Next up is Sheila, hanging out with us, all the way from Miramichi, New Brunswick. Sheila recyles old fur coats into wonderful articulated Teddy Bears, one of whom is shown here wearing a hat and scarf from Sheila's yarn:
Jane and Susan are ignoring the camera. Susan blogged about her yarn here:
Jane hides behind some gorgeous yarns:
Erin made a wonderful garland from her beaded yarn:
Then there is Wendy, who had just finished the beginning spinners' class, bought a wheel and jumped right into art yarn spinning. Wendy announced that she had purchased a bit of alpaca. When I say, "a bit of alpaca," I mean that in the way mountaineers speak of Mount Everest as "a bit of a climb."
I had a great time teaching this class, as I do with all my classes. It's wonderful to hang out with like-minded people, people who understand the wonders of and a passion for string.
I made a few projects as samples for the class. I knit this scarf from handspun Sweet Georgia fibres, in a merino/silk/bamboo rayon blend, spun and plied to a weight of approximately 5 wpi. The scarf required 75 metres/100 grams of fibre, spun and plied in a hour. I knit it in an hour or two. (There is no pattern for the matching hat. It's a hybrid, which involved chopping off the ribbing, reknitting and other fixes to make it presentable.)
I share the pattern for the scarf here, although it's so simple that I can hardly call it a pattern, let alone mine. It's knitted in a Mistake Stitch Rib, balanced so that there is a one row repeat. It can be knit in any yarn-Noro is a good choice for a commercial yarn-and can be adjusted in multiples of four for width.
Sweet Georgia Scarf
Multiple of 4 plus 2 plus 1 stitch. (Knit in K2, P2 ribbing, with 2 stitches to balance the pattern and 1 stitch for the mistake.)
8 mm needles, circular or straight.
Gauge: approximately 3.5 to 3 stitches per inch/ 2.5 cm.
Finished size: 10 cm x 120 cm or 4 inches x 48 inches.
Cast on 15 stitches.
All rows: *K2, P2* repeat across row, ending in K3.
That's it. Knit until you are sick of knitting or until you run out of yarn. Bind off loosely in pattern. Wash and block the scarf.
If you have only a little yarn, you can turn this scarf into a cowl. In all cases, use something soft and pretty. When others express their amazement at your talent, say, "Thank you." Do not say a word about how simple this project is to knit.
Thanks to all class participants.