Thursday, April 26, 2012

Stitches South

Attention all knitters!!!! If you ever get the chance to go to a Stitches Expo...go. The classes, the people, the shopping....WOW.  So many ideas from such crafty people. Where to start? We (me, my daughter and son's girlfriend) got to the hotel near Stitches. We unloaded all our "stuff" then went to the Expo. So many people. The classes we took gave us some new insight and new skills. The shopping gave us YARN and PATTERNS (like we really needed more). And ideas. My brain is still on overdrive. We were there for 3 days and 2 nights, but wished it could have been longer. When we got home, we all jumped into new knitting projects. There is just not enough time in the day to knit, esp. with all the new stuff bouncing in our brains. So, I repeat, if you ever get a chance to go to a Stitches Expo....go!!! So much eye candy, your brain will pop.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Knitting away

Why is it, when you have an idea to knit becomes so much work? I wanted a simple shawl. I have done the rectangle ones, but wanted the triangle ones. I saw the stitch I liked in one, the design in another, and the ruffle in another. After much planning, I got the pattern workable. I did not want to buy yarn for this, so looked to my stash (also called "Moms basement store" by my daughter). I did not want an obvious stripe, but not a solid either. I found some Noro Cash Island. (in a teal with rose and grays...) I started knitting, and frogged, started again and again had to frog. I think I did this about 5 times before I got the look I wanted. I am on my 4th skein of yarn and it is coming together nicely. (yes, a picture will be here soon.) With the "borrowing" of so many ideas, does this make it my pattern?

I still have 2 otheer shawls in wip, and two hats on needles. When I was talking to my daughter the other night, she gave me another idea for a hat project. Good thing I have stash to pull from and needles waiting for use. If I live long enough, will I ever use up all the yarn I have? Not if I keep buying more. But I am being good. (Not buying until Stitches South in April. Bethany gave me the best Christmas gift ever...two classes and over night stay at Stitches South this year. I can[t wait!!! It will be me, Bethany and Marie..sons girlfriend...What a party it will be....knitting away.)