Friday, February 25, 2005

It's a knitting life

It's been 25 days of pure knitting bliss! I've knit 2 sweaters, started 2 others, finished a few small projects, taught knitting classes (group and private) and am on my way to a more relaxed way of life.

I've fallen in love with Knitting Pure and Simple patterns. I've finished one top down rolled neck raglan #9724, started a second and have plans and yarn for a 4th and 5th one.

The neck down jacket #201 out of Encore Colors is at the seamstress having a zipper installed (I know I know...I did pay attention to Bess at the retreat and did sew in a zipper on a little bag BUT I knew taking it down it Stacie the zipper would make it into the jacket this year!)

Also on the needles is the KP&S summer cardigan #221. I'm using Rowan Calmer in Powder Puff a very soft pink. It's like clouds in my hands.

Classes are going well. My KP&S class (see I told you I like those patterns) meets Tuesday nights. They're all doing a different top down pattern and coming along nicely. First sweaters for 3 of the ladies!

This Monday I begin the Beginning Knitting - Part 2 classes. It's a beginning class for those who know the knit/purl/caston/bindoff/simpleincreases and want to try a few more stitches. I've got ribbing, simple cables, knitting in the round, i-cords, more increases and decreases, gauge, and a few more techniques on the agenda.

KnittaPalooza is almost here. We've received several boxes from Trendsetter's filled with trunk show fashions...Beautiful things let me tell you! Lorna's Laces trunk show is on it's way. Books by all of our guest instructors are in stock...Lily Chin, Barry Klein, and Beth Brown-Reinsel (Knitting Traditions)).

I still have to finishe my homework for the Lily Chin Tips and Tricks class, decide if I want fish or chicken for Saturday night's dinner and fashion show, decide on the color of yarns for Beth's Latvian wrister's class and double check that I have all the needles. Whew! Glad there is a still a few weeks before the 11th!