I found out something about myself….I don’t work well solo. I need interaction, and feedback and questions. Enter live video!
On Tuesday, September 5, at 1pm est, I’ll be going live in a secret Facebook group just for you all. I’ll be machine knitting on the lk150 and the project is a hat for the course called Get It Out Of The Box. Would you like to watch me knit? We’ll have a live q&a before and after the knitting session.
The live Facebook broadcast takes place at clubKnit Connections group here. Can you request to join??
Hot on the heels of twizzlefoot from Mountain Colors is the next shipment of color. Feederbrook farm managed to take a combination of bfl and nylon and dye and spin it into awesome lusciousness.
I have been sitting on this post trying to figure out the fairest way to distribute colors. I’m going to pick a name, reach my hands on the box and pull out a skein and that’s what you get…..If you want to trade, you can do so here in the comments or come to the meet up Friday, July 15, 2-5 or 6-9 or Saturday from 10-4.
Upcoming projects: Fisher Lassie from superwash dk by Stonehedge, Beld in silky wool, and a winter luxury yarn club.
I’m trying to wrap up the details and pages for the new mystery yarn club 2016, and decided I needed to sit back and take a break. This project, Stellanti, is my go-to for letting the rhythm of knitting refresh my focus and is my featured Throwback Thursday post today, plus I’ve found the Balance essential oil, helps keep me there.
Pattern is Stellanti from Nelkin Designs and can be knit with or without the beads. There are a few copies left at Knitting Today. We will be taking the store offline within the next couple of weeks so we can move it and re-sync with actual inventory, so please shop and get anything you want now!!!
The yarn was a specialty club project we contracted with FibroFibers for this special order project way back when (2013?). Haley started this project for her last year in 4-h, but ended up knitting a moebius instead as this was pretty ambitious for a few month (week?) timeframe. She did complete it through a few border rows though until she put it away and when I was reorganizing my office space, I picked it up.
Starting over, I had to count and re-count stitches, drop back and fix some yarn overs that were placed on the wrong side of the markers, and figure out generally where she had left off. It was FUN!! I love stuff like that! I even wrote a draft blog post about the process and will probably share that with you some day. Anyways, what you see in the featured image is border row 13 (122-155-122) and it’s only 22 deep, so the end is in sight. Did you remember I called it my rhythmic work? Yes, it is. The row is repetitive with yo, P2tog, K1, p2tog, yo, P1, k1, p1. And placing beads on top of beads. I recognize immediately if I’ve done something wrong two rows before and can fix it. My kind of knitting. Anyways, the final row count, row 22, has a final stitch count of 169-215-169, so it does take a while to get across one row, but I will finish the knitting. Notice, I said the knitting. It’s me, and to truly finish it means I would have to weave in ends and block too!!
Balance Essential Oil
I have to get moving along here though, because I have an essential oil 101 class I’m hosting at the Knitting Today store this evening and I want to serve Peppermint flavored brownies. I’m going to be diffusing an apple pie combination as well. Yum!! I started using essential oils about a year ago to help our bodies get through winter and spring ailments. It has worked, we’ve all been healthier and I can’t be more excited to share what I use and how I use it in person. If you are interested in more information, get in touch with me at my McGregor Oils email.
March ClubKnit Meetups
Mark your calendar for some spring frolic fun — Friday, March 18, 2-5 and 6-9; Saturday, March 19, 10-4 —- JOIN US in person at the Knitting Today ClubRoom, 8040 E 500 S, Wolcottville, IN 46795 — Knitting, friends, and Food (not necessarily in that order!) NOTE: there will be no April meetup so Lea-Ann can go on spring break! Fee for non-clubmembers is $5. Free if you join the club.
Mystery Yarn Club 2016
And last, but not least, enrollment in the Mystery Yarn Club 2016 [MYC2016] starts today and ends March 31 or until 30 clubs are sold, whichever comes first. What is MYC2016 you ask? Its three new-to-me wonderful skeins of Yarn! I have had these three yarns on my “want” list for a couple years now and its finally time. Once you buy in, you can expect a new skein to arrive by mail once per month in May, June and July. I can tell you this, its lightweight because it’ll be summer knitting time! I’ll include a one-skein project idea with each shipment, but you can also purchase the book (ebook or soft back or both) Sock Yarn Accessories direct from the publisher with a 10% off coupon available only to MYC2016 members. Once you have that book, you may decide you want two skeins, so watch your email for the limited time frame to order extra. Subscriber-level club members will get additional discounts and freebies, so click the Join the Club button and complete that first while its still half off!!!
Today, I find myself organizing books, magazines and leaflets while looking for a pattern I’m really sure I have in my pattern stash. You know, that one you have knit so many times but still want to have the piece of paper to follow along just in case?? After working through the organization of a stack of looseleaf patterns, I can say success! I found it. It’s now sitting on the quilt on the chair and I probably had better put it in my knitting bag before my grandson hits my office and says “I color, Grandma?”
And as I go through each bin, and move things around by category or publisher, I’m reminded of projects I’ve either knit, taught, or want to knit. And I get stressed. Does that ever happen to you? The thought of so many things I have yet to accomplish nauseates me. When am i ever going to find a time to sit down and work on these ideas, will I lose them in the shuffle, how will I remember this project in the middle of this book or magazine?
Ahhhh, deep breathe, cup of coffee.
Now that I am trying to be more organized in my life (I have no less than five 3-ring binders just of project notes and ideas for ClubKnit), I’ll add my new ideas to my clubKnit Evernote notebook (message me if you want an invite so I can earn points to upgrade to Premium). I love that my notebook goes anywhere I have smart phone or computer access. I take a photo, tag it as “inspiration” and machine or hand, give it a description and record the source and boom, I’m done with that detail and now its off my mind. The next step is to remember to review the notebook when I’m feeling a little stuck for ideas, right?
How do you organize your projects, ideas, and plans??
ClubKnit members, don’t forget to join us for an in-person meet up Friday, February 19 from 2-5 and/or 6-9 and/or Saturday from 10-5. Bring your ClubKnit project, machine or hand, and if you want to do a baby bootie, fingering weight yarn and size 2 set of five double point needles.
I’ll be working on two projects, the Stormy Weather Tunic adapted to a cardigan on the LK-150 and hand knitting Christine’s baby booties for NICU in Fort Wayne.
If you want to know more about ClubKnit, read here. If you aren’t a member, feel free to come and pay $5 at the door. Thanks!!