! I hope it passes as it is, otherwise I might have to do the whole swatch over again (I hope not, though!)

I worked my butt off over the weekend and got everything done and mailed it back in on Tuesday (which happened to be my birthday!) 🙂  So I was one happy gal!

Now it’s just another waiting game to see if I my resubmits are accepted or if I have more work to do.  We’ll see – fingers and needles crossed!!

Happy Knitting everyone!!

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Still waiting….

I’m still waiting for my Master Knitter level 3 notebook to come back to me.  I figure I still have about 3 or more weeks to go.  Waiting is hard, yo.  🙂

I started the Sheherezade shawl – I went with the gold beads.  I’m very happy with it so far, and I’m pretty close to finishing!  I have three balls of the merino/silk lace yarn, but I’m not even halfway through the first ball, so I think I’ll have tons of yarn left.

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Doesn’t look like much yet…
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The beads are much more gold in person.

I did finish my handspun ‘One Row’ scarf – I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  It’s very long (about 8 feet!)  I haven’t blocked it yet, I really need to do that soon.  This was a silk/merino braid I had gotten from River’s Edge Fiber Arts at SAFF one year, and I spun it up as a gradient, and navajo plied it.  Should be really nice and soft once I block it.

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I also finished spinning up my Jacob – it turned out really nice.  It’s a heavy fingering mostly, I have no idea how many yards yet.  I navajo plied it to keep the color change.  I’m really not sure what I’ll knit with it…

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That’s what’s going on with me! I’m just killing time waiting to get my notebook back, really. 🙂

Happy Knitting everyone!!