Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Recap: Knitter's Fantasy

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This weekend was a whirlwind of beautiful knits made by expert knitters and some not so beautiful swatches made by me! I went to this knitting day called Knitter's Fantasy in Youngstown, Ohio (about an hour from Cleveland) and it was so fun having an entire day filled with knitting! I went with one of my knitting circle friends who is actually one of my former Girl Scout leaders and the one who taught me to knit! There were knitting classes, yarn swaps, a fashion show, and a vendor's mall. I bought way too much yarn!

Example of Double Knitting-not my own
I took two classes, one was on double knitting and one was on stranded knitting. The double knitting class was not what I expected it to be, but I thought it was interesting to learn nonetheless. The technique allowed you to have knit on both sides of a closed piece, so if you wanted a truly reversible scarf that looks like stockinette on both sides, you can! I thought it was a bit tedious but I think with practice it wouldn't be as terrible. The other class was so exciting because I have wanted to try making something with fair isle for the LONGEST but I've been afraid of color work. It was called stranded knitting because our teacher explained that not all color work patterns are fair isle, which honestly I didn't know, I thought they were all called fair isle. 

Example of Stranded Color Work-Definitely not my own!
Now, this class was a bit difficult because I knit the English way (holding and "throwing" the yarn with my right hand) as opposed to Continental knitting (holding the yarn in your left hand and not having to "throw" it). For color work, you use both hands to move the two different strands of yarn. My left hand deicided it wanted to be useless for that hour haha! It was such an awkward movement I felt like I was learning how to knit all over again. But it's something I'm definitely going to try again, it's my goal to make a fair isle sweater someday (right now I'll just settle for a hat or scarf).

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Let me know in the comments below!

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