It was an incredibly busy, but very fun, weekend. I got to meet Aaron (AMBush) in the midst of all the chaos, in addition to a whole slew of knit bloggers, some of whom I read religiously (Yarn Harlot!) and some not so much. Being there as a vendor made it a bit difficult to get out and about to really see all the other vendors, but I did manage to bring home some goodies, including a Hitchhiker spinning wheel so I can do some spinning when I have down time at work (or anywhere else I decide to take it). I have a more or less full accounting and photojournal of the weekend here, but I'd love to hear about other folks' experiences of the weekend.
Kiwi asked how to do this. You use a crochet hook. You make a slip knot around the crochet hook, then you hold your knitting needle in your left hand, you reach around graby the yarn, pull it thru, then flip the yarn over and around the needle and keep doing it. If you need to cast on say 50 stitches, then put abbout 53 stitches on your needle by this method. You just use throw away scrap yarn, you arent' using your main yarn for this. Then you take your second knitting needle and go into these fake stitches and actually do your first row of knitting. When you get to picking up the bottom row, picking up going into the round, you just pull out on the fake stitch, pick it up, and pull out the fake yarn It just unravels. I hope this makes sense. There probably is a great video of it on knittinghelp.com. I just had the owner of my local yarn store show it to me and it really really works well.
So i went to the Rhinbeck NYS Wool and Sheep Festival this past weekend and got some really fun fobers to spin and knit etc. First i fell upon some great merino/silk blend. Nice, but not too oout of the ordinary.
Then i found some Yak Fiber and freaked out a little bit inside. So bought it.
Then the last thing i found that knocked my socks off and took my breath away was something called EcoSpun and its 100% Recylced Plastics Soda Bottles. Consequently, i cannot wait to get it on my wheel, then on my needles. Gotta be cool.
Ok Next i was wondering if anyone knows of a University or specialty school where i can receive a BFA or degree in Fiber Arts...? I found a program at Syracuse University and may visit to see how the program is. If anyone has any other suggestions let me know please:) thanks. and done.
I decided to knit something totally different this time and I bought the Debbie Bliss book on teddy bears and clothing for them. I have always admired the knitted toys done by other MWK members and a teddy was challenging for me. However, I cannot get the proper gauge/tension required by the pattern. I spent 2 days making swatches, trying all sorts of needle sizes but had absolutely no luck and I'm not talking about a 1 stitch variance here. Has anyone had experience with the patterns in this book? I've given up and put the book away in exasperation.
Knitting on Plane.... by Grandcarriage
I can`t believe it.
ARE YOU REALLY DOING THAT?
Yes, double seed stitch.
I"m doing a Sophie Purse out of Lopi. Its a really coarse wool. Felts great though. Anyway, I usually do a Norwegian long tail cast on. It was harder than heck to pick up my bottom edge to get it into the round. I fought it for like an hour. Learned an invisible cast on last night and started another purse, and man, what a difference. I can't believe I hadn't learned another cast on before now. I'm on a roll. Made 3 purses in the last 4 days. I might make my Christmas deadline! :-)