Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Even with the rainy weather tonight we had lots of trick or treaters.

I managed to save a couple of treats for myself to have later while I was knitting. Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Sally Melville

I can't believe that a whole month has gone by since we were at Little Red Mitten to take a class with Sally Melville. How time flies! Rebecca, Liz and I were lucky enough to be able to take the Friday afternoon class, Essential Skills for the Self-Taught Knitter. This 3 hour class was filled with everything a knitter needs to know - cast ons, slip sts, selvedge sts, increases, decreases, gauge and casting off. Even for experienced knitters we all picked up some tips that we hadn't heard of or tried before. Has anyone ever gone back and tightened a loose/stretched out cast off edge before? Not me. Never even thought about doing it. But now that I have done it, it seems like a skill every knitter should know how to do. This Knitting Goddess, is in the process of knitting one of Sally's designs. What a great opportunity to discuss the sweater's construction in person!
After the class we went out for a Thai supper.
Then we headed over to the community center for the evening's talk, Why Do We Do What We Do, with Sally and lots and lots of knitters! She had brought lots of samples of her designs for us to see and feel in person.
It was a great day and evening. If you have a chance to hear Sally speak or take a class, I would recommend it. She is a great speaker with lots of knitting knowledge to share!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rhinebeck Weekend

This past weekend was my first time in Rhinebeck New York for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. Wow! It was an amazing show!

Just being there was like watching a knitting fashion show. Most people were wearing at least one knitted item. There were so many wonderful shawls and sweaters!

Rebecca and I took Amy Herzog's Fit to Flatter class. We learned so much. Amy is an incredible designer who is so knowledgeable and full of excitment about knitting; she was great to learn from.

I still can't believe the number of vendors that were there. It was a Knitters dream. My favourite booth had to be Skaska Designs. The whole booth was lace knitting! I am pretty sure I dreamed about these shawls Saturday night and we were back at this booth first thing Sunday morning to buy some gorgeous lace weight yarn. I picked the Merino/silk and Rebecca chose the camel/silk. Both are going to be wonderful to knit with.

After the show had closed for the day on Saturday we explored the village of Rhinebeck. Our main mission was to find a liquor store for a bottle of wine but we had lots of fun checking out all of the shops and finding a Thai restaurant for supper. Then it was back to our room to open the wine and try out the ChiaoGoo lace needles.

Already hoping to go back again next year!
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Lucy Neatby

Last night was an amazing evening.

After a long couple of weeks of packing up a house, loading it all into a moving truck, just to turn around and unpack everything we had just packed into a much smaller house, I was ready for a girls knitting night out.

Lucy Neatby is in town for the weekend teaching classes at one of our local yarn shops. Last night she gave a talk about her designs and what inspires her creative, amazing knitting. She brought so many samples of her knitting for us to see (and feel!) I was so in awe of the detailed work - double knit socks, mitts, hats, felted bags and colourwork like you wouldn't believe that I forgot to take any more pictures.

Of course we did some shopping while we were there. I came home with 2 of Lucy's double knitting patterns. One is for a scarf and the other is for mitts. I am holding off starting them until after I take her double knitting class on Sunday so I can use all the tips I learn in the class on my new mitts. I also bought a ball of wool which I think looks like a sunset. This I am going to start today.

I came home truly inspired to try new techniques and to start adding more colour, patterns and textures in my designs. I can't wait to see where this leads!
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ziraldo Alpacas

We spent a fun afternoon with Debbie from Ziraldo Alpacas. We were able to see all of the alpacas, the fiber sorting room and of course spend some time deciding which skeins of alpaca to bring home with us!

I decided on 2 skeins of a black alpaca/merino blend. I am thinking of knitting something lacey with it. First, I need to find and unpack my swift from the move and then the knitting can begin!
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