Friday, April 23, 2010

More Yarnover

MN Knitters' Guild was lucky that Franklin Habit was willing to stay in the Twin Cities a couple extra days and speak at the monthly meeting. Such an interesting talk on vintage knitting patterns. Not only was it historical but funny as well.

Franklin wrote the book, It itches, filled with knitting cartoons and essays. His blog , The Pantopticon, is hilarious and can be found at !


Monday, April 19, 2010

Yarnover 2010

This is the 24th year the MN Knitters' Guild has sponsored their Yarnover. The first year we struggled to get 100 people to attend. This year there were close to 600 people at the keynote speech. The teachers were outstanding this year-famous teachers, authors, and designers of knitting from all over the US and Canada. Everyone who registered for classes received this wonderful Nantucket bag.

About 64 door prizes were given out and I got one! It's been many years since I've gotten one.

Many people attend just for the market. This is about 1/3 of the market this year.

I pretty much restrained myself. I bought no yarn, but did get these, plus some patterns. The little doll was just too cute. They were out of the patterns to knit clothes, but I was able to purchase it online, only to discover everything is knit with crochet cotton-I'll see what I can do with that some day. The purpose is to knit clothes for the doll, then give it to a charity. The bowl is made by Jenny the Potter- I just love her things and this is the 4th thing I have of hers. The mug I just had to have. It says, "If I knit fast enough does it count as exercise?"

Steven B/Yarn Garage gave everyone cards which could be exchanged for the fancy yarn to knit a hat for charity. Lion Brand donated the Jiffy yarn, needles and a pattern for a hat everyone received when evaluations were turned in.

Most attendees take classes in the morning and afternoon. I took Lily Chin's morning class on Tips and Tricks. Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. I learned a lot and her presentation is so entertaining it is easy to remember.

Not only are the teachers willing to pose for pictures, they sign their books. (Someday I will figure out how to rotate the pictures the right way when Blogger rotates them during download.)
And of course some time is spent knitting with friends. I didn't take my afternoon class so I could browse the market and visit. It makes me realize how many friends I have made through knitting!

Not only do the teachers teach at Yarnover, but many of them come early and stay later to teach at the LYS. On Sunday, Cat Bordhi taught at Amazing Threads. This was another amazing class-again I learned a lot even though I didn't finish the project. She taught her Personal Footprint Sock class.

And autographed her book and posed for pictures.

This picture had to be taken to settle a dispute in Ravelry's Group, NW 'Burbs Night Out as to who is Cat Bordhi's Best Friend Forever.

What could have been a better weekend?!?! And it extends over til tomorrow at the MN Knitters' Guild meeting. Probably more about that later.


Sunday, April 11, 2010


Django is/are finally finished. I started them in 2008 but hated the yarn so it was hard to pick them up and work on them. I seriously thought of ripping, but I had a sock and a half done, so struggled forward. Thinking it might help, I splurged and bought a set of signature needles hoping wonderful needles would balance out the awful yarn. It helped!
Pattern: Django by Cookie A
Yarn: Flat Feet Sock blank. The information that came with the yarn said not to wind it into balls, just unravel and knit. If I ever used it again-which is doubtful- I would wind it into balls. It did wash up into a beautiful yarn and sock.
Another new venture and I might be a convert. I took a class on 2 socks on magic loop at Arnhild's Knitting Camp and now that I've worked with it, I do like this technique. (Thanks, Jean!) This sock is the February Woolgirl Sock Club sock called Sleep Walker. The picture doesn't show the true color-it is much darker purple which I think hides all the patterning.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

Happy Easter/Spring

Isn't this cute?
So is this!

Mini Reversible Bunny Duck by Spud and Chloe free pattern available at
Yarn: From my stash. The yellow and orange are Encore, the white is an unknown which hopefully will not felt. I had it stored with my acrylics if that means anything. I tried felting a piece and I couldn't do it.
I couldn't resist making this adorable toy.