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31.1.11

Twisting the turns and turning the twists

Progress..
Now that I have slain most of the knitting demons, the Aranmor is going gangbusters.  I'm past the first diamond and onto the next.  I can see in the photo in the book that there appear to be 3 1/2 or 4 diamonds up the front.  This is an enjoyable project.  I love how the Rowan Scottish Tweed is knitting up.  The natural color will show off the cable work nicely.
Jim is finally home from Ohio.  He visited his Mom, sister, niece, and her boys.  Mom turned 88 on the 28th.  She had a nice birthday and I am glad he was able to see her.  It has been quite a while since he was there.  I have not been back since a couple of months after my sister's funeral.  Jim had dinner with a couple we have known since junior high/high school.  They had a nice time.  We all keep in touch on Facebook.
...is going well!  Spunny inspects my work.
Tomorrow is the last of the wheel spinning classes.  One of my previous students will be there to make up her last class.  I am very proud of her.  She is spinning yarn for a project from A Fine Fleece, which is a really nice book.  Oh dear, here I go again!
While Jim was in Ohio, I made a couple of warm blankets.  Normally I wouldn't go for these because I love natural fiber, but Polar Fleece is so nice and cozy.  We got the scout fabric from the Wood badge breakfast auction and I just couldn't resist the gnome fabric.  The scout one is larger, I just squared off the gnome fabric.  I might make a pillow cover to take along camping.  I might need the extra warmth when I go to Okpik this coming weekend!  Okpik in Inuit for Snowy Owl.
Boy Scout blanket
Happy Gnomes
To make a simple, smaller blanket:  Polar fleece runs 60" wide.  Buy enough to make a square of fabric of the main color and a backing color.  On a large surface, trim the selvedge edges of both the backing and main color.  Now lay the backing and main color with wrong sides together.  Cut a 4" to 5" square from each corner (this determines the length of the fringe).  Now cut the fringe about 1" wide and 4" to 5" long all around the blanket.  Next tie every other fringe with overhand knots on the right side (the backing color should show up on the front), and then turn the blanket over and do the same on the wrong side.  It makes the fringe look better.  That's it!  It has been so cold here and these  blankets are lightweight and easy-care. 

25.1.11

Cables, classes, and spreadsheets--oh my!

Eevee contemplating whether or not to venture out
I attended another class at the Apple Store this morning.  I created a spreadsheet for my classes and one for the Aranmor.  Rob was so helpful and it was nice to tweak on something I created.  After class I walked down to Caribou and enjoyed a cuppa Joe, a muffin, and some wi-fi time.  
Today is very sunny with a bit of wind kicking up.  The temperature is bottoming out by tomorrow.  Kathy and I will brave the cold and have our Friday coffee together.  I look forward to catching up and hopefully she will have on one of the sweaters she made recently.  
It's a big old egg outside!
23.01.11  Baby, it's cold outside!  It is very cold, but with a collection of sweaters and accessories, I always stay warm!
Progress on the Aranmor is coming along, but I seem to keep making mistake on row 17-18 of chart B.  Sigh...it seems that happens every so often in a project.   Working past a particular section can be frustrating.  It is not difficult, I was probably not paying attention (over confident) because the knitting was going too smoothly.
I love the texture!
We went to the Wood Badge Breakfast at Base Camp and it was such fun to see my patrol mates again.  We picked up some Scout stuff from the silent auction and Jim even had the winning bid on a cool chair that the Scouts (from the troop that Dennis and George started) made.  I heard a familiar voice bid, which surprised me.  Jim was upping the bid and didn't expect to have the winning bid!  All the money earned from the silent and live auctions helps fund Scouters that want to attend Wood Badge.  The upcoming WB course staffers were introduced and I found out that I may be a troop guide.  It was a surprise, but by 2012, I will have enough experience under my belt.  I will be away from my comfortable spot behind the camera!
Woody Bear came along
to decorate our table
Now to the front of the classroom...I will be condensing the Explore Color class and the Twists & Turns classes into one daytime class and one nighttime class.  It will be easier for both Kathy and for me!  The classes should be larger and it is always more interesting with larger groups.  So far it has been so much fun to see the progress of the colorful projects and the lovely cable projects students have chosen.   Today is the second session of three wheel spinning sessions.  I believe the antique wheel issues should be ironed out and the Babe wheel will cooperate with the students.  Ever faithful Louie always performs well for me!

17.1.11

New year, new classes

It looks like a stalagtite
03.01.11  I had my first class of the new year (Exploring Color), and I am happy to report that it went well.  I was very happy to have two returning students and after class, another former student will be taking a class!  My peeps are finding me in addition to new students and that makes me very happy.
Icicle
It can be overwhelming to teach a new class, but I believe it went smoothly.  I took notes and am ready for the evening class.  Tomorrow is the Twists & Turns Starmore Style.  We will be dealing with yarn substitution. I figure most knitters will have a project chosen before class.
05.01.11  This morning I had my first one-to-one class at the Apple Store.  It was great learning how to best use my computer.  I will be able to use what I learned for my classes! I am at the 'bou in the mall and treating myself to a dark chocolate hot chocolate and an orange cranberry scone.  YUM!
11.01.11  Wow, this is quite a date!  The new year is still young, but my schedule has been quite busy so far.
Aranmor in progress!
The two new classes, Explore Color and Twists & Turns Starmore Style are going well. Yesterday morning was a very busy class, and the students are proud of what they have accomplished so far.  I would take photos, but it is so busy for the session, I do not have the time!  I started a pair of mittens for myself because I gave the other pair to my niece for Christmas.  The other project I started is Aranmor from Aran Knitting.  I think of it as an Aran sweater on steroids--8 charts to follow!  In the stash I have 10 skeins of Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran in a traditional oatmeal color.  It's lovely yarn and the Aran version of the yarn I used for my beloved St. Brigid sweater that now hangs on display at the shop.  We are expecting very cold weather and I will miss wearing it, but having it on display at this time is a good promotion for the class.  It takes time to build a new following and I am happy that former students are taking my classes, too.  
Jim loves his new socks and I enjoyed knitting them.
Jim's socks are just about finished.  We had the first development weekend for the 2011 Grey Wolf course at Base Camp near the airport.  It was a lot of work, but an exciting time to meet the youth on staff and begin to form our team.  Jim is scoutmaster for Course 1, and I am ASM to the Scribe and Administration for Course 3.  Even though we were in the same building, Jim and I only met up at meals and in the "bowl".  I could hear his voice every once in a while from across the open area.  The next few months we will be having our individual course development weekends at camp.  We have 5 adults and 22 youth on staff.  During the week-long course in July, we will be hosting 64 participants.  I always wanted more kids and will be "mom" to 86 boys!  A challenge, but so rewarding.  I know I will learn and grow from the experience.  
Eevee loves her spot upstairs...
We are experiencing a very snowy winter so far and have just begun!  Even though it snowed all day yesterday, we only managed a couple of inches at most.  Today is the last warm day (in the 20s) and we begin a deep freeze. 
15.01.11  The classes are going well!  I have the wheel class coming up over the next three weeks and a drop spindle class on Monday.  I am getting used to a busy schedule again and thankfully I have my new toy--an IPad.  I can sync my calendar and keep track easier than with the day-timer.  Great little tool!


...she can observe everything from her spot!
Jim's socks are  finished and they fit nicely.  I did not try to match the stripes and I like the look.  Also on the needles:  the Aranmor from Aran Knitting and another pair of mittens from Color by Kristen.  I do not have photos of the mittens, yet.  We had another bout of snowfall, which was very pretty yesterday.  Today it is clear and cold.  I shoveled the driveway before Jim got home from spin class (the bike, not the wheel!).  I worked on the deck, steps, and the patio, too.  Eevee can move around easily.  Inside, she loves her spot upstairs where she can see the dining room, the kitchen, the foyer, and even out the windows.