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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Knitters' Day Out

Last weekend I had fun with my fiber friends at Knitters' Day Out. This is a big event in the Harrisburg area. Friday night is a Market, and classes, Saturday is Market, more classes, and a buffet lunch.

Friday night I met up with a friend and we toured the Market, drooling over the lovely yarns, checking out the crochet books & hooks, and thinking about what we might buy and how many yards we'd need. We met up with a lot of crocheting and knitting friends during the evening.

This year I attended as a volunteer teacher! I had proposed a class on Tunisian for Knitters, and my proposal was accepted. I reworked my Introduction to Tunisian with the focus on it's similarities and differences to knitting, not crochet. I had a suitcase full of swatches, and samples including some of my original scarf designs. I am a right-handed crocheter, who also knits; I asked my best student to come along and assist me, she's a left-handed knitter who also crochets. We figured we'd be able to help everyone. I had a sold out class, with 15 eager knitters who knew nothing about crochet or Tunisian. They all left with great swatches of Tunisian knit and Tunisian purl, and some even got to learn a honeycomb pattern that's one of my favorite stitch patterns. My assistant brought along the baby afghan that she's recently finished, a honeycomb stitch worked in a variegated baby yarn. It was lovely! I hope all the students had as much fun as the teachers.

After class, we hit the market, again. I found out that my students did get to the vendor and they bought Tunisian hooks. I think that they will be even more surprised than I was when I opened the hooks. They are double-ended or cro-hooks. I love that because I can use them for Tunisian, and double hook patterns. But they don't look like most of the hooks that I showed them in class.

I filled out the evaluation & said I'd love to teach next year. But first we had to double check the dates for Knitters' Day Out and the dates of the Chain Link Conference in Greensboro. Sept 9 & 10 two weeks before the conference, I should be able to do both!!


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