Friday, August 17, 2007

Success is...

A few weekends ago a few of us went on a "mini yarn crawl". We had such a great time with the organized trip the weekend before (all 20(?) of us) that we thought just 3 of us would be a great manageable spur of the moment thing. A fabric store (where we saw another Fiber Therapy member who had a similar idea), a Michael's and a yarn store later, we were in full tilt knitting mode when we were sitting down to lunch. We started talking about my up coming DPN Primer class and GeorgeAnne, in her normal way of talking me into things, has me (in the middle of a restaurant, mind you) pull out the extra yarn and needles I always have in my bag and I am doing a mini-tutorial on the cast on I will be teaching. (By the way, how did you seasoned knitters like that?) A few days later she emails me that the cast on worked great but now, half way into the sock she has started (!!!!) she is stuck. During the trip over after work, I found that it was the pattern, not her, that didn't make sense. So I scanned the pattern, put "The Lisa Spin" on it and after a fabulous dinner (Thank you again, GA) I was leaving her to her knitting. I was just thrilled that she was knitting.
Later in the (very busy) week, we had our DPN Primer - all of you ladies did WONDERFULLY!! Make sure you bring your hats next Saturday!! I have to admit, I was a little disappointed to see GA CROCHETING!!! with the other crocheters not taking the class. What didn't I express completely that she didn't just fall in LOVE with knitting socks?! Did I fail my friend? And, if I wasn't able to light the fire for her, how did I hope to extend my passion to the others in my DPN class? Would they save the DPNs only for this winters kindling? - the yarn to be pulled out and crocheted into wash cloths? Would I then see them at meet ups and find they have decided to "go back to the dark side" too? (Yes, I mean crochet)
Well, today on my visit to GA's blog Hook and Needles she redeemed me and made me feel as successful as will ever need to feel... I quote (re: her almost finished and very comfy looking, yet 80's inspired sock - and YES, WE WERE COOL), "I can see the addiction to these little things." If I achieve nothing more, I HAVE SUCCEEDED.

Knitting has been a savior to me. It has warmed me - literally and in a "warm fuzzy" emotional way. It has inspired me. It has given me a way to release and enhance my calm. It has introduced me to a wide array of WONDERFUL women (and one man - I'm not forgetting you - even if you missed my class!). With all of the beautiful things that have come to me through this passion, how could I not want to share it with everyone - especially those I care about?
It isn't about the one sock or the one hat. It is about the personal growth and rewarding experience of making that one sock (OK, maybe you should aim for two) or that one hat. It is the process. It is about creating something with love - even if it is for yourself! You need to give yourself love too! (Just don't forget I like dark colors!) It is about having passion and sharing it - if I have done that, I have been a success. Thank you GeorgeAnne.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

DPN Primer / Baby Hat Class

OK, so if there are any of you in San Diego that have not signed up, I am holding a DPN/Baby Hat Class tonight at Fiber Therapy's monthly meeting. So many of out members are crocheters (AKA "want-to-be-knitters") that before diving into something a little more involved, we wanted to make sure we all at least had some basics down. Since I have never taught a knitting class before, it will be a shoe in for some really good laughs. And besides, we always love to see new faces. For more information, just visit the web site.

If THAT doesn't scare you off, there will be a Sock Class next month - the information for that will be posted on Thursday.

You DO NOT have to be a knitter (or crocheter), you just have to aspire to be... we will be happy to get you on your way to addiction. However, we do not, as of yet, have a KA / CA group established so we cannot be held liable for any indiscretions that you may make (such as spending grocery money on yarn or being late to pick up your child from school because you "wanted to finish one more row").

Hope to see you there!
P.S. (Knitter's Anonymous / Crocheters Anonymous)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Socks and the Long Awaited Hat Pattern

It has been a busy, busy week here and not a lot of knitting has happened. I will say that my new knitting friends (one in particular - you know who you are) have really been a huge support and I can see that I am not just making knitting buddies here but real friends. Thank you to ALL.

I did have a few moments to meet up for coffee and finish up these
Toe Up Anklet Socks by Rachel Calado for a Size 6 shoe

I used Knit Picks Dancing (it was a clearance yarn so it may not be available anymore) 41% Cotton, 39% Wool, 13% Nylon, 7% Elastic on US #00 (instead of US #1). I also adjusted the width as they appeared a bit wide for an 11 year old foot.

Despite the teeny needles (I actually LIKE the smaller needles better anyway) and having to get used to the enormous amount of stretch in the yarn, I LOVED working with the yarn and pattern. I can't wait to make a pair in a "real" size. I also started a pair of baby socks made out of the same yarn. I finished the first and all but the toe (cuff down) on the second and ran out of yarn. HOPEFULLY I will be able to get more.

I also have FINALLY posted the info regarding my hat class .
- Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Since this is an original pattern, I needed to get a couple of pictures to post and I finally got a good one (well, my favorite is the one on the last post). If you need more information on this class, you can find it on our MeetUp Site.

Off to knit birthday socks. I hope your weekend is as relaxing as mine is turning out. If it isn't maybe you should be in our knitting group. More soon.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

A 2 Second Shout Out

Has everyone seen the new MagKnits?
Pink Champagne is super SEXY!!

With its clingy fit and open back, all I have to do now is buy a body to go in it! Any one know a good plastic surgeon?

Just kidding! - After all I am just a few pounds away from a mumu! Pattern coming soon!