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Jam Packed

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Yesterday I tried something new with my knitting class.  Actually two new things.  1) I taught a class I’ve never taught before that was four hours long – Two Socks in One  AND 2) for an additional fee, class participants could have lunch prepared by me. First let me just say… whew!  I need to sit down and put my feet up.

We started at 10am and worked on knitting two socks at one time, one inside the other.  You may remember I made and posted these on the blog recently:

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Lots of new techniques and quite a brain-buster of a pattern, so lunch was welcomed by all at around noon.

Here is what I made:

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Everything homemade by me, including the lemonade!  Below is a list of what I made with links to the recipes.

Wraps: Ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, curry chicken salad and regular chicken salad

Curried Couscous salad with Dried Cranberries (made without the curry)  This is one of my all-time favorite salad recipes.  I usually do make it with the curry but didn’t want to have two things with curry, especially since it’s one of those things that not a lot of people like.

BLT Tomato Bites

Fruit Tart:  Crust recipe here.  Filling recipe here.  You need to scroll down the page for a link to a picture of the recipe…

Lemonade

I’m happy to report the lunch got rave reviews! (I thought it was pretty tasty myself.)  It was a ton of work to figure out what to make, then making part of it Saturday, then getting up early and making the rest of it Sunday, then packaging it to bring to the shop, but it was also a ton of fun.

Then it was back to work for another two hours.  And it was a jam packed two hours with more brain-busting, working on the heel flap and the gusset of the socks.  Despite all the work we did, we could have used another 1/2 hour to really get things down, but all in all, a successful class.   I would consider it a 4-miler, meaning I probably walked 4 miles around the table to help students during the class!  In my race to cram in all the info they needed before the end of the class, I forgot to get a group shot of the socks in progress.  Argh.  But, Sue send me a picture of hers which she finished after she got home:

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And Lisa sent me a picture of hers after my frantic text-plea:

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Edited to add the other Sue’s sock in progress:

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The day was a big success and I will do it again.  But not soon.  I need to sit down and put my feet up. (Did I say that already?)

Just Seconds

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I had been going along nicely on my Maluka shawl.  In fact, going along so nicely that I bound off yesterday.  It looked like this:

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….which, you may not be able to tell, but that is pretty small.  The border is very stretchy but the inside and top are not, and therefore it is not very wide at all.  I read many, many, many Ravelry comments (there are over 1400 projects on Ravelry for this shawl) and many of the many said that it was small so they did a modification with wraps and turns, rather than the ssk/p2tog thing that was in the pattern, to make the shawl wider.  But, I don’t love doing wraps and turns and picking up the wraps, and couldn’t understand why the pattern instructions would make it small, and since I put three more repeats on the border, mine certainly would come out ok, right? So I knit by the patterns instructions.  Wrong.  So….. click down there:

Ripping Out

It took mere seconds.  Seriously, less than a minute, to unwind a few hours of knitting.  I’d like to think I simply “took one for the team” as a way of verifying for the students in my class for this shawl, that the pattern instructions are not ideal and the many, many, many Ravelry comments I chose to ignore were, in fact, right and it might be a good idea to give them a little more credit next time.

I am now back to here:

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…ready and totally excited to do some wraps and turns.  Stay tuned for the second, and final, result.  Ok, and by the way?  Isn’t that a totally ingenious way of ripping out and getting a nice, neat ball of yarn to re-knit from?

Meanwhile, back at the yarn shop, I finished teaching the Pieces of Eight Mitts class, which had to be cancelled because of the tornado weather around here last week.  Here are the almost-done mitts from the students in class:

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And my finished pair:

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So cool.  But if I knit these again, I would use a striping yarn with long colorways to get a more dramatic looking figure 8.

Around the house, this is happening:

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Digging up cement foundation pieces and hiding them in the woods waaaaaaaay in the back of our property somewhere.

And this:

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…minus the broccoli which is still in the box with the flowers that are waiting to be planted because, for some reason, I mistook green things with no flowers to be flowers.  Currently, there are regular tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and onions.

And this red-winged black bird who is wreaking havoc, chasing all the other birds around:

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And this frog that was sitting there:

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And this turtle digging a hole right there in the middle of the yard and we’re wondering if it will lay eggs:

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Coming up…. I’m excited about a day-long knitting class that I’m teaching which includes lunch that I am making this Sunday.  2 socks in 1:

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…. so stay tuned for all the details!

 

No Spring Chicken

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I’m no spring chicken when it comes to knitting.  I’ve been doing it for a lot of years and especially a lot (read: non-stop) for the past 6 years.  So, one might think that I don’t make many mistakes.  But one would be WRONG.

I was plugging along on my stealth knitting project and thought I’d take a partial picture of it to tease you on the blog.  When I did, I found this:

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That may be hard to see in this picture, but it was glaringly obvious when I spread the knitting out to take a picture.  A big blob, right in the middle of a part I can’t tell you but where it would be really obvious.  It is a split stitch – meaning the needle only went into two of the six strands that make up the string so there was a really thin stitch on the left and a blob with the rest of the strands hanging out of the stitch on the right.  And it was about 8 inches back.  Here is what I did:

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Doesn’t that look horrendously scary?  Not really.  I followed the blob up to the needle, then dropped the stitch all the way down and fixed the split stitch by undoing it and catching all the strands with a crochet hook.  Then, using the crochet hook, brought the stitch back up that ladder:

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And then it was fine:

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Full disclosure:  I don’t know if that’s really the spot that was messed up.  I actually couldn’t find it which is a good thing!  Also, the color in the first picture is the most accurate.  I don’t know why the other photos are pink.

But that’s not the only mess-up.  I started the Two-Socks-In-One project:

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I’m learning this technique in order to teach it as a class, at the request of a yarn shop customer/student.  This is a training sample, which is why it is two different colors and makes it much easier to see what you are doing.  Knitting two socks on one set of needles, one inside the other but completely separate from each other.   Supposedly.  I got past the heel and gusset to working on the foot – in other words, almost done – when I checked things out and found this:

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That is one little old stitch on one sock hooked onto another little old stitch of the other sock.  A mistake I made on row two of the ribbing – in other words, in the beginning.  It was noted in the pattern that this was the fussiest part of the sock for this exact potential mess-up.  So I noted it in my head and on paper to remind students in the class.  And I knitted very carefully to avoid that.  Apparently not.  So, since I am not willing to un-do both of those socks to get back to the beginning, since there is absolutely no other way to fix it,  I will simply highlight that part as an example to my students of what will happen if they think they are paying attention but they are not.

And in the category of dealing-with-people-who-seem-to-forget-I’m-no-spring-chicken-when-it-comes-to-knitting….  I finished my Vine Lace Vest last night.  Here it is un-blocked:

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I tried it on to see if the modifications I made to the front band looked ok and turned to Paul who said, “I thought cropped shirts were ‘out’.”  It was, in fact, very short on me.  I took it off and stretched it to show him that it would “grow” once it was blocked and he said, “Hey, don’t stretch it!”  He thought I was going to ruin it.  I told him that anything lacey and sometimes ribbed is supposed to be stretched out when you block it, so that you can see the pattern better.    He looked at me warily and then we had a one-sided conversation about how some mechanical engineers think they know everything about knitting just because they think they can apply mechanical engineering principles to it.

Here it is after a soak and drying:

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(That is the most accurate color photo.)

And finally, speaking of spring chickens, the doodlebugs made spring chick’s and planted grass, basil and tomatoes (right to left):

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(Chick project from the Easter Chick post on the Glued to My Crafts Blog.)