Stitches in my finger and typing, not so great combo

Hey, just in case you were wondering, I haven’t posted this week (yet) for a couple of reasons. First, I was goofing off on a knitting retreat last weekend. And second, when I got home, I had minor surgery on my left “long” finger to remove an old blood blister. Darn thing wouldn’t go away and was in the crease of my finger joint where I hold my knitting needles. Luckily it was an easy fix and I have some very lovely knots under my band-aid. My typing has suffered along with my knitting for a couple of days. Never fear, I have my drop spindle and a good supply of wool to keep me company, along with a good book or two. It won’t slow me down for long. I might even get the photos from the weekend uploaded today.
Meantime, have a wonderful holiday weekend. Stay safe and cool. And remember those who serve(d) our country!

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Who’s Irma? Ten knitters, ten stockings, ten unique creations

Two colorful Christmas stockings in greens, white and red, knitted with four different patterns, starting at the cuff, and separated by knitted braids. Heels and toes knitted in red. One says Noel with Green fir trees above. The other has a band of holly and a band of people.

In the Ethnic Socks workshop, two wonderful teachers, Mary Germain and Sandy deMaster, introduced us to traditions, methods and patterns of two-stranded knitting inspired by the socks made by Irma Mezeraups Ciganovich, a Latvian knitter. Irma’s socks and others knitted by our instructors practically danced through our hands as we heard about skills and beliefs of the Latvian knitters. Before we knew it, we had opened our materials, grabbed our yarn and started to make the first of many design decisions for our own stockings.

As we worked over the next two days, we learned knitted items in these villages reflected the beliefs, skill and industry of their people. How pattern covered every visible inch for fear of empty space. And colorful costly dyed yarns indicated the prosperity of the wearer and their family. Through the stories, we knit and considered our own choices of pattern and color. Making Irma proud, we hope. Ten knitters, ten stockings, ten unique creations.

For more about Ethnic Socks and Irma’s story, check out these two articles; “Messages in Mittens: The Story of a Latvian Knitter” by Sandra Messinger De Master and “Irma’s Christmas Stocking” by Mary Germain in Knitting Traditions, Fall 2011

Packing for the road trip?

Sign hanging at the driveway to the farm with llamas feeding in the distanceThis weekend, I am heading to Pendleton, Indiana, for a workshop about “Ethnic Socks” at the Trading Post for Fiber Arts. Thus the question, what to pack?

You might think that’s a simple question. I can throw a couple of changes of clothes and personal care products in a bag and call it good. But that’s only part of the equation, and the simple part at that. The tricky part is choosing which knitting and/or spinning projects to bring. It goes like this…

I’m pretty sure I need to bring

something to knit in the car (hope driving will be shared)

something to knit while talking (something at a point not requiring full attention)

something to knit “in case” (road delays, weather delays, or I finish something)

small project to knit in a restaurant (start new socks? no, it’s a sock workshop, silly!)

something to spin if the mood strikes (spindles or wheel? both? spinning tool basket?)

needles and knitting tools for above (plus spares “in case”)

-all of the items on the class materials list

Plus…
camera for photos of class, yarn, fiber, alpacas and llamasclose up of a llama looking into the camera with curiosity
snacks and water for sustenance in the car
lunch so we don’t have to leave during the workshop
maybe some wine for the end of the day

Yeah, that might cover it. No TSA regulations to consider. Thank goodness this is a road trip!

Come join the adventures of the Intrepid Knitter!

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Let’s jump into the wide world of knitting and its sister realms of fiber arts. We’ll see what’s on my needles, my latest knitting road trips, workshops and classes. If we’re lucky, we might meet other members of “the Cult” and the various things they make…and bake.

I’m excited to have you join me on this fun and fearless exploration of all things fiber.

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