Sunday, March 30, 2008

Nalbinding Weekend

Some things I know after nalbinding weekend:

1) Having interesting yarn is not important. It is better to have no bumps, clumps, extra froofiness and have smooth yarn that is not too grippy and not to slippy. Not plied.

2) If you are doing a lot of spit joining, you do not need to drink Metamucal that day.

3) Nalbinders should stand up and move around a little bit.

4) You should never leave nalbinding unattended as it moves when no-one is looking at it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tech Savvy

I am not tech savvy . . . I have a few splinter skills. So, when I tried to link this Sock Pixie Groovey Sock in Ravelry, I skittaddled back home to my blog to try it out first. I was thinking of when I first learned about the Jaywalker, I did like the pattern, but it seemed like everybody was doing it.

I found Sock Pixie and was smitten. I have to dig this project out . . . it is way pre-hand surgery.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


It is like a regular Sunday, but with family. I am so lucky to have friends and family and food and company for this Holiday. Oh, and chocolate eggs, too!

Saturday, March 22, 2008


This much snow (8") is like a free pass to knit. All day. On anything you want.

I started a Kauni sweater in the morning. I used "Aunt Myrtle's Cast On" (which is really a Norwegian cast-on, I think, but Aunt Myrtle taught this to me) in a two-color twisting method. I love it. Then, I started the k1p1 rib alternating colors. It is VERY small on my 24" needle. This is deceiving because it is 24". But really, it might be 24". I think I have to start over.

And, later in the day, I knit on my Felted Slippers. I ended the second slipper "top" with about 7" of yarn and two rows to go. Thank you, miscalculations at the yarn store, that I have another skein. Hm.

Doesn't sound like a lot of knitting, but it was beautiful outside. The snow was distracting. I had to watch and guess how much was piling up. In March.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Visit to Tacoma, WA

I have never been to WA state before other than to fly through the airport via Vancouver, CA. What a treat to actually visit Tacoma, WA. The trip had been a "carrot" for work in hand therapy and surgery recovery. My visit was with a friend to visit a friend.

We were fortunate registrants and attendees of Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat in mid-February.

One of our favorite classes was from Susanna Hansson, Mittens of Rovaniemi. Susanna led us through the technique--demystifying and teaching. She shared a wealth of examples and research. Susanna is a kind, competent instructor. This is a photo of my work space in class. We were encouraged to start on a larger sample, then choose colors for a wristlet project on smaller needles. We used Satekieli yarn in a soft creamy color for the background, then chose our colors for the "woven" outer pattern. This class was a wonderful experience! Luckily, I had my Friend in class for encouragement and sharing JuJu candies!

The following day, we took Tvaandstickning class with Nancy Bush. Nancy is an enjoyable, talented teacher and researcher. We were given a mitten pattern in class to learn a variety of stitches using tvaandstickning (twined knitting); however, I opted on a simpler project that was a bit less taxing. I am a fan of workspace photos, so here is one of Nancy's work in progress (a mitten in two-color tvaandstickning and a delightful nostepinne).

We also ate Juju's in Nancy's class. Really, we needed them for stamina and energy.

In addition, we took "Cool Socks" class from Lucy Neatby. She is sooooooo fabulous. I had to block out all of the color in her class as I have a significant color aversion, but that is my deficiency. Lucy used video for much of her teaching. This was cool! I felt so 21st Century and supported as a learner. How better than to SEE what you are learning!

We took a little excursion to the Glass Museum.

There is a little display on the bridge along the way.

The bridge ceiling is really cool!

The Madrona Fiber Arts Market should not be minimized . . . LOTS of yarn. A favorite--Socks that Rock (STR) Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

LOTS of shopping. Do not tell My Husband.