Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A nice group braved our regular Autumn drizzle to knit at the faux wood tables at Crossroads tonight. We had Emma, Addie and Rory as special guests (and VanesaPolo) as the evening began.
Harvest cardigan. When she tried it on for us to tell her how much more she needed to knit before starting the border, we said, um you should have started the border 2 inches ago. By the end of the evening, she had picked up and was again knitting forward.
Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes.
Tropfen scarf by Jana Huck has a complicated history that involves cutting off a section. But, I am happy to report that the knitting is going forward on this project again, too.
Lineas Cowl by Elizabeth Suarez.
shaping the planet with embroidered knits.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
I finished the Dwarf hats and beards that I have been making for Halloween. I'm not sure if I wrote about it here, but my department at school decided to dress up as Snow White and the 7 Dwarves on the understanding that I would make the Dwarf hats and Beards.
I decided to crochet all of the hats because they need to be extra long and droopy. I also crocheted the beards using the Loop stitch that I used to make the lion's mane on this afghan square:
Here are the beards:
shaping the planet with a Heigh Ho Ho Ho!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
I have started a club for knitting and crochet at the middle school where I am an instructional aide. The club meets on Monday afternoons and we have about 8 members. Not all the members can come every week, as Rocketry club meets every other Monday, and some are in that club, too. Stupid rockets! We have quite a few members who are experienced at either knitting or crochet and some who know both. We don't have Ravelry accounts, though I hope they will be able to do this soon, as Ravelry is a MUST for serious fiber people, so I can't name my members, but I wanted to show you what people were working on this week.
This first photo is of a crocheted granny square. This member is a knitter who is learning to crochet. She has mastered the chain, and now the double crochet stitch. After finishing her square, she decided to do a knit project next, so this week she cast on a hat for her baby sister.
shaping the planet with new stitchers.
This has been such an amazing fiber filled week for me. And, by week I mean from last Friday evening to tonight. Friday after work, I met up with VanesaPolo and we carpooled to Acorn Street Yarns for their Fall Fest Fashion Show. Saturday and Sunday were filled from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with Fiber Fusion in Monroe, Monday afternoon was the regular meetup for my new school stitching club (more about that later), and tonight the regular Wednesday meetup for the Eastside Stitchers. In between, I spent my time (when not at work or sleeping) knitting, hooking and spinning. Life is good.
But, enough about me. Who made it to Crossroads, and what were they knitting/hooking?
WireKnitter is test knitting a new shawl by Lisa Hannes named Sand Layers.
Nurmilintu, a shawl by Heidi Alander.
Rock Strata Mitts by Josh Ryks. She knit these out of her own handspun.
Harvest by tincanknits.
Dulaan Easy-On Mitts. I think she will be turning these into a pair of Dino-Mitts for the beautiful Anya. I got to play act the Goldilocks and the three bears story with Anya tonight (I was the Papa Bear). What a wonderful imagination she has.
Rib-A-Roni by Jane Tanner.
shaping the planet at Crossroads in Bellevue.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
The afternoon spinning class today with Judith MacKenzie was Popular Wheel Mechanics. Basically, it was how to use and make simple adjustments to your wheel to spin a variety of weight yarns. Most of the spinning wheels that people brought were relatively new designs. I have a fairly old Ashford Traditional wheel. Judith talked about using different "pulleys" (the wheel manufacturers call them whorls) to get different weight singles, but I only have one "pulley" on my wheel. It didn't matter, though, as she focused mainly on how to use tension to make your single bigger or smaller. She spun all but the very biggest and very smallest of the above yarns on the middle sized pulley for her wheel.
Here is the circle of my attempts to spin fatter and thinner yarns:
shaping the planet with fat and thin yarn.