It’s been a while since I have blogged I know. Somehow life flys by even faster when both feet are firmly on the ground rather than in perpetual motion as on SV “Oneday”. We have been land dwellers since the end of April and since then, Tony has had cataract surgery in both eyes. We have spent time with our children and grandchildren and have camped on a few occasions, last weekend was one of those times ………. We took 3 of our grandsons to our daughter and son in law’s camper – you guessed it, it rained almost the entire weekend!! We had so much gear to take with us that Tony had to go to the camp site earlier in the day and set up the tent and transport the equipment. While Tony set up camp, I cooked up some good Gramma worthy food – 3lbs of Chicken Wings, 2 lbs of Bacon and Brownies, all of which made me a pretty popular Gramma. Before the rain set in, all four boys went for a hike which gave me a “time out” to knit – love those time outs!!
I have been preparing for classes to teach at Knit Stitch this summer. Some of the classes are new and the ones that I have previously taught have all been updated, which has meant new knitted samples using some beautiful and sometimes, new to me yarns. Teaching at Knit Stitch is a new venue for me and I’m looking forward to meeting new and not so new students. You can find a list of my current classes here: www.knitstitch.ca/category/blog under the blog with the title “Inaugural Classes” (soon to be listed under Classes).
I am in the process of updating a few of my patterns, again using some gorgeous yarns. One of those is “Jaboom” – I absolutely love the way this old favourite looks in the luxury yarn that I have used and needless to say it was a joy to work with.
This week I have issued 2 new patterns – “Modular Glasses Mitt” and “Beaufort Basket”. I designed the glasses mitt as a perfect class project for those wishing to learn the Modular Knitting technique. It’s fast and makes a great “on the go” project due to the fact that there are never more than just a few stitches on the needles at any given time and no seams to sew.
Knitting and designing while living aboard our boat does have its limitations. Blocking, photography and in the case of The “Beaufort Basket” felting, all become issues. So, even though I had written the pattern and test knitted the pieces back in February, final completion had to wait until we returned to ON. The basket comes in 2 sizes and was the outcome of a request that I had from one of my students. I roughly designed this bag several years ago, but had never actually written out a pattern. Amazingly, I found my hand written notes, so I had a bit of a head start. However, I ended up changing the construction quite a bit. Since posting this pattern for sale, I have had very positive reaction on my internet sites which makes the wait well worth while. I have decorated the basket with felted flowers (instructions included in the pattern) and glass beads.
Currently I have 2 other patterns about to get a “face lift” – “Wrapped In Lace” and “Oceanis”. Through social media, I met a wonderful lady, Patty McGuire, Patty McGuire Fine Photography who just happens to be a knitter and a Professional photographer. Patty took some amazing photos of my new shawl design using a professional model back in April. Later to-day, Patty has a photo shoot planned for my updated Wrapped In Lace, Oceanis and my secret new shawl design. The pattern is complete and has both written and charted instructions, so once the photos are decided on then I will publish the pattern. Patty lives in beautiful Virginia Beach VA so in order to make this happen, of course I had to ship all three pieces to her. This is all very exciting – I’ve always realized that professional photos help elevate a good pattern to a great pattern – photography is so very important. Having said that, I shoot my own photos normally and more and more have become disenchanted with the results. So I have recently invested in a good camera, my 8 year old pocket camera has been great and travelled far with me, but I now need more. Theres so much to learn, but I’m up for the challenge. For now I’m going to pour myself a glass of wine, knit a while and take a break from the computer.