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STOP THE PRESSES :
Whoopee!!! The sock DVDs are now in the manufacturing process and should be available for shipping this month! It has been a loooooong interesting cycle of work-like-mad and wait. And wait. And wait a little more.
The latest:The good news is that the edited discs went to the manufacturers on Friday, but just as we were about to crack the champagne: The latest slight hiccup arose on Friday afternoon: the powers in charge are now debating about the best and most reliable format to produce them ( because these discs are nearly 3 hours apiece --- way too long!) and, ever optimistic, we are hoping that they will be out within two weeks. The shipping envelopes are addressed and waiting; the covers printed.......
The very latest (Tuesday afternoon): all systems go!! Yes, they're coming.
Sock Techniques 1 and 2 DVDs: free shipping offer.........
That being said, we are taking pre-orders for Sock Techniques 1 & 2 and offering free shipping:
Get both discs for only $58 Cdn. We can accept Visa (and soon Mastercard) , or PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org,or call our toll-free Order Line 1 (866) 272-7796.
(Our thanks to all of you who have been so patient and who have sent such nice emails!)
Knitting season is back .....
It's that season in the northern hemisphere again: the nights are drawing in, encouraging longer evenings hunkered down with a warm drink and our favourite projects. I am hoping for a little more time for coherent thought, especially since I suddenly seem to have an almost empty nest around here. There is this little worry, though: the two remaining family members are serious neat freaks and now they have me outnumbered. Should you hear reports of my sudden disappearance, just look in a cupboard: I'll have been tidied up!
I am just recently safely returned from my all too brief three-week sojourn in the north. What a trip! The short description would be: WOW. For those not interested in my travelogue, feel free to skip the next section, where I allow myself to be carried away by my reminiscences!
|Icebergs from the Lowell Glacier|
For those who would like a little more detail than "WOW", I'll allow myself to ramble on a bit. Things were so hectic here prior to departure (chasing the Essentials DVDs to completion and then shipping them, and hounding those who were working, excessively slowly, on the index of Socks 1 and 2), that I couldn't quite get my head around the full details of the trip or how it all hung together.
All I knew was, that in preparation, I was making a significant contribution to the bottom line of MEC, investing in quantities of quick-dry underwear (in case of rain, lest you were thinking of any other form of damp), a titanium spork (for lightness), merino shirts and leggings (because a bit of wool is ALWAYS good.....)... etc etc. During every available spare moment I hefted my rucksack and dashed off to hike the local trails, whilst entertaining my mind with the logistics of just the right quantities of dry food for four folks for five days of hiking. Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, mangoes were evaporating their juices and making superb fruit leather.
Soon the day dawned when we could no longer prevaricate: our flight to Edmonton would cheerfully leave without us if we didn't get our act together. A monstrous pile of luggage and backpacks was herded into the airport, and off we went. From Nova Scotia we were a party of four: Holly, Karen, John and yours truly.
We flew to Edmonton and picked up our hire car (which at this time was blue), then sallied Northward Ho to connect with Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway. As we drove north, the size and frequency of the communities rapidly diminished, cell phone service became extinct, traffic lights became a thing of the past; traffic, in fact, vanished. Navigation was now easy ... look for the next turning on the left in about 1000 kms! (Thus leaving me free to enjoy my knitting!)
As we cleared the burbs of Edmonton, the scenery began to impress and continued to increase in magnificence with every passing hour. Once on the Alaska Highway, we started sighting wildlife: eagles, Dall sheep (sadly naturally bald), moth-eaten caribou, herds of wandering bison, and one woolly black bear browsing along the highway edge.
We were headed for Whitehorse, the territorial capital of the Yukon, to rendevous with friends Lynne and Laurie and our soon-to-be new friends for our trip down the Alsec river. We spent a luxurious night or two at The Inn on the Lake (a beautiful place with heavenly sheets), our base camp just outside Whitehorse. Last-minute adjustments to luggage and food were made there; then we set off in convoy to Haines Junction and the entry point to Kluane National Park.
|Mug up at Serpentine Creek||Raft, raft, raft your boat...||Setting up camp|
|Lowell Glacier||Lowell Lake icebergs:
view from camp
|Cargo Helicopter||The Chilcoot Neatbys||Chilcoot Pass:
a lovely view!
DVD REVIEWS and SOCK DVD NEWS
On my return, the Socks 1 and 2 discs were STILL not quite ready. Aaargh, how slowly can these guys work? Don't
they realise the importance of knitting??
I am about to make make my first-ever teaching trip to the UK this October! My first stop will be at the
magnificent Blicking Hall in Norfolk: this will surely rank as the most beautiful builing in which I have given a workshop! (Contact Meg for details).
If any of you will be attending the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, drop by and say "hello": I'll be based at the Get Knitted booth. (They are also a great place to look for my patterns, yarns, books and DVDs in the UK.)
Other gigs include TAJ Crafts in Iver, Bucks and the UNRAVEL event at South Hill Park: www.ukhandknitting.com
For those in the Halifax area on Sat Dec 9th, 2006, between the hours of 1300 - 1700: we are making our first public invitation to our EIGHTH annual Holiday Open-House. Come and join Lucy, Corrie, Kathleen and Susan (and probably Mr. Cuddles) for fun, yarn, sale specials, Corrie's mouth-watering array of cookies and hot mulled cider. We are hoping that this time the only significant snow fall of the winter won't occur 12 hours beforehand; we did have a good time last year, but so many of you had to miss the party becuase you were without power or at the end of a long unplowed road!
ADVENTURE KNITTING CAMP 2007Mark your calendars for the West Coast Adventure Knitting Camp 30 September to 6 October 2007. Judy has spent the summer scouting out just the right place for a West Coast adventure, and we will have the details soon. The theme for this camp will be Socks: ancient and modern... more details later. If you would like trip details as they jell, contact Judy and see photos of our 2005 camp in Nova Scotia at the Lloyds Travel site.
REGIONAL OUTBREAKS of SEA LETTUCE
I am sure that many you are aware of the problems created by imported plants and animals such as the
zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and Japanese Knotweed, to mention but a few, and now I have to report
a series of new outbreaks across the continent, outbreaks of Sea Lettuce!
Sea Lettuce Scarf (#468)
A spiraling, frilly, short-row extravaganza, suited to hand-painted and printed yarns. Perfect non-boring-but-easy travel knitting. As it is knit width-wise, you can keep on knitting until you run out of yarn.
Mini-Maxi Bags (#871)This entertaining bag has almost limitless sizing possibilities and minimal finishing. Such a very satisfying project, that you may decide that every family member needs one! (Ideal for using up small quantities of yarn, just in case you REALLY need to reduce your stash....)
Size: Depth 5" x 3.5", widely adjustable up to a full-size shoulder-bag.
Yarn: Sport or heavier.
Techniques : Over-the-needle Provisional Crochet CO, Focused Decreases, Three-needle BO
Level: Determined Beginner/Intermediate
Pattern: $6.00 Cdn
More bag pictures .
The Abracadabra Scarf (#472)A simple, yet most magical, arrangement of beads distinguishes this scarf: vertical bead stripes on one side and horizontal stripes on the other.
Suits any smooth fingering weight yarn, best with solid or mottled solid colours.
Size: Width 3.5" upwards, length to suit available yarn.
Yarn: Fingering. Allow approximately 1000 beads, size #6.
Techniques: Beading between stitches, yarn-overs at beginning of rows, spliced yarn joins.
Level: Determined Beginner/Intermediate
Pattern: $6 Cdn
|This follows on our topic from the last newsletter:
When we remove the cast-on or lower edge of a piece of knit fabric, where do the 'stitches' magically come from? (This may be a temporary or provisional edge designed for easy removal, but doesn't have to be.)
|Your basic happy stitch in a knit fabric looks like this:||Take a series of these little chaps and you get an undulating row of yarn: the crests of the
hills form the regular direction stitches.
Every layer/row is the same, it is only the direction of the projection of the stitch heads that may differ according to whether they were knitted or purled.
Now, if we were to turn the hill stitches upside down: what is in between them? The 'valleys' in between the original hills now become potential stitches! Magic.
The important things to notice are that: The new 'valley' stitch loops are in between the original 'hills', half a column out of alignment.
In flat knitting there will be an apparent evaporation of one stitch, because you have to have two hills to frame a valley*. In round knitting there will be no stitch loss as there are no sides.
|A cast-on edge (long-tail shown here because it is easy to draw!) is just a device for securing the valley parts of the first row of stitches. If the securing strand or row is removed the valleys would be released. Envisage the diagram without the tail yarn, and the valleys would appear.|
|*When yarn is worked in flat knitting there is a point at which it connects the first row with the second: this loop of yarn, although not truly a valley stitch, can be used as an additional stitch to compensate for the one-stitch loss!|
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