Wednesday, June 25, 2008
But, while I have the extra day, I am working on the Master Hand Knitting Class, Level I. I thought it would be easy. Huh, I was wrong. I have spend many Wednesday afternoons knitting and ripping, knitting and ripping.
I have no idea it I'm going to make it through, but I am bound and determined to try.
Since it is "supposed" to be fun I take all my "class materials" down to the sun room in a big basket, make a pot of tea and go at it.
So far I have six more swatches to do. After that comes the questions, the research paper, and
"The Project." But, thank goodness, the project for this level is only a hat!
My mom posted some lovely scenes of her garden a while back. While mine are mainly "potted gardens" I thought I would show you all that I have rested my needles long enough to plant a few flowers.
My herb garden right outside my kitchen door. The basil has already spiced many of our dinners lately. There is nothing like fresh basil. I never plant enough.
The hanging pots in my sun room are doing quite well. They add a touch of luxury to that room.
I have planted a few vegetables in pots along the side of the house. Tomatoes, green peppers, and yellow summer squash.
My pots along the veranda are doing well. Although half of the geraniums seem to be short ones.
Monday, June 23, 2008
"What's it for?" he asked. "My bloggie give away. I need you to pick a slip of paper so we can figure out who is the winner." He eyed me cautiously as if I was asking him to put his hand into a barrel of snakes.
He picked up a slip and read it, "It says, 'Lin.'" "Well, then, Lin is the winner." I said with a smile. "Thanks for your help."
So, Lin, you are the winner of the sock yarn!
I'll have to do another one soon! It was fun to see what everyone likes to knit. I think I'll have to try my hand at some soakers. I haven't ever seen one, so I'm kind of interested in seeing what they are all about!
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monday, June 16, 2008
I will draw the lucky winner next Monday evening, (June 23).
After my dye class I headed over to Hadley Park in downtown Westfield and met up with a bunch of other knitters. It was wonderful! We had to split up into various groups to make the most of the shade but once we were in the shade it was quite lovely.
One of the things I love about knitting with other knitters is learning about the things they are knitting! It is so much fun! Nancy was making helmet liners for marines in Afghanistan. Apparently the marines would like 1100 of them -- ha! Everybody get knitting!
We were even joined by two lambs soaking up the sun!
Jill injected color into her wool batts she had purchased at Franklin Fiber Fair. They were to die for (No pun intended).
Nancy experimented with swirling socks! She also tied her sock yarn at different lengths so that the color spaces would be different!
On the whole it was a ton of fun! Thanks for dying with me, y'all!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
It is always so much fun to spoil this kids.
The second test sweater is now being knitted to ensure there are no mistakes. I think the pattern should be at the printers by early next week. So, it will soon be available for your knitting pleasure!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Happy Knitting Everyone!
Here at the Koigu booth she was very careful to pick out a range of new colors.
And there was a lot to choose from.
Holly and Lin mesmerized by the colors of Koigu.
Molli also knows that knitters are eager to try new and exciting yarns. So, she sat down with a new exhibitor, "Scarlet Fleece" and ordered some beautiful handpainted yarns & rovings. Yes! Isn't it exciting? I think we have some sock yarn & roving coming from the Scarlet Fleece! We have a lot to look forward to!
After walking around all afternoon with Molli I have a new appreciation for all the thought and care that goes into the yarn that Molli has available for us in her shop. Thank you, Molli!
Beautiful friends at lunch
While we lunched we talked and talked about the amazing things we saw and all the goodies Molli is bring back for the shop!
Guess what was for dessert? Lovely scones! Molli, Lin, Holly & Kim had a wonderful time munching on these scones after lunch while JK enjoyed the carrot cake.
Yes, my dear husband JK came along as my driver and moral supporter. He is such a dear to put up and encourage my knitting endeavors. Here he is at lunch porting my free books and class materials back to the car so that I don't have to carry them around all afternoon.
So what did we do in the afternoon? Stay tuned....
Have you ever wanted to see a Koigu coat in person? Well, at the Koigu booth they had a lovely sampling of some of the Koigu coat patterns. What I loved about them was they were significantly light weight, had lovely drape without the bulk but were warm.
It was a great time to do some celeb sighting -- the knitting greats were all around us. Do you recognize who this is? It's the great Lucy Neatby herself! (The lady in the blue dress)
At the end of the line we met the authoress of "Inspired to Knit" by Michele Rose Orne. I was definitely impressed with this book. If you don't already have it, this book would be a great one to add to your collection.
When we came across the Louet booth, Holly and I went nuts. The fiber was delicious and quite exciting! Molli had us sit down and order some yarn for the shop -- so guess what spinning buddies? We have some great fiber coming! Hooray!