Does anyone here teach knitting?
I do 2 or 3 times per week. What I'm really struck by is the amount of people (older than I am) who don't know their right hand from the left nor do they know the names of their fingers, such as index finger, middle finger and ring finger. This gets frustrating when you're trying to teach. I have people say "I use this hand" and show me their right hand or "I use this finger" and show me their index finger.
I just wanted to fill you all in on a wonderful time had by all at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival. It was held in Tacoma, Wa last weekend. My friend Lisa and I attended the festival and then guided ourselves through the Pacific Northwest knit shops....from Portland to Seattle. The artists that are all over out there are incredible. Everything from Cashmere rovings felted onto silk scarves to Mongolian Camel hair and beyond! My new favorite knit shop is Tricoter in Seattle.....if you have not been you should treat yourselves. I have more info if anyone is interested you can message me....so we won't have to bore the others not as interested. Thanks for listening!!!
OK, I'm not sure if you can read this or not, but I've attached a file for my sock link below.
In Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris has a chapter called 'The Tapeworm Is In', where he writes about listening to books on tape in Paris and how it made him look kind of like the other creepy men hanging around the park playground. For me it's listening to podcasts on my laptop while working on mitten #2, and the location is not a Paris playground but the Rhode Island Convention Center.
David (not Sedaris, but rather my partner) is here for a trade show to try to pick up some new accounts, but as it would be expensive to get me a badge to accompany him into the exhibit hall, I'm left to my own devices for the afternoon. The convention center thoughtfully provides free wireless access and electrical outlets to plug in laptops, so I'm sitting here catching up on some podcast listening (CBC Radio has some good music ones, both English and French) and seeing what progress I can make with my knitting.
The monthly get-together (last Tuesday of the month) for the guys to sit around and knit, converse and drink some java.
Joe Coffeehouse, 1100 Walnut Street (@ 11th Street), Philadelphia, PA
This was my first attempt at "lace". I had just taught myself to knit and this was my first real project. Once I got the hang of it I made quick progress. I think it kind of looks like bamboo!
I made this potholder as a card for my guy.
Here is the first pair of fingerless gloves. My friend Ken dyed the yarn and I love the way the colors play through. Keep my hands warm while reading the NYTimes. Hopefully this will get the picture up to the site. Still a bit of a dunce when doing this.
Here's a pig I made last summer. Ollie will always be the most handsome pig on MWK, but this guy (named "Pig") is royalty in our home. He's made from an 80-20 cotton-merino blend, which is very soft. This was a gift for my partner, who fell in love with it in a book we saw at a shop.
I learned a lot on this, my first "big" project. Foremost: learn to finish and seam for real before attepting something I intend to wear!
Japanese NORO Kureyon, brushed wool, numbers 88 and 138 (I think):View them here
Soak in cold water with Woolite or other fiber-friendly mild liquid soap. Nothing antibacterial or with anything that could be counted as bleach. Rinse in cold water