Friday, July 27, 2007
I'm a "Knitting Adventurer" leave a comment about what you found out that YOU are!
Meanwhile, check out the details for the Michigan State Fair. If you're planning to submit an item, it costs $12 and you can submit up to 10 items. Look through your stash, what do you have completed? What's close to completion? What are you proud of and want to show off? There are small cash prizes and shiny ribbons to be won. . .what do you have to lose?
You need to download, complete and mail in your application by August 1, so get going and get it done! How cool would it be to have lots and lots of things from BSKG at the Fair? All items need to be delivered Aug 11, 12 or 13 (I'll need a volunteer to drop some things off for me, I'll be out of town still) and can be picked up just after Labor Day. I'll try to find out more info about the "Nimble Fingers Knitting Exhibition" Chris won a rosette last year for her speedy knitting! A member of the Royal Oak Knitters is organizing this competition, and she's also willing to help out with any knitting problems you may have with a project you're working on.
Regardless of whether or not you enter items (but you all should. . .) it's a fun place to go and see what other's around the state are making! With the skill of everyone in our guild, we should be able to win ribbons in every category. . .not that I'm competitive or anything!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Imagine my surprise when I found that all I want to knit these days are lace projects and socks! I finished Clue 3 on Friday before we left for the UP. . .here's a pic And Joanie couldn't resist taking a picture of me knitting on vacation. Here I am on the boat cruise to see the Pictured Rocks in Munising. If you haven't been, you really must go, it's worth the trip. As soon as I finished these socks, Joanie had them on her feet.
My Gramma, who has Alzheimer's, kept complimenting me on the nice knitting I was doing and told me these socks should be for a girl. Imagine her surprise when I told her that it was HER that had taught me to knit when I was little. She was proud and bragged of it to a woman sitting near her.
Missed vacation photo opportunities include a trip to an Alpaca Farm (disappointing) and a chance to use a drum carder at a teeny little fiber shop. . .I got to card my own wool into a batt that I'll spin sometime this Summer or Fall.
According to the Elizabeth's Year KAL, I should have been knitting a Pi shawl this month. I really didn't want a circular shawl and thought I'd substitute the Pacific Northwest Shawl instead. After looking at the progress everyone has made on their Pis. . .I want one bad! I made myself promise I'd bind off the first shawl before casting on a new one. . .and promised I'd wait to begin Clue 4 on MS3 until I was halfway into the body of the Pi. . .oh the deals I make with myself!
As I write, the Pacific Northwest shawl is soaking in wool wash, and will be pinned to my futon this afternoon. In the meantime, here's a picture of it unblocked. (Do you like the glamorous on location shot? I thought you might be board of the ironing board and my wood floors!)
I've heard that Judith did some damage at the Heritage sale this weekend. . .can't wait to see her spoils!
An email confirmed that Sally's skirt washed beautifully and has already been worn--what and her birthday still a month away!
Kim is making good headway on her (much finer and lacier) MS3. . .and hoping to be "caught up" in 2 weeks when clue 5 hits the Internet. So stop calling and tempting her to go out and shop will you? She needs knitting time! She's fallen so hard for lace knitting that she's planning to purchase ALL of Melanie's patterns and knit ALL of the shawls and stoles! Not only that, but I've been told that countless hours have been spent looking at pictures of MS3 online. . .Kim, do we need to plan an intervention??
The BSKG board has been considering moving the day of our meeting from the 3rd Tuesday to the 4th. . .any issues with this? We'd also like to move our meetings to the Community Center. . .Kim and I are coordinating a visit later this month.
Having fallen victim to not only lace knitting, I've discovered podcasts this month. . .check out the Cast-on podcast if you haven't yet. . .I give it a thumbs up, and I think you'll like it too.
And lest you think I forgot, Joanie actually picked the winner of the caption contest. Since everyone who posted a caption in local, I'll bring your prize on Tuesday to the Coffee Beanery! See you there!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Apparently, July is the month of lace for me. As Kim suggested, I'm easily swayed. . .and I've been listening to the Knitpicks podcast lately. On the podcast, Kelly suggested a year long knitalong following Elizabeth Zimmermann's Almanac. (Yes, I've signed up for that too. . .) In July, the project is a shawl based on the number Pi. It makes a lovely, and simple round shawl--that could be modified in a million ways. While that does appeal to me, I'm not sure I want a round shawl.
So, on July 1, I cast on a Fiber Trends shawl and am busy working on the lace edging. Hopefully I'll have it finished and blocked soon. (I suppose that means I need to chill out on MS3, though, doesn't it?)
Meanwhile, Sally brought her lace linen skirt to The Coffee Beanery last week, and I have a variation of that on needles too...
All I can say is that I'm glad I'm a teacher and have the summer off!
Monday, July 9, 2007
(Honestly, it was TONS of fun. . .don't let this picture throw you off! Start saving your pennies for next year!)