Thursday, October 30, 2014

What's on my needles (week 40)

At The Knitting Garage

I am working on the "Sophie Bag" which is a felted bag.
I am using Cascade 220 which is a nice yarn for felting and also some Noro Kureyon for an accent stripe.

If you want to start your own Sophie Bag, think about taking the class on November 22 or December 3rd.  The class fee includes a copy of the pattern.

At Home

Chevron Tank Top

After returning from my road trip I finished the Tank Top very quickly, but still have to knit the I-cord edge.  I have played around with it some on US#3, and #5 and with and without the YO; I finally decided to knit it on US#3 without the YO, much like JaneEyre9 on ravelry.  It is always so nice to connect with other knitters who can give you some input :)

finished knitting!!!

Trying to decide how to work the i-cord edge

 My husband's socks

I am picking up and knitting my husband's socks more than the tank top because it is a nice and easy to breeze through project and he is always so appreciative.  I finished the FLK heel on one sock and should have the other one done by the end of tonight's TV watching.
I am using exclusively the FLK heel on Tony's socks as he says they fit him best.
One heel done, one more to go

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Classes at The Knitting Garage in Fall 2014

Learn How to knit SOCKS

I decided to use the classic sock knitting pattern by "Churchmouse" for a beginners' sock knitting class. There will be a total of four sessions to cover all the different sections. Once you have learned to knit socks, there may be no stopping you to make pair after pair.

1) Nov.1. 1-3pm Learn to knit on double pointed needles and cast on your socks
2) Nov.15. 1-2:30pm Start the heel flap
3) Nov.22. 1-3:30pm Turn the heel and start the gussets
4) Dec 6. 1-3pm Toe decreases and Kitchener stitch
The fee of $120 is for all four sessions and includes the pattern.  I also offer the sessions individually at $35 each session.

Individual Projects
This is the Season when you want to think about starting small projects for gift giving.  The classes are held Saturday mornings and on the following Wednesday mornings (except on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving).
In my classes I will set you up with various projects.  All classes will be held from 10am-12 noon at a $40 fee which includes any patterns. 
Here is the list for the next four weeks:
Nov. 1. , Nov. 5. Simple Hat (Beginner Class, you need to know basic cast-on and knit stitch)
                You will learn how to choose yarn, the purl stitch and decreases.  This hat is knitted flat, and then seamed.

Nov. 8. , Nov. 12. Faux Cable Leg Warmers
              (For the Intermediate Beginner, you need to know knitting basics)
                You will learn how to knit in the round and the faux cable stitch; this pattern is sized from child to adult.

Nov. 15. , Nov. 19.  Simple Fingerless Mitts
              (Beginner Class, no previous experience needed)
                        You will learn a simple cast-on, knit and purl stitches.  This mitt is worked flat, and then seamed.

Sat. Nov. 22. , Dec.3. Sophie Bag
               (For the Intermediate Beginner, you need to know the knitting basics)
            You will learn how to choose yarn for felting, knit in the round and how to knit an i-cord.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Last weekend in Rhinebeck (week 39)

With the Annual Sheep and Wool Festival taking place last weekend, there was a lot of hustle and bustle in town


Some 40,000 people were expected to attend this year's Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck.  I have not heard yet how many did attend in the end, but I am guessing more rather than less.
It seems that with each year this event is getting a bigger attendance.
And then there are all the vendors and designers and teachers not only from around the US, but also from overseas.  We were lucky to meet some at The Knitting Garage from beginning of the week on.

Here is just a quick "by the way" thought: 
If you attended and added that beautiful skein of yarn to your stash, but don't know yet what to use it for, let us help you at The Knitting Garage to find just the perfect pattern for it.

Speaking of the Knitting Garage:  This year Leah launched our own blend of yarn (Romney, Corriedale and Merino; SO SQUISHY!).  It went down so well with folks that we sold out of three of the four colors during the first two days by Saturday afternoon!!! 

And at The Knitting Garage we held our third annual Yarn and Wine Tasting event on Friday evening.  This was limited to a small group of attendees and sold out very quickly and I must add that it was a lot of fun.

Yummy food, delicious wines and delectable yarns were the perfect recipe for fun!
And everyone walked home with a hand sewn "project/ goodie-bag" filled with surprises.

Unfortunately not all of our regular attendees to this event were able to come this year, but our friends from Maryland did stop by on Sunday :) 

Meanwhile Leah was busy at the fair with her Mom representing not only The Knitting Garage, but also Go Monkey Design and Pig & Company.  I stopped by on Saturday morning and visited their booth and thought to myself "if there was a price to be won for the most creative booth display, Leah and Barbara would win it for sure".  But don't take my word for it, look at these pictures:

 And if you missed stopping at their booth, we still have some sheep at The Knitting Garage which are looking for a permanent home as well as a few project bags.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What's on my needles (week 38)

More about my road-trip

Some of you may have noticed that I did post a little bit about my week in North Carolina :) and the beautiful beaches and yarn shops there.  After that we spent some time in Georgia (the Golden Coast; St Mary, Jekyll Island etc) where I could not find a single yarn shop!  Nonetheless the area is very beautiful and the weather could not have been better.  
On our drive back to NY we did stop again on the Outer Banks and my favorite yarn shop there.
Normally Jeanne keeps "The Knitting Addiction" in Kitty Hawk closed on Mondays, but she could relate to my need to see her and met me at the shop.

Waiting for Jeanne I noticed my shawl matched her chairs:

It was nice to see Purl (or Pearl ; I am not sure of the spelling), the resident cat, and of course Jeanne again.


I will do a show and tell of the yarns I bought in a later post as this is a very busy week with the Sheep and Wool Festival coming up in Rhinebeck NY this weekend.

The Knitting Garage

Which brings me to making sure that you know that The Knitting Garage carries their own line of yarn now!  Check out this and all the other great yarns we carry.  This weekend promises to be a great opportunity to meet with other knitters from all over the world.  Yesterday we already had customers from Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Australia, New Zealand and Norway!

Projects I worked on during my trip

I took a bit of a break from knitting during my trip and read and listened to audio books instead.
I spent some time knitting my husband's socks:

I finished his hat:
 It looks good on both of us! :)

And I finished my son's scarf/hat/pocket "All-In-One"

Please note that you can click on the links for more detailed information about each one of these knitting projects such as which pattern or which yarn I used :)


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Greetings from North Carolina (week 37)

Hello y'all,

Carolina beaches are beautiful!

And so are the yarn shops in the area.
We have been staying in New Bern for the last week and I was happy to find a great yarn shop right in the historic district of the town across from Tryon Palace.  The Weaver's Webb is a store which has something for everyone.  Marilyn's shop is not only stocked with yarns for your knitting and crochet needs, but also everything you need for weaving and cross stitching and needlepoint.
The second time I walked into the store I heard a lot of laughter and fun going on during a class Marilyn was giving upstairs.

Well, knitters always have such an immediate connection with each other, right?!  I felt that with Peggy, the owner of The Salty Sheep and wish her shop wasn't quite so far away or she could come to the NY State Sheep and Wool Festival (perhaps one day ?!).
Peggy sells a wide variation of yarns in her shop including a yarn from the Hudson Valley by Jill Draper. It's a small world, isn't it?!

 I realize how lucky I am to be living in the Rhinebeck area, not only close to The Knitting Garage and Leah, but even working there and able to go to the country's biggest Sheep and Wool Festival!  :)

Now, what I bought at these stores and what I will be making, will be a story for another time.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What's on my needles (week 36)

I am not sure yet, if I will continue this blog during my vacationIf I am not posting anything while on the road, you will hear from me again after the Sheep and Wool Festival Thursday October 23.

At The Knitting Garage

After finishing the Windsor Mitt I have not started on a new store sample, but have been busy making some pretty stitch markers.

Those will be one of the goodies which we will give out during the Yarn and Wine Tasting event on Thursday evening October 16 before the Sheep and Wool Festival.
Remember this event is limited to ten people and we already have some sign-ups, so make sure to reserve your spot.  I hope to see you there :)
Here are details about the event:
Please note that this event has been changed to Friday, October 17th 7-9pm.

Join us for night filled with yarn wine and lots of fun!! This is our third year hosting this event before the NY sheep and wool show and it's always a good time. Here a bit of what to expect. We will be tasting five types of wine that pair lovely with some delectable yarns. They will be paired up by various reasons for example color, region, or just because. Tasty snacks will also be provided and a goodie bag with a taste of the yarns shown that evening. 
What to bring? Just yourself! 
When? Thursday October 16th
Time? 7-9pm
You can purchase your tickets to this event right here
Please remember to sign up early as this event sells out fast due to the limited number of spaces. The shop will be closed for the private party. 
Thanks so much and we look forward to see you soon and as always Happy Knitting!

At Home

I am getting ready for a road trip with my husband.  The places he picked in South Carolina and in Georgia are supposed to be good fishing spots, but I am sure that I will also manage to find a yarn shop or two.
I know for sure that when we stop at Kill Devil Hills on the OBX I will be able to visit my favorite knitting shop there "Knitting Addiction".

Here are the two projects I will take on the road with me:
The hat  ("Boyfriend's watch cap" by Churchmouse) which I started for a class a couple of weeks ago and a pair of socks in the beautiful Anzula Sebastian which has sea cell in its fiber which is supposed to be really healthy :) I will be doing the FLK heel again since my husband claims they fit him the best.
I want to keep things simple when traveling and I want to avoid shushing my husband while knitting something complicated, so these choices should be perfect.

When I get back I will finish my Chevron Tank Top which only needs a few more repeats of lace in the back, three-needle-bind-off and i-cord edging around the neck  armholes.

I have finished the bookmark.  I think it came out really pretty and I am now on the search for the perfect button.

Here is an update to my bookmark:  I found a nice button yesterday at AL Stickles (where else?!)
It is kind of neat how the two acorn leaves mimic the heart shape in the lace.