Monday, March 30, 2015

On The Road Again!



Last week was wild! Tuesday, I taught at The Twisted Loop Yarn shop. Saturday, I taught two back-to-back workshops through the Minnesota Knitters' Guild. (More on those later, when I get a few minutes. But, THANK YOU to Little Gidding Suri, who donated a skein of yarn for every student.)

But, I've also confirmed two events that are coming up really soon, so I wanted to tell you about them:

When - Saturday, 4/6/15, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where - Tulsa, OK, Loops!
What - Book signing and meet-and-greet!!!!

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When - Saturday, 4/11/15, 10 a.m. to Noon
Where - Ewe Knit It, Yankton, SD
What - Lara's 3 Favorite Heels You May Not Know. Class where I get to show you quick, easy heels that are fun to make!
Price - $40

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Bit Hectic


I scheduled in weaving time last night, but I ended up hanging curtains! Maybe next week, when we have a wee break from French class...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Keeping It Together



I really do need a boxcutter at book signings. I keep the boxes sealed until I get there, because balancing a tower of book boxes isn't easy - and making a tower of open book boxes isn't possible!

When I just threw my box cutter into my teaching box, I always wasted a lot of time hunting around for it. So, I made a little holster for it out of two old file folders. :) Hopefully I remember to put it in there when I'm finished, and I don't just lose it, again. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Green Handspun Hat



I don't make resolutions (much), but I have decided that I really need to use my handspun! 

Clara Parke's class on stashbusting on Craftsy is a big help. She has a lesson on "letting go" of yarns, which I kind of needed. (Her organization lesson is important, too...)

So, I'm knitting up a spring hat. Easy, peasy. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

World Domination



We found the globe bar in an antique store in Stillwater, MN. We found the little brave in a thrift store here in Minneapolis, in a pile of little green soldiers.

I like to think of it as a collection of two cultural artifacts from the American near past, and maybe he deserves to be on top of the world, even if he is a Native Appropriation

Monday, March 23, 2015

I Believe Your First Socks Should Fit

Gauge swatch, in action.


This question came up in an Amazon review: "How many people can make a first anything...fit perfectly when it comes to knitting?"

It is true that perfection isn't possible in a lot of things. Your first omelet won't be perfectly beautiful. The very first thing you knit probably wasn't perfect. 

But, I'm going to risk myself and put it out there. If you:

1) are careful when you measure
2) work a gauge swatch
3) follow directions well

...you CAN have your very first pair of hand-knit socks fit you. Perfectly. 

Yes, practice helps. If you knit the same size of socks in the same yarn on the same needles, you'll learn when 2 or 4 stitches or rounds one way or the other really matters and when you can fudge it. 

I also really, truly, completely believe that you have to knit a gauge swatch whenever you have a new sock size, yarn, or set of needles. That is, if you don't want to add to your "this was a nice pattern, but the socks don't fit" pile. 

It is part art and part science, but it's not impossible!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wall of Books



It's a bit strange. Literally, a (little) wall of my work. Those are 4 boxes that contain 88 of my books. I'm getting ready for some events, so I ordered more books than I ever have, before. Let's hope that 88 people want to take them off of my hands. 

Also, here's living proof that no matter what you achieve, it's very, very hard to impress a cat.