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Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #43: Do you know what I love about working with Misti Alpaca Pima Silk? It sparkles in the sunshine.

Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #42: There is one word to describe my iPad to printer wireless connection when Ravelry is brought into the equation: DANGEROUS.

Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #41: Spinning my fiber stash is not helping attempts to use up my yarn stash.

Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #40: Last week I decided to go on a stash busting campaign. It was going really well until I went into Firefly Fibers. I’ve since amended said campaign to exclude all ‘new’ items at the shop. I have a feeling this list of amendments may grow.

Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #39: Disappointment is wanting to start a new project & realizing your needles just drove away with your husband.

Detail, Churchmouse Welted Fingerless Mitts made with Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight in Celery.

Detail, Churchmouse Welted Fingerless Mitts made with Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight in Celery.

Churchmouse Welted Fingerless Mitts made with Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight in Celery.

Churchmouse Welted Fingerless Mitts made with Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight in Celery.

Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #38: When I am stressed about travel, I find a way to pack more yarn. It calms my nerves.

Knit Socks.

When I ask new knitters what they most want to be able to make, the most common answer is ‘I want to be able to knit socks someday’. This is usually quickly followed by a ‘They look really hard though, so I’m sure it’ll be years before I will.’ I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t take years to acquire the skills to knit socks. In fact, with minimal prerequisites it only takes a few hours of instruction to cover all the fundamentals.

Beginning on July 24th, I will be teaching a basic sock workshop at Firefly Fibers where we will cover all the basics you need to launch your adventures in sock knitting. We’ll meet three Tuesdays in a row in order to get you fully acquainted and comfortable with sock construction and techniques. Complete the homework & attend class and you will walk away with your very first handmade sock. It’s that easy!

I’m a firm believer that life is too short to not be knitting projects you love. If you really want to knit socks, let’s get you knitting socks!

Contact Alisa at the shop for more details and to register today!

Don’t delay — registration closes Saturday, July 14!

Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #36: I love stranding. Sometimes when I’m working on a stranding project I sing ‘I Love Paris’ in my head, replacing ‘Paris’ with ‘stranding’ every time.

….I love stranding in the springtime
I love stranding in the fall
I love stranding in the winter when it drizzles
I love stranding in the summer when it sizzles

I love stranding every moment
Every moment of the year
I love stranding, oh why, oh why, do I love stranding?

Because it is so fun…

Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #35: It’s always good news when you count your stitches 3 rows before the end of a project & you are right on. It’s especially good news when the final stitch count is 345 stitches.

To Columbus & Back…

Last week, as many of you know, I had the pleasure of road-tripping with Alisa The Yarnista to TNNA - a giant convention for retailers, teachers, and designers in the needle arts. It was my first time and therefore I spent a lot of time overwhelmed. Correction, I spent most of the time overwhelmed. Really you can’t not be, there’s a ton of incredible stuff and amazing people there. Team that with spending almost all my time with a cohort equally addicted to knitting & fiber and it makes for a very, very full trip.

While I can’t really disclose my favorite things or many of the highlights because a lot of these tidbits will translate to future classes & goodies that will debut at Firefly Fibers in the coming months, I can tell you some general things I learned while at my first TNNA.

1) There are a lot of incredible options out there to choose from. If your local yarn shop stocks a selection you love, understand that it’s because the proprietor is making really tough decisions to bring these particular items into your hands. It is no small feat to carve out a specific vision for a shop & stick to it.

2) Think of every single yarn you can think of. Then think of all the needles. All the notions. All the patterns. Triple that & display it beautifully all under one roof. Now you have an idea of what TNNA is like.

3) I think I got a cavity from the folks at Blue Sky Alpacas/Spud & Chloe. They are just that sweet.

4) I am really, truly lucky to have the working relationship I do with Alisa at Firefly Fibers. In every aspect of our dealings she is kind, fair & honest. We discuss opinions on any topic openly & candidly. Our strengths are very different, but we use this as a tool to help each other. For all these things, I am very grateful.

5) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is as good as everyone says it is.

6) I did not come back with a carload of swag, but I don’t really care about that. What I saw & learned far surpasses any amount of random stuff I could have filled my suitcase with. The swag I did score, though, I assure you is 100% awesome.

7) Over the next few months, I may require emergency trips to Firefly Fibers for new product box openings. This means I will drop whatever I am doing, whenever I am doing it to be present for the unveiling. The stuff coming is just that good.

8) I need to start saving money for said incoming boxes of pure awesomeness.

9) Alisa & I can indeed discuss knitting & fiber for nearly 5 days straight and still not be bored of it. We were pretty sure this would be true, now we know it is a fact.

10) Even if you really love something, never settle for using only one brand of anything in this industry. It’s not that you can’t go back to your favorites again and again, it’s just that the more you sample, the richer your experience & the deeper your understanding will be of the craft & the materials. There are just way too many beautiful yarns & great notions available to use the same every time. If you don’t know where to start, ask your local yarn shop for ideas of new yarns or needles to experiment with — you won’t be sorry!

Many thanks to Firefly Fibers for letting me tag along to TNNA this year — I can’t wait to do it all again!

Confessions of a Knitter

Confession #34: Sometimes I stop & think about all the hands that have touched the yarn I’m knitting. I am reminded why it’s important to buy yarns I can feel good about from shops that take the time to select & stock them.

Hi, I'm Sarah & I knit. A lot. I like to knit. A lot.