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On the Go Baby Surprise Jacket Scraps 09-23-19

On The Go Again

It never ceases to amaze me how everything seems to come together.  Even when it never looks like it will.  I’m all set for the 2019 Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat at Easton Mountain.  So tomorrow, I’ll be on the go again.

Knitters, Crocheters and Bears – Also On The Go

35 yarn-enthused men will descend again on Easton Mountain in Greenwich, NY this Thursday.  It’s another opportunity for me to get very excited about being part of the men’s fiber community.

Have you ever noticed how many “bears” there are in that community?  I honestly love watching groups of burly men knit, crochet, weave, tat, etc. and also dispel stereotypes.

Like last year, this year’s retreat coincides with the Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival in Greenwich, NY.  So many of the guys will be seen on Saturday at the festival.

If you’ve never been, it’s a very nice event.  Lots of local animal farms are represented as well as local spinneries and vendors.  Great indie dyers and products available, but not overwhelming big.  Nor is it overly crowded.  Yet.

One of the other things I like about the Fall men’s retreat is that we don’t do workshops.  Instead, we have attendees with expertise in specific areas host “Expert Tables.”  This year, I’ll be hosting an expert table on German Short Rows/German Twisted Cast-On and also a table on Carding Wool (hand cards and drum carding).

Interestingly enough, the coordinator of the retreat will be doing an expert table on Card Weaving (also known as Tablet Weaving).  This past weekend, I was shocked to find this at our local flea market.

On The Go Card Weaving Cards 09-23-19

It’s a box of 100 cards for card-weaving from School Products.  I was astonished to find this at the flea market!  Hopefully it will start off a few guys on a new hobby.

This got added to the pile of items that will be jammed into my car tomorrow morning as I take off for Easton Mountain.

I CFW!

Current Knitting

The Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf was completed rather quickly (it was almost finished in my blog post on Friday).

Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf 09-23-19 01

It honestly surprises me how not garish this color combination turned out.  This stitch pattern has a fantastic way of blending colors in the best possible way.

You may have guessed by the featured photo for this blog entry that I also finished knitting my second Baby Surprise Jacket.

Baby Surprise Jacket 09-22-19 01

I LOVED the bright, vibrant colors of this yarn.  And you can see it magically transformed into the shape of a baby jacket.

Baby Surprise Jacket 09-22-19 01

After very carefully weaving in all the ends (see the clippings above) and sewing up the two short seams on this garment, I have a VERY bright and colorful baby jacket.

Baby Surprise Jacket 09-22-19 03

A nice fast and interesting knit, I really like this pattern and will probably make a few more.  But for my next WIP, I started an Interlocking Crochet Scarf instead.

Interlocking Crochet Scarf 09-23-19 01

Only on the second strip of about a dozen or so, so I’ve got a lot of work to do.  And honestly, I don’t do much work while at the Men’s Knitting Retreats.

I’ll try to post a couple of times while I’m in Upstate NY, but I won’t promise anything.

3 comments on “On The Go Again

  1. Love the new BSJ!

    I think your mastery quiz needs a fifth level, to go in between the 2nd and 3rd. I have, in both my knitting and no knitting life, skills that I have done any number of times, but for whatever reason, don’t do them often enough that I can reliably reproduce them on demand. I’ve done a lot more than “watch a video or two.” But once I do consult a reference, I can easily remember the steps & don’t need to keep referring back. An example for me might be M1R and M1L. I can easily do both of them, but which is which? I need to either look it up or futz with them to see.

    I do love the idea of the bucket list!

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