Last weekend, Mom and I made the joyful trek up to Yarnover.
Adorable felted ride-em horsies
We took a Fearless Two Color Mittens Class from Mary Scott Huff. Mary started out the class with a simple exercise in stranded color work for those who needed a review or for those (like me) who had never tried it at all. The “fearless” aspect of this class was definitely for me. I took this class so I could conquer my personal “Dr. Strangelove” in knitting (i.e., “How I learned to stop worrying love the [fill in knitting-related fear]”).
Mary’s a live wire and very entertaining.
Here’s my first attempt at Norwegian stranded color work. A few rows later, I learned why it’s so important to keep your floats loose. This sucker was puckered.
Later on, Mary passed out her Nordica pattern for us to try. Here was my first try:
I made it about halfway through the mitten when I finally had to acknowledge that I was knitting WAY too loosely. In my effort to keep my floats loose I was knitting everything like rubber-girl. So I ripped back.
I tried again with firmer tension and smaller needles and got this:
Mitten #1, minus the thumb. It fits. Huzzah!
We took a break at lunch to wolf down some food and chat with friends from my local knitting group. Everyone talked about their morning classes and the classes they were planning to take in the afternoon. I found myself wishing I could undergo a few rounds of cellular mitosis right then and there so that I could take everyone else’s classes as well as my own.
In the afternoon, Mom and I also took a Spinning and Plying Cabled Yarns class with Francine Ruiter. My first-time results were semi-successful.
Francine getting things started. We’re all itching to spin.
My cabled yarn on the bobbin.
Mom working on her singles. She’s internet-shy, so you only get to see her cute smile.
My cabled yarn finished. If you look closely, there are certain sections of it that seem to have the visual characteristics of a cabled yarn. But not all. Sigh. Must practice.
I left Yarnover feeling jazzed about the new techniques I’d learned, particularly the Norwegian stranded color work.
I think my Ravelry favorites are about to be flooded with color work projects.