Prepping for The Fiber Event

Fiber event prep

I’m prepping for The Fiber Event.

prepping for fiber event

Here are the details of the show:

The Fiber Event 2016
Celebrating 25 Years of Fiber
Friday, April 15, 2016 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

FREE admission! FREE parking!

Putnam County Fairgrounds
Greencastle, Indiana

I always have this grand plan to be ready early so I don’t have to panic.

However, as usual, here it is the week before & I am definitely slipping into panic mode.

I finally switched to a bullet journal instead of my normal planner.  This seems to be working so much better for me. I can brain dump everything I can think of that needs to be done, then I can prioritize and group things together so I am not running back & forth between the computer, the printer and doing “all the stuff”.

This year Cheryl & I have a new layout and vision for our booth. The problem with that is we don’t know yet where our booth will be. The community building at the fairgrounds has been remodeled. The Fiber Event planning committee is re-working the booth layouts and have not yet told us where we will be located. So if you are attending, we may not be in our usual spot, but I am sure you will find us easily.

On to some of the products you will find in out booth this year.  I will have lots of new stitch markers, abacus, pinback buttons and magnets.

fiber event prep

 

I plan to demo bead weaving on a small portable loom so I will have bead kits for sale too. I am only taking a limited selection of coffee mugs & magic wrap skirts this year so buy early.  Cheryl has been dyeing yarn to take this year.  You will not believe all the beautiful spring & summer colors she has prepared.

fiber event prep

She is also taking spinning and weaving supplies as well as needles and hooks.

I could talk about this forever but….I really need to get to work!

Hope to see you at The Fiber Event!

 

Finishing Lace Knitting

finishing lace knitting

 

 

Knitting Lace: Finishing

This is the final entry in the series of blog posts on overcoming your fear of knitting lace. If you have missed any of the posts, they can be found on my blog page at Gina Mitchell Designs.

In this series on overcoming your fear of lace, we have been working through the prep and the actual knitting. In today’s lesson we talk about the most important step. Finishing your work. Just because you have finished knitting….does NOT mean your project is finished!

Are you catching the theme here? You must finish your work. So let’s take a look at what “finishing” means in knitting lace.

  • Weave in your ends – I know lots of knitters don’t like this step but obviously you can’t wear your item with the loose ends dangling there to unravel.
  • Bath – Your item need a nice gentle bath. You will be amazed at how quickly your knitting picks up oils, dirt, etc while you are working on it. So always give it a quick soak in a lovely wool wash.
  • Block – All projects need to be blocked. It is just a fact of knitting. However, lace is the most important of all. You have invested so much time in placing those lovely yarn-overs into your knitting that you must block it to open them up and show them off! We touched on blocking in the previous post. It is truly the key to successfully knitting lace. Look at the difference blocking makes in your lace work. finishing knitting lace  finishing lace knitting Finishing Lace knitting

Once it is dry, you are ready to show off your project.  Be prepared to accept all the compliments & accolades on a job well done.

You may now call yourself a “Lace Knitter”!

Congratulations on tackling a new technique & overcoming your “Fear of Knitting Lace”.

If any of the steps gave you a bit of trouble, remember you can contact me to get the help you need.

Thank you for reading, if you would like to get the entire series in one pdf document, sign up below & you will have access to all the resources I make available.

 

**Pattern photos featured in this series**

Night Jasmine Hat by Gina Mitchell Designs

Summer Solstice Shawl by Wendy Johnson

Baah One Skein Shawl by Fickleknitter

Sinopia by Hunter Hammersen

Lace Knitting: The Good Stuff

Lace Knitting: The Good Stuff is part 3 in the series of blog posts on overcoming your fear of lace. If you have missed any of the posts, they can be found on my blog page at Gina Mitchell Designs.

In this series on overcoming your fear of lace, we have been working through the prep. In today’s lesson we start to get into the good stuff. That’s what you have been waiting for right?

 

So let’s get started.

Here are the main things you need to take care of:

  • Read & study your pattern: Read & understand your pattern before you begin knitting. There is nothing worse than getting through an entire section of knitting and finding those dreaded words in the pattern…. “At the same time”! Most modern designers are doing away with this practice but it can still pop up. It’s also a good idea to check for techniques you might be unfamiliar with.
  • Swatch: Most knitters are not fond of being told to swatch. We find all types of tricks to prevent it. However, it really is necessary if you want to avoid issues while knitting your lace. Who wants to rip back because your fabric isn’t turning out correctly? This is a great time to practice those techniques you need to brush up on. I have lots of tips on swatching that will be available in our free Knitting Resource Library. This will be ready for you very soon but you can sign up now so you know when the site opens up.
  • Block: Remember, lace always looks like a mess until it is blocked. Blocking opens up the lace so you can see your pattern.

 

 

lace knitting

Blocking Illustration

Finally, you are ready to begin knitting your lace pattern. But there is no fear here because you have prepped well and are ready. So let’s review a couple of things to keep in mind as you begin knitting.

  • Read your knitting: As you knit, read your knitting so you always know where you are & that your pattern is working out as it’s supposed to. It is much easier to fix your mistakes as you go than to rip back a whole section when you finally realize there is a problem. Keep in mind, lace knitting is not mindless knitting.
  • Relax: If you are tense, your gauge will be off from what you achieved in your swatch. You are also more prone to fall victim to a knitting injury or soreness if you try to knit with tight muscles.
  • Remember: It is knitting. This is supposed to be fun & enjoyable. There is no mistake you make that can NOT be fixed. If you need help, there is no shame in taking a class or even a one-on-one session to walk you through the problems you run into.

 

This wraps up part 3 of my Lace Knitting series. I hope you are enjoying it. The next post, Lace Knitting: Finishing will be the last in the series. After that the entire series will be available to you in a PDF to keep & refer to whenever you need it.

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