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Archive for January 13th, 2006

Great Schedule this Week!

Friday, January 13th, 2006

OK, friends… I’m busy this week and would love to see a few of you local folks perhaps.

wristwarmerSaturday afternoon, 2-5pm, I’m teaching Wristwarmers at Little Red Schoolhouse. One session only, $25 includes the pattern. Use any yarn and a set of Double Pointed Needles in about 2 sizes smaller than the ball band suggests. I can help with that in class, but some folks bring stash yarns and that’s fine.

If you’ve never knit in the round, this is a good starter project. In bulky yarn, I can knit a pair of these in one day. And I can’t think of a more practical thing to knit, I wear them inside, outside over gloves in really cold weather, outside sans gloves in spring/fall. The best.

Fabulous HeftonesSaturday night, Brian and I are singing as The Fabulous Heftones at Altu’s restaurant. It’s always a great time and the food is incredible! Show time is 6:30-8:30pm, dinner hour. You can go from there to another evening event if you choose, and make it a double-play music night. Oh, there’s no cover.

First-Time Toe Up SockSunday I continue my First-Time Toe-Up sock class at Threadbear. I heard from Esther that she has two socks ready to start the heels, she has been quite industrious. Can’t wait to see!

Fay's MittensOn Wednesday (11-1:30 at Threadbear for 3 wks, $30) is my favorite thing, perhaps! We’ll be doing “Design Your Own Colorful Mittens” at Threadbear.

This is basically a stranded-knitting project in two colors of yarn. We start at the tip of the mitten so you can fit as you go, no swatch needed. I bring a handout but not a pattern, I teach you how to make it up as you go. It’s powerful stuff, you become powerful over your project when you understand how to make it happen without following a printed pattern. The photo here is Fay’s first pair from the class, which were worn by her Son-in-Law on a musical tour of Europe. Cool, huh?

Guitar Herringbone HatThen next Saturday the 21st I teach Guitar Herringbone Hat at Little Red Schoolhouse, one session 11-5 with a short break for lunch (bring a sandwich if you like) although I stay there to help those who choose to work as they lunch.

This hat is a wonderful first-time project for those who have been afraid to try using two strands of yarn on the same row. It has only 3 rows of two-color knitting in 2 places, with a rest in between… sort of a wonderful easy striped hat with a twist on just a few rows.

It’s no problem if you’ve never done double pointed needles. You can even use a circular needle for most of the hat, if you prefer. The only skills involved (besides 2 color knitting which is the focus of the class) are: cast on, knit and purl, and decrease. That’s all there is to it. I’m very excited about this design, and I’d love to have you join me.

Headache Day

Friday, January 13th, 2006

teaToday was a day off from teaching. My allergist had me go for some tests, not a big deal but I had to not drink caffeine for 24 hours starting last night at dinner.

My friends, I love tea. I usually drink about 5 mugs of tea a day, sometimes green, often black. This has led to a fairly harmless addiction to caffeine that is rarely a problem… except when I give it up cold turkey as I did last night.

I am here to tell you that a caffeine-withdrawal headache is one way to slow me down to a halt. At least the worst of it came right after I was allowed to have tea again. It was only really bad for about an hour… and I’m clear that these are the minor afflictions of a barely-middle-aged woman in otherwise good health. So yes, I complained (funny how pain turns us into toddlers emotionally, isn’t it?), but I knew in the big picture it was just a headache.

I think it’s probably good to slow down sometimes, right? I’m spending the evening on the couch finishing simple knitting projects (wristwarmers for a friend and the sample sock for the Thursday night No-Purl, Replaceable-Heel class I’m doing at Rae’s starting Feb. 23). If I finish those, I may dive back into the Multicolor Mohair Bloom Shawl for the class I’ll be teaching (one session) on April 1/Saturday at Threadbear. OR if I feel better, maybe I’ll attempt to sew together the funnel neck I made on the machine over a week ago.

I did get help distracting myself from my complaints (yeah, progress in the positive-thinking department) early this afternoon. First I had lunch with my friend Sue R. at Aladdin’s. Then we popped over to Rae’s (just as Sharon P/Knitknacks was on her way out the door). And of course, as is true in any yarn shop within an hour from my home, if I sit there for half an hour or longer it seems that the world goes by, lots of fiber friends passing through showing off their finished projects or seeking a new one.

Sue is working on her first project from a published pattern, a stole with simple lace (diamonds made of yarn overs on a basically garter-stitch fabric). I’m so impressed with how far she has come in only a few months, she’s really starting to “get it” in a real way. Very exciting!

Anyway, Brian has gone out to play music (a jam session at someone’s home) with our Abbott Brothers’ Band friends. I feel a lot better than I did an hour ago, or I might have gone with him as I usually do. As it is, I think I’ll just put soothing James Taylor on the stereo on low volume, and knit while lounging on the couch. I don’t sit still and knit very often at all, and I might as well enjoy it. That and a lovely cup of Twinings English Breakfast tea, that is!!!

Photo: Gorgeous-colored teapot and mug, and tea I got in Ethiopia and which I’m still hoarding. I just love this tea packaging! The writing above the English is in Amharic. Under the big writing it says “Red Lable” (sic). I love the image of the man with his braids. Nothing glossy or fancy about this tea package made of unbleached paperboard. It’s very third-world practical with no marketing junk attached. The focus is on the good stuff inside.

Digression: This photo reminds me of an advertisement I heard on the radio the other day. It was imitating a TV Game show but asking impossible-to-answer questions, and then the answer would be improbable at best. The second or third question was this: “What is the square root of Orange?” Answer: “Turquoise?” Announcer: “Correct!” I laughed so hard I almost cried. What a hoot.

And here we are, friends, a photo I took before I heard the advertisement. The answer is definitely Turquoise.