Monday, August 25, 2008

Stitches Midwest

I was thrilled to attend my first Stitches Midwest. It was everything that I had hoped and more.

I attended two classes: The Long and Short of Alterations with Margaret Fisher and Nordic Color with Nancy Bush. Both classes were amazing. I learned more than I had hoped.

Below is the picture of my haul from this trip. The exciting thing is - all the yarn is for me, to be knitted into garments for me. I can't wait to get started on these.

Meeting all of the women I have chatted with on Ravelry was a highlight of the weekend as well. Both Friday and Saturday night I had dinner with fellow Ravelry friends.

Did I get any knitting done while I was there? UH, NO. But that is totally okay.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Summer Knitting

Well to be honest - Summer finishing. The Toothpick Optional bag from She-knits for which is lovingly modeled by the dreaded monkey. I didn't think I would ever finish that one.

The Pomatomus Socks by Cookie A. Loved this pattern.

Now to get busy and knit my homework for Stitches Midwest.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Prayer Shawls

I get this urge occasionally to buy yarn and start knitting a shawl. It must be divine intervention because shortly after I start one, we get a call that someone we know has cancer. Last year, it was my MIL. This year, it is an Aunt on my husband's side of the family. I can't explain the need to knit these unless it is from God. I just feel blessed that in some small way I can help comfort someone. My MIL, recovered from her cancer, has told me that it really helped her - kept her warm, made her feel comfort and love. I hope that the new shawl does the same for D's aunt.
This shawl is for D's aunt. The pattern is the Blue Jean Lace Leaf Shawl, a free pattern on Ravelry.