Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Red and overflowing

It was a pretty busy weekend at the shop. Had a couple of classes (continental knitting taught by Trudi, and the Irish Hiking scarf which I taught) and lots of knitters hanging out.

These suddenly appeared on Saturday morning:

Pretty. But my landlord stopped by (he's the one who arranged to have someone plant these) and said it was nothing like he asked for (red and overflowing - does that sound familiar from last year?????). I suggested that the would likely grow and start overflowing. He said"Well, let's give it a week". Not sure if that's enough time...

On Sunday, Karin (of The Periwinkle Sheep sock yarn!) came by with her wheel to spin! (sorry, forgot to get a picture) The last Sunday of the month from 1-2 are "Spin-ins" and I'm so glad she came. I took out my wheel and did some practicing of my own. For those of you who have wheels, come join us! ( You don't HAVE to wait for the last Sunday of the month, either. You can bring your wheel any time, just like you can bring your knitting in any time.)
I FINALLY finished my Logan River Wrap! This is from the Winter 2007 Interweave Knits and is made with the Royal Llama Silk. I loved this yarn! A teeny bit stitcky and splitty sometimes, but overall a nice soft yarn that got much softer after it was blocked. Blocking never ceases to amaze me. Things look so much better, and feel so much better. The pattern in this really popped after I blocked it....
I love it.

Here is a close up of the border and the pattern:

More show and tell:
Mary Kate's gorgeous Branching Out Lace Scarf made with Linares (cotton/viscose):

And her first Noro Striped Scarf (she's working on her second now and she's LOVING the colors) made with Noro Silk Garden:

Mary Kate also commented on how soft the scarf got after she blocked it. It really is amazing.

Trudi's beautiful Knit One Below vest made with Ella Rae Classic and ONline Linie:

She will be teaching this technique (to make vertical stripes with one variegated and one solid color) in the Knit One Below scarf class later this month (Sunday, June 28, 10-11:30). Really pretty results!
Joyce's Lucy Bag made with Ella Rae Classic which everyone ooh'd and aah'd over at the knit-in:

Bony's scarf made with Eco Alpaca in a Barbara Walker pattern, which everyone also ooh'd and aah'd over becuase it is so soft!:

Robin's felted purse made from the Ella Rae felted purse pattern book and with Ella Rae Classic yarn:
This is the unfelted view. She sent it to her sister down south to felt, so maybe we'll get a picture of the finished product.
And Laura's sweater from the Spring 2009 Interweave and made with Malabrigo Silk:

Very pretty!
Ooh, one more thing.... The Times Union online addition recently added a Fiber Arts blog! Check it out: http://blog.timesunion.com/fiberarts/


Karin said...

Thank you so much for having me! I had the best time, and I think you have some sort of magic powers because the spinning came right back to me after a hiatus of over a year!

Of course I forgot the pick up my KnitKit when I was there...can you hold it for another week? If not, I'll gladly wait for the next shipment.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I really like the Branching Out in Linares!

- Stephanie