On the Needles:
Nothing much new to report...still working on the Cladonia and the February Lady Sweater - now that I am out of HPKCHC, I do not feel the pressure to knit the Cladonia and to finish it immediately. That being said, it is still my lunchtime/happy hour knitting.
This weekend is a three day weekend and the principal and the AP in my school told me a bunch of really positive things about my job. In fact the principal told me that i needed to relax and that she is proud of me, so I am definitely taking their advice this weekend! As such, I really want to finish the February Lady Sweater for two reasons: one, Rhinebeck is next weekend. Two, my coworkers are finally realizing that yes, knitting is cool. I think this is because now that it's getting chillier, I am wearing my hats and Traveling Woman shawl; they see it and I am getting a really positive response, if a bit still mixed.
Spin Right Round
This week, I didn't get much spinning done - in the way spinning is normally done. The kids in my class were learning about mitosis this week, and when I read in the lesson plan the words, "spindle fibers" I had a eureka moment. I go to my co-science teacher and say, "I have a crazy idea." The crazy idea was, use the three drop spindles I own, some yarn, 11 kids, me, name tags and visually and kinesthetically demonstrate the stages of mitosis. Using drop spindles.
Through the world of twitter, I have discovered a new indie dyer - At Knits End Yarns by Kim Hartmann. She dyes using Kool-Aid and it comes out beautifully! She also has some really great bases such as Sparkle Lace and Falkland sock yarn which I have not seen as an available base. She is going to be part of The Fiber Connection booth with Oblivious Knits and others at Rhinebeck next weekend.
There was a pretty decent Groupon offer for School Products Yarns in the Garment District - since this is a three day weekend, I knew that if I didn't go this Saturday, I wouldn't go at all. My mom came with me since we had other errands to run together after and I thought it would be fun for my mom who is a non-knitter to see what yarn shops look like.
This week, we are taking a belated look at KnitCircus Fall, and Teeny Tiny Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec.
KnitCircus is jam packed with so many things that make me happy: first, interviews with Jared Flood and Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia Yarns. There is a really great feature by Wendy Johnson about designing your own lace cowl. There is also an article on colorwork.
There are plenty of sweaters for both men and women which provides alot of versatility and variety throughout the collection. Some of my favorites include the Sunshine and Fog Tunic, and the majority of the Lacy Goodness Collection such as the Turning Point Shawlette and the Mica Cowl. Ruckle is a really interesting hat because of its contruction with pleating and puckers knit into the body. One of my favorite things about KnitCircus is that they usually end with a recipe: this time, its Candy Apple Scones.
You must get Teeny Tiny Mochimochi if only for one reason: it will make you feel happy just ging through the book. If you are interested in knitting up the mochi, there is great reference information at the beginning of the book to help you with toy construction, and at the end, ways to display and use the mochi in various ways throughout your daily life. It retails for $19.99 in the US, and $22.99 in Canada.
25 FOs so far in the FOs thread and lots of great and supportive chatter here. Come join in on the fun! You can submit an FO at any time, so long as it fits the criteria for the QAL (at the top of the QAL Chat Thread) and is submitted by December 31.
Since there is no formal Subway Knits Meetup, I will be at the Ravelry Meetup from 12-1 at the field by the main gate. Most convenient for everyone.
Stephen West is having classes, book signing and trunk show for Westknits Book 3 at The Yarn Company on the Upper West Side.
Closing Song: "A Postcard to Henry Purcell" from the Pride & Prejudice soundtrack.