Friday, February 19, 2010

Workshop ideas for our contest. Please cast your vote!

1) Sock classes - top-down, toe-up, knee-high (stocking) class. Maybe combine all of it, so that beginners can work with advanced sockers, and advanced sockers are encouraged to try another method. I, for example, am not “afraid” of toe-up socks, but after appr. 150 pairs of socks top-down, German heel, and standard toes, I can knit them blind fold and need some extra nudging toward a new technique.

2) Argyle sock class

3) EZ’s baby surprise jacket class.

4) A Twisted Stitch (i.e. knit in the back loop) class, to make alpine/tyrolean style knee-high stockings; amazing patterns exists in the Alps area which can also be used for vests and cardigans.

5) Gloves and mittens classes

6) Dyeing with natural ingredients

7) Helmet liner class, to support our troops overseas. They also accept scarves. (They will be most appreciated, cherished and used!)

8) Seamless raglan/yoke sweater (top-down, bottom-up or both) class.

9) Lace class

10) Fair Isle class


12)Fingerless gloves for men

13) Matching up patterns with the yarn stash you have

14)I think a workshop on wild & crazy shawl/scarves would be ever so much fun! (You do have the yarn for just this type of class!)

15)I think a finishing a project class would be very helpful. (just finished a sweater for my daughter, she knit it, I put it together … poorly)

16)Maybe a design a sweater series of classes. I think I’m ready to move to that stage. I like how Elizabeth Zimmerman percentage system reads. Planning it out and then working on it in stages would be a great series in my opinion

17) Beginning knitters class

18) I think there ought to be a 2-3 part workshop to make a felted tote bag using the 4 square pattern in thh knitter’s dozen book. It is super easy and even a novice knitter and felter could do it.

19) A dishcloth extravaganza for beginning knitters. Some interesting stiches in a small format could be ideal for a workshop.

20) A finishing touches workshop on blocking seaming and making projects look super professional without having to be a guage/tension nazi.

21)Felted Bag

22)Fair Isle Hat

23)Chart Reading

24)Felted Animals

25)Magic Loop sock method

26)Incorporating beading into your knits

27)Intarsia bag

28)Baby Layette

29)Knitting two socks at a time

30)Needle Felting


32)Knit/Crochet flowers-embellishments


34)Toe Up Socks

35)Baby Surprise Jacket

36)Lace Knitting

37)A class to address UFO’s you are stuck understanding what to do?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Did I Miss The Memo????

Did I miss the memo that 2010 is the year of the cable???? I don't know, maybe it is just me but it seems that everywhere I turn I am seeing garments with cables, cables and more cables. Like I've said before....I am not a great knitter, I won't win any awards for my knitwear or designs (none to date but I got some running around amongst those cob webs up there) but, however, none the less I can do cables and IF I can do cables YOU can do cables.

Back to the cable takeover of the world......for me it started with the Angelica's Coat from Interweave Knits, Fall 2009. I knitted mine with Peace Fleece worsted. Love it!!!!! I made cabled fingerless mitts to go along with it. In the same issue is the Every Way Wrap I so dearly love (I'm presently spinning the yarn for this sweetie, however, at the rate I'm going the pattern will be considered vintage by the time I'm actually knitting it).

Interweave Knits, Winter 2009 is chocked full of cables. Even the new Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2010 magazine has cables. I've learned to no longer fear the cable. I respect the cable, but I do not fear the cable. I AM an over comer!!!! If you have a cable phobia you too can become a victor. Enchanted is offering a cable therapy session aka cable class to assist you:

Mug Cozy (Cables) $20- Never done cables? They're gorgeous, but they seem overwhelming don't they? Not to fear, we will walk with you step by step through this very do-able mug cozy. A perfect small step into unknown territory that easily finished in an evening or two. Aran afghan here you come! ;)

What better way to show that cable who's boss!!!!!

I'm attempting to hold myself back from casting on the Nora's Sweater found in the Winter 2009 Interweave Knits. My problem is this. I want to make it out of the Frog Tree Meriboo. It is an oh so luscious bamboo merino blend. The stuff is so yummy I could eat it!!!! IF you haven't seen and felt this piece of divinity make sure you check it out on your next trip to Enchanted. Better get there soon though cuz I have a feeling much of it is going to be coming home with me. I'm wanting to use this yarn for some more of the Just Enough Ruffles Scarf to put in my gift/Christmas box as well (stop can hope).