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Knitting, Fast and Slow

Last week I spent most of my knitting time working on the samples for the classes I am teaching next month.

I made myself a new scarf, which doubles as the example for my beginning knitting class.

The scarf is 60″ x 8″ after blocking, knit out two skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky on size US 13 needles. Very quick and easy.

Then I moved on to the project for the hat class.

The Southern Lights Hat from knitty.com. It’s a simple ear flap hat with long icord ties and three pompoms. It’s a little silly, but it’s a fun knit. Done out of the same yarn as the scarf on size 10 needles. I did have to adjust the pattern slightly, adding 1 1/4 inches to the length of the hat before decreases are started. This was a very quick knit with fun construction.

Then I started on a scarf. A linen stitch scarf. Knit lengthwise. I knit on it most of the day yesterday.

And I only go through 14 rows. 14! True, that’s 14 rows over 375 stitches, but still. It’s a little discouraging, and it made my hands hurt.

Knit out of Cascade 220 in shades of grey on US size 8 needles.

My plan is to take a picture of this scarf everyday until it is finished just so I can see that I am making real progress. So check back tomorrow to see how far I knit today!

What have you been working on?

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February 2012 Knitting Classes

Finally, my first knitting classes of 2012 are scheduled!

I will be offering two classes starting next month. To enroll in either class please email at me marla@tinydinostudios.com (second.squares@gmail.com also works) with your name and email address.

All class info is listed below, but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

**Classes will be held in the Potwin Presbyterian Church.**

Southern Lights Hat Project Class

Dates: Thursday, February 2, 9, 16, 23 from 7–9pm

Fee: $30 to PFA

Class Size: min 3–max 7

Ability level: For the adventurous beginner

Description: This simple, ear-flap hat is a great way to learn how to knit in the round! In this project class, we will make Sourthern Lights hat from the Winter 2011 issue of Knitty. You will gain experience with knitting on circular needles and double pointed needles, as well as the opportunity to explore the magic loop method.

Materials: 1 US size 10 16″ circular needle; 1 set US size 10 Double Point needles; 130-150 yards chunky yarn (about 1–100 gram ball), one stitch marker

Beginning Knitting- A Simple Ribbed Scarf

Dates: Saturday February 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10 am–12 pm

Fee: $30 to PFA

Class Size: min 3–max 5

Ability level: beginner

Description: If you have always wanted to learn to knit, this is the class for you. We will start off with a simple scarf pattern which will teach you the basics of English-style knitting. You will learn how to knit, purl, and join yarn. You will come away with a cozy scarf and a firm base for moving on to other projects.

Materials: 1 set US size 13 straight needles; 2 or 3–100g balls of chunky yarn (at least 270 yards)


Students will need to provide their own yarn and needles. I will provide other notions to be used in class.

A few good resources for your materials:

Blushing Ewe carries gorgeous hand dyed bulky wool
The Wicked Stitch in Wamego
The Yarn Barn in Lawrence

And I do have chunky yarn on its way in to me, which I will have available for purchase in class for $12 a skein (100g/110yards). If you would like to purchase your yarn from me please let me know when you enroll.

(Also, if you sell chunky yarn, and would like me to add you to the purchaser list, please let me know!)