The "Eloquent" W
I'm normally not an Andy Dick fan, but I almost spit my iced tea on my monitor!
and other assorted hooey
On the knitting front, I made another tam from my own pattern - I used yarn that I Kool-Aid dyed last week. I used 3 flavors of Kool-Aid, and got about 9 different colors in the yarn!
It's drying on a Corelle plate right now...
Unbelievable as it seemed yesterday, Gracie will be coming home in the next 2 days!! We went to visit her at the hospital today! She was very, very happy to see us! She wouldn't eat for them, so they asked us to come visit and see if we could get her to eat. She ate every bit of the "baby food" that they gave her and looked at me for more.
She barked at the dog on the other side of the door
And tried to give me kisses!!!
I borrowed my MIL's dressmaking dummy for a model - I haven't been getting enough sleep in the last 4 days to allow a picture to be taken. :-) It's blocking now.
I'm still up in the air about adding a pocket - maybe in time for the Lorain County Fair...
Complete and total fraying. I had to run a line of machine stitching down each side of the border to contain the mess. Of course, that left stitching lines and and unsightly mess on the inside of the sweater, so I ordered matching wool in 2-ply shetland from Schoolhouse Press , picked up stitches along the whole front and made a facing.
The problem was, this left tell-tale marks on the front of the sweater; it was a little bit lumpy and bumpy - and you could still see the machine stitch lines (well, at least I could; nobody else in this house could see anything wrong. You know how that is...)
Sooo, I cast on two 3 stitch I-Cords on the side of the button band, and did this:
I made an I-Cord braid in the shetland, and ran it all the way up the front (an adaptation of an I-Cord technique from Joyce Williams!) It's a combination of attached and free I-Cord.
As soon as I finish the other side, I'll be just about done. I need to sew on the buttons (right now they're tacked on) and block. However, it will not be truly finished until I fix this:
That's my brand-new Turkish spindle from Mielke's (on Saturday afternoon, vendors from the area set up in one of the conference rooms).
I bought a yarn ball holder from Schoolhouse Press, and it makes a great wrist distaff! I am relatively spindle-challenged, but this one spins like dream!!
That reminds me - Nadine, I still owe you a spindling lesson! :-)
Class ended at 3:00, and the room stayed open until the last person went to bed (the last person to leave was supposed to lock the door). As a result, there were knitters everywhere until all hours of the night! I never made it past 11:00, though...
Saturday was Joyce Williams' birthday, so we had a cake. Joyce is an astounding knitter, and a very intriguing person! I've never known anybody who has visited every single continent! Her book, Latvian Dreams, is an absolute work of art. In fact, she had every sweater from the book there, and you could try them on anytime you wanted!
In fact, here's the sweater that I'm going to make from her book:
The pattern is absolutely beautiful, and the astounding thing, to me, is that this was not knit in the round, but was done as a knit back back (in colorwork!!) instead of purling. I will be making mine in the round, however... :-)
Ths picture on the right is Joyce modeling her lily sweater...which is 2-color knitting, not intarsia!! The entire sweater is done with 2 strands and trapping, which allowed little peeks of the contrasting color to show through. It is beyond stunning.
Note the garter stitch pattern running under the sleeve!
Each day ended with Show and Tell (I had to go first!! Yikes!) Nearly everybody brought items that they have knit to show to the group - talk about a humbling experience!! Beautiful shawls and sweaters abounded:
Sweaters were everywhere! The air conditioning system seemed to be set on "Arctic" for part of each day, and we were allowed to grab a sweater and wear it when we got cold! I wore Meg's "Pools in the River" sweater quite often - it is one of my favorite cardigan patterns. I also tried on several sweaters, such as my next sweater project, which is from the current Wool Gathering. I'm going to make mine in natural on the bottom and forest brown in the top.
I also tried on the ORIGINAL Hand to Hand sweater, knit by Elizabeth! I will never look at mine the same way again!
For a better picture of this sweater,(and on a much better model!) see Caryn's blog at Fuzzy Noodle Knits.
The knitters who attended camp were amazing. I've never seen so many creative, talented people in one place.
Meg is a lovely, lovely person, and she is not afraid to share her knowledge and insight! She helped me work through several ideas for my own hand to hand sweater, which has now morphed itself into a cardigan instead of a coat, and I'm pretty sure I know how I'm going to finish it now.
Unfortunately, knitting camp had to end - much too quickly, although I was absolutely exhausted from the long days (I averaged 4 hours of sleep per night, but I didn't feel it until I got home!) When I got to the airport, this is what greeted me in the terminal:As it turns out, several of the campers were on my flight to O'Hare, so we had our own mini-camp right there in the airport! Terry was flying out of the same gate that I was (a few hours later - she was going to California, and I was going to Cleveland), so I had somebody to talk knitting with while I waited! My flights were all on time (both ways), and I got into Hopkins at about 9:20. Kevin and the boys were waiting for me in baggage claim.