Finally! I get my hour back

Knitting In the Trees

Blog pix 1443 Twined MItts: Aka Larus + Ardea  One skein Cascade 220 and mabye 4 yrds of a contrast color. It took me a week to knit each mitt more or less obsessively but I'm more or less slow.

Two End Knitting by Anne-Maj Ling has more projects and you can get it from Nancy Bush's website. I may have been shopping.....that Greta Garbo shawl is gorgeous. (Cookie, quit giggling. Pinky swear I'll finish Lyra first which means......2012?)

Before the vicious H1N1 virus felled me - wow, that's a virulent mean little thing! I had a 103 fever for a couple of days and was as weak as a kitten - a kitten hacking up a lung. I don't recommend catching it. I wanted a week off but it would have been nice to do something other than sleep for three days. Although who am I kidding? I love sleeping all day.

Anway, before that happened, I was up at Marshall at the Marconi Convention Center State Historical Park being schooled by the likes of Nancy Bush and Sally Melville. I knew I was going to love Nancy's class, I have all her books and I love the historical aspect of her work and I knew that Sally's class was going to be good - I have most of her books too but I was blown away by how much I learned in Sally's class.

Mother-Daughter_cover_opt And I didn't even do the take-a-picture-of-yourself to make paper clothes for. (Honestly, I'm not big on pictures anyway but I didn't find out I needed it until the final two weeks before the 15th of October - this year it really was a work-up-until-the-last-minute. Much busier than normal too. Next year we are Taking Steps to avoid that.)

But even without that, what I learned in her class about flattering shapes and how to knit to fit was fabulous. I came to knitting from a seamstress background so I have always fooled with my patterns for a better fit but knitting is unlike sewing in many ways and there are some things I couldn't quite figure out. Her set in sleeve alone was worth the price of admission for the whole weekend.

And then there was the views. And the deer! We had three deer traipse by the window of our room one night. Jackrabbits hopped and posed merrily, it was if if they'd been hired.

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Tomales Bay (from the Marshall Store & a plate of oysters on the back deck)

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Tomales Bay through the trees at the Marconi Convention Center State Historical Park. If you're in the area, drive up. It's gorgeous and it is a park, so it's open to the public. They do have rooms available occasionally too.

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The Line Up for Shawls with Carolyn, our Hostess With the Mostest doing her normal speed through. :)

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Nancy Bush, Sally Melville and Erika in the back row, admiring the projects. Nancy crooked her finger at Trisha, beckoning her to the back,  to get a better look at Trisha's nupp shawl she knit for her wedding. Gorgeous. There were a LOT of gorgeous projects there. I really need a decent camera, most of mine on the iPhone didn't come out. Boo.   

In the meantime, pray that the current version  of the second sleeve on Dad's Cardigan is the final one. It's my cough*whoknows*cough try. Note to self: 

  1. A top down knit sleeve must have at least close to the same number of stitches on each side.
  2. The second sleeve is not where one should decide to stop knitting a sweater in pattern.
  3. It should not be larger, particularly if the yarn is running out and there is no more.....



Clearly the flu was your punishment for having too much fun.

Glad you're better, though!


You've been busy! No wonder you got so sick. I hope you're feeling better, sweetie. No time to be ill. Too many things to do and people to kill. ;^)



Beautiful mitts!


I'm glad you're finally feeling better!!

That Nancy Bush class sounds pretty cool. :)


Oh dear, I was your virtual companion in the H1N1 debacle. That WAS a nasty virus - haven't been that sick in years. Glad it's over. At least we don't need the vaccine (not that anyone can get it anyway). Those mitts are gorgeous - good work. And it sounds like it was a fabulous class!

Cheryl S.

Sorry you've been so sick! Sounds like you had some great classes, though. I loved Sally Melville's classes.


Oh my goodness! I hope you're feeling much better now. That H1N1 stuff is scary.

The Greta Garbo shawl is gorgeous. I suppose I should learn tvandstikning some day. I'm half Swedish, after all. Greta was actually a cousin of my mor-mor's by marriage.


Glad you are feeling better. Last time I was home sick, I thought I'd get a lot done. Duh. I'm home because I'm SICK.


Love your mittens! Sorry to hear you've got the H1N1! My son's sick for weeks now. He went to see the doctor who said, he's got nothing (coughing up his lung too, had fever too). Hmmm.
I envy you your N.B. and S.M. classes, really I DO! Better iphone picksk than nothing!


I've got that mother/daughter book --- lots of nice stuff.


Beautiful mitts, and the park looks very nice! Bummer about catching H1N1.


Deer! Jackrabbits! Sorry to hear about the swine (flu), though.

Clearly the second sleeve wants to be fashion forward.


Oh Man!!! Glad you are feeling better. That is a nasty one, isn't it? Keep rested, ok?

And those twined mittens. LOve them so much. Hmmmmm.... ;0)


Those mitts are so cool! Swine flu, not so much. I'm glad you've recovered. (DH and I always sing the words "swine flu" to the tune of Cher's Halfbreed. Politically incorrect but still funny.)

Your knitting classes sound fabulous! What a wonderful pair of teachers. I love those classes that teach you lots of things, but at least one that you'll use all the time and never forget.


Colour me bright green! What a great thing to do, other than the flu part that is.


I'm so glad you're better! And that you had fun and learned much in your classes...


Hey I have that two ended knitting book! Get out of my brain. Or maybe I should get out of yours since you actually knitted something two-ended.


Beautiful mitts! I'm jealous of your workshop, that must have been fun.

Feel better soon.


Oy, H1N1? Glad you are feeling better though...I have this sneakin' suspicion it'll get me this year.

Love your mitts (REALLY like the color) and wow on the classes. Definitely sounds like you leaned a lot. But seriously...finish the darn sleeve will ya? :)


Wow, that sounds like so much fun! I really enjoyed Mother Daughter Knits as well!


Stupid nasty virus. mutter mutter

Who cares how many times the sleeve is knit? Once you've got it the way you want it, anyway.


rememeber you're knitting the lyra with me too. so don't feel so bad about not keeping up with cookie. :)

i'm so glad you had a good time at the retreat!


are you over the crud yet? is it safe to be here reading


Lovely mitts, Carrie! So sorry you got the bad crud!! You go to the best classes in the best places!!!!!!


I'm so sorry to hear that you got the flu -- this one sounds just terrible! But your weekend sounds fabulous fabulous. I have retreat envy :) Although I think I may have benefitted sideways from some advice from a fellow-attendee in the matter of making freeform garments hit in a flattering place (even if the advice does mean that I'm in for a world of frogging...)

Kim D.

Okay, that sounds like such a fun class. I'm quite jealous, if I'm honest. Sally Melville does share a lot of information with you, doesn't she?

Sorry to hear about the H1N1 Flu.

Most importantly - a FINISHED OBJECT!!! Woo Hoo!


Cute mitts. I refuse to read the rest of your post and it'll make me terribly jealous. :-)


You poor thing H1N1 is horrible.

Beautiful mitts.


Wow, glad you've recovered from the flu! Sounds miserable. Also, those mittens are wonderful! I think they must keep the cold at bay :-)


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the mitts! Design and color, tres pretty!

And oh what fun the classes sound like.

I am so glad you are feeling better.

Hugs to you and Hez, G


Love the mitts, and oh what a fun time it sounds like you had. I like Sally Melville. I had no idea who Nancy Bush was and then when I looked up her books it turns out I have two of her sock books so I guess I like her too! Sorry you caught the H1N1. I hope you are completely well now!


Not only do you get to go on cool workshops, you get to go to the ones in the really cool spots.

Ooo, I really like your mitts!!! I haven't done much knitting of Good thing they pay me.

I'm glad you're feeling better! Flu sucks... :(


It's so nice to hear you sounding like your usual perky self again! I love the mitts; after you first posted about them, I printed off the pattern, but probably have to wait until after the new year to get to them!


Sorry to hear you had THE FLU. Looks like you were still able to have some fun though.


Are you ok Carrie? Hugs, G

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I'm glad you're finally feeling better!!


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