Saturday, September 26, 2009

Knitters are wonderful people!

Thanks to all of the knitters who stopped by the Itch To Stitch Knitting booth at the Western Fair last week. This is the start of the log cabin afghan blocks that you guys help to knit. We will continue to knit away at the blocks and hopefully finish it during our Knitting Open House on Sept. 22/09 at Sherwood Forest Mall where it will be donated to Keeping Kids Warm who support the homeless teens in London. It is nice to know that all of our time and efforts will go to help those in our own community.

I had such a great time having a knitting booth at the fair. Not only did I have a chance to demonstrate knitting to new, would be knitters and to let them give it a try for themselves but I was also available to knitters who were having trouble with a certain technique. I could pull out a pair of needles, cast on some stitches and help them work through whatever they were having difficulty with. In between knitting demos, I had some great chats with many, many knitters. I talked with two knitters who are from Portugal. The first woman talked about knitting with the long afghan hooks and not regular straight knitting needles. The second woman showed me how she held the yarn to knit. She had the most unique method that I have ever seen. The working yarn was around her neck, with the working yarn wrapped around her right hand between her thumb and her baby finger and she used her left thumb to wrap the yarn around the needle. It was a very interesting method and I found the purling much easier to do than the knitting. Other knitters talked about spinning plastic bags to make them easier to knit with, making their own drop spindles and knitting needles, spinning camel hair and even knitting with video tape to knit a car cover.

It was such a great time and I am looking forward to doing it again next year. We had some knitters that we had met at the fair join us at our knitting group on Thursday and that is what it is all about. Spending the afternoon meeting new friends, receiving encouragement to try something new and sharing our knitting knowledge with new knitters. Have a great weekend and happy knitting!

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