Upcoming Classes

Hi everyone!

Carolina Fiber Fest is coming up in a week!  Who’s coming?  I’m teaching ‘A Sampling of Short Rows’ and ‘Finishing School’ – both on Saturday.  My short row class is one where we learn a ton of different techniques to perform short rows.  It’s a pretty fun class!  And Finishing School is a new class of mine where we learn a few different basic seaming techniques.  It should be a fun class as well!  Register here for classes – I hope you see you there!

I also have another new class I’m teaching locally at Baskets Of Yarn – ‘Sweater Basics’.  It’ll be on April 22 and May 6.  In this class we’ll knit a small teddy bear sweater to learn the basics of knitting sweaters!  You’ll learn the importance of gauge, basic sweater shapes, how to follow a sweater pattern, and finally – how to seam your sweater!  I’m just finishing up the sweater sample now, so I’ll post a photo of it next week once I have it all done – it’s super cute!  You can register for this class here.

As soon as I get the sample sweater done I have to get started on my next design to be published in the Summer issue of Cast On – I just got the yarn today and I have about a month to get it done (a lace shawl) – so I’m going to be one busy knitter here the next few weeks! 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!  (And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) 🙂

 

 

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WiP and teaching 

I’ve got a pair of plain socks on my needles, now that I’m between design knitting for a few days!  These will have afterthought heels so that the stripes are maintained. The yarn is Felici from Knit Picks in the Time Traveler colorway.  This is the first that I’ve used this yarn, and I’m loving it!

I finished my socks for Cast On, just in the nick of time, too!  Next up is a lace shawl for the summer issue of Cast On, but I’m waiting on the yarn for that. I’m busy prepping for my upcoming classes, too! So I’m quite the busy bee lately. Thank goodness the boys are older and need less ‘teacher time’ from me nowadays!

Come see me at one of my upcoming teaching appearances:
Sign up for the Carolina Fiber Fest here! (I’m teaching A Sampling of Short Rows, and Finishing School).
(Oh, and if you’re taking my Finishing School class, here is a link to the homework!)
Sign up for the Unwind Retreat here!
Sign up for my Sweater Basics class at Baskets of Yarn here!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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FO Friday

I actually have a FO to show you on a Friday!  How about that!

I finished my Sacre Coeur shawl the other day, and just in the nick of time, too.  My design yarn came the day I finished the shawl, otherwise I would have had to set the shawl down and finish it later.  I didn’t get around to blocking it until yesterday, though.

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Pattern: Sacre Coeur by Nim Teasdale
Yarn: Crochet the Winter Hunter Yarns: Sparkle Sock in colorway ‘Frozen Icicles’
Needles: US 6 and 7
Started: Feb 2, 2017
Finished:
Feb 18, 2017

Finished Measurements: 18″ deep at center, and 70″ wide.  This sucker is long.  More like a scarf than a shawl.  I’m not sure how I feel about the shape- I’ll have to wear it sometime and see what I think about it.  The subtle sparkle in the yarn is great though.  I definitely need an Elsa-esque outfit to wear with it. 😉

Pattern was good, pretty easy to follow.  I did 6 repeats of chart 2 and 2 full repeats of the edging chart before binding off.  I bound off VERY loosely so I could get decent points.  As it is they are still pretty shallow.

So, now I’m deep into design knitting!  My socks should be done in the next couple days hopefully, and then it’ll be lace shawl design time and article writing time.  Oh, and class prep time too!  I have 2 new teaching appearances to announce!

I’ll be teaching at the Carolina Fiber Fest in Raleigh, NC – March 24 -25th. (I’ll be there the 25th.  Classes will be posted soon!)

I’ll also be teaching a ‘Sweater Basics’ class here in Charlotte at Baskets of Yarn!  Six hour class – two 3 hr sessions: April 22 and May 6 from 11-2pm.  Join me there to learn about knitting sweaters!

(And I believe there are still spots available for the Unwind Getaway: April 28-May 1 in Blowing Rock, NC.)

I have a very busy Spring!  I hope to get to see you at one or more of these events!

For now, Happy Knitting!

 

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WiP in Progress

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I am in love with these colors!

I’m almost done with my Sacre Coeur shawl, and a good thing, too!  My design yarn will be arriving any day now and as soon as it gets here I’ll need to bust my behind to get my socks knitted for the upcoming issue of Cast On!  (The deadline is fast approaching, and I’m getting a little bit nervous!)  I’m a pretty fast sock knitter though, and the pattern is (mostly) written, so hopefully it all goes well. 🙂

Stay tuned – I have another teaching gig lined up that I’m excited about!  Classes haven’t been posted yet, so I can’t share just yet. 🙂 But it should be ‘shareable’ soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

 

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More mail from Estonia!

Hi again!  (I’m trying to do better at posting every week, we’ll see how long I can keep this up!)

So, earlier this week I received another parcel from overseas!  Well, two actually.  After getting the stitch dictionary I posted about earlier, I decided I needed a copy of the first edition as well, so I snagged one off of eBay.  I probably didn’t need to –  but there are a few stitch patterns in it that aren’t in the second edition, so you know – my ‘had to have it’ reflex kicked in. 🙂

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1st edition. 1978.

My second parcel was my order from Saara.   I ordered a couple books and some yarn while I was at it.  The parcel took a bit of time to get here, but it was packaged very well and made it in excellent shape.

I’m anxious to cast on with this yarn!  And the books are both stunning.

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Yarn: Hea 30/2 – 100% wool laceweight, about 1600 yards per skein.

The ‘Traditions and Techniques’ book is chock full of historical information as well as stitch patterns and knitting techniques for everything from casting on to stranding, Estonian lace, entrelac and brioche, among several others.

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The ‘Haapsalu Shawl’ book is a large, beautiful coffee-table quality book.  It has a good section on the history of the Haapsalu shawl, with gorgeous photos throughout.  The bulk of the book is the stitch patterns, and they are presented with clear and large photos and charts.dsc02100dsc02101dsc02102I am very happy with my haul from Estonia, and am now more than ready to tackle writing my article on Estonian Lace!

On the knitting front, my lace shawl is coming along nicely!  I’m not sure how much of it I’ll get done before my design yarn comes in a week or so – I’m doing a pair of socks for the next edition of Cast On, so as soon as that yarn arrives I’ll need to start working on those.

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Yarn: CTW Hunter Yarns Sparkle Sock in color Frozen Icicles

Oh, and in case in you didn’t know – this whole month is the yarnlovechallenge over on Instagram!  I’m doing my best to play along every day – check me out on Instagram, and check out all the really cool photos people are posting for the challenge!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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