Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Answer Is...

For all of you who just can't wait to know the answer of the trivia question here is the answer.

C 2005

This will be the 5th year for the knit in public day. This will be the second year we have held a KIP day at Carrie's shop. Everyone is welcome to join us. We had a great time last year!

As for an update on my knitting, not to much to see. The scarf is a little longer. The Hempton is a finer yarn than the allhemp6. This is 2 pattern repeats and it is a nice width for a scarf.

Tomorrow night is the start of the lace knitting classes. Can't wait. It is going to be a fun night! See you all tomorrow.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Here It Is

I am so excited that the shawl is finished and the ends are even woven in! All that is left is to block it. Unblocked it measures 14 1/2" x 51". I am going to use my new blocking board and the blocking wires for this blocking job. Here is a picture of the finished product. Thanks Melissa for being such a great model! Melissa is also a knitter who is just starting her first sock. (Wait till you get to turn the heel, it is sooo much fun!)

So now I am on to my next project. The feather and fan scarf knit in the Hempton yarn. The colour is garnet. Here is the beginning.

Since some of us missed our afternoon of knitting due to the flooding that took place at the library, I thought I would post our knitting question for the week here on the blog.

Knitting Question of the Week

What year did the World Wide Knit In Public Day start?

a) 2000
b) 2003
c) 2005

Feel free to leave your answer in the comment section. I'll post the answer on the weekend.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It Is Done!!!

The shawl is finished! Pictures and details tomorrow :)

A little behind...

Good morning knitting friends!

Well, remember my goal for the weekend to finish the shawl. Guess what, it still is not finished (sigh). Gardening kind of took over most of my free time on the weekend and last night was date night. I sort of have a rule that I don't knit during our actual date but I did sneak in a few rows last night. I hadn't knit all day and I was seriously going into withdrawal! I really had to knit. This just proves that knitting (may be addictive) but it is great therapy. The good news is that the shawl is really close to being done. I am working on my last ball and it is over half done. With any luck it will be done tonight. I have the cotton/hemp yarn sitting ready to start a scarf version of the lace pattern so you will be able to see what it looks like on Monday night.

Part of the gardening that I have been doing that has been cutting into my knitting time is planting a dyeing garden. I am so looking forward to doing some natural wool dyeing workshops this summer. Once it is planted I will show you guys a picture of it. Even though it is only about 1/4 done I think it is looking great. It is certainly going to be colourful!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

This Weekends Job

I have set a goal for myself. To finish the feather and fan shawl this weekend. I worked on it throughout the day today and this is what I have left to knit. One full skein and the rest of this ball. That should be doable don't you think?

The other exciting news is the new colours of the hemp/cotton blend are in! They are pewter, shell, pebble, sage, ruby and cyprus. They are going to be put into kits for this summers classes. If you are interested in this yarn let me know.

Have a great weekend knitting!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Knitting Goddesses Guild Meeting

Well, last night was another great evening spent with the Knitting Goddesses at our guild meeting. It is always so much fun to spend an evening knitting and chatting with your knitting friends! Last night was the big unveiling of our sweater challenge projects. Everyone did amazing knitting. What a creative group of knitters! Here is a look at my challenge sweater. The February Lady Sweater, almost finished.

I want to say a big thank you to Rebecca for putting together a great lesson on how to knit a garter stitch heel for a sock. It is always interesting to learn a new technique.

This month's dishcloth is the ballband pattern. This is a really fun one to knit. I love the look of this slip stitch pattern. Here is the beginning of mine.

Planning is underway for Worldwide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 13. We will gather outside of Carrie's Quilting and Knitting Shop in downtown Aylmer at 10:00. I will let everyone know all the activities for the day as it gets closer. It is going to be a fun day!

Happy knitting everyone!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Loving This Shawl!!

Hello fellow knitters! I have been busily knitting away on the hemp shawl. I just love it. I love the colour, the pattern and the hemp yarn. In this picture I have knit almost 2 balls. (The full length picture shows the actual colour.) This is a very easy 4 row pattern and I am really enjoying knitting it. I can't wait to wear it!

In the next week or so I will be receiving another choice of yarn for this shawl. If you are unsure about trying the 100% hemp yarn be sure to see the new colours of the hemp/cotton blend. I am so excited about this yarn I am already planning on starting another shawl in the same pattern as soon as the new yarn arrives. (Did I mention that I love this pattern?!) With any luck you will have both samples to see and feel to decide which yarn is right for you.

I hope that you are all able to find some time during this long weekend to enjoy some knitting time. I am going to be working on the shawl and finishing up my sweater challenge for the guild meeting Wednesday night. I can't think of a better way to spend a weekend :)

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Finished Socks!

Congratulations to everyone who has finished their sock! You have all done a great job. Isn't sock knitting addictive? From just one ball of wool you can knit something to wear and the colour combinations found in sock yarn is amazing.

Since next Monday is a holiday everyone has an extra week before we meet again to finish up the first sock or start your second one. Monday, May 25 is a UFO (unfinished object) night. Bring in what ever you would like to work on. I know there is a brown sweater lurking in a closet somewhere that is just waiting to be sewn together!!

I have finished my socks and I am working on finishing up a pair I was using as a sample for the class. I just have a foot to knit and I will have a pair of socks for me!

This is the beginning of the shawl we will be knitting in June. The pattern is Feather and Fan. It is a great pattern for beginner lace knitters to start with.

Yarn ~ Hemp DK weight, 3 or 4 balls
Needle ~ 4 mm
Finished size ~ 17" x 50" or desired length

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Turning The Heel

Well, how is everyone making out with their sock? If all has gone well your heel flap should look like this. Pretty easy right? Just repeating 2 rows back and forth. (No knitting in the round for this part.)

Row 1 slip the first st purlwise and purl to the end of the row.
Row 2 *slip one st, knit 1 st * repeat to end of the row.

This will give you a nice reinforced heel flap and by slipping the first st on each row it gives you a nice edge st to make picking up your sts easier.

Now for the fun part...turning the heel! It is a series of short rows. Just follow the pattern. Knit the number of stitches and turn your work mid row. Don't worry about the stitches left unknit. As you work through each row, you will be knitting one more stitch across until you reach the final row where you will knit all of the stitches. Your heel should look like this. Yahoo, give yourself a pat on the back. You have turned your fist heel. Good job!!