We had a great time last night, sitting in the library of the Keith House and having our knit-in. Students who are not in the Aran class were welcome to join us, so we had a refreshing mix of familiar and not-so-familiar faces. Today is a day of knitting to establish and work on patterns within projects.  We need mistakes in the work so we can identify what the students have not mastered as yet.  Let’s hope for a lot to keep us hopping.  I have a feeling that this class is going to plunge right in. Let’s see…

A mixed media student takes a break

Yep, I was right.  Here they go.  I am going to get out of the way before they run me down.  A few problems come up and are quickly solved.

By Jessica: 11:26am: It’s almost lunch time already? Wow, it is so pleasant to knit with a group of people when the mistakes are only coming once every ten minutes or so! People are really grooving along. The word on the street is that the local yarn store in Blairsville is having a 25% off sale on everything in the store to celebrate their anniversary, so a few of us are commandeering a Folk School vehicle and will drive over after we finish our lunches. Not that any of us need more yarn, mind you… but it’s always nice to just take a look, eh? I want to check and see if they carry my “desert island yarn,” SilkyWool by Elsbeth Lavold. It’s a 3-ply wool/silk blend in great tweedy colors, a sport weight, that you can do just about anything with.

The term “desert island yarn” means a yarn that you cannot live without, and that if you had to be stranded on an island with no yarn store in sight, you’d know just what you’d want to bring. I go through phases, like any other knitter, but SilkyWool is a constant love (and no, they are not paying me to say so). Back after shopping…

What is your “desert island yarn?”

Charley and a workstudy student

Mary-Louise is moving right along with her project

Great weather today.  Just in time to end the class and head home.  Tomorrow will be winding down projects, cleaning up and heading for the student exhibit to show off.

Here are some thoughts on the week from Pam, a student from Rocky Mount, NC: “It’s been a wonderful class. It turned out to be just as much about the people as the learning.” Christine from Madison, WI says, “I see knitting, and the language of knitting, in a different way as before I started this class. To actually look at the stitch, and to understand the work, is new for me. I feel so much more comfortable with my knitting, and I’m less fearful of it (not that I was afraid of my knitting before!).”

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