I done and did it today: I went to my first knitting class! Have been wishing to do something like this ever since I started out in knitting, but was never able to find a suitable class that was held outside my "busy time" (farming season).
The class was held at the New Ewe Quilt and Yarn Shoppe
in Newaygo, MI, and it was given the title: Knitting 102
. The class instructor, Jane, gave us students the option of knitting a hat or a purse that will eventually be felted. Never felted anything before so decided to go with the latter.
I arrived a bit early so I had time to browse and drool over all the yarn, notions, books, magazines, and bolts of cotton. What a blissful moment it was! I even had enough time to take a couple snapshots. Yarn photography has to be the most enjoyable pastime. :) I wish I did do a few more closeups but the class was about to start.
So how did my knitting/learning time go? Awesome! This would be my first time knitting along with someone else and it was great fun. I almost knitted the entire body of the purse during the class because the yarn and needles I am using are huge
. Two strands of worsted weight wool and size 15 needles make fast work. I got the amazing opportunity to use Cascade 220
for part of the purse; it is the most popular yarn according to ravelry.com so when the time came to cast on with 220, I was hearing the drum roll in the background. :) The yarn is very nice to work with and sort of reminds me of my good ol' Plymouth Galway Worsted
The days leading up to the class I asked the age old question: "What should I wear?" Can you guess what I chose? Yeah you're right, my Acorns sweater
. Even after wearing it for at least four weeks since I finished it, the sweater looks pristine; not much pilling happening and the color is still strong. I've washed it three times, too!
This knitting trip was absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to visit the yarn shop again.
Oh, I almost forgot to add a picture of my Work In Progress. . .
It will be going into the washing machine very soon--I can't wait to see how it turns out!