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April 24, 2017

From Susan — Yarnover the Great

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 6:19 pm

Oh, my knitting peeps.  If you weren’t at Yarnover this weekend, you missed a great event!  The organizers, led by my good friend Shelley H., outdid themselves.  And I mean that.  They escalated our little, scruffy “Let’s Put on a Show!” to a Broadway production!

In previous years we held Yarnover at schools.  Bad seating, bad lighting, bad food, cheap rates.  We never thought, as a non-profit, all volunteer guild, that we could afford to hold the event at a nice hotel.  But Shelley and her team had a dream and made it happen!  It was so nice…and it is very close to where I live — yay!!

I took a class on double knitting.  The teacher (Alisdair Post-Quinn) was great, his samples beautiful, etc., but the technique itself is worse than brain surgery without anesthesia (yes, I said that all weekend! 😉 ).  Knitting is a hobby.  Knitting is supposed to be fun.  Knitting has its share of ‘annoying,’ but should it be 150% annoying??!!

The Vendor Market rocked!  I spent a teeny, tiny bit of money…

Can you say gold and gray?  Everything I knit anymore is a variation of yellow and gray!!  Really.  I am not exaggerating!  The yellow-gray gradient is KnitCircus Lavish (70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon, 600 yards, color Brass & Steam).  The Grinning Gargoyle selection are all Seda Sock (50-50 Merino Silk) in (from left to right) – Thundersnow, Sea Glass, and Crate Lake.  Yes, I know.  Stunning.

On Sunday, they held the April MKG meeting at the hotel in a huge amphitheater.  The speakers were Shannon and Jason, aka The ShibaGuyz, who design crochet and knitting designs.  They have three Shiba Inu – no idea what the plural of Shiba is.  I have one Shiba Inu.  I wanted to bond!!

Yuki lounging in the sun!

I showed them this picture of Yuki — I took it as I left to go to their lecture.  He is a Cream, which is not a sanctioned variety by the AKC, but is by the British KC.  We aren’t showing him so it doesn’t matter, but I sensed that they looked down on him just a little bit.  Or they were in a hurry.

I got home and worked on my latest project, which is now at a point that requires some thinking.  Not a lot of thinking, but more than I feel like doing.

Meet my Funky Grandpa, which also has a gold/gray thing going on!  I am quite enjoying it, though I want to take a short break from it.  I am knitting it in Carol Sunday’s 3-ply and Zauberball.   Just the sleeves are left.  My sweater will not be short and cropped for reasons I do not care to discuss 😉 .

So, I did the unthinkable and started with my brand new yarn.  I wanted to do a shawl-type thing but realized that all the yellow would be at the nape of my neck like a big egg yolk!  I saw the identical yarn used to knit a scarf called Reverse Psychology and liked the way the yellow can be anywhere you want to drape it.

I can’t wait for next year’s Yarnover – it is just going to get better!


  1. I was so sorry to miss this year’s Yarnover in it’s new, close to home location, but the lure of our cabin was stronger than the lure of yarn. I know. Can’t wait to see your Funky Grandpa. It’s been on my radar.

    Comment by Susan — April 24, 2017 @ 8:26 pm

  2. Love your new yarn! Oh, the dreams of what it all will become! We absolutely loved Yarn Over this year in the new digs! It was a classy affair. I dropped a bit of moula into the economy but it’s all good! I am white knuckling dropping what I have on the needles for the new,shiny yarn. But I’m really resisting. See you Thursday!

    Comment by Kathy W. — April 24, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

  3. Yes! I agree YO was great! Bought a few things to add to my list but was reasonable this year. Only downer is we were not able to meet up with you and Kim for lunch. See you on Thursday for Show and tell 🙂

    Comment by nadine L. — April 25, 2017 @ 9:50 am

  4. Your yarn purchases look gorgeous! I’m a sucker for silk-merino blends. I find that silky sheen absolutely mesmerizing.

    Re: double knitting – I took a mini class on that with Melissa Leapman a few years ago & could not wrap my head around it! My brain still hurts thinking about that. That may one of the knitting skills I never master.

    Comment by Samina — April 25, 2017 @ 10:29 am

  5. Now I want a Shiba Inu. Back in my teens I loved yellow and gray. Feel 50 years ahead of my time. Your Funky Grandpa (I feel like it’s going to get up and dance) is gorgeous as usual. Many years ago I studied KnittingHelp’s Double Knitting video. She made it look easy. I always thought I’d try it once I buckled down and became a real knitter. Still an amateur. Still plan on trying it. Yarnover sounded spectacular. Looks like its on its way! Chloe

    Comment by Chloe — April 25, 2017 @ 10:31 am

  6. I agree that Yarnover was great! I’m sorry you didn’t like your double knitting class (or rather, the technique being taught) – and I’m rather surprised since it is so similar to your “Not About the Hat” technique!

    Your yarn looks lovely – can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Comment by Amy — April 25, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

  7. I came home with the same skein of “Thundersnow” and other equally lovely items. I always love shopping the YO market!

    Comment by Bonnie — April 25, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

  8. Oh my goodness, those KnitCircus yarns… I spent so much time at their booth (!) but finally managed to leave without buying all of it. I had told myself I only get to buy yarn for one project, and I ended up with a gorgeous combo skein of mohair and merino for a shawl.

    Comment by Lotta — April 25, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

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