Stitches South 2014

Another Stitches under my belt.  As always, I attended with knitting buddy, Melissa.  This year it was held at the International Conference Center next to the airport instead of the Galleria where it has always been.  There were not as many vendors on the show floor this year.  Disappointing but probably for the best.  I did plenty of damage anyway:

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The afternoon class I took Thursday was okay.  It was a “join as you go” class.  Interesting but I found the instructor uninspiring and will probably not use what I learned. 

 

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Friday was an all day class with Amy Herzog.  She is a great instructor.  She was teaching from her book Knit to Flatter and I learned a lot.  Now I have to start knitting sweaters so I can use what she taught me.  Amy is a knitting rock star and I am pretty pumped about getting to meet her.

I am somewhat concerned about the small attendance to the show.  It seems that the South attendance is the smallest of all their shows (West, East, Midwest).  I may just have to start traveling to other shows. 

Snow x 2

 

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I had brought work home with me so no good knitting time the two days we were home with this.  A little knitting in the evening while watching the Olympics.  I am currently working on a shawl and a hat.  Not overly excited about either one.  I have been in a slump since the first of the year.  I need to get over that. 

Snowpocalypse 2014

Everyone knows that Atlanta can’t handle snow and ice.  That was proven yet again this week as our highways shut down with 2 inches of snow.  Atlantans panic at the first sign of snow and all rush home at the same time which creates gridlock on the roads around the city.  And the treatment of roads for weather like this is non-existent.  A friend was unable to leave school Tuesday night because there were students unable to get home to their families so she stayed with them overnight.  My sister has been trying to fly out of Houston for 2 days now to get home – all flights cancelled. 

 

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We were very fortunate that we were all able to get home safely on Tuesday.  And as I do love snow, enjoyed walking around the neighborhood in it yesterday.  But now I am done with it and ready for life as we know it to return.  And a lot of melting will happen today.

Inconceivable!

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How gorgeous is this yarn?  This is Madelintosh Tosh DK in Midnight in Manhattan.  In my stash I have 6 skeins.  I JUST CAN’T FREAKIN’ FIND THEM!! 

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at the beginning of the summer with 2 skeins I pulled out and finished the back yesterday but now I can’t find the rest of the skeins and of course cannot remember where they are.  So after work today I am going to tear apart my yarn room until I can unearth the missing 4.  It won’t be pretty but I may go insane if I don’t find it.  I have no explanation as to why I didn’t pull out ALL the yarn when I started this project.  Middle age sucks.

Knitting for Others

Whenever I am knitting something, people will ask me who I am knitting the socks, shawl, scarf, mitts, etc. for.  Usually I say “no one in particular” but in reality I am knitting for myself.  I don’t need 33 shawls for myself and they don’t really get worn much because as much as I love knitting them, I don’t really feel like they are often my style.  It is all about therapy.  I find the rhythm of knitting so relaxing after a stressful day of work.  It is a great way for me to shut out the world.

I am also overly critical of most things I make and don’t consider them good enough for the real world.  And it isn’t always easy to know who will appreciate a hand knit item.  I have given baby knits to co-workers having babies and never heard anything more about them.  I have started a sweater for another baby coming in August.  The really crazy thing is that I have spent a fair amount of time trying to find the right pattern for the yarn I have and then starting 2 other sweaters before settling on this one.  And I have no idea if it will be any better received than the last ones. 

Matt  has asked me to make hats for his friends over the last year because they have admired the one I made for him.  That is when I have enjoyed knitting for others.  Here he is with a couple of them in their hats.

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My mother in law and sister in law are also very appreciative of the things I have made for them.  I wove this shawl for the MiL for this past Christmas. 

Using these yarns:

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I was fairly pleased with it since it was only the second thing I have ever woven on my table loom.  Too bad I didn’t press it better before I took these pictures!  But then I have never been good at ironing.  I believe it is time to pull out the loom again!

Cheers, ya’ll!

 

Time Flies When You are Having Fun

And sometimes when you’re not…

 

I have just finished another test knit for Cosymakes.  This time I made a fair isle toddler hat named Loon.  This was my first real shot at fair isle and I really enjoyed the challenge.  The yarn is Cosy’s Snapdragon Sport.

 

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Cosette provided the yarn and pattern and I get to keep the finished project.  I also get to choose to receive two of her patterns.  And at some point she will post all of the test knitters’ finished hats on her blog and on Ravelry. 

 

I really enjoy test knitting.  For starters, it puts me in touch with designers.  And the more I can learn from designers, dyers, and spinners, the better. 

 

I have actually produced a lot over the last 6 months…maybe someday I will post some of those things.

 

 

Cheers ya’ll!

 

 

Tea Leaves

Four years ago, at the first Stitches South in Atlanta (at least it was my first and I think it was theirs), I bought this yarn at the Sanguine Gryphon booth.

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This is their Free Range organic wool line which is a DK weight in the color Crevecoeur.   I was nuts about their yarns.  Sadly a year or so ago the company split into two companies The Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns.  I have not yet purchased yarn from either one, but the yarns on both sites look wonderful. 

Last fall, I started a Tea Leaves Cardigan with this yarn but as with many other projects I start, I grew bored and put this one aside for a year.  I am proud to say that 2 days ago, I finished the sweater.  It needs buttons and a good blocking but here it is:

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This is a monumental event for me since this is the first adult sweater that I have completed.  It helped that this pattern was all knit as one piece.  I hate putting together sweaters.  

I started a cowl as soon as I finished this one but about 1/4 of the way through it and I am not liking it at all.  Ripping that one out today and starting a sock, I think.

It is Labor Day and I am finishing with some of my other recent pictures wishing summer goodbye