Thursday, July 31, 2008

Getting Ready & a Knitting Tip

At last August has arrived. I don't mean to wish away the summer but I look forward to the knitting vacation at the end of August ! I will have a solid week to just sit and knit and think of nothing else with a couple of my knitting friends. How grand is that? I always try and plan to have enough yarn to last. Stuck in the north woods with out enough yarn is a frightening thing to me. I am preparing and packing early for this journey. I plan to have simple car knitting after all I have 6 days to knit there, (I do however like a nap here and there). Plus the 7 days at the lodge. First the "Earth Stripe Wrap" from Rowan #42 by Kaffe Fassett. It requires 10 different colors of "Kid Silk Haze".

Now to keep all these shades separate. HINT!!! Put each color in a small zip bag, write on the front the color number, the shade the pattern calls for and any other information about this particular color. The symbol if there is a chart or what ever. Now snip a SMALL corner on the bottom of the bag off. Place the yarn in the bag with the end you are going to knit from through the slit. Close the bag tight. Now when it is time to change color, nothing is twisted and you know exactly which shade you are working with. This will make things easy for this project and I find it essential if you are going to knit Fair Isle.

This is the first project I plan to take. Will I complete it? I am going to list several more that I am packing and you all can make a guess at just what I will finish. After I finish posting each day what I am planning to knit on my travels. THERE IS A CONTEST HERE FOLKS. On September 20 in the comments section tell me what you think I finished on my journey. I have a nice "knitterly" gift for the person with the best guess. I return September 10 but have company coming and just won't have time to read your entries until then.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Still catching up

When I realized it had been a month since I posted I decided to do a bit of catching up for all of you. In addition to having the wonderful opportunity of having my grandchildren visit. Each gets their own week. We celebrated Miss Lillie's 4th birthday. Such joy to watch her having a grand time. I had the afternoon at the park to enjoy my family and the weather was just glorious. You could not ask for a better day. I was blessed to be able to sit and knit on a big project I am trying my best to get finished. Pictures tomorrow I hope.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More updates!

I have now filled all of you in on part of what I have been up to. Here is a bit more. On Sunday we had a family birthday party of Miss Lillie who is now 4. As you can see she had a fine time. I call this "How blessed I am to have these grandchildren" To live close enough to be part of their lives fills me with pure joy. The park was beautiful, the weather divine and it was a perfect day!


I can't quite believe how long it has been since I did any blogging. Shame on me. It just seems I don't have enough time in the day. Knitting well there has been some progress. I taught a class at Spirit Works Knitting in Rochester, NY just after the last posting. I did the Paula Mitten part 1. With that behind me, I had to get busy and work on directions and charts for part 2 which took place last Saturday. I can not even begin to tell you how welcome I felt in the shop and with all that were involved. Pam was a dear to work with and I look forward to further classes for her. I also have had the summer grandchildren weeks. First with Lillie who is 4 and now with Louis who is 11. Big difference I can tell you. So here to catch all of you up on what goes on are a few pictures. Of the students last Saturday (there were 2 classes) and the color way one of them used for her mitten. It was exciting to see how different all the mittens looked as each student was free to choose their own colors. Now next up at a time to be announced we will do some Bohus mittens.