We interrupt your WIP Wednesday posting!
Well, about a month ago, Aimee let me know she was teaching a double knitting class at Charlotte Yarn. I've been wanting to visit some of the Charlotte knitters that I met at SAFF and I wasn't on/call and heck yes, I wanted to learn a new technique in person and not on the internet. I was so there! Aimee was a very patient teacher..we all were kinda bad...but we learned a lot.
What you see is my poor excuse of a swatch! Cotton yarn, oh well.
Below is the start of a double sided washcloth, stay tuned for that!
It was a great class and I had some fun class mates to name a few! Double knitting is interesting, but very slow. I can see some good reasons to use it like hats and scarves.
I was also so lucky to be able to join in on the Fair Isle fun taught by Jane Prater. You've seen her mentioned on Cristi's blog many times and is known as her Knitting Guru. Well let me tell you she is one amazing lady! So full of knowledge and a fun teacher. I learned a lot and hope to take another class from her again one day..
She taught us color theory and examples on how to use the colors to make certain images pop out. She is a challenging teacher, and made us think a lot.
I can haz Fair Isle! I so can't believe it was kinda easy. Well, easier than I thought and this is only a swatch and not a sweater. It really helped to have Aimee's double knitting class first as I learned how to manipulate two yarns better.
See, the obligatory guts of Fair Isle knitting.
Here is where I relearned to knit backwards. Oh I can see many uses for that!
The front and the back where we learned how to "trap" our long floats.
I can really see me knitting Fair Isle. I'll start with a hat first. Heck, don't be expecting sweaters/vests like Cristi's and Pam's anytime soon! I had a great time meeting everyone and hope to return...um..see way far below.
There is some kind of spell up there, you know when people that knit certain things that begin with an L and the LYS sells these things...there is some sort of entrancement, charm, or whatever....you end up buying lace yarns...and a pattern!
Oh, and just when you thought I was done...well..I almost never left Charlotte. (some people said it was a plot to keep me there! Which I would love to live there or at least closer!)
After a great dinner with Aimee. My hybrid Escape wouldn't drive..it would start up, but then die...sigh..2 1/2 hrs from home! I called AAA and got a tow back home..um..I only had to pay for 36 of the 136 miles...then Aimee, my knightess in shining armor took me to the airport to rent a car, and if that wasn't enough, she kindly loaned me her GPS! MOOOO! (heh inside joke!)
So..home again and the dealer called with the problem. In a nutshell, something failed and my hybrid battery was drained of power....after finding a part in another state (don't get me started on why a dealership sells hybrids, but has no parts!). They gave me a rental for 2 days. Heh, I returned the Pathfinder as while driving home that damned thing flashed "service engine soon", I felt a bit like a jinx you know! Dropped it back, got another one, and today I got my baby back.
Um..er..won't be going out of town anytime soon..sigh..gotta get sewing to pay for this one!!
See why it's Whew for Wednesday!