February 18, 2005


Day 1 of gansey class, and front and back of mini sweater are complete:
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You can just see the underam gussets peeking out from the sides -- those stitches are currently being held aside on waste yarn. It was a full day of knitting.

The mountain was out! Kelli, Margarite, and I took a break outside.
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Kelli came all the way from Maryland to take this class with Beth Brown-Reinsel (who herself is from Maryland). Margarite is one of my Feral Knit-buds. Although you can't see it in this photo, Margarite was wearing a marvelous Aran sweater she'd designed herself. And with it she brought specific questions to class -- how to shape necklines and armholes and how to know ahead of time how long to make the sleeves. As it turns out, these are all topics that will be covered tomorrow, in Day 2 of gansey class. (As a bit of foreshadowing, Beth B-R let us know that she likes to use neckline gussets to help shape them so that they both fit over the wearer's head and fit at the neck without becoming boatnecks.) Looking forward to learning more about designing ganseys, too, tomorrow.

Posted by Karen at February 18, 2005 10:21 PM

I'm loving the running commentary about the retreat, because of course I am very disappointed not to be there! Your sweater looks terrific, and I am anxious to hear Brown-Reinsel's answers to those very interesting questions! Great work on the knitting and the blogging!

Posted by: Anne at February 19, 2005 06:45 AM

Ditto. You're the only source I've found for a peek into the retreat!

Posted by: Kit at February 19, 2005 05:31 PM