Listen to Episode 13 here
We had a blast at Vogue Knitting Live. We had a lot to share; if I’ve forgotton a link you’d like let us know.
Classes: Kris took European Finishing Techniques with Julie Weisenberger. She loved it and shared a good tip she picked up. Susan and Sally both took Sarah Hatton‘s Shawl Design Class. This was a great class, and both are tempted to buy Sarah’s latest book: Vintage Knits. Everyone in both classes loved the Esther shawl.
Lecture: We all went to Norah Gaughan‘s Design Retrospective. It was wonderful to hear Norah talk about the evolution of her design process, and to see her designs chronologically. She is so prolific that it’s almost scary.
We all scored some great free patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas. Simple, small projects, nicely put together, and who can argue with free? Susan scored two skeins of Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the City Lights and Age Of Brass and Steam colorways. She also got a skein of Sheep Shop Two in the Miss Taylor colorway, and a skein of the Woolbearers sock yarn. Kris snagged a skein of Alisha Goes Around fingering in the Pavement colorway, gray of course. Sally’s favorite part of the market was Anna Hrachovec’s Gnomes Vs. Snowmen installation. She bought Anna’s latest book, teeny tiny mochimochi. She also pounced on a shawl pin with an Owl on it from Indian Lake Artisans, who were swamped with knitters purchasing their hexagonal knitting needles. Hexagonal? Really.
Off our needles:
She also finished a Pinch Hat and a Marian/Gaptastic Cowl. (Susan is speedy.)
Sally finished her Plum Blossom mittens on the bus to NYC. They were supposed to be a gift for next Christmas, but they’ve ended up on her own hands, and she’s not parting with them.
She has also dipped into her new book and knit up a teeny tiny chicken.
On Our Needles:
Susan is cruising along on her TGV with some of the beautiful yarn from VKL. Sally is knitting up some Ruffled Mitts with some yarn she dyed with Koolaid, and Kris is working on her Basketweave Embellished Cowl from Covet and her scarf from Anne Hanson’s Fall In Full Color club.
We are beginning our first KAL on February 1st. We will be knitting Martina Behm’s 22.5 degrees free Shawlette/scarf pattern. If you’d like to join us on our Ladies Of The Knit Ravelry forum. If you post your finished project by the end of the month you will be entered into a drawing for some fun prizes!
Sally is also starting a mother/daughter sweater knitalong: the Annabel Cardigan. This could be a fun bonding experience (or not). Stay tuned.
On Our bookshelf:
Kris read Twelve Drummers Drumming by C.C. Benison and loved it. She is also recommending Three Bags Full by Leone Swan. Susan is reading The Fleece And Fiber Sourcebook and A Double Death On The Black Isle by A.D.Scott. We are all looking forward to this follow up to A Small Death In The Great Glenn, one of our favorite mystery reads of 2011.
I think That’s about all for now. Remember: Stay calm and carry yarn.
The Ladies Of The Knit