Knit East 2013

This past weekend I attended a maritime knitting convention called Knit East held at The Algonquin.

This is the second time the event has happened and the second time I have attended.

This year had a fantastic line up of teachers:

Bristol Ivy, Susan B Anderson, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Ann Budd, Deb Barnhill and Stephanie Pearl McPhee.

There were so many choices for classes that I had a really hard time choosing and trying to fit everything I wanted into a two day schedule. In the end I took..

Left to right : Design a toy workshop with Susan B Anderson

                Inventive Colour with Mary Jane Mucklestone

Design a Shawl with Bristol Ivy

I thoroughly enjoyed every class, learning lots of new tips and tricks along the way.

Mary Jane brought MILES and MILES of swatches, I think I spent more time oogling those and her samples than anything else. It’s no wonder I left her class feeling inspired and all fired up to knit fair isle.

Susan brought a truck show of toys that were so much fun to look at as well. I think there will be some more toys in my future too.

All 3 of these ladies were so lovely, down to earth and some much fun to learn from.

We had stunning weather for the end of September. It stayed in the 20′s all the entire time.

 We ate Al Fresco all weekend,

We met new friends,

and ate delicious Spinach Feta Dip.

Heidi and I found this little gem on the second day and ended up eating there several times before heading home.

Of course it wouldn’t be Knit East without a…… Shawl Swap!!

Sarah and I organized another Knit East swap.

We had 48 people sign up for this years swap which was amazing.

So many beautiful shawls!

It was a wonderful weekend that was over all too soon.

Very much looking forward to Knit East 2015.

Rhombi

Grellow Grellow oh how I love Grellow!

Pattern: Abstract Rhombus by RoseHiver

Yarn: Kroy sock grey/Sisu sock yellow

Needles: 2.75mm and 3mm dpn’s

Roll back a few months to summer. If you remember I test knit one sock for Rosehiver then a short way into sock number 2 I ran out of yarn. The yarn arrived quite some time ago and last week I picked up sock number 2 determined to finish the pair. Everything was going swimmingly until I ran out of yellow yarn this time before the toe. I opted to continue on in grey and live with the odd toes. I actually like the grey toe better than the yellow but there’s no going back now. They are what they are and will definitely keep my feet warm this winter.


Another WIP finished, what will be next?

Round up

The end of the year is fastly approaching and I have too many WIP’s currently in my basket.
I like to start the new year off with as clean as a slate as possible so I’ll be working on emptying out that basket as quickly as I can.

This isn’t exactly a complete pair but half is better than nothing right? In all honesty the only thing left on this sock was the cuff and a few bits of embroidery which didn’t take very long to complete. Hopefully the second sock will be underway shortly.

What are you working on from your basket?

Colour work

It’s a new month with SKA and a new mystery sock! This months sock it a fair isle design by Chrissy Gardiner. I’ve been queuing fair isle sock patterns since I took the plunge into colour work with Opus last year.

This months challenge was the perfect opportunity to give fair isle socks a go knowing I’d have a whole group of people to help me out if I got stuck.

I’ve completed clue one on the first sock and plan to get started on the second sock as soon as possible so I don’t get behind. I think they’re going to be pretty!! I’m really challenging myself this month by knitting not one but two designs! Here’s a little sneak peak at what I’ll be casting on for soon.

The colour work bug has arrived!!!

 

 

 

Fair Isle First!

I’m so excited to share my next project with you.  I have wanted to try Fair Isle for MANY years but have always shied away from this “scary” technique. Pat and Elinor have inspired me for years with their beautiful projects and many of  Elinor’s original designs are waiting in my queue to be knit.

In December I started a binder with a collection of  patterns I wanted to knit in 2009. I was determined that 2009 would be the year I would learn fair isle and added a few stranded patterns to the collection. So determined  in fact that I put a colourwork beret at the top of my list and decided it would be my first knit of 2009.

Well………… its now the end of October 2009 and I FINALLY mustered up the guts to give this fair isle gig a go.

I must say I was fretting for nothing! Once I got the hang of knitting with both hands I was flying. I didn’t seem to have any trouble with tension either, which was surprising.  It all just seemed to flow so wonderfully.

 

Pattern: Opus Spicatum by Kate Gagnon

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool in grey mix and plum heather

Needles: 4mm and 5mm

Start Date: October 22nd 2009

Finish Date: October 23rd 2009 

Every time I put it down to tackle something else all I could think about was picking it back and knitting some more. It didn’t take me long to finish and it was sooo much fun. Addictive would be an understatement.

This pattern comes out quite small, mine was a perfect beanie when I cast off but I was dreaming  more along the lines of a slouchy beret. I blocked it over a dinner plate and volia, instant slouchy beret!

I’m already thinking about my next fair isle project and I’m excited that I no longer have to sit and drool over all those colourwork sweaters and cardigan’s. You better believe I’ll be knitting one of those before long!

Opus and my owl mitts completes my “grey” set of accessories. On to the next!

Pattern: Give a Hoot by Jocelyn Tunney

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool grey mix

Needles: 4mm and 5mm

Start Date: October 19th 2009

Finish Date: October 21st 2009

Mods: I had to add about 8 plain rows before I started to decrease for the top in order for them to fit me. They also benefit greatly from a good blocking before wearing.