Friday, May 31, 2013. Episode 43: Huntingdon FiberArts Fest 2013
Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, research, and five favorite things! Let’s knit together!
May personal sock yarn club prize, donated by Seashoresharon.
May finish it up knitalong prize, donated by Seashoresharon.
June is my podiversary! I’m going to do a giveaway every week when I record. The thread for giveaway #1 will close on Tuesday, June 4. I will be giving away a skein of Gothsocks 100% merino in the colorway Tardis. Question #1: What is your favorite podcasting moment from the last year?
For the finish it up KAL:
Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart in Sundara Yarn Silk Lace colorway Arabian Nights on size 5/3.75mm needles. Using wood with the silk lace so it doesn’t slip too much.
For the personal sock yarn club KAL:
Vanilla socks in Ladybug Fiber Company Self-striping colorway Purple Anemone on size 1/2.25mm signature needles
Into the Whirled Odds and Ends: I finished the first two skeins! So far about 120 yards. I’m working on the 3rd skein now, then I’ll wash and twack them all, and show them as finished on the podcast.
Clever Cast ons and Bind offs Class
I had four students in my class, of all different skill levels! One was a very new beginner, two were advanced beginners, and one was intermediate. I taught long tail cast on from both ends of the ball, backwards loop cast on, knitted and cabled cast ons, and a basic bind off for the first half of the class. In the second half we did norweigan cast on, elastic and super elastic bind offs, Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off, Judy’s magic cast on, and three needle bind off. I had planned to do a circular cast on and picot bind off, but we didn’t have time for that. I showed these samples for the different cast ons and bind offs. I don’t want to put my handouts on the blog, but if you’d like a copy, send an email to chanala at gmail dot com and I’ll send it to you.
The class went really well! I’d love to teach again next year if we have another event. I could teach an intro to lace class, or a beekeepers quilt class, though I might want to wait until I finish one to teach that. Hexipuffs are really good for learning technique though! I think technique classes are my favorite, and I want to take them as much as possible.
Five Favorite Things
1. Teaching my class, it felt very empowering! I needed a positive experience on the tail end of my semester
2. Unplanned Peacock yarn and fiber
3. Steam Valley fiber
4. Card weaving class with Sarah Goslee
5. Hunter Hammersen Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet Vol II
Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!