STEPHANIE PEARL MCPHEE!!!

By far, the best part of the Fall Fling. She is smart, funny and a good instructor.

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And evidently hates compliments – she says that is a canadian thing. In fact she is uncomfortable with people looking at her. She avoids eye contact when she isn’t teaching or speaking and admits that public speaking makes her very uncomfortable.

I took her Grok the Sock class – I still don’t know what grok means. Even though I have been knitting socks for years, I learned new things.

We started on a baby sock during the class to work through the different parts of the sock:

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I have already frogged it since I want to re-purpose the yarn.

Stephanie was by far the best part of the conference. I honestly found the rest of it, including my second class, rather disappointing. The best thing I got out of my other class was the recommendation of another Ft. Collins yarn store, My Sister Knits. It was in the carriage house in a beautiful back garden of a pretty home. They have a beautiful assortment of yarn – probably a good thing I don’t get to Colorado more than twice a year.

The best thing about the trip overall was my time with these people:

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All the Crazy Knitters

Here I am on a not so pretty early fall day in Loveland, CO.

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BUT! I am at the Loopy Ewe Fall Fling! The activities kick off tonight with a welcome reception with STEPHANIE PEARL MCPHEE!!! Followed by classes tomorrow, the first being with STEPHANIE PEARL MCPHEE!!! I am such a groupie.

At registration this afternoon, we got this nifty gift bag:

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Not too bad.

Another bonus of being here is that I can spend the time with lovely, no.1 daughter, Caroline. AND her brothers flew out with us so we can all be together for the husbands BIG birthday on Sunday.

Cheers ya’ll!

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I’ve Got Blisters on my Fingers!

At the end of May I finally had the pleasure of taking a class at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  This has been on my bucket list for several years and thanks to my knitting buddy, Melissa, who made it happen, we went.  I always thought I would take a fiber arts class when I went. Weaving, spinning, dyeing…but the weekend chosen did not offer any of those so of course I took beginning ukulele.  Wouldn’t you?

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We had a nice, large class with a very generous (he took pity on my poor strumming abilities) and fun teacher.  At the end of the weekend, he had us ready to perform “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” for the other students.  There is a gathering at the end of the week/weekend where you show what you have made/done in your class.  It was amazing to see how much people were able to accomplish in what totals to 12 hours of class time! 

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The campus is pretty.  I had been here once before when we drove over from Robbinsville to check it out.  Meals are included in your stay and I would have to say the food is only so-so but that is not why we were there and there was no time to do our own cooking.  We did not stay on campus but had a rental house about a mile away which worked beautifully for us.  I am already looking forward to my next class there – hopefully in the fiber arts!

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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.