ahh, sock camp, where we don’t sleep in tents or bunks and we don’t knit socks (we DO do scavenger hunts and crafts, however). we do camp right around here—silk, cloth napkins, afternoon tea . . .
ok and maybe funny hats, too, heh.
we have had quite the fiber adventure this year, with special guest anna zilboorg in the house to bring a new twist to camp events, starting with spinning on day 1.
when she introduced newbies to wheel spinning with silk hankies.
debbi handled those who wanted to try their hands at spindling
while steph spoke and demonstrated the many wonders and uses of silk fiber for spinning and knitting.
it was at the end of that first afternoon that we all dissolved into fits of laughter as we watched each other take on a completely different spinning activity—hula hooping. i turned out to be pretty good at this for a rookie, but no match at all for JC briar, who has the pants to prove it (and that’s enough said about THAT).
my camp class this year is about lace (surPRISE!)
so each day i meet with one of the tribes to talk about identifying lace fabric, how to make it, and to work through a small in-class project of lace cuffs worked in the round. i think everyone enjoyed this year’s class a lot; we got to try yarns that we might not otherwise have tried (these being dedicated sock knitters), on needles we don’t often use, in colors that were left completely to chance—always a good recipe for pleasant surprises.
the afternoon and evening activities keep us all together, but not necessarily busy, so i’m getting lots of good knitting time, too. sorry to say, not on socks this year, but plenty on other projects.
i have one sleeve nearly completed on my cable and rib cardigan (same pattern as david’s christmas sweater). i’m using woolen rabbit grace in colorway scottish heather for this one and i couldn’t be happier—just look at that stitch definition. i can’t wait to have this one ready to wear (though it may have to wait til next fall for a serious outing). barb is busy back home knitting the pullover version in briar rose fourth of july, too.
the weather here is cold and miserable this week, unfortunately, but that has been inspiring for my sweater knitting, haha.
i have this little boy’s whitfield shorty almost halfway done now, can you believe it? once again i’m working with beautiful woolen rabbit yarn, this time it’s the frolic superwash worsted in colorway jungle book. SO cute; everyone here is drooling over both sweaters.
that is two sleeves and a front piece;. i think i have enough yarn to knit a back piece, but i may just need for david to bring more yarn to our meetup next weekend in dallas. as steph would say, i actually think i am underyarned on this trip.
i tried to be judicious about the amount of knitting i brought, based on all i did NOT get done on my last trip. but as luck would have it, i am plowing through what i brought (two sweaters, a secret project, a scarf, a neckwarmer, and probably something else, but i can’t remember). so far, i have finished the scarf and neckwarmer and half a sweater, plus half the secret project, PLUS the sleeve of my cardi.
in my excitement over finishing my scarf (which was just a little more than half done when i left home), i thought it would be really fun to block it as a group activity this evening, but when i ran that by the group, i got a very mixed response, so maybe not?
i may try to do that myself in dallas though, so i can get some nice modeling shots.
same for this neckwarmer; it’s all done except for a nice bath and blocking; karolyn even helped my pick out some very pretty buttons at churchmouse yarns that other day. but i have yet to soak it; hopefully, i’ll feel more like doing that in dallas, when i have a bit of free time in my room.
and that’s not all the knitting i’ve done, either—we had a wonderful class with anna zilboorg the other day, where we knit a sock from her favorite method, free sole knitting.
it’s the coolest thing—you start at the toe with a little knitted band of 4 sts and work a short row toe box on top. then you knit straight up to the ankle
next, go back to the toe and knit the bottom half in the same manner, this time creating a gusset when you get close to the heel
then you work the heel turn and the heel flap
join it all up afterward to form a leg and knit till it’s high enough to meet your requirements—voila
very cute, right?
another camp project we’ve all been knitting on is this baby blanket for a special wee bairn know to the resort community. every chance we get, a group of us picks up the blanket project to work a few rows (there are also pairs of booties and hats going around the room)
that photo was taken on the first evening when the blanket was just a small thing and the next photo was from after lunch the next day (i think?).
this is a really, really fun project to work on in a small group; it feels so nice and close to take part. it works best if everyone seated knits at about the same pace, but it doesn’t get wrecked or anything if that’s not the case.
you can see how nicely it’s growing there . . . but if you really want to see something cool, check out the movie clip i uploaded to youTube on the knitspot channel—it’s way more interesting to see it in action.
today is the last day, sadly, so it was a quiet afternoon of paper crafts and group chat
i made a few buttons to bring to my littlest niece and nephews when i visit them in austin in a week or so (i can’t wait!).
tomorrow i’m traveling to dallas and will be back the next day with more news; possibly tomorrow night if i can. i have a couple of good news items you’ll want to see, but i need to run now for a very important date.