Day 2 of Knitter’s Day Out:
7:30 am: Left the house an hour before my first class, fearing that I’d get stuck on I-81S again. Thankfully, there was absolutely no traffic at that hour, which consequently made me 45 minutes early to campus. Made my way to the classroom and thought I’d knit on the Norfolk Ramblers a bit, but instead, chatted with other early birds until class began. Shadow Knitting was a lot of fun, and easier than I thought. It might be a little tricky for me to create my own illusion patterns, but at least I’m more familiar with the technique now.
11:30 am: Lunch! Gotta hand it to the KDO Organizers, they treat their students REAL WELL. The food was excellent!
12:00 pm: Strolled the Market again. Went back to some of the vendors from last night to chat with them and take some pictures:
I also had a picture of Gerry from Dyed Bright Here, but for some reason I’m having trouble downloading it. We chatted as she spun some beautiful pink and gray roving that her daughter dyed.
1:00 pm: 2nd class, Crochet for Knitters. It was so nice to be in a room full of smart, talented knitters who, like me, knew NOTHING about crochet. Some of these crochet stitches were confounding at first, but I got a lot of practice during class, and I think I can single, double, and triple crochet with the best of ’em now. Not planning on giving up the knitting needles for a hook, but VERY glad I took this class!
4:00 pm: One last stop at one of Central PA’s most revered yarn vendors to buy some sundries, then… home.
All in all, a very successful KDO. Many, many thanks to the organizers for all their hard work and dedication to this conference – I truly hope they know how much they are appreciated.
And now… back to the Norfolk Ramblers:
Since I refuse to allow this crazy heel turn to defeat me, I decided to do some research. Turns out that this pattern is describing a Welsh Heel, which creates a pocket that’s more square than the commonly-knit round heel. The YOs in this case don’t create holes in the work, which is what I had assumed would happen because… that’s what YOs do. Create holes. Decorative ones, for lacey things, as I’m sure you know. Maybe when I first tried this heel turn, I misread the instructions or something, because my 2nd attempt was much better:
So yay! Moving on to the heel gusset… oh, and my Tilli Tomas Symphony Lace is on its way!