Designing, FO Posts, Teaching, WiP Posts

FO Friday 7/19/19

Are you registered for Rhinebeck yet? Better hurry up, since lots of classes are already sold out! As of today there is one seat left in my Mosaic Knitting class, and three seats left in my Estonian Decorative Stitches class – my other two classes are sold out!

Registration for SAFF has started as well – I have 9 classes available! Go here to register. (Wow, I’m going to have a busy Fall!)

Will I see you at one or the other Festival?? I look forward to it!

I’ve finished up my current deadline design knitting – look for a new article and a fun pattern from me in the upcoming issue of Cast On magazine. It’s always a relief to have deadline work done (and in time too, lol.)

Guess what! I have a couple Finished Objects to show you today!

I finished my Wonder Woman shawl! Woo Hoo! It still needs to be blocked and the tails woven in, but I’m calling it done.

Pattern: Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock in Ravelry Red, Matisse Blue, and Black. Yellow is Wooly Wonka Rhiannon in color Brocade.
Needles: (I don’t remember – I think the needle size called for in the pattern.)
Size: Unblocked, it is about 13 inches deep and 56 inches wide. I anticipate it growing a good bit when I block it.
Started: April 27, 2019
Finished: July 10(ish) 2019
Modifications: I worked the large size, and worked the first two rows of the first yellow block in black. I did the center stripes in black, and worked the last two rows of the final yellow block in black. I worked a few extra rows at the top, maintaining the increases (just because I had lots of yarn left, and I wanted the top block a bit deeper.)

I’m really happy with it, and can’t wait to wear it this Fall! 🙂

I finished up a pair of plain (aka “waiting room”) socks as well:

These are plain stockinette socks, with afterthought heels, using String Theory Colorworks sock yarn in colorway Hippocampus. (Get it? – hippocampus, the memory center of the brain – Finding Dory?) 🙂 I love these and can’t wait to wear them – they are so bright and happy!

I have another pair of plain socks in progress- these going top down 2 at a time:

The yarn is Must Stash yarn in their perfect match sock base – colorway Martian Rainbow. Talk about bright! I love them. I’ll be doing an afterthought heel (and the toes) in a contrasting color (not sure what color yet, maybe my leftover black from the Wonder Woman shawl.) I am almost ready to start the toes on these.

I have one other WiP that I just started – I’m designing a sweater vest for Rhinebeck! This is a Fair Isle vest in a vintage-inspired silhouette. I’ve only just started the colorwork section above the wide ribbing:


I’m hoping to have this done in time to wear it to Rhinebeck, and I’m writing the pattern as I go as well, so hopefully I can also release the pattern around then, too. I do have more deadline design work creeping up on me, but I should have a little bit of down time to work on this before that ramps up.

Anyway, that’s what has been going on with me lately knitting-wise! (Life-wise we’re selling our house and buying a new one, so that’s adding a whole other layer of crazy around here! Life is never boring, that’s for sure!)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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Teaching

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. 🙂

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! ❤

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

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!!

 

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.  (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.) 🙂

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.  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!

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. 🙂

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! ❤

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!

FO Posts, Teaching, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday, FO, and Reflections

Hi everyone!
I hope 2019 is treating you well so far! I’m getting ready to go teach at a retreat in the mountains – the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat. I thought I would touch base here before I leave, and I might try to do a post of two while I’m there.

On my needles: I’m still working on my plain socks. They’re plain – and not very exciting, lol. But they make good tv knitting. 🙂

I’m also casting on a new project to take with me tomorrow to the Kanuga retreat. I decided on Persian Dreams blanket by Jenise Hope. I went stash diving for a bunch of different colors of Palette yarn to use – it’ll make a nice thing to work on in fits and spurts! No picture yet – but as soon as I start a hexagon I’ll share my progress.

I do have a FO to show you – I finished my Vitamin D cardigan! It still needs to be blocked, but I went ahead and wove in all the ends. I’ll block it when I get home from the retreat. After I block it I’ll get a picture of me wearing it and I’ll include all of my project notes.

Close up of the back of the neck

Anyway, I’m looking forward to Kanuga! I’ve never been before – it sounds lovely, and I’m excited to meet my students and have a wonderful weekend teaching in the mountains!

On another, more serious note, if you weren’t aware – there have been some important conversations happening over on Ravelry and on Instagram and online about racism in the knitting community. I’m not ready to join in the conversation yet – but I did want to let my readers know that I have been following along, reading/listening, and most importantly – learning. It’s a difficult topic, but an important one, not just for the knitting community. The world is full of a diverse and beautiful mix of people, and we need to be able to peacefully and compassionately exist among all of that beautiful diversity. I don’t have the time to link to resources here right now (I need to pack for my trip!) – but if you do some digging you can find all kinds of great resources. I have just begun working through the “Me and White Supremacy” workbook by Layla F. Saad (I will link to that!) — so I have a ways to go in my voyage, but I am determined to learn and grow. It’s a complicated topic/subject, but a worthwhile one and an important one.

So with that, I will sign off. 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!