I've been holding out on you. I haven't shared the fact that I was going to a
First, the fiber... none for me, thanks! I'm all full up here. But I did buy some things for my secret pal. In her questionaire, she said that she wanted to learn to spin, so I bought her a baby drop spindle (hey, we're dealing with a budget) and some fiber.
She also knits socks, and there was Fleece Artist for sale. What sock knitter doesn't want Fleece Artist?
I feel kind of bad, though, because out of three packages she'll get from me, two of them will be sock related. Oh well, socks are great! And she lives in Alaska!!! She has more time to wear hand knit socks than most of us. I really hope she likes the loot.
My classes were fun, too. As a matter of fact, today was the best day I've had in a while. Not that my days have been bad... today was just THAT good! Annie Modesitt (I still can't just call her Annie) is AWESOME!!!! I took a class with her
The first class I took was a color work class. We learned a few techniques, and ended up making this lovely swatch.
If nothing, it has personality. The first technique we learned was how to join a new color/ball. I was never truly taught how to do this, but sort of figured it out as I had to. All along, I was doing it right, but Annie did show a better way to do it. When you join a new ball, knit the first stich with the working yarn, and the second with the tail, then strand the working yarn to work the third stitch, and work every other stitch with the working yarn. So basically, just the second stitch gets worked with the tail. This prevents the BIG LOOP that occurs when you join a new ball. Good tip! The next technique is hard to see... but we just did some stranding. Its the checkerboard in my swatch. Then we did twisted stranding which makes an interesting design feature. We learned intarsia toward the end of the class, and man, its a lot easier than I thought! We also used a fun slip stitch to make the plaid pattern at the top. All in all, a fabulous class.
The second class was called knitting with wire, and I did just that. Harder than one might imagine. Not necessarily technique-wise, but on your hands. Mine are ACHING right now! But I did end up with a cool piece of jewelry.
I really like this technique, but this bracelet is a little tight for me, and I've squeezed the life out of it in a few places while I was knitting it (meaning it broke a little). So I may make another for myself.
Of course, you can't have a fiber show with sheep! But yea... I was more interested in the alpacas. So. Many. Alpacas. Seriously, they were all over! And they are adorable. Especially this dude, who had just been sheared, and wasn't a happy alpaca.
He was making the funniest noise, though, I don't think he meant to be humorous about it. I really think he was saying something along the lines of "Listen,woman, get the camera out of here. I look like a dope. And you aren't making things any better."
I wanted to let him know that things were ok. Because across the way, this guy was looking even dopier.
He was Leo the Lion... er, Alpaca.