Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Knitting Night

For a long time, I have wanted to host a Knitting Night at my house, where a bunch of knitters could get together and knit, eat and talk fiber.  Last week, we did just that!  My knitting friends, Kimberly, Julie and Yvonne, gathered around my dining room table with our projects.  And wine.  And snacks.

I have been working on Susan B. Anderson’s Giraffe for my friend who is having a baby.  Wait - what about the hat, Devin?  Remember the green Rosebud hat? Um... and didn’t you start a sweater, too?  Well, yes...  But then there was a baby to knit for, so... you know.

Oh my goodness, this giraffe is just so cute... and knitted toys are the perfect baby gift for that mom who’s waiting to see if it’s a boy or a girl. (I say this like I totally knew it all along, but really it took me weeks of searching ravelry to find something appropriate!) This project has had several starts and stops because of the tendonitis, but after two weeks of (mostly) resting, my elbows are feeling much better.  Yay!  I’m in the trenches making these giraffe legs, but when they are done, there’s not much left.  I can’t wait to give it to its tiny little recipient! Pictures to come...

So, Kimberly, a relatively new knitter, was starting a couple of London Beanies for her sons. Yvonne, a fellow yarn snob, was working with some GORGEOUS Madelinetosh Vintage in the well water colorway.  (I’m so going to need some of that color...) And Julie, a longtime knitter, was making a first communion veil for her daughter with an intricate stitch pattern.  And I really meant to take pictures of us actually working, but I got caught up in the knitting and forgot.  Here's a shot of the table beforehand...  Super exciting, right?

 A friend of mine posted this awesome blog post on facebook the other day and it got me thinking - what about a knitting night where the knitters teach a few non-knitters?  For some reason, I’m daunted by teaching others to knit.  I’m not sure why... But I took the plunge and invited this group over again in a few weeks, along with some who want to learn.  

When I couldn't knit, I made a needle case like the one shown on the blog.  It was very quick and easy, but maybe not quick enough to make for everyone coming over next month...

Hopefully I'll get some pictures of actual knitting as it happens at this next gathering!

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