Wednesday, January 30, 2008


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This weekend I am going on a knitting retreat, thanks to my DF Jill. I'd seen the advertisement, but didn't really think I wanted to go by myself. I kind of forgot about this retreat when I made my rash decision a few weeks ago. I'm not quite sure what to expect. I've been to "countless" needlework retreats and classes, and the materials are almost always included in the class price. Not so for this one. I had a sneaking suspicion that would be the case when the retreat information said something like "as many classes as you want to take".

This brings me back around to not buying any stash. For classes where materials are not provided. Hmmmm... If this were a needlework class, I'd be set. But I have relatively little yarn (I did say relatively). And most of what I have that is not already designated for a project is sock yarn. No sock classes....
  • Intarsia - need 2 contrasting colors worsted weight yarn

  • Herringbone Block Pattern with Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton - need 2-3 balls Noro Silk Garden Lite

  • Nicky Epstein's Medallion Capelet - need ~420 yards of bulky worsted weight yarn

  • Sunday morning class with Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton - need yarn appropriate to size 10 needles: "enough to knit with for two hours"

So I dug in the stash. As a result, I'll soon have the entire thing up in Ravelry. But look at how crafty I am...

Intarsia (a small purse): Leftovers from the clog sock

Herringbone Block Pattern (a scarf or a vest): Noro Kureyon bought "'cause it was on sale"

I am now scared about this yarn, though. Silk Garden Lite is a DK yarn, and Kureyon is a worsted. I was told by the shop owner "any worsted will do". So, I knit the homework:

It is wide. It is, in my opinion, too wide for a scarf (it's like 12 inches...0.33 m). Also, it seems a little scratchy for a scarf. And I'm not sure I'll have enough for a vest. I may end up frogging it all.

Sunday morning class (a purse...knit and pass yarn to your neighbor): Leftovers from cable purse

This is a little large for size 10 needles, but I think we'll all cope.

The sticky wicket was the Medallion Capelet. I considered using the cable purse leftover yarn for the class, then frogging the whole thing for Sunday. But I got a dispensation and purchased this yarn: Valley Yarns Berkshire in Blue Ming (you gotta scroll down)...I can't wait to see what color it actually is, but being blue, I'm sure I'll like it. I'm also hoping it shows up tomorrow!

Go go gadget Priority Mail!!

Or, I did well avoiding buying more yarn for the retreat I'm going on this weekend, but I didn't escape totally unscathed. Still, 3 out of 4 ain't bad.


Jill said...

This is complete anarchy!! I'm glad that you got some new yarn! :-) Homework looks good...mine is coming along, I'll post soon.

TeresaB said...

Can't wait to see the scarf when you get it done. (BTW, when you wash the Kureyon, it will bloom some and probably not feel so scratchy.)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Have fun!!!!!

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