Universal Yarn visits CKG

Some of the yarn we tasted
Some of the yarn we "tasted"

I was pleased to get to the November Charlotte Knitting Guild meeting, particularly as I’d missed the October meeting.  Guild meetings are my main chance to connect with knitters in person (almost said IRL, which is just sad ).

Universal Yarn sent rep Jean Lux to introduce some of their newest yarns. I was very interested in the cotton; it was smooth, easy to knit, and very soft. I heard several people comment that it didn’t feel anything like cotton yarn. I will be buying some of this as soon as it comes out in 2009. I’ll have to check with some of the other Guild members to get the name of this yarn; I failed to keep my notes from the event! Sorry… but I’ll update as soon as I can.

Poem Sock at the top...
Poems Sock at the top...

Myr was particularly interested in the Poems sock yarn, which is un-plied and gives every indication that it would be a lot of fun to knit with. She was so taken by the stuff that I know we’ll be investing in some as soon as the $$ situation gets a little better.

During the meeting we learned some details about the Guild’s first knitting retreat, coming up in February. I’d love to go, but for some reason the property tax payment comes first. One of the reasons I’d like to go to the retreat is that Charlene Schurch of Sensational Knitted Socks fame will be there. Well… perhaps there will still be an opening when if I (ever) have the money!

A Thank-You Card for Krystal

Thank You, Krystal!
Thank You, Krystal!

A dual-purpose post. The Lesser Purpose is to update you on the progress of the second Frog Princess mitt. As you will see, I’m a good way along the arm. I’m not stressing about the pace of work this time, and since it is the most interesting thing I have on needles at the moment, I’m making fair progress.

The Greater Purpose is to thank Krystal (Krystalclear2006 on Rav) for her awesome gift of stitch markers. These are the first fancy markers I’ve ever owned, and they are great. I really see them and my error rate dropped dramatically after I started using them on this project. So without additional commentary, here they are.

Stitch Markers!
Stitch Markers!

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Click the images to embiggen!

A little catching up…

Trying to understand draft
Trying to understand "draft"

I don’t have any finished objects “on film” right now, but I can show a couple of things. In early November I helped represent the Charlotte Knitting Guild at the “Charity Convergence” event organized by The Yarn Shop in Pineville, North Carolina. Myr and I got to the event a little ahead of when I was scheduled to start my ‘shift’ on the Guild table so that I could take the introductory spinning class sponsored by the shop.

We got there toward the end of the lesson, but the instructor was kind enough to take some time with me. I learned a couple of things… 1) the important skill seems to be drafting, not spinning the spindle, which is easy to do… and 2) it is difficult to look intelligent when your jaw is hanging open. Now I just need to practice my wool carding and get the spindle going. Just the thing to fill the empty hours that burden my life.

I did walk away with a fragment of actual yarn… or wool twine, if you want to be more accurate.

I had a good time at the Convergence. I knitted a good portion of the “giant” socks I was working on (yes, the pair is done… photos soon) hung out with a couple of the nice folks from the Guild, and had a rather good lunch. I’m not sure I helped the Guild or the Convergence much, but if it is true that “showing up” is important, then I can say I definitely did that!

Myr brought her bobbin lace and had a steady stream of people stopping to watch her make lace. One of my favorite moments was when a woman watched for a while, then went and grabbed a friend and dragged her over to Myr’s table. She waved one hand at Myr and said commandingly “do some!”

When we finally left the event we stopped at The Yarn Shop and I picked up some most excellent wool to make into a drop-stitch pattern scarf for a friend from work. The scarf is done, but I’ve not yet woven in the ends …and it desperately needs washing and blocking before going in front of a camera!