Monday, December 30, 2013

And Yet - ANOTHER Arm Knitting Post

Pattern: Arm Knit Infinity Scarf by Simply Maggie
Knit in ~20 minutes (my quickest one yet!) on Sunday, December 22, 2013

This yarn was gifted to me from an awesome person and I was super excited to arm knit an infinity cowl for my best friend.  I had been eyeing the yarn for a while and every time I passed it I thought it would look cute on my BF.  It was just sent out to her so hopefully the timing of this post and the postal service up in Maine work out in my favor!

The second big item I have to report is that I was on tv!!  The arm knitting class that I taught a couple weeks ago was featured on CBS markets across the country!  Below I've embedded a video to the segment as shown in Minneapolis, MN.  It was a fun day for the students (and for me).  And I'm so glad that Woolwinders yarn shop is getting noticed as a cool shop to visit and patron.  I mean come on... how many bosses/shop owners would take a chance and let a newbie employee teach a class on arm knitting, a random fad?!  Luckily for us the owners of this shop are open to trying all kinds of new and exciting techniques in fiber arts.  And luckily for me, I found an AWESOME part-time gig!

I don't know how I'm going to top this for my next course!  I'm in the brainstorming mode now - I'm thinking of doing a dog sweater class next.  We'll see... and stay tuned!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Another Arm Knit Post

 Another arm knit gem!  Again it took about 30 minutes and this time I added fringe instead of connecting the ends.

Pattern: Arm Knit Infinity Scarf by Simply Maggie - but not an infinity this time

Seriously this yarn was like butter on my arms.  It is so freaking soft! I think I made it a little long just because I didn't want to stop arm knitting!

Also exciting - this scarf was displayed at the store to advertise my first knitting class! We decided to have a last minute Christmas gift class -- and if you can knit the scarf in 30 minutes it really is a last minute knit!  A little nerve-wracking just because it's the first time I taught knitting (formally in a class that is).  But fun and it was a success.  Plus, I think I have caught the teaching bug and want to teach more!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Oh no Totoro!!

My first stab at fair isle is a fail.  Poor little Totoro mittens... they never had a chance.  Apparently you cannot tighten your tension as you carry the yarn over or else you get puckering.  And... a mitten that gets tighter and smaller as you knit up the hand.   

Ah well.  Frogging poor little Totoro and I'll try again later.