Needles and Wips

I really need to clear up some of these wips. There is a fair isle hat, a sock, möbius cowl, beanie for my other half, blah blah blah. Those blahs are a cardigan, a skirt and a frogging in progress. Thank goodness for an interchangeable set of needles. 

I use my Addi lace short tips on the regular. I also have a couple of bamboo straights and fixed circulars. When knitting with bulky or chunky yarn, I like to use bamboo. There’s something warm and cozy about big yarn and wood needles. 

I am now on the market for an interchangeable bamboo set. Ravelry and Amazon have a ton of reviews. I’m hoping my knitting guild has a needle tasting. That’s a great way to test before you buy. I’m going to suggest it at the next meeting. Let’s see how it flys. 

Have a great week knitters! 


Long Island Fleece And Fiber Fair

This was our third year at this fair.  I picked up some sock ,yarn from Loolimom Fiber Arts and also from Groovy Hues Fibers. As always, Tabbethia of Long Island Livestock was there sharing her knowledge and love of llamas. It’s always a fun time. If you can make it next year, please do. Do a little wine tasting while you’re here and enjoy the beautiful North Fork of Long Island.

Groovy Hues Fibers

 

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Alpaca love

 

 

Llamas

 

Natural dyeing

A little cashmere, a little wool and a little nylon= a great sock!

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My First Fair Isle Project Completed

img_0390I am so happy with the way this tam turned out. The pattern was easy to follow and the video tutorial was a great added bonus. It wasn’t difficult at all. What it required was my attention. I couldn’t listen to an audio book with this project. I like mindless knitting so, not sure if Fair Isle will be my thing. I do, however love the results. Take a look. Also, my beloved Pyrex bowls make an appearance.

Knit Night At The Library (Not)

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Knit night at the library turned into “There’s a lecture downstairs  on de cluttering your life.Wanna go?” So, that’s what we did on Tuesday.  I began my first Fair Isle project on Wednesday instead. I’m using wool ease and Patons classic wool. The contrast isn’t as great as I would like, however, I wanted to use what I had in my stash. I’m putting what I learned at the lecture to use. So, my tam will be a subdued, heathery Fair Isle.

It’s going well so far. I’m working on chart #1 right now. I’m a continental knitter and using both hands is a little awkward, but I’ll get used to it.

My First Fair Isle Project

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The free pattern is available at http://www.lionbrand.com

 

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Look at all the color possibilities.

In June of last year, the Eastern Long Island Knitting Guild had a members teaching members night. I signed up for two sessions. The two were, learning color work and knitting cables without a cable needle. This week I will start an actual project with what I learned in the color work session.  Now, I’m not sure how much I remember from way back then and that’s where Nancy comes in. She is in my Tuesday night knitting group and is familiar with reading color work charts.

I selected Gretchen’s Easy Tam as my first project. It’s a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. There is also a video tutorial by Iknits on YouTube.

I’m itching to start my hat. I’ll wait until Tuesday though and will post about it on Wednesday. Let’s see if it’s a s easy as it’s title says.

 

 

Learn to knit or crochet with the Craft Yarn Council

imageAre you familiar with The Craft Yarn council?  They call themselves  “the yarn industry’s one-stop resource”. And I have to agree. What a wealth of information they are!  They are working with Michaels Arts & Crafts Stores to offer knit and crochet classes. They call it the discover program. You can learn to knit or crochet (or both) at your local Michaels. The classes will be taught by instructors who are graduates or students of the council’s certified instructors program.

My local store has the classes at 25.00 for a 2 hour session. Pretty reasonable right? If you want to learn to knit or crochet this would be a great place to start. Take the kiddies too!

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com