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I have been a very busy knitter.  After finishing my Gathered Mesh Polo, I had to finish up the Harrisburg Academy sweater for the lucky auction winner.  Then I had to get moving on… my homework.

When I received my Knitters’ Day Out catalog in the mail a few months ago, I decided right away that this year, I’d finally register for classes.  It took about a half an hour to read through the catalog and make my class choices:  New Ways to Knit, and Intro to Sweater Design with Numbers.  So I filled out my registration form and popped it back into the mail… the same day.  Hey, what can I say, I reeeeeeally wanted those classes, and I knew everything would fill up quickly.

Received my confirmation shortly afterwards… got my classes.  And then I had a lot of time – like, 2+ months.  So I worked on my sweater… and I worked on the auction sweater… and then suddenly I had only 1.5 weeks to:

  • Knit a child’s hat for the Caps for Kids donation;
  • Find a suitable ball of yarn, in my very messy and unorganized stash, to learn new knitting techniques with in my New Ways to Knit class;
  • Knit a 6″ x 6″ swatch, in a pattern of my choosing, to use in my Intro to Sweater Design class.  I had to make this difficult – I couldn’t decide between a lacy, chevron pattern, or regular stockinette.  So I did one of each.
  • Fanagle my budget enough so I could do some, but not too much, damage in the Knitter’s Market.
  • Make absolutely sure that no one would require my presence at my day job. Mine is typically a Monday through Friday kind of job, but we’ve been having… issues… lately.

I managed to have all of the above list done with 1 day to spare.  So off I went on Saturday, approximately 15 minutes down the road, to Enola, for what really was a true Day Out for me.

The day passed so quickly, but it was AWESOME!  I discovered that I really love Portuguese knitting (I even won a knitting pin, to be used while knitting in the Portuguese style, as a door prize), and that knitting Continental style isn’t hard, but I need to practice it.  I discovered that you don’t necessarily have to buy a ton of yarn at the Knitter’s Market to feel fulfilled – you can accomplish this by buying 3 magazines, 2 shawl pins, and a knitting journal.  I discovered that designing your own knitwear really isn’t rocket science… if you’re anyone else but me.  Seriously, it’s not too bad, but there’s a lot more to consider than I thought.  And Gwen Bortner is hysterically funny!

A great day… can’t wait ’til next year.  I wonder if there’s any way I can make room in my schedule to be a KDO volunteer… hmmmmmmmm

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What Goes On.

sigh.  OK, time to catch up… again.

First, the good stuff.  I finished my Gathered Mesh Polo about 3 weeks ago… and it ROCKS!  What do you think?

It fits! It fits! It fits!

My first sweater-in-the-round was a huge success… after I had to frog it and start again on bigger needles.  This is really a great pattern, whether or not it’s your first sweater-in-the-round.  I’ll definitely keep an eye on other patterns from Cathy Carron.

Next up… another Harrisburg Academy sweater, this time for the lucky auction winner from the school that bears the same name.  Can’t remember if I mentioned this or not, but after getting a lot of thumbs-up from my daughter’s friends (and moms), I thought I’d offer a custom-knit sweater, a la my daughter’s, in the school’s annual fundraising auction.  And the winner happens to be one of my daughter’s classmates, who chose the sweater over being Head of the School For A Day – does that kid have taste, or what???

My daughter modeled the sweater wearing a pair of shorts... in March. She's such a good sport!

And more yarny stuff:  I was checking out one of my favorite yarn shop’s website, and on their home page is a long bio/description of some locally-produced sock yarn.  Dyed Bright Here is the brainchild of one Sue Taliaferro, who basically sounds like a yarn prodigy.  After I read the piece, I kind of hated her.  I mean, she caught on to knitting/dyeing/spinning so fast, and that’s so unfair to those of us who… just haven’t gotten around to all that yet.  So when I visited the yarn shop, I checked out said sock yarn… and it’s soooooooooooooooo pretty!  How can you hate anyone who makes such pretty-colored stuff?  Now I’m really… intrigued.  Maybe she’ll be at…

KDO!!! Knitter’s Day Out 2010 is coming September 24-25, and finally finally finally, I’m a registered student!  I’ve gone in the past, but only to the Knitter’s Market (which is awesome).  But now I get to attend classes – New Ways To Knit and Intro To Sweater Design – and go to the Market.  It’s a serious Mommy’s Day Out for me!  Anyone else goin’?

And some non-knitty news:  my daughter turned 5 last weekend.  Overnight, she went from watching Nick Jr to iCarly.  And she says things like, “Yeah, baby!” and “Oh… My… GAWD!!!”  She’s such a big girl… for such a little girl.  And she’s awesome.  Love you, JoJo.

My daughter graduated from Junior Kindergarten... so cute!

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Crawling Back To Life.

Happy New Year, everyone.  May we all have a happy, healthy one.  It’s gotta be better than the last one.

I apologize for the very, very long absence.  2009 was a rough year for me and my family, which is certainly not an uncommon refrain for so many of us.  For us it was a year of loss:  my father-in-law, my grandmother, and the miscarriage of my unborn child.  These, along with job stress (I do still have a job, and I’m thankful, believe me) and some family stress, sunk me into a bit of a depression, and I just didn’t feel like blogging.  I didn’t even get much knitting done – I’m telling you, it was bad.

But… it’s a new year, and a new start, and holy moly I’ve only got, like, a week and a half to get my act together if I’m gonna do the live blog thing at the 2010 PA Farm Show so let’s get going, shall we?

Keep an eye on my new 2010 PA Farm Show page on this blog for news and info on the upcoming Sheep To Shawl Contest, and other fiber-y things I can get my hands on.

Meanwhile, here are the Top 3 Knitting Projects of 2009 (truth be told, they were the only knitting projects of 2009… ):

The Harrisburg Academy Sweater

I’ve blogged about this before, but here it is, modeled by my daughter.  I absolutely love how this turned out!  I tried using intarsia for the motif, but it drove me nuts so I finished it in duplicate stitch.  I learned a lot during this project, and also really honed my finishing skills.

Superior Lace Shawl

This yarn is sooooo soft, like knitting with cobwebs.

I bought the yarn for this project back in 2008 – 3 skeins of Filatura di Crosa’s Golden Line Superior – and started it in June of 2009.  It’s an easy pattern to memorize, but it’s just taaaaaaaaaaking… sooooooooooooooo… loooooooooong to finish.  My goal is to have it done by this summer.

Beagle Scarf

This pattern is from Norah Gaughan, one of my favorite menswear designers.

I just started this last week for my husband.  It’s a great pattern, and I love how it’s coming out, although I substituted the smooth wool yarn named in the pattern for a pebbly tweed, so the seed stitch parts don’t really “pop” as much as they can.

And that’s probably it for the knitting for the next couple of weeks.  On with the S2S show…

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