More Weekend Yarn Adventures!

This past weekend I spent with more yarny adventures!  Saturday I taught a Tiny Sweater Class at Yarn & Coffee and Sunday I had a Trunk Show at The Yarn Store at Nob Hill and they were both fabulous.IMG_1664

I was able to talk to lots of interesting knitters, eat cookies, work on my sweater, drink hot chocolate, eat another cookie, talk to more knitters and spend time breathing in the yarn and fiber fumes.IMG_1680

Sadly, these are my last events in Albuquerque, but they were so fun!   I really appreciate the local knitting scene making me feel welcome and at home, I know that the Loveland and Fort Collins knitting scenes will be the same and I’ll get to meet even more fun, funny and fabulous fiber folk!IMG_1685

If you’re interested in making one of these adorable little things for your holiday decorations, just wait a few days!  The pattern for the Tiny Sweater will be published here on the blog soon with plenty of notes to customize it and make it easier to fandangle those beginning stitches on dpns!IMG_1672

Classes

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend, we did!  Ours was packed with productivity and it was so rewarding to get some projects done, but I’ll share more about those later.

I wanted to remind everyone about a few classes I’m teaching this week and next here in New Mexico.

There will be quite a few more classes coming next month, so keep an ear out for that!  What classes have you taken at your LYS that you’ve enjoyed?  What classes would you like to see offered?

Another Class In The Books!

The past 2 weekends I’ve spent Saturday afternoons doing something I totally love to do – teaching knitting students a new technique!IMG_8926

I taught stranded color work using my Fresh Chroma Slouch pattern at Yarn & Coffee in Santa Fe, New Mexico.IMG_8931

Seeing the hat worked up in so many different color choices – raiders, classic, modern – they all look great and give the hat totally different a feel.IMG_8927

One of the hardest things to learn when taking on stranded knitting is learning how to float the yarn at the correct gauge.  A little blocking really does wonders for a stranded work, but if your floats are too tight, no amount of blocking can work out the puckering that is likely to occur.IMG_8922

My next class will be based around my Sweet Summer Rays shawl and will give beginners a good shawl experience!  It will take place on June 1st and 8th, from 1-4pm.  If you’re in the area, call Yarn & Coffee to sign up!

Braided Slouch Class at Yarn & Coffee

The past two Saturdays I’ve spent at the cutest yarn store teaching some awesome knitters how to work cables!IMG_8077

We used my Braided Slouch Pattern as the foundation for the class so that in addition to learning how to work cables and clever decreases, the students also had a finished piece.IMG_8085

I love teaching in this store, the front sun room is perfect – there is enough space, a big table, perfect natural lighting and plenty of pretty things to look at.  Not to mention the coffee, pastries and yarn in the next room.IMG_8067

And all of the knitters learned how to cable, fix common mistakes and decrease in pattern!  I think that learning how to fix mistakes in a new technique is almost more important than learning the technique itself sometimes.IMG_8074

I had a really great time and I hope that the students did too, I could teach everyday and still be excited about it!  I love meeting new people and sharing what I’m passionate about, and I always learn something new too – new ways to explain different techniques, new ways to teach, new ways that different knitters think about or “see” the knitting – it’s so much fun!IMG_8147

Interested in taking my next class on stranded colorwork with my Fresh Chroma Slouch?  It’ll take place at Yarn & Coffee the first two weekends of May – I’ll have another post with more details soon!

Yarn & Coffee

A new yarn cafe had a soft opening in Santa Fe last Friday (the Grand Opening won’t be until early March) and, even though I had visited them the previous week, I rode the train up from Albuquerque to have some girl-time with my momma and play with the yarns.  IMG_7387

This store has the makings of a great community gathering place.  They’ve got a coffee and pastry bar, ample (and comfortable) seating space, and friendly staff.IMG_7390

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Niched with natural fibers, this store has a variety of yarns ranging from the work-horse yarns that everyone knows and loves to the gorgeous, hand-dyed yarns of smaller companies to the luxury fibers of others.IMG_7406

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I’ll be teaching some classes there starting at the end of March and promise to give a run down of those in a future post!IMG_7409

Lucky Me!

I entered a giveaway on Facebook for a chance to win a beautiful, colorful skein of art yarn from Kitty Grrlz (join her Facebook Group here) and I was lucky enough to win!!!
Santa Fe Summer

When we got back from our trip out to VA for the wedding, this beautiful skein was waiting for me, and let me tell you, its so much more beautiful than I even expected!

It's ok to be jealous 😉

I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to make with this phenomenal yarn yet, I’m thinking a cowl or scarf…in a simple texture to show off the natural beauty of the yarn.