Four days* and done.

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*And three minutes

Truth? I'd rather have finished by midnight, but...completing a sweater in an extremely compressed timeline is still kind of a kick. If I'd made any number of different decisions, I would have finished with a bit of time to spare, but knitting is one small part of life, even when you make a plan for it to take over the bulk of a few days.

Here's what my four days looked like:

Sunday -- I got up at 5:30 or so, and cast on at about 6:00.  I showered and got ready for work fairly early, as it was the 39th running of The Runner Stumbles, and I like to go watch my husband compete in local races when I can, because I usually can't. I knit before and during the race, then reached a place where I needed to concentrate more than I could there. At 11:00, I left for work. Since Sunday is a Social Stitching day, I was able to get a fair amount of knitting done then. I returned home, and by the time I went to bed, I had knit to the sleeve divide.

Monday -- My knitting day started shortly after 6:00, and with a few yoga breaks and some household chores, continued for most of the day. I listened to some podcasts, and watched episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee (there are episodes on both YouTube and Daily Motion). After knitting about six rows, I returned to the sleeves and knit them first, which I prefer when possible so there is less total fabric to turn around and around. I finished one sleeve, and knit to the ribbed cuff on the second before stopping for the day.

Tuesday -- I worked on the second sleeve before leaving for work, then worked on the body off and on through the day. Fellow Beekeepers Diane and Andrea came by the shop to work on their sweaters for awhile. I picked up a take & bake pizza on the way home, and continued knitting through the evening. I didn't get quite as far as I hoped, but, working...whatcha gonna do?

Wednesday -- On my final KAL day, I decided to tag along to another local race my husband was running in. As long as I didn't have to drive, it was about the same amount of knitting time. I started the day about midway through the body, with the rest of the body length and the neckline and front trim left to complete. I lost some time when I picked up the neckline trim, as I was trying to make the cardigan fully reversible. The first method didn't work well, so I took it out. I finished the final bind off at 12:03, technically three minutes into my fifth day of knitting.

Thursday -- In addition to the twenty or so stitches that were bound off in the wee hours, I blocked the sweater, using a combination of wires and Knit Blockers. Coming off the needles, the sweater was about five inches narrower than the schematic, but because I had swatched, and blocked my swatch, I wasn't concerned. The sweater easily blocked to the finished schematic measurements. 

Friday -- It was a pretty warm day, but I wore my new sweater over the Myosotis Dress I made from a bee print crepe de chine. Myosotis is the latin name for forget-me-nots, which are a very bee-friendly flower. Even without any sort of front closure, the excellent fit through the shoulders kept the cardigan in place all day. And while I'm not usually a three-quarter length sleeves enthusiast, these really kind of worked for me!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

 

Beekeeper 4(ish) Day KAL

July 1-15 (informal)

It's here!

Kumihimo Bracelet [one enrollment has opened due to a cancellation]

July 14, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

As knitters and crocheters, we all have leftover bits of yarn in our stashes. Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braiding, can be a perfect way to use up some of those leftovers. In this class, we'll make a bracelet as we learn the yatsu gumi, an 8-strand round braid, and we'll explore ways to incorporate these round braids into our knit and crochet projects, too.

A kumihimo bracelet kit will be available for purchase at Yarn Folk -- it contains all the supplies needed to make the kumihimo bracelet class project.

Ephemeris Hat [pictured]

August 4 & 25, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

With Ephemeris, Hunter Hammersen has designed "a simple and classic hat with a twist."
Twisted rib provides the backdrop for a stunning stitch pattern that cleverly uses what Hunter calls "lovely long loops." The end result is a hat that looks delicate yet is sturdy, warm and cozy!

Prerequisites: You should know how to cast on, how to knit and purl, and how to knit in the round on a 16" circular needle. Prior experience with a provisional cast-on is helpful but not necessary. The class supply list will include provisional cast-on instructions that will need to be completed before the first class. You should have a willingness to knit a gauge swatch. The class supply list and pattern will include information on what needs to be done before the first class.

Two at a Time Toe Up Socks

August 4 & 25, 1:00-3:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

This class presents the cure for the dreaded one-sock-itis – knit both socks at the very same time! You’re guaranteed to have two socks by the time you’re done, and both socks will be exactly the same – no more trying to remember what you did on the first sock. We’ll be
knitting our pair of socks from the toe to the cuff – making it easy to get a good fit, and we won’t have to worry about running out of yarn on the second sock.

In this class, we’ll learn how to navigate the process of knitting two at once, using Magic Loop or two circular needles, and we’ll explore several different methods for casting on, for knitting the heels, and for binding off at the cuffs.

Prerequisite: you should know how to knit one sock at a time, cuff down or toe up.

Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf

August 11, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Crocheted linen stitch looks very much like knitted linen stitch with the added benefit of being reversible. In this class, we'll learn how to use "foundation" stitches, which are an easier and more functional way to start our projects (no more chaining and then trying to work that first row of stitches back along that fiddly chain!).

Prerequisites: you should know how to chain and single crochet.

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...to anticipate

 
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Bamboo pop

A favorite for warmer weather knitting, fresh stock of Bamboo Pop will be arriving any day! It's a great choice for summer sweaters, lightweight wraps, and baby blankets, and it's also one of the approved yarns for making Knitted Knockers -- and as a reminder, if you make any, I am always happy to mail them to the collection point in Bellingham for you!

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...to inspire

 
 (c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

(c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

DRESSED: THE HISTORY OF FASHION

 

I've started listening to DRESSED: The History of Fashion, a fairly new podcast which examines the "who, what, when of why we wear." The hosts, April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary, are both fashion historians, and episodes examine specific modes of dress with a careful look at the individuals and historical events that influenced them. Episodes can be found online here, or through your favorite podcast app. 

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...to stitch

 
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Through the Loops MKAL

I may have fallen slightly behind. I can't imagine why. Current progress photos on my Ravelry project page.

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Carnivore

I decided to knit one of the garments from the First Fall edition of Knitty.com. Carnivore is a vest that features Bavarian twisted stitches worked in a cotton yarn. I am using Knit One Crochet Too's 2nd Time Cotton, which is manufactured primarily from recycled fibers.

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