February 9, 2009

A Week-end of Knitting!

This past week-end (Feb. 6-8) DD and I met in Des Moines for the 3rd annual Des Moines Metro Knitters Knit-In. The first night was spent in a "yarn-tasting" where we visited each of the eight table and "tasted" 2-3 three different yarns. Papers were provided to note the name of the yarn, manufacturer, and fiber content. As a side, we did have a wine & cheese tasting, too!
Saturday started with a couple hours of knitting followed by a Domino's Pizza lunch. In the afternoon, we received knitting hints/helps from attendees, an explanation of "hand-dyed" yarns with both verbal explanations and visuals, and different types of cast-ons. DD and I missed out on the cast-on since we were visiting yarn/craft shops. The weather there was "spring-like" warm ...... and we still have about six more weeks of winter here in Iowa. It was a "teasing" for us.
The rest of the week-end was spent knitting.....knitting...... and more knitting. Since I worked on a lot of "surprises", those won't be pictured until they've been received. Here's a pic of the Hemlock Ring Blanket that I should have started on Jan 8 for the KAL at the Yarn Basket in Carroll. My job, teaching, really cut into my knitting time in January. It is knit on KP Options #10.5 with Cascade Ecological Wool, colorway 8085 (a dark taupe).
Happy knitting! TLGB

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