Stitches Midwest – Sunday

Today was the last day of Stitches and I had one class today, Stranded Knitting: Just Beyond the Basics with Beth Whiteside.  I also did a little more shopping before my class.  Sadly I didn’t win the grand prize announced at 1 PM today.

I enjoyed my class today and I liked Beth quite a bit.  It was the last class of the last day and you could tell.  Everyone was a bit scattered brained and I could see Beth was getting frustrated with herself as well.  I didn’t have a problem following along.

I’ve already done some fair isle so I wasn’t too worried about the class.  The real part I was interested was the steeks.  The idea of cutting my knitting just freaks me out and I was obviously not alone.

The idea with steeks is that the wool will automatically felt with use and body heat so any loose ends will take care of themselves. This takes a bit more faith than I have.  Luckily we learned how to secure both ends of the stitch and then we cut down the line.  It wasn’t nearly as intimidating once the sides were secure.

Along with the steeks we also went over the basics of stranded knitting.  It was good overview and I even tried some other ways of holding the yarn.  My favorite part was when I tried using both hands any my right hand hated the feel of the yarn on it so much that I flung my needle away just trying to get that yarn off my fingers.  Obviously I’m not going to be an English/throw knitter anytime soon.

I had a great time at Stitches and I’m really glad I went.  I will definitely be going next year but probably with a lighter schedule.  I’ll post an overview of everything, including the goodies I came back with, sometime during the week.

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