February 13, 2005

HOMEWORK

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Got my copy of the Spring issue of Interweave Knits in Friday's mail. (Two Swans has an ad on page 114.) I laughed when I saw the main headline on the cover: "Recycle, Reuse, Reknit!" Boy, I've re-knitted a lot of things! Actually, the headline refers to a two-page article that describes how several different designers re-use materials in knitting; I found the article interesting for the exploration of seeing old things in a new light -- and would have enjoyed it even more had it been longer. Always love to read and see examples of the creative process.

I've been working on my Elfin sleeves. Originally I meant to work a few rows on one sleeve, then work a few on the other, and finish up both sleeves at the same time. However, when putting this into practice meant working 8 or 10 rows on one sleeve, then putting it down to work 8 or 10 rows on the other sleeve -- I became irritated by the interruption of an otherwise lovely flow of knitting. So I very quickly gave up on that method and settled into working on the first sleeve by itself. As you can see from the picture, I am ready to start the cap shaping. And to think, just yesterday morning, this sleeve was only about an inch tall....

I was on the subject of procrastination in my last blog entry. Another thing I'd been procrastinating on recently was checking what homework I might have for the classes I'll be taking at the Madrona Fiber Arts retreat in Gig Harbor. Some years I've had to knit quite sizeable swatches, or hunt down knitting needles in very particular lengths and girths -- all of which takes advance planning. Finally, this weekend, I decided I had better check the homework before I'd run out of time to prepare. And joy of joys! Beth Brown-Reinsel has assigned: no homework! And I already have on hand the various needles and yarns that I will need to bring to her classes -- not to mention her excellent book, Knitting Ganseys.

Posted by Karen at February 13, 2005 05:52 PM
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The sleeve looks utterly beautiful! My copy of the spring Knitters arrived yesterday, but IK hasn't gotten here yet. Sounds as though I can start anticipate its arrival. I was quite pleased with the new Knitters. The last few issues have been disappointing, but this has some nice designs. Elsbeth Lavold has a lovely man's sweater that is probably going to be my husband's birthday sweater (not until Sept, so long time to plan)I am glad to hear that the Spring IK is fun.

Posted by: Anne at February 14, 2005 02:27 AM

I got my copy of IK today (Monday)--and caught sight of your ad right away! What a big step for you! I can hardly wait for Gig Harbor, but I'd better check MY homework. Yikes.

Posted by: Janine at February 15, 2005 01:20 AM