Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New classes

As I mentioned somewhere (Facebook?), I've developed 3 new classes in my Knitting Know-How series. The first class is "Shaping your Knitting with Short Rows". Students have a choice to work on straight needles and make the Aviatrix baby hat by Justine Turner or use a circular needle for The Short Row ‘Round Earwarmer by Aimee Benson.

Aviatrix baby/toddler hat

Short Row 'Round Earwarmer

Secondly, I'm offering "Knitting Simple Lace" where we'll make the students' choice of two washcloths. Small projects like washcloths are great for teaching yourself a new stitch while creating a usable piece.

Lastly, we have "Working with Two Circular Needles". Students will be knitting a circular baby hat using two circular needles throughout--no need to switch to double-pointed needles to work the top hat decreases! For this class we'll be making the Basic Baby Hat pattern from Heather Tucker.


Class are offered at Darn Yarn Needles and Threads in Harmony, PA. It such a neat little town with quite a bit of history. Stop at Stohr House Bakery for fresh danish, walk down the hill to the Wunderbar Coffee House where you can grab a seat and have your danish, then wander around to the back and meet me at Darn Yarn for your class. Such a nice was to spend a Saturday.

Monday, March 4, 2013


After a little side-trip to Louisiana to celebrate family birthdays, I'm back and enjoying the northern weather. Yes, I said "enjoying"--the humidity in Louisiana plays havoc with my allergies.

The tea cosy and hotpad are completely finished and awaiting their labels. I used the dyed skein to do a blanket stitch around the hotpad.

Then I did a herringbone stitch along the decrease lines of the tea cosy because I just didn't feel that they looked right. The stitching pulls the cosy together, don't ya think? I knitted about 2" of I-cord for the top loop and fastened that securely to the cosy. Then I did blanket stitch around the bottom of the cosy to help the felted and slightly-curled edge to flatten a bit and match the hotpad.

Closeup of tea cosy stitching

And here's the "official" photo of the finished set. I understand that the bidding for the guild items went well, and I shall turn over my creations to the winning bidder on Wednesday morning. Glad another fiber person will have these to use and treasure!