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All Day Class at KC

I have SO much I want to say! Today was wonderful!

I got there about 7:45 and checked in. Upon check in, I got my name badge, class and event tickets, and a bag with magazines, a book, and yarn!

I want to preface this by saying these are the first ever knitting class I’ve taken. I’ve learned everything from a book or online and occasionally a thing or two from my knitting groups. That being said, I had a GREAT first experience!

I had my class “25 Tricks of the Trade” taught by Candace Eisner Strick. My goodness is she funny! She made us all laugh quite a bit and I don’t even know where to start with all of the things I learned. There were a few things I already knew how to do, but there was so much I didn’t know and had a lot of “Ohhhhh! That’s soooo cool!” She lives in Connecticut, which I think is pretty cool since I used to live there. My knitterly Connecticut friends should take a class by her if you get the chance because she does quite a few local classes. So, since I can’t detail out everything, I’ll show you a picture of the swatches that we practiced on and learned on in class:

Yes, that is CUT in that photo. It’s not as bad as I ever dreamed it would be and she talked a little about steeking and helped me get over that fear of venturing into that whole realm.

Knitter’s Market was open today. Oh my! There was so much beautiful things there! I didn’t take photos because I was so…. well, taken back by all the wonderful things! Tomorrow I will be getting a few things and I will be sure to take photos. I didn’t get through everything because I needed to eat dinner after my all day class before Cat Bordhi’s lecture.

My gosh the lecture!! Socks… nothing but talk about socks! Cat has a book coming out the end of July all about unique sock architecture. It’s different than anything I’ve seen. Amazing stuff! I don’t own any of her books, but I’ve wanted them for some time. I really want this book when it comes out. It’s the first in a three part series about socks. If you like sock knitting, you’ll have to at least take a look at the book when it comes out – you’ve never seen anything like this before!

I wore my Jaywalker socks today and I got so many compliments on them! It made me feel so good that people were oooing and ahhhing over my socks :o)

Oh and I can’t forget this! I met some knitter’s who are part of the Middletown, OH Knitter’s Guild! I was sitting at a table this morning, enjoying some tea and knitting before class started and they came and sat by me. Turns out that one of the gals was in my class today, so I got to know her pretty good and I had lunch and dinner, enjoyed the knitter’s market, and the lecture with them. I was even invited to come to the guild sometime since it’s really not that far from where I live – the gal in my class, Teresa, offered to bring me as a guest! How cool is that! We exchanged information and hopefully we can get together soon. Having met some new people that don’t live too far from me really made my day!


I’m participating in the Little Visitor Round 7 Swap on Craftster. If you’ve been reading long enough, you may remember that Shelia went on a trip last summer to Washington DC. Shelia’s getting ready to go on another little trip.

I’ll be sending her out this weekend to Florida for her summer vacation :o)


Alright, I must be getting to bed. I have a morning class tomorrow – Changing Numbers. Should be interesting!


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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