April 25, 2006


Since the national convention last year, 13 people have finished the Master Knitter requirements. Let me drop some names, here, so I can bask in their reflected glory: Three of those 13 were my friends Anne, Nancy, and Frances. (I really wished Anne could have been there to receive her pin, but she had family obligations that kept her from attending.) Here's a photo of Saturday evening's pinning ceremony:


L to r: Nancy, Frances, Debby Johnson of TKGA staff, and Lorraine Ehrlinger, one of the Master Knitter committee co-chairs. Yes, of the 13 who passed, only 2 made it to the pinning ceremony.

My camera totally sucks at taking flash photos under fluorescent lighting, so I'll only inflict on you this one photo of the ceremony (even though I took a bunch).

On Sunday, Jewel and I met in person. This is one-and-the-same Jewel who created my Ideaphoria banner and button for me, and who recently devised that hedgehog giveaway.


Jewel is holding a Dale sweater she's knitting for a friend's son; I'm holding a sock Jewel knitted.

Jewel is a real sweetie, and we talked nonstop. I couldn't get over how the sock she knitted from Lorna's Laces Lakeview came out looking like it was knitted from a self-striping yarn (although Lakeview is a multi-colored yarn and not a self-striping yarn), so I took a photo of it (especially since she doesn't have a photo of it on her blog):


On Monday, Jewel and I took BART to Berkeley where we shopped at Lacis. We had very high expectations of a lace-knitter's paradise, and so the mix of goods we found there surprised us no end.


They had the full color line of three different brands of crochet cotton, in the various weights. They had embroidery flosses in silks and other fibers. But they had only one knitting yarn that we could see. (Not that you can't knit with crochet cotton, but my point is that there were no cones of Zephyr or laceweight cashmere.) There were plenty of tools for knitters, crocheters, and tatters.

But overwhelmingly the store was full of vintage apparel, sewing patterns for re-enactment costumes, and the vintage accessories (e.g., antique lace collars) you would want to use with your vintage apparel or to give your re-enactment costume that little extra flair. In other words, it was as much a vintage clothing store/antique store as it was a shop of knitting and crochet supplies.

This eclectic mix of goods included these:


Where else are you going to buy your fishnet tights?

And these:


King Henry VIII and His Six Wives Fine Mint Chocolates. Since we'd been talking a lot about the AS book Tudor Roses, Jewel couldn't resist getting these for me.

Lacis did have a large selection of books. I found one hardbound copy of AS's Fishermen's Sweaters that was reasonably priced, and since I didn't already own this book, I purchased it, along with some quadruple-zero knitting needles and some various colors of crochet cotton to play with. And a wrist ball holder so that I can try knitting and walking at the same time. (I'm thinking Green Lake -- Linda K, are you with me on this?)

Tuesday, on my flight home from California, I finished the Norwegian Mitten that I had started last Friday in Beth B-R's class:


including the thumb:


My intention was to make child-size mittens and donate them to the Dulaan Project. As you can see, the mitten fits me! Probably there's another lesson to be learned about gauge, in this. Even though this mitten fits me, the cuff is shorter than I'd like, and it is pretty snug at the fingertip, so I plan to finish off the pair and donate them to Dulaan anyway.

I'd really, really like to call this my second FO of 2006 . . . but when it's only one of a pair, I feel like it's cheating to call it a full FO. Can we have a half-FO?

I leave you with one last photo from this year's convention. At last year's convention, we were not given goody bags, and I heard knitters complain about that. This year, here's what our goody bag looked like:


Need I say more?

Posted by Karen at April 25, 2006 12:27 PM

We have half pints of ice cream and half and half. So why not half-FO?

Posted by: Jewel at April 26, 2006 12:51 PM

I just showed a co-worker the photo of your gift bag and she thought the yarn on the far left was sausage!

Posted by: Jewel at April 26, 2006 12:55 PM

Good grief! Who was in charge of the goody bags? The red heart rep? I mean, it beats NO yarn at all but!
After that goody bag of course you can have a 1/2FO.
Congratulations to your friends who made it thru to Mastery.
Dulaan is great for taking care of gauge, there's bound to be someone who fits the mittens.

Posted by: Aarlene at April 26, 2006 11:38 PM

Well the only thing I can say about the goodie bag is that maybe you can use those yarns for a Dulaan project? That's what I've been doing with yarn that's given to me that is not my favorite. Of course I'll need a new plan come June but I'll get it done!

Posted by: Rebecca at April 27, 2006 08:47 AM

Somehow I have more wool in my stash earmarked for Dulaan projects than I have time to knit, already -- before these orange acrylic yarns arrived on the scene. Hmmmm. Maybe there's a Feral knitter who'd like to knit these yarns up for Dulaan . . . eh, Rebecca?

Posted by: Karen at April 27, 2006 09:20 AM

Looks like you guys had a great time- and I'm so jealous that you got to meet "the" Jewel. She really makes me laugh- well, maybe next time!

Posted by: Lorraine The Knitting Hammy at May 1, 2006 05:51 AM

To size those mittens down just use a finer yarn. Jamieson's works great. Ask me how I know...

Posted by: terri at May 2, 2006 08:33 PM