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2 July 2019

Impostor Syndrome

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Hi there,

I had a rough start with my Koto. I consider myself a good knitter, but this pattern is challenging me. Nothing in it is too hard. Not a complicated stitch pattern. Shadow wrap short rows, which I know how to do. The problem was in my understanding. This is a very talented designer with a focus on details that make for a clean, professional-looking garment. But for some reason the way she explained things, and the way I understood things, did not match up. It wasn't until nearly a skein and a half into the short row section that I realized something was very much wrong. I was going to run out of stitches before I'd completed the prescribed number of short rows. Many hours of knitting needed to come out. The ripping out was easy, but getting it started again? That was another matter entirely.

My high priority project sat on the table ready to be worked, but I couldn't do it. I couldn't get started again. I wasn't looking forward to retracing my steps, obviously, but it was more than that. continue reading

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Olive Knits KAL

Can you knit a sweater in 4 days? Would you like to try? Join us for this fun knitting challenge with Marie Greene, of Olive Knits.

We're making it a party -- feel free to bring a pot-luck item to share, or just come and do what you really wish you could - sit around and knit all day - you have my permission.

Read all about it on Marie's blog here, then come on in and choose your yarn. It's worked at a gauge of 20 stitches per 4 inches, so you have lots and lots of options for yarn.

Double knitting next step

Enjoy double knitting? Want to take it a step further? In this double knitting class, you'll be making a hat that is not a reversible mirror image, but two completely different designs on the inside and out. Sound tricky? It is a bit, but Ginni will share with you the tips and tricks to help you succeed. Click here for more info or to register

Two at a time Cuff Down

Suffer from SSS - Second Sock Syndrome? Learn to knit socks two-at-a-time and you never will again. Not only will both socks be finished at the same time, you know they're both exactly the same! Using worsted weight yarn and two circular needles, you'll learn the two-at-a-time concept while you complete a beautiful pair of socks from cuff to toe in just three weeks. more info and to register

Big Wave KAL

Do you love this breezy tank as much as I do? What's not to love -- it's Heidi Kirrmaier after all. Top down, flattering shape, interesting knit -- in cool bouncy Arborea Just three or four skeins and three or four weeks. Saturdays at 2 pm with Melissa!

Retreat 2019 Staunton

Join the gang this year for our annual retreat to beautiful Staunton, VA. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley in between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains, Staunton is home to a vibrant cultural scene with lots of art and food offerings. The highlight of our trip is a special private tour of Cestari Farms with owner, Francis Chester.
We'll enjoy a lovely catered lunch at the farm and have an opportunity to see first hand how a small wool production operation works.

July 19-21, 2019. Retreat is full this year, but keep your eye on the newsletter for lots more fun things to come!

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