Almost Famous

Wow, it looks like my little blog made the Oregonian! A really nice article appeared today about Nitro Knitters.  So, if you arrived here by that route, welcome.

I feel like it might be a good idea to explain that this isn't exactly your typical knitting blog.  This site grew out of my previous teaching life, when I taught at various locations in and around Beaverton.  I needed one place where I could list all the classes and locations I was teaching, and this was it.  So you'll find a certain amount of outdated class listings here, if you browse in chronological order.  But in between those, though, there is some good stuff.  For example, on the sidebar, down on the right side, you'll see that my post about the "yo-yo" sock heel has been viewed a few (tens of thousands!!) times.  And hiding back in the mists of time are informative posts like how to Kitchener without a tapestry needle.

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Finally, Sweater Pix!

You know that stupid cutesy saying,

"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done."

OK, OK, I bow to reality.

Tomorrow we are getting on a plane to attend my niece's wedding in Chicago.  I promised myself I'd get the pictures of the sweater knitters posted before the trip.  I'd have had it done already, actually, if it weren't that when I sat down to do it last Tuesday, I found out my camera was still sitting in DH's truck.  At work.  With all the pictures still on it.

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HI! didja miss me?

Wowsers, it's been an eventful couple of months at my house.  At my NEW house, of course — where I'd say we are about 2/3 unpacked by now.

I'm estimating it will take until December to get the rest unpacked and put away, donated, recycled, or thrown away.  Way back in the beginning, I said this was going to be a year-long project.  We first went out househunting with the realtor on December 29th, so at this point I'm still sticking with my original estimate.  (Although I keep hearing from people about how they have boxes still to unpack from moves that were three years ago.)

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Short-Row Bust Darts

For about half of the “Magnificent 7 Guinea Pigs” group, one of the big fit issues was how to fit a sweater for a generous bust without it becoming a gunny sack.

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More Great Guinea Pigs

Table of contents for Friday Guinea Pigs: TDVNR Knitalong

  1. I Love My Job!
  2. The Friday Guinea Pigs!
  3. This Is Why It’s Gonna Snow in Portland
  4. One TWO Successful Guinea Pigs!
  5. More Great Guinea Pigs
  6. Short-Row Bust Darts

OK, I admit it’s been a couple of weeks, and I still have not fixed the collar on my top-down V-neck raglan from the Friday group class knit-along.  Part of that is due to a whole lot of teaching going on, and part of that is due to another sock pattern I am designing for my friend Deb of Fearless Fibers…  you’ll hear more about that later.

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Hippity, Hoppity, Easter’s on Its Way

And if you need yourself a little Easter Basket, here’s the ticket!mobius basket - side view

I’ll be teaching this mobius-handled basket at the Knitting Bee in early March.  It goes amazingly quickly, so you’ll have plenty of time to whip up one or more before the holiday.  Among other things, you’ll learn how to do a provisional cast-on — a must in every serious knitter’s repertoire!

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One TWO Successful Guinea Pigs!

Table of contents for Friday Guinea Pigs: TDVNR Knitalong

  1. I Love My Job!
  2. The Friday Guinea Pigs!
  3. This Is Why It’s Gonna Snow in Portland
  4. One TWO Successful Guinea Pigs!
  5. More Great Guinea Pigs
  6. Short-Row Bust Darts

The top-down rust raglan that I knit for the Friday Group Class knit-along was finished last Friday (or so I thought).rust raglan

I picked up around the neckline and knit simple K2, P2 for a polo style collar.  (Turns out that isn’t going to work so well — but more about that in a minute.)

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This Is Why It’s Gonna Snow in Portland

Table of contents for Friday Guinea Pigs: TDVNR Knitalong

  1. I Love My Job!
  2. The Friday Guinea Pigs!
  3. This Is Why It’s Gonna Snow in Portland
  4. One TWO Successful Guinea Pigs!
  5. More Great Guinea Pigs
  6. Short-Row Bust Darts

It fits!

yoke of TDVNR 2008

Wow, does it fit!

These may be the very least baggy armholes I have ever knit for myself.

 And — lest you think this is some kind of freak accident that was bound to happen someday if I just kept knitting long enough — looky, it pretty much matches the sweater I was trying to copy.

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The Friday Guinea Pigs!

Table of contents for Friday Guinea Pigs: TDVNR Knitalong

  1. I Love My Job!
  2. The Friday Guinea Pigs!
  3. This Is Why It’s Gonna Snow in Portland
  4. One TWO Successful Guinea Pigs!
  5. More Great Guinea Pigs
  6. Short-Row Bust Darts

As anyone who has been reading lately knows, the Friday Group class regulars decided that they wanted to do a top-down raglan sweater, knit-along style.

Only thing is, they are all different shapes and sizes — being that they are human beings and all.

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I Love My Job!

Last Friday was our first top-down sweater knitalong class, and I’m so tickled with my Friday knitters, I just have to tell you.

I’ve got seven — count ’em, SEVEN — knitters who are going to knit a top-down sweater along with me!!  It will be a project extending over a few months, so watch this space for some pictures of FO’s in about March or so.  (Although we’ll probably get some pics along the way, too, I suspect.)

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