Thanks for sharing, Anne!
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Our wonderful manager Missy is in Boston today, attending her daughter's graduation (congratulations, Kathryn!). She was enjoying coffee and breakfast in a cafe this morning and casting on a sweater when a woman at the table next to her leaned over and told Missy that her family would be interested in what she was working on.
They got to talking about knitting and the StevenBe Creative Community Foundation came up. She and her brother were very interested in the therapeutic knitting that the foundation is sponsoring. Missy told her about the foundation's plans to work with a major Minneapolis hospital this summer, specifically with adolescent in-patient girls with eating disorders. At that point, the woman and her brother were overcome with emotion and told Missy about why they were there.
There's still time to grab a seat and take in some knowledge from your favorite knitting celebrities! There are still a few spots left in select classes! Register through the links here or come in to StevenBe or Yarn Garage and we'll help you get signed up and pick out your class materials at the same time.
The best way to start your Fiber Fest experience is with Steven at the Pillsbury House Theater tomorrow night for our Kick-Off Party! Steven will be interviewing our fabulous teachers in the style of Joan Rivers-meets-Oprah-meets-Wendy Williams (or as we usually just call it, "StevenBe-style").
Ragga & Stephen West--a package deal!
Malabrigo sock is one of my favorite sock yarns.
A friend of mine is overseas for the Peace Corps. (How cool is that?)
Anyway, she has a little time on her hands and some knitting knowledge in her brain, but she didn't bring any knitting supplies with her.
She asked me to please send her some stuff. I dug through my stash for yarn, patterns, darning needles, measuring tapes...
But then I started to worry about needles. Would she need straight or circular? What sizes? I didn't want to lock her into just the particular needles I thought went with the project. What if her gauge was different from mine?
Enter Denise Interchangeable Needles.
I have a LOT of stitch markers. Fancy ones, plain ones, locking ones, blue ones, you name it.
But, even though HiyaHiya calls these "safety pins," I think they are the perfect stitch markers for socks.
Ok, sometimes socks DO need a serious blocking. Maybe your ssk decreases don't look so great (mine don't!), or maybe you're going to photograph a sock for something, or you just don't want your dad to think his socks look all weird because they've never been worn.
Metal blockers to the rescue. With stainless steel blockers, you can pull a sock on and STEAM away any problems you have, just like they do in clothing shops. You can use a pro steamer, a teakettle or a really hot shower. Either way, your socks will look better in way less time than it would take to wash and dry them.
The hook makes them easy to hang, either to dry or for steaming!