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Friday, June 19, 2009

Yarn 4 Socks club

Very exciting news. I'm going to be the August yarn dyer and designer for Yarn 4 Socks Club. I've known about this for quite a while obviously but the August club is now listed and you can purchase your spot. The base yarn arrived today and is a gorgeous blend I've not had in stock for a couple of months. So I'm really looking forward to using it again. The socks will be otn this weekend. I've not quite decided on the final pattern yet but I've got some great runner ups. I've also been thinking colours and will hopefully be playing with yarn this weekend to try to narrow down the colour choices for the yarn. All in all it should be a great month so if you want to make sure you don't miss out on the fun, join now.

Yesterday I taught a continental knitting workshop at Spin A Yarn. I had a great day. We chatted, laughed and knitted and had a lovely lunch provided by Joyce. The shop is so friendly and very busy. Joyce is hoping to move to a bigger shop up the road soon and we're all very excited about that. She's got so much gorgeous yarns and when she gets the bigger shop she can expand the yarn choice even more. The ladies yesterday were great and all got the hang of continental knitting very quickly and all agreed it wasn't as difficult as it looked and that it probably is faster than English knitting. If you disagree with me, don't shoot me. Just try it for your self and when you get some practice in, I'm sure you'll agree with me. Anyway, I was thinking as I was driving home how lucky I am to get to spend the day in a yarn shop with a lovely bunch of people. From a teaching point of view, this workshop was easier than some of the others I teach. I taught the long tail cast on first, which takes a bit of getting used to but once I'd demonstrated it to everyone individually, they all got the hang of it just fine. Then we moved onto the knit stitch which isn't too difficult. Once they all felt confident enough we tried Norwegian Purl. I usually teach this to each knitter one at a time as it's easier. It's a trickier move than knit but once you try it a few times it's not bad. After lunch they were all knitting away on their scarves. i'd designed a very simple scarf pattern combining knit and purl stitches so they'd all get lots of practice in. We had a few breaks during the afternoon. A few people had to stroke some yarn and a few people may have bought some yarn. And I may have been one of those......

Although yesterday was great, today i'm suffering. I'm in pain, I'm stiff and have got a headache and I'm tired. So apart from catching up on some washing and tidying up at home I'm taking it easy with lots of knitting. My Alchemy Silken Straw project is really coming along. I think I may finish it tonight if I stick with it. I'm still working on my new lace swatch and I think I'm happier with my current swatch, although I got a new lace yarn today which I may swatch with later.

I need to get the Yarn 4 Socks socks on the needles this weekend and I need to get some more reps done on my current lace shawl, that's been neglected a bit lately, in favour of the Silken Straw project, which I'm kind of in love with.

Got to go and check out my huge yarn delivery which just arrived. Lots of sock yarn and two new lace yarns. I may be a while........

Have a nice weekend and go and check out Yarn 4 Socks.


PS. I promise some pics of actual knitting next time I post.

1 comment:

Pixie said...

Whoo that is exciting news, well done and congrats to you :)

Sounds like your gonna be a while sorting out your huge delivery have fun lol

Take is easy and feel better soon xxx