Stitches Midwest 2015 – Day 3

Sunday Purchases

Yesterday was the last day at Stitches Midwest.  I did not win the grand prize raffle.  Sad, I know.  I did do a little more shopping.  I bought a pink yarn bowl from Pawley Studios to match the purple mini version I bought a few years back.   I also bought the double spindle yarn buddy showing the yarn I wound Saturday for my gloves sitting on one of the spindles.  This will be awesome for two socks at a time or color work.  It’ll be a while until I can test it because neither of those projects are on my list to do soon but I’m very much looking forward to no more tangles.    Finally I bought a second skein from 2 Guys in a heavier weight but matching color for a hat project to match my gloves.

My last class at Stitches Midwest was Anatomy of a Yarn with Laura Bryant.  Wow was that a lot of info.  It was exhausting enough that I passed out just after 7 PM last night and slept for over 10 hours.  It was good info broken up by a glossary for yarn terminology the different fiber types then the different yarn types.  I learned a lot but I also realize how much I still don’t know.  That’s a bit overwhelming. Next year I’ll need more classes about yarn and fiber before I’m confident enough to know I’m picking the right yarn for a project.  I’ve never tried to knit which chenille and after this class I have no intentions of trying.  If the “worming” terminology isn’t enough to freak me out then random holes appearing in my knitting weeks after I finish it is.  No thank you.  Give me a wool fiber any day.

Stitches Midwest 2015 – Day 2

Saturday Purchases

Today was my second day at stitches and I did buy some yarn but not too much!  Like I promised myself I also have patterns picked out for these.  First I’m going to make the Meisi Gloves with the 2 Guys Yarn Company Signature Fingering in Black Cocoa Creme.  This color matches my favorite scarf I bought in San Diego a few years ago.  I’ve had a really hard time finding something to match it so I couldn’t resist this yarn when I found it.  I’m getting the swift ready so I can wind the yarn and cast on tonight!  For the Miss Babs Katahdin green yarn I’m deciding between two patterns: Alicia Beth and Cecily Jacket. Any votes?

Before shopping, today started with the Estonian Style: Nupps and Starflowers class with Denise Bell.  I started this class a little more frazzled than yesterdays since a room hunt was involved.  Fortunately I found the spot and sat next to a really nice mom & daughter pair in the area!  That made the class a lot more enjoyable.

The class was all about learning these two Estonian techniques.  The starflower was fairly easy, the nupps didn’t go so well.  As you can see in my swatch below some turned out not quite right but I was assured they would look better after blocking. Denise was very smart and provided enough yarn for a second swatch.  In this one I knit two rows of 5 nupps then 2 rows of 7 (5 or 7 is the number of stitches knit  into the one stitch to produce the nupp).  Next swatch I’ll either practice all 7s because that’s what the Percy Shawl needs or I’ll try 7 and 9 to challenge myself.

Nupp Swatch

I’ve got one more day left to shop and go to my last class, Anatomy of a Yarn with Laura Bryant.  This is the class I was looking forward to the most.  I know which yarns feel nice but I don’t know beyond that which yarns are best for which projects.  I’ve already had a few failures from picking the wrong yarn so I’m hoping this class means I never do that again!



Stitches Midwest 2015 – Day 1

Flatter Yourself Swatches

Today was the first of three classes I signed up for at Stitches Midwest, Flatter Yourself: Fully Fashioned Secrets of the Pros with Melissa Leapman.  I didn’t realize ahead of time but I’ve had a couple of her books on my wishlist for awhile and I’m definitely planning to get her book, Knitting the Perfect Fit: Essential Fully Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Results, after her class.

I had a lot of fun.  Melissa went over some of the ways you can design a sweater so that it will flatter anyone and along the way mentioned what samples would look good on different body types and why.  The rest of the class time was doing some exercises on the homework swatches to mimic some of the design principles she’d discussed.  Both exercises above were to show how to add shaping with increases & decreases.  Melissa also offered tips and tricks for some common knitting technique issues.  Some of these worked for me and some not so much. I’ll have to try again when I’m more focused.

The rest of the morning I spent on my first round of shopping by visiting two of my favorites from last year.  I bought more project bags by Erin.Lane and stitch markers.  I figure with the yarn crawl last weekend I shouldn’t buy yarn unless I’ve already got a pattern picked out for it!

Looking forward to tomorrow, Estonian Style: Nupps and Starflowers with Denise Bell.  In the mean time I might go looking at some patterns so I can buy yarn tomorrow guilt free.

Friday Purchases

Stitch Markers