Thursday, July 30, 2009
I will post Camp photos in dribs and drabs so that I can make the experience last as long as I can.
Vanessa asked to see the spider but I thought I'd start with a moth. Here is a lace moth. Cute, isn't it? Better than any other kind of moth.
And here is the eight-legged Shetland spider. I don't think I'll ever make one of these but it is nice to know how to in case I want to be biologically correct.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
am a Goldilocks when it comes to the tail of a long tail cast on. It
must not be too long or too short. It must be just right.
However I rarely cast on twice making the mistake I made today. I
misread the calculations I made and cast on twice the desired number
of sts! Something didn't seem quite right but I did not figure it out
till after I had cast on 416 sts TWICE!
True to my usual experience the cast on tail was perfect the 3rd time,
when I only needed to cast on 208 sts. Whew! Glad I figured it out
before I knit too far on the larger number of sts.
Monday, July 13, 2009
with mini workshops on speed swatching and jogless jogs - both for
fair isle. We also had a long discussion on necklines of various sorts
and saw the lovely sweater which will be in the next Wool Gathering.
We had our annual Raffle and contest which are always exciting. Lastly
we hung out in the classroom till late at night stretching out the
Camp experience. Today was a sad day. We had to pay the piper -settle
our bills with Schoolhouse Press and stop drooling over the books and
yarn. We had a goodbye breakfast and shared hugs and farewells before
packing and checking out.
I am at the airport on my way home now.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
workshop on double knitting from M'lou Baber (author of the latest
double knitting book from Schoolhouse Press) and a number of really
spectacular show-and-tell items. We had market day in the afternoon
and I snagged some gorgeous laceweight from Cheryl Oberle as well as a
shawl pin. I also got a cute mug from Jenny the Potter. Pics when I
get back. I practiced my spindling for quite a while this evening.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
swatch and it is too wide for the bottom of the sweater so I am going
to eliminate one of the garter st 'wave' panels. I think this will
look nice and symmetrical - 2 diamonds on the sides and one in the
middle. Between the 3 panels of diamonds, there will be 2 cables on
each side flanking a panel of garter st waves. I will add the extra
width as I get up to the chest as stockinette so it is smooth under
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
My nephew is blogging via email from China because the government
there blocks access to Blogger. That is what gave me the idea.
Colleen, thank you for the offer to loan me your laptop! My Blackberry
will connect to the wi-fi and I can send an email (with photos
attached) to my blog. I should even be able to post from the
Today I'll start taking you through the process I am using to create my son's gansey. I started by looking through a number of gansey books, and completed ganseys on the web for inspiration. My library contains the books in this photo, as well as some of Alice Starmore's books that contain ganseys. But I didn't look through the Starmore books because I was familiar with them and they weren't the type of design I was interested in. Looking through all these books was a lot of fun.
I am going to try an experiment next weekend from Retreat 2.75. I am going to try blogging from my Blackberry so that I can give you a day-by-day recap. Wish me luck. The gansey saga will continue after that.