It's been almost six months since I've blogged and so much has happen; wonderful, good things, yet I've been in a sulk and couldn't get up the steam to share anything with my knitting community. I won't discuss my sulk other than to say I was put in a position to ask to re-negotiate a contract with a well know knitting author, instructor, and artists whom I had made arrangements with to present a workshop in the area. (The contract was drawn up on this end, but not by me, and had already been signed by the person teaching the workshop.) I refused to re-negotiate at this point and was so embarrassed by the idea of being asked to, that I had to 'sulk' and 'sulk' and 'sulk' some more to get past it. This person did come and present the workshop which I understand was wonderful and I would have loved to have been a part of it but, at the time I couldn't bear to be with a group that I felt wanted me to do 'dirty business'; I'm not that kind of person and I firmly believe in 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'.
That said, I'm now ready to move on.
I've been busy as a bee. In June I went to Knitter's Connection in Columbus and what a wonderful week it was. I had classes with Lucy Neatby, Cat Bordhi, and Candace Eisner Strick. Each was very good as instructors and each had a terrific sense of humor. Oh...how I would love to possess the knowledge of these talented ladies. I was extremely pleased with Lucy Neatby's grafting class, she really knows that 'stuff' and I came away overjoyed with the things I'd learned. My friend and I also did some sight-seeing while we were there and enjoyed some of the wonderful restaurants in the area.
The first week in November another friend and I was fortunate to be able attend Stitches East in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a more exhausting four days than Knitter's Connection for me, thanks in part to the many vendors at the market place. Again I had wonderful instructors and was impressed by the ideas these ladies had to share with us and how much fun they seem to have doing it. This time I had classes with Lorna Miser, Karen Alfke, and Barbara Kerr, all very knowledgeable. Although I didn't win the grand prize, I did win a great one from the Kollage Booth; a sock kit that included a pattern for Chevron Welt Socks and two skeins of Kollage Luscious Yarn in Sunset Strip color. This was a timely prize since I have just started knitting socks this last couple of months.
My New Years resolution was that I would knit a pair of socks in 2008 just to be able to say I had knitted socks. Well, I did, and I have, and I am. I'm hooked.
Speaking of knitting socks, I have been knitting them on 9 inch circular needles and love knitting them this way. I also bought some 11 inch needles and they work well also. With the 11 inch needles I have to switch to dp's a couple of rounds earlier than if I'm using the 9 inch one. Although I don't mind knitting with dp's when necessary, I find the circulars work well for me. A friend of mine knitted a pair on the 11 inch needles and hated it saying they made her hands cramp too much. Here's a photo of my first pair of socks.
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