Saturday, September 19, 2009

KDO is soon!

It’s almost time for this year’s Knitters’ Day Out event in Summerdale, PA (on the campus of Central Pennsylvania College).  I’m registered for 2 classes next Saturday:

Patent Stitches with Merike Saarniit

Supplies: Sharp scissors; blunt tapestry needles (large & small); calculator; pen/pencil/eraser; notebook & paper; stitch markers; flexible tape measure; crochet hooks of various sizes.

1 oz light/medium colored yarn and 1 oz variegated/multi colored yarn in smooth worsted wt or slightly heavier. Straight needles and 16" or 24" circular needle (or double points) in size appropriate to your yarn.

Homework: None

Material Fee: None

Prerequisites: Beginner level skills plus increase, decrease, and follow simple patterns

RIB-IT, RIB-IT with Dottie Kurtz

Supplies: LIGHT-COLORED SMOOTH worsted weight yarn, needle size 7 or 8 (your choice of straight, double pointed

or circular).

Homework: None

Material Fee: None

Prerequisites: Can cast on and bind off, knit, purl, do yarn overs, decrease, and follow simple patterns.

Kris and I are planning to go up Friday evening to check out the marketplace.  Of course, we’ll take this opportunity to have a nice dinner out beforehand.  She has a lead on a (new?) Lebanese place in Camp Hill that we’ll try.

Part of the registration fee is knitting a cap for Caps for Kids.  Here is mine:front Poor teddy bear- this really isn’t his best look.  I wanted to try a new technique on this hat: the jogless stripe.  I first read about this on Grumperina’s blog (see her entry on Spiraling for details) and have wanted to try it on socks ever since.  Specifically, I thought this would be a neat way to use some handpainted or self-striping yarn paired with a solid yarn.  I still haven’t tried it on socks, but here it is on a hat.

You can see where the spiral begins if you look carefully at the back:back w arrow I really enjoyed this technique and will be sure to use it again on socks sometime soon!

I could also make another hat if I wanted to.  These balls of Valley Yarns Sugarloaf yarn were 50 g each to start with; I have 20 g of gray remaining (plus another full ball) and 29 g of green.

1 comment:

Steven said...

Have fun at your class. You're like a Merike Saarniit groupie at this point. Nice that you don't have to do work beforehand. That summer-reading-list approach to knitting classes stresses me out.

Love the hat. If I can ever wrap my brain around that spiraling technique, I'm gonna try it.