Linda in MN writes (about my Fast Florida Footies, a free pattern… see picture):
Saw your note on the Socknitters List about the heel on your pattern — which reminded me to write and thank you! I love the pattern and have made two pairs of footies from Fixation with it — one for myself and one for my MIL. A very enjoyable, well-written pattern, and one that I’ll definitely be using again in the future. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!
I made the first pair in March, when my family and I were on a cruise with my in-laws. My MIL is allergic to wool, so when I saw your Fixation Footie pattern a few days before we were due to set sail, it was a godsend! On the first day at sea, I showed her the yarn — she loved it, and was always checking on my progress to see how the footies were coming. I finished them on Day 5; she tried them on and they fit like a glove. She’s told me that she uses them as “sleeping socks,” when the temperatures take a dip. I was so happy with how her pair turned out that I started a pair for myself on the ship as well. I absolutely love them! I went to an antiques fair the other day where I knew I’d be doing a lot of walking in 90* heat — I wore the footies with my clogs and my feet stayed cool and dry.
Unfortunately I don’t have a digital camera, so I don’t have any pix of the footies. I’ve just ordered some more Fixation from an online vendor, to make several more pair.
Thanks again, Lynn — it’s a great pattern!
Well, it always tickles me to no end when people knit my patterns. My friend Marilyn also wrote that she is very close to finishing a pair of my Barberpole Sox and will be sending a picture. I’m beaming!!!
The Fabulous Heftones in the News
Our radio spot on Wednesday night went well. Now we are preparing to be on stage Sunday noon. (If you have missed my incessant talk on this, the festival is MeLott Festival near Leslie, Michigan.) We also will be performing at Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine again on July 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 for any locals who are interested but can’t come to the festival Sunday.
We made three newspapers this week, too (because of the Fest): The City Pulse, The Noise, and What’s On (Lansing State Journal). That was pretty exciting.
Thanks to Sarah Stollak (of the band Millenary, she is a singer/songwriter in her own right) who wrote a nice article in the What’s On, there was a little deal about us being a “retro” band, etc. Our picture also made it into another article further up front in the publication. Why is it so cool to see your own image in print? I’m so excited!
I will be eager to see how many people make the festival, it could be a great time. It is on a campground, so people who want to make a weekend of it can hang out for both days. Sort of a mini-Wheatland, perhaps, but more on the Rock and Roll/amplified end of things (Wheatland is more old-timey and folk/blues/world music, more “unplugged”).
Setting up Housekeeping
I’ve been spending a lot of time and funds on setting up my dye studio for a higher level of production. The computer business is always dead in the summer with my corporate clients, and this summer the community education classes I offer for adults have also dried up substantially. My other “geek” friends have had similar downturns, many have been laid off since Y2K so it just got to me a little later than everyone else (because I’m self employed, primarily).
I do have my work a few hours a week with the kids at Foster Center, but I’m gearing up to dye wool in much larger quantities than I have in the past. This is one reason my blogs have been a little shorter and fewer photos in the last week or so. I am gearing up to be an almost-full-time fiberartist this summer, and probably full time in the fall.
Gearing up to Teach
When I have been knitting in public this week (I am doing almost no knitting at home) I have been working on a stole with yarns available from JoAnn’s fabrics. I will be teaching a class there September 24 at 6pm, to show folks how to knit up this fun thing. This class will include a pattern I will provide, which specifies how many skeins and how many rows, and whatever is needed. This will allow folks to knit a stole (rectangular shawl) without planning… other than choosing a colorway (I will be offering at least three or four colorways).
I’m actually pleased, because there are a handful of yarns at JoAnns that make me quite happy. I’m still a fanatical wool grrrl at heart. However, I do feel that polyester eyelash is absolutely wonderful, and there are a couple of froofy/textured yarns in colorways available from Lion Brand and Bernat that can work together.
Of course, these are the more pricey yarns at JoAnn’s, but yarn is yarn and knitting makes me happy. I can reach different students at JoAnn’s (and maybe convert them to wool fanatics over time, heh heh heh, a field trip to some nicer yarn shops is in the back of my mind). The fabric I’m making is lovely, really. It’s very different than the handspun stole or the handpainted yarn stole I made from Nancy’s store, but all of them have a very strong personality and work well to catch the eye and keep one warmer in the air conditioning.
OK, a real yarn store, be it Yarn for Ewe or Woven Art or Old Mill Yarn or whoever, will have many more color choices (and a lot more wool) than JoAnn’s, but as I said, I’m hoping to reach folks who aren’t in the guild and may not know about the better stores in town yet.
The class I will be teaching at Woven Art July 25 and August 1 (Fridays, 6pm-8pm) will also create a stole. However, that class will cover color theory for knitters and how to choose many yarns to go together well. The stole will be knit from a formula I provide, rather than a pattern. Folks will be encouraged to bring some stash yarns to combine in a pleasing multi-yarn experience. The stole I made from Nancy’s yarns had 10 different yarns in it. The JoAnn’s stole has only 5. More yarns makes more color and more texture, and more luxury. Same idea, different outcome.
I also will be teaching Polymer Clay beads and buttons at JoAnn’s on Tuesday, August 26, from 6pm to 9pm. They carry my favorite brand of clay, Premo.
I will be doing a demo at Woven Art on circular knitting, for her second Sunday event, July 10. I think the time is from 12 Noon to 4pm, but I’m not sure.
Wow, writing all this makes me realize that I will surely not be without things to do in my new “job” as fiberartist. My real longterm goal is to travel to other states and cities, and teach knitting and color for fiberartists/knitters. I used to do this with polymer clay (I have taught in Boston, Cambridge and Chicago among other spots) and it was just wonderful.
I’m busy considering what classes to develop that would be interesting to a variety of groups. I think creating a core of patterns will help as well. I think my personality shows through the styles of my patterns (see picture of Eva’s Sox). I love teaching, it is the most wonderful thing I can do! So here’s to a future of doing and teaching the fibery things I love!!!