The best things about my job as a knitting teacher are the people and the places where it takes me. I flew into the Burlington, VT airport on a gray, snowy day, a few days before teaching at the Vermont Fall Retreat along with organizer Donna Druchunas from Sheep to Shawl. Before and after the […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Vermont Fall Retreat – Part 1
I had a terrific experience with knitters at the Sheep to Shawl Vermont Fall Knitting Retreat, and I have lots to share from that experience, which I will tell you about in the next few days. One thing I especially want to share is that thanks to help from Donna Druchunas and Dom Cotignola, I […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on One foot in front of the other
Is there a more versatile yarn than that produced by Brown Sheep? You can get wool, cotton, blends of the two. Superwash or in it’s natural state. Too many colors to keep track of (but never too MANY colors!), great price point and customer service. Whatever you want to make with fiber, there is likely […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Brown Sheep – ode to one of my favorite yarn companies
Yesterday was filled with a busy work day and a Presidential debate (NOT a good time to practice new skills!). Today, when I picked up my work to tackle Day 4’s challenge, I was happy to find myself falling easily back into cord-making. Today’s challenge was making a cord with pre-strung beads. Look at what […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on #7DayLucetChallenge Day 4- Look what I did!
Adding beads to the cord, now. I don’t have beads large enough for the worsted weight yarn, so switched to the leftover yarn and beads from the Rock the Kasbah shawl. The finer yarn is trickier to work with, and I had to practice on tension, but it didn’t take long to get my rhythm. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on #7DayLucetChallenge Day 3 –
It took me a few tries, but once you get going, this cord is amazing. It looks just like i-cord, and is much faster to make. I used Lamb’s Pride worsted, always my go-to yarn for trying something new. My hairspin lace loom works great. I know this is the first step to making cord, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on #7DayLucetChallenge Day 2: starting to make cord
My friend Jennifer, aka Stitch Diva (www.stitchdiva.com) has started a 7-day Lucet challenge. Every day she will send an e-mail with instructions on braiding with a Lucet. If you don’t know what it is and don’t have one, no worries, she teaches you how to make one with stuff you have around the house – […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on This week in knitting: Lucet challenge and new socks on the needles
This has been a difficult few months for me, as I fight to keep up with everything I need to do at work and home, and try not to be distracted by the US election histrionics. Knitting has been my drug of choice. I’ve been working on one project at a time, and as soon […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Knitting binge – antidote for anxiety?
One of my favorite patterns in “Annetarsia Knits” is the Rose City Hat. I have knit several of them, and for a quick knit it packs a lot of visual punch. After I had the pattern thoroughly memorized, I decided to mix it up and use different yarn and stitch patterns. The result is another […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on “Stumptown Slouch”- a fun, fast hat to knit for the Fall season!
My friend Susan Anderson released a pattern for a smooth stockinette sock which showcases self-striping yarn. I happen to have a stash of such yarn, and jumped at the chance to check out this pattern, the Smooth Operator sock. The yarn is by Canon Hand Dyes. I don’t know the colorway, but it is a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Smooth operator Socks – a Fun summer knit!