All the judging is complete at the county fair and I will be bringing home some ribbons! Talk about excitement and jumping up and down… I didn’t really but I felt like doing it. But, I’m not the only one bringing home blue ribbons. My teen-age daughter is bringing them home for her knitting AND baking! I’m so proud of her. We pick up our ribbons and prize money Sunday afternoon. After I post pictures of the winner’s ribbons, it will be time to start planning for next year’s entries. Any suggestions?
This is the first time I have test-knitted a pattern and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The pattern was well written and it was easy to follow the instructions. I used Lion Brand Wool Ease and bamboo double points. The next time I make these using this yarn, I will switch to metal dps. A remarkable thing about these mittens is that they can be worn or either hand! At first I thought the instructions for the second mitten had been left out then a friend tried the first mitten on both hands and Voila! This may be a common practice but this is the first pair of mittens I have knitted and did not know any better. It looks complicated but it is a simple pattern and easy and quick to knit. I received compliments when I showed them to friends. As I have an extra skein of the Wood Ease yarn I plan to make a matching cap using her cable pattern – giving the designer due credit, of course. Again, it is a great pattern and I will definitely use it again when a quick gift is needed for a friend.
If you want to knit a pair for yourself or a friend, the Cable On the Side Mittens pattern is available at Knit Picks.
I want to thank everyone who drops by and reads my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you. In reviewing my posts made over the summer, I’ve noticed that I’ve written more about events that are going on here in my new home town than I have about what I am knitting. I really have not done a lot of knitting as most of my time has been spent unpacking and trying to settle in. There is so much to do here and it’s a destination for many summer and autumn vacationers. It seems there is at least one big event planned for each summer month. Over the Labor Day week-end an art show is planned. http://www.mentonearts.org/EVENTS.html#anchor_46
In October there is the big Autumn Colorfest. http://mentoneareapreservationassociation.com/colorfest.asp This brings people from far and wide to check out the vendors, artists and whatever else is going on. It would be neat to have a vendor’s site next year with all my knitting. See! I did it again. Blogging about something other than my knitting.
Starting September 1st, I’m hosting a knitting group that will meet in the community center behind the library. Currently, plans are to meet every Thursday at 10:00. There is a local newspaper and the editor is running a notice for me. The purpose is to get together and share WIPs and FOs and hopefully to learn new tricks and new techniques. I, for one, want to learn how to knit Fair Isle and double stitching. I feel sure I can do it but this summer have wanted to knit projects that worked up fairly quick and finish two that were started in the spring. Also, I would like to learn how to crochet beyond an edge around the neck or bottom of a sleeve.
I have been working to finish two sweaters and test-knit mittens.
One sweater is finished and I wore it to church last Sunday. I was not going to
brag tell anyone that I had made it but Bike Man was the one who told everyone. Have I ever mentioned his hobby of restoring vintage BMW motorbikes? He has more bike parts lying around than I have skeins of yarn. Right now there are two bike springs in a magazine rack on top of my knitting magazines. That is why he does not complain about my stash – he better not.
I will post pictures and comments on these mittens very soon. I had to frog and redo the one that is pictured. If you will notice, the cable is backwards. Silly me!
Speaking of wanting to knit quick projects, the county fair is coming up and I want to submit a few FOs. Last year’s winner knitted a scarf using a feather and fan pattern. I could submit this raglan sleeved sweater in the sweater category and my Habitat cap in the “other” category. Yes, it is really called “other.”
In the future, look for posts about the four alpacas who live down the street from me with their owners; my finished sweaters; a review of the One Cable Mittens; and the progress of my county fair projects. Until then, take care.