Monday, April 19, 2010

LOTS of new classes at Woolbearers.  Here is a small sampling of the "Progressive Shawl" -- we are having this class taught by lace knitter extraordinaire, Teri Lindstrom.  We'll be using the pattern by Cindy Guggemos -- you may have seen this on Ravelry.  The pattern starts out with a garter stitch triangle and gets into more challenging lace patterns as you knit.  I can't wait to see all the results.  Class starts on Saturday, May 8th and the pattern  uses about 825 yards of heavy fingering weight yarn.  This one was made out of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi and it is just beautiful!

We had another dye class. It was a lot fun.

I finally got around to starting socks from my last dye class.  When I finish the first sock, I think I will ball up the rest of the "scarf" and start knitting from the other end in hopes of having a matching pair, or a close approximation.

I couldn't resist this cute little pattern from Jil Eaton called the Pinafore Dress.  It's a pretty quick knit, if I wouldn't keep picking up other new projects.

We finally got in Zauerball Starke 6 and this colorway was just crying out to become a Baby Surprise Jacket.  Love those color changes

Linda knits so fast.  She just bought the Cascade 220 Tweed and now has her Central Park Hoodie done and is working on 2 more.

Kris was inspired to knit this jacket from Fitted Knits from the Trunk Show we had of the book last summer.  She bought tons of Woolbearers' Hand Dyed Cornucopia Yarn in the colorway Early Frost. I had dyed the colorway two different shades and Kris incorporated this beautifully in the jacket

Here is Donna's finished Cropped Vest from the Spring 2010 Vogue Knitting.  She held together one strand of Plymouth Silk Shire, one strand of Dale of Norway's Svale and one strand of Cascade Heritage sock yarn. Beautiful results.  She is making another one in blues. Can't wait to see that!

Linda was inspired to make the same vest. She used 2 strands of Tahki Cotton Classic and one strand of Berroco Seduce. Equally beautiful.

Meg came in to buy more yarn, or course.  She happened to be wearing the Lace Tunic from French Girl Knits out of Classic Elite Premiere.  She said that she made a lot of modifications to the pattern. It looks great!

Donna and Louise are making their second round of Wrap me up Shawls. The first ones were done in wool. Now they are working with cottons.  Donna's is out of Knit One Crochet Too's Ty-Dy Cotton and Louise is using Woolbearers' Hand Dyed cotton worsted.  Donna wore her finished shawl while shopping in New Hope PA and was offered $700 for the shawl by a shopowner there.  If you calculate the time you put into all that knitting, I wonder what the hourly rate comes out to.

This is Joanna's Dianna (free pattern on Ravelry).  She used Kauni colorway ER.  Just gorgeous.  Love the color progression.
Sandra is a prolific knitter and made this shawl from The Fine Line out of Jamieson Spindrift in no time.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Yarn Tasting -- We had a wonderful time.  Each attendee received a flowerpot of about 20 different yarns, a pair of Chia Goo "I Love Knitting" needles, a yummy desert from the Robin's Nest Restaurant and they went to town, knitting or crocheting all the different samples of yarn.  Here is Kris' creation --- I think she used every yarn in this creative sampling.

I would like to publicly thank all the wonderful sponsers for this event -- the door prizes were fantastic!  Thank you to Berroco, Plymouth, Aslan Trends, Muench Yarns, Knit One Crochet Too, Punta Yarns, Conjoined Creations and Cascade.  Hope I didn't leave anyone out.
Here are some pictures from the event.  It was so succesful that everyone wants me to do this again in the Fall. We'll work on that.

Joanna came in the day after the yarn tasting and bought a skein each of Frabjous Fibers Sari Silk and Banana Silk and a skein of Plymouth's Mystify and did not know what she was going to do with it -- it just called to her.  Well, she came back a week later and had knit up a shrug with all three yarns -- isn't it gorgeous?

Elda is working on strips of Boku for a blanket -- love the colors.
Judy finished her Stonington Shawl -- of course it is blue -- Heritage sock yarn and the border is crocheted


Kim finished her first pair of socks out of Fixation.  Very Spring-like.

Lizbeth needed one more skein of The Fibre Company's Road to China Light to finish this beautiful shawl.

Tola is doing another clapotis, this time using some of Claudia's Fingering weight yarn
Kathleen just finished her umpteenth baby sweater out of Crystal Palace's Bunny Hop.  She bought the cutest car buttons in blue to match
Joanna is crocheting the Floaty Fall Scarf using a few different yarns -- Crystal Palace Mini Mochi, Reynold's Rapture and SWTC's Yang.  Here is shown the Mni Mochi.
Sarah loves to knit baby hats from "Itty Bitty Hats" by Susan Anderson.  This one is the Upside Down Daisy.
Millie stopped in the show me her progress on the K1C2's Harlequin Vest Pattern and to buy more yarn.  She is using 4 different Crystal Palace's  Mochi Plus colorways.  Beautiful!