February 07, 2006

A HIGH-FIBER WEEK

What I was knitting while watching the Superbowl on Sunday:
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The Salina sweater from Vintage Style. Yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed in the color Rage. I figured the excitement (er, frustration!) of the game required the simplest knitting, so this stockinette project was the order of the day. This piece is the back of the sweater. I'd started it in November with a sleeve, thinking to cleverly make my gauge swatch and first sleeve at the same time (as my Knit-bud Anne does), but, since I'm a tight knitter, I stopped a few inches into it -- my gauge was coming much finer than the pattern calls for. We'll just call that part an interestingly-shaped gauge swatch.

What I was knitting during the Feral Knitters meeting on Monday:
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My hat's still not finished, but she's definitely taller -- can you tell?

I had brought with me to our meeting last night the homework list for the class I'll be taking on Friday at the Madrona Fiber Arts retreat. The class is Japanese Fine Finishing Techniques, and the homework is extensive -- there's a list of 8 swatches. When you read the list closely, however, you realize that the directions for several of the swatches read: Make 2. So there are actually a total of 13 swatches. Oy vay.

So I had brought with me this list, and was attempting to engage the commiseration of my fellow Ferals. They agreed with me that it was a daunting list -- all of the swatches are sizeable. They empathized with my hope that the learning from the class will be worth the time and effort put into the homework.

The instructor for this class, Jean Wong, will be arriving in Seattle tomorrow afternoon, and giving a presentation to Seattle Knitters Guild tomorrow evening. As a board member of the Guild, I had volunteered to meet Jean when she arrives and to chauffeur her around town until the evening's presentation. However, due to complicated scheduling conflicts at home, I had to offer up this chauffeuring opportunity to someone else on the board. I mentioned this to the Ferals, and said, "I'll be using that time on Wednesday that I would've been chauffeuring her around town, to knit her homework swatches instead." But then I realized that maybe I'd missed a great opportunity: "Y'know, I could've had her all alone, and asked, 'Do I really need to knit all of those homework swatches? Just between you'n'me, Jean, which ones are the most important?' "

But the Ferals all immediately produced this vision of me, waiting in my car and knitting curbside. "You just run on into that yarn shop, there, Jean, and enjoy yourself while I knit these homework swatches!"

But, alas, since I relinquished the chauffeuring duties, neither of these scenarios are going to come to pass.

But Feralite Andrea offered to do me this favor: "I'll go up to her after her Guild presentation tomorrow night, and I'll say, 'I have this friend who's going to be in your finishing class, and she wants to know if she really has to knit all of those homework swatches.' "

I related all of this to Knit-bud Anne, who will be taking the Finishing Techniques class with me. Anne thought it would've been even better if I'd managed to do the chaufeuring, after all -- "Jean, why don't you do the driving, and I will direct you where to go while I knit a dozen swatches for your class?"

What I knitted this morning:

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Homework Swatch #1. Yes, it's supposed to have that hole in the middle.

What arrived today:

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The yarn packs for the new book, Nicky Epstein's Fabulous Felted Bags -- hooray! And the books are being shipped to Two Swans Yarns today, so I should have them by Friday.

The bag designs that you see in the group shot above are (reading each stack from top to bottom, and starting at the stack on the left): Yei Figures, Wisteria, Circles, Purple Roses, Striped Houndstooth, Bobbles and Brambles, Queen's Ball, Flapper, Jacobean, and Fuchsias. (The Jacobean is one and the same as the Floral Felted Bag -- which has been far and away the most popular project at Two Swans Yarns, and I'm very happy to see it now offered in a yarn pack. So much more efficient, for picking and packing orders.)

Check out these three whimsical bags:

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Frog. It's a small handbag -- would be great for a child, or for a young-at-heart grown-up.

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Cat and Mouse. The bag is the cat, and the mouse is dangling from its mouth. I've got to say, Nicky Epstein has quite the imagination.

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S'wanderful. The bag is the swan's body, the handle is the neck, and the stuffed head attaches the other end of the handle to the bag. Yes, I might just have to make this one.

(Not pictured are Abbondanza and Tropicana, because I blogged about them earlier.)

Also, the new (Spring 2006) issue of Interweave Knits arrived.

I'll be getting all of these items up on the Two Swans website as soon as humanly possible -- as early as this evening. Stay tuned!

Wednesday: Guild meeting

Thursday: Homework knitting

Friday: Japanese Fine Finishing class, taught by Jean Wong

Sunday: Color at Your Fingertips class, taught by Sally Melville

Definitely a fiber-full week!


Posted by Karen at February 7, 2006 03:41 PM
Comments

Those kits look yummy. I see a Jacobean in my future, and you HAVE to make the Swan! It's just too great!

Posted by: Anne at February 7, 2006 06:59 PM

Rage--the perfect color for a Valentine's Day sweater, don't you think?

Posted by: Felina Schwarz at February 9, 2006 12:51 AM

Felina, I was kind of thinking of Christmas . . . 2007.

Posted by: Karen at February 9, 2006 08:28 AM

Oh wow - I'm SO getting one of these bags!

You're a busy camper this week, aren't you??

Posted by: Jewel at February 9, 2006 08:14 PM