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Pogona After One Week

Because it’s been a busy holiday week (hope your’s wasn’t too busy!), I am not as far along on my pogona as I would like.

pogona in progress

This cormo is blowing my mind. It’s gorgeous, and with the alpaca, it is just downright decadent.

pogona in progress 2

I am doing the white in Fibonacci stripes, separated by two-row stripes of gray. I think the color contrast just adds to the texture of the piece.

It might bee 100 degrees out now, but I can’t wait to try this shawl on. Knitting this out of my handspun has convinced me that it’s worth spending more time spinning so I can knit with handspun more often.

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I Made It!

In a vast improvement over Saturday, I made it out to Flying Monkey–on my bike–in a decent amount of time and with my wallet! Now, I am squared away with some scrumptious tea and all the notes I need to get some this paper work out of the way.

It’s a lovely day outside, the music is good inside, and I have had a productive morning so far.

For the giveaway folks, here’s a look at the yarns I posted to the shop this morning.

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Happy Leap Day

Shawl fever continues around these parts. I spent most of the day yesterday knitting as I puzzled out the next few turns in my novel-in-progress. Instead of knitting on things I am going to sell at the Farmer’s Market or things I am going to sell in the etsy shop, (like the rest of that self-striping sock yarn that still needs to be reskeined….) I cast on another new project. I mean, it’s not a surprise really, I said on Monday I was planning to do so.

Blog, meet Ebbtide.

It’s a charming little pattern that I am knitting out of a cheerful canary yellow. I am justifying knitting this by telling myself it will be a display piece at the farmer’s market. A “Look what my yarn can do!” thing of beauty–and something to wear on days when it is just a bit too chilly.

I am in love with this color. I called it “canary” when I dyed it, but the more I knit with it, the more it reminds me of Big Bird–in a good way. Yesterday was mostly grey and rainy, so the bright pop of yellow on was exactly what I needed to keep my inspired.

I did a tiny bit of work on Snow Drops.

I don’t think I am completely a lace weight convert yet. I am enjoying it but it still feels so dainty. (Perhaps I need smaller fingers?) Then again, sock yarn felt the same way to me the first couple of times I used it, so I imagine by the time I am finished with The Lace Shawl, I will be able to knit with lace yarn in my sleep.

For now though, I am going to plow away on Ebbtide.

Because it is yellow, and it is leap day, and because I am in a yellow, self-indulgent, leap day kind of mood.

If you wish to behold the awesome yellow-ness of Ebbtide in person, it is what I will be bringing with me to the PFF night tonight. Here is your official invitation.

Open Stitch Night
Potwin Presbyterian Church
Topeka, KS
All fibers and crafts welcome.
No business. All fun.

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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 ( 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!)

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FIber Arts Bazaar

I was on TV! We were advertising the fiber arts bazaar this weekend. I was the one behind the wheel.

The weather guy kept saying it was 27 outside, but I am pretty sure it was 27 inside. I am still wearing two pairs of socks. Though I do hope everyone enjoyed my red toenails.

I will be at the bazaar tonight and tomorrow at Potwin Presbyterian Church in Topeka.
Friday from 5-9
Saturday from 9-4

We will have demonstrations all day Saturday, including me doing my best at some armpit knitting action, which should be hilarious.

Also, I have put my etsy shop on vacation until I return from Shepherding camp on Nov. 14th. I won’t be taking my computer along with me, but keep an eye on my twitter feed. If my phone works out on the farm, I will be tweeting.

And for you Nanowrimo-ers out there, I am running right on schedule with just under 7000 words so far, and it seems like I am cooking up some scandal.

See you in Potwin!