Special Project Accomplished

Hello everyone!

Well, as I mentioned last time we talked I was working on a special project that I wasn’t ready to tell you about yet.  Well, the special project is now finished.

I think I have mentioned before that teach knitting at the library twice a month.  A few months ago, one of the libraries I teach at asked if I would be willing to do a knitting workshop for the holidays.  I was honored and agreed. As many of my students are beginners I decided to go with a wash cloth, something easy they could get started in the workshop and confidently finish in their own time. And a wash cloth is something they can keep for themselves or give away as a holiday gift. I had 6 students show up to my class, 3 had never knit before. The 3 beginners caught on beautifully and I’m excited to see how their washcloth is going.  The other 3 students are regulars in my class and were very helpful to the beginners.  That is what I love about knitting. I have never met a mean knitter or a knitter who was unwilling to help another knitter learn.  I have also seen 2 of the students i class and their progress and I am thrilled!  I love teaching. It makes me feel so good that I am helping other people learn and get excited about something I love.

Some examples of my wash cloths while they were blocking.
Some examples of my wash cloths while they were blocking.

Now that my special project is over and the holiday’s are quickly approaching. I am busily working on my holiday gift knitting. I won’t mention what I am working on  but I really do hope to get it done by Christmas this time.

I also wanted to show you something else this quite special. I forgot to tell you that when I was in Colorado I went the LYS there, Tangle on Main Street in Grand Junction, Colorado. They are a combo yarn store and fabric store and everyone is so nice.  I of course had to restrain myself but I couldn’t help purchasing a few skeins. One Skein, the bright pink is from Bludamsel Fiber Works and is handspun in the Grand Junction area.  I’m not sure if she has an Etsy store or not, but I am excited to turn this yarn into something fabulous. The green and grey skeins are from Luna Grey Fiber Arts, click for their Etsy shop and are hand dyed in Grand Junction. Again, so excited to knit these into something. They are each 400 yards fingering weight so that should be easy finding something perfect.

Colorado Yarn.
Colorado Yarn.

Also at the Wine festival there was a booth from Shooting Star Ranch Alpacas. An Alpaca ranch in Palisade, Colorado. I had to buy a few skeins.  (the white one in the picture) My aunt sent me a few skeins for Christmas one year and they are not my favorite mittens.

Ok, that is all for today.  Its supposed to snow so I am going to get a new cup of coffee and watch it come down.

Show and Tell

Hello Everyone!

Happy Sunday, I hope you all are taking it easy like I am and recharging for another week. I have been busy knitting as always. And acquiring wonderful new knitting gadgets of which I will show you.  I finished my Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy. It is beautiful and I can’t wait to wear it.  But Oklahoma in late June just really isn’t a good time to wear wool, so maybe in a few months.  Its really just a simple cap sleeve tee with a beautiful Fisherman stitch detail at the collar.  I love it.

Linum Tee

As I am a monogamous knitter, I began thinking of my next knitting project well before finishing this one.  I have a very large stash of yarn, and a lot of worsted weight so I did what any knitter would do. I went on Ravely and found some amazing worsted weight patterns.  I think I printed off like 5. The first one, the one I am working on now is from Cascade Yarns and designed by Vera Sanon,  It is the Ultra Pima  – The Miama Beach Shawl, I thought this would be perfect as it calls for 2 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima and I just happened to have 2 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima, if a bright vivid pink.  The perfect color for Miami in my opinion.  I am done with the lace pattern and working on the short rows so I hope to have it done soon.

Oh, my toys, I thought it was finally time to buy some sock blockers, and I went nowhere else but The Loopy Ewe, they have beautiful wooden sock blockers!  I had to order a pair. Just remember, the price of the sock blockers is for 1! Not 1 pair, 1!  So if you want a pair, order 2!  I forgot that little detail and had to order a second blocker and more yarn. I need to justify the shipping.  I love this store and their yarn selections, I ordered some Lorna’s Laces, Manos del Uruguay, and some hand dyed yarn from their own collection.  So pretty!  If I am ever in Fort Collins, CO, I will make it a point to check out their store.  You really must check out their website.  https://www.theloopyewe.com

The Loopy Ewe Sock Blockers

Ok, that is all I have for now, must get back to work on my laundry and dinner so I can work on my shawl more.

I will talk to you all soon and have a happy and safe 4th of July holiday!

-Alexis