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SAFF 2017 Recap

Hello everyone! I’m back from a fantastic week at SAFF! This was my first year teaching there, and I will most certainly be back because all my classes went great! Every single one of my students (36 in total over 5 classes and 4 days) were FANTASTIC! I had just so much fun teaching everyone.

On Wednesday afternoon we had a chance to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway a bit (my husband and sons came with me and we camped at the Asheville West KOA). I was hoping to see more red leaves than we did – I think the wind blew off the red leaves first! But I did manage to see a few.

Blue Ridge Parkway Views
Blue Ridge Parkway Views
Blue Ridge Parkway Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was time to do my job and teach! I had a few breaks during the week though, thankfully. I needed time to shop, after all! (And a bit of time to rest!)

I taught 5 classes from Thursday through Sunday: A Sampling of Short Rows, Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs, Finishing School, Steeking, and Beginner Fair Isle.

One student came to Finishing School with her swatches blocking! 🙂 As long as you come to class with swatches to use it’s all good!

I was a bad teacher and forgot to get photos of my two Thursday classes. Oops. But then I remembered on Friday and at least got a few photos for the rest of my classes!

 

Steeking class: students in various stages of cutting their knitting!
Three cut steeks for this happy student!

 

Beginner Fair Isle class.
Fair Isle hat in progress.

Of course, I did a bit of shopping too…. 😉

Bag on left is from Jan Smiley. Fiber underneath is matching yarn from Kristen’s Fiber Studio. Middle top bag (RV Halloween print) is from Bede Sisters. Fiber on right is lace yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Co. Bags in middle (Star Wars and DC characters) are from Sew Flo. And Buttons on bottom are all from Dusty’s Vintage Buttons.

Until next time, Happy Knitting! (I have a cool WiP to show you, so I’ll post with that in a few days.)

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GAFF 2017

Hi all!

I’m here in Columbus for the Georgia Fiber Fest-  it just wrapped up. I’ll be heading home tomorrow (I’m hoping the traffic is not too bad heading North out of the path of Irma!)

I was a bad teacher and totally forgot to take pictures of my classes,  oops! My Short Rows class yesterday was small, but went well I think- I hope my students came out with some knowledge! My Decorative Cast on and Bind off class today was larger than expected thanks to some transplant students. Franklin had to switch to an earlier flight due to Irma, and his afternoon classes were cancelled.  (I hope Franklin makes it home safely!) We needed to switch my room to accommodate everyone, and I had to have a couple extra handouts printed out last minute, but the ladies running the show we’re wonderful helping me get switched up, and the class went great!

I loved getting to meet Franklin, and chatting with him for a little bit on Friday afternoon, and the dinner Friday night was full of wonderful food, and Franklin’s presentation was hilarious – so fun!

Overall I’ve had a great weekend- I’ve met so many lovely people and had such a good time! I hope to be able to come back next year!

I did buy a little bit of yarn-I was very restrained since I didn’t have too much time to shop – too busy teaching! I would have bought so much more if I had had more shopping time!

Door prize! Hand made fan from Twin Birch Products. Lovely! It’ll make the perfect addition to my Renn Fest costume!

Sock yarn from The Fiber Seed. Such wonderful colors!
Striping sock yarn (colorway ‘Hippocampus’ – it’s Dory from Finding Nemo!) from String Theory Colorworks. Can’t wait to knit this one up!

I *so* enjoyed making so many new acquaintances this weekend! 🙂

I’ll post again soon – until then, Happy Knitting!!

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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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WiP Friday?

Hi all!

I meant to post a WiP post on Wednesday and forgot to, so you’re getting WiP Wednesday on Friday instead! 🙂  This week has been crazy!  Last week I (almost) had a concussion, this week I have a cracked molar and need a root canal and crown.  Ugh.  Anyhow, moving on to knitting news…

Here is my sweater WiP, it’s *almost* done.  I am making quite a few modifications to the pattern (I’ll post those all in detail when I do my FO post on it).  I’m loving the yarn (I think I already said that in a previous post, but it bears repeating!) – Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport.  So yummy!

I’m not sure when I’ll actually get a chance to finish the sweater – my Cast On design yarn arrived and I’m busy now working on my design for the Fall issue.  So it might be a month before I can pick the sweater back up.  Oh well, it’s not like I can wear it any time soon anyway! 🙂

In teaching news – I finally found out about SAFF and I’m teaching 5 classes this year!  Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs, A Sampling of Short Rows, Beginner Fair Isle, Steeking, and Finishing School.  The classes are all up on the SAFF website and registration opens July 17 for non-members (June 29 for SAFF members).  SAFF runs October 26-29 in Fletcher, NC near Asheville.

Registration is open for GAFF now, and I’m teaching 2 classes there as well – Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs and A Sampling of Short Rows.  (September 7-9 in Columbus, Ga)

I hope to see some of you at a class at either of these Festivals this fall!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Oh, I almost forgot!  Tomorrow is my birthday – and as a reverse birthday present to you all, my readers, I’d like to give you a coupon code for 50% off any one of my Ravelry patterns, good tomorrow June 3rd only!  Use the code ‘HappyBirthday’ in the promo code field during checkout any time between 12am-12pm ET tomorrow.  Thank you for being loyal readers! ❤

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FO Friday

I have a finished object to show you! My Dr Who socks are done!  I’m pretty happy with them (I matched the start of the stripes up perfectly!)  The heel could fit better, but they’re good enough. 🙂

And I’m working on my cardigan still. Both sleeves are done and I’ve started on the body!

I’m not sure if I’ll do waist shaping or not, we’ll see. I’m doing the non-colorwork portion flat, and might do the colorwork portion flat as well, I’ll decide when I get to it. I’ve added ‘faux’ side seam purl stitches on each side – I added those after the ribbing portion. I have a couple other mods as well, I’ll list those in detail in a later post.  BTW, this yarn is heavenly to work with! The Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport yarn. Scrumptious!

I had a ball teaching this past weekend at Unwind Getaway in Blowing Rock. My classes were fun to teach and full of lovely people that it was a pleasure to get to know!  A weekend I won’t forget!

I’ll be teaching at the Georgia Fiber Fest this coming September in Columbus, GA. Maybe I’ll see some of you there?

Until next time, Happy Knitting!