On the second Tuesday evening of every month (excepting January) since April 2006 a group of knitters have been gathering to knit and chat at the Willetton Library. Colleen and Linda are fabulous hosts and always have lovely refreshments on offer. I thought it would be nice to share some highlights of the evening with you seeing it was our last gathering for this year.
These ladies are discussing Hand Maiden Mini Maiden yarn possibilities and which colourways they are going to take home.
Congratulations on finishing your Dad's awesome Christmas socks DrKate. They are knit using Fleece Artist Trail Sock yarn in Ebony. DrKate's designed these socks using Cat Bordhi's standard toe-up, reinforced heel riverbed arch expansion with a stitch pattern that her Mum taught her many years ago called block stitch, which is similar to garter rib stitch pattern. These are her third or fourth pair using Cat's sock architectures from her book New Pathways for Sock Knitters, which I admire greatly as my attempt at this method wasn't very successful. This is a great technique to use when knitting socks for people with high insteps or wide feet.
Notice how the gusset increases start much closer to the toe and are worked on the bottom of the foot instead of at the side allowing for a more gradual gusset expansion that accommodates those high in-steps and wide feet so beautifully.
Here is Missmissjane complimenting Madradish on her stunning beaded Traveling Woman shawl knit in Needle Food's fine yarn. That pink bundle in Madrash's lap that she is working on is her beaded Aeolian Shawl knit in the most exquisitely divine lace yarn in my favourite colour, which I have to confess that I cannot remember the name of, apart from it comprising of all these luxurious natural fibers.
Here she is in her full glory.
Here is Missmissjane modeling Madradish's woven scarf that she wove on her loom using her own gorgeous hand spun. Did I mention that not only is Madradish an amazing knitter, but she is also an incredible spinner and now weaver.
Now here's a close-up styled shot for your viewing pleasure. I just love how weaving yarn instead of knitting it brings a different colour perspective to the finished fabric and the texture it creates.
Again, I have used Ravelry IDs and links, as not everyone has a blog and I think most people are Ravelry members. If not I encourage you to join this world community of knitters and other fiber crafters, as it is such a wonderful resource and a great way to connect with other knitters.
Until next time Merry Knitting!