One of the highlight’s of this year’s TNNA was meeting Alisha from Alisha Goes Around yarns. I still haven’t decided which I like more, Alisha or her yarns. Both are beautiful. Her yarns have a depth of color that reminds me of a roaring wood fire: full of glowing warmth with a feel good factor that just doesn’t quit! If you haven’t discovered Alisha’s yarns yet, I strongly urge you to do so.
She was a totally generous darling and gave me four skeins of her Panoply of Peacocks to play with – err, I mean design with, and last night, I finally found half an hour to sit down and swatch. I’d found this stitch pattern in the Third Treasury of Charted Knitting Designs by Barbara G Walker a while ago, and modified it a little to come up with this basketweave design that I think showcases the yarn perfectly. (for those of you wondering, the pattern I started with was the Semi-woven lattice with moss stitch)
Swatching soon became a pattern. It totally lends itself to that cardigan your grandad always wore that you would pinch on brisk fall days for working in the yard, walking across the moors or just sharing a cup of tea in front of the fire. So, here is a sneak peek of The Grandad Cardi – modeled by Maximilian, my Don Drumm stunner!
I had a rather nerve wracking weekend teaching my Big Foot Knits class to some friendly knitters at my local library. This is such an intensive, number crunching class, that I wanted to make sure my theories and teaching methods worked before unleashing it on the paying public! Looks like my fears were unfounded! It was a phenomenal class, although 3 and a half hours flew by very quickly. I’d love to make this an all day event! I really put the girls through their paces, and felt kinda mean that we didn’t actually do any knitting, but I think they left the class itching to design their very own, well fitting socks – and really, what more can a teacher ask for?
It’s our SNB group’s birthday today! Each year, we celebrate everyone’s birthday all on the same day. Each person gets a gift, and it’s become a fabulous tradition that we all eagerly anticipate. My birthday girl will be getting this: Just a sneek peek – full pictures next week! That’s all for now, peeps! I have work to finish for my editor, my first contract negotiation to sweat over and hopefully, a little knitting to do. See you next week!