This week’s episode includes the following segments: Double Happiness, Yarn Lover at Large, The Back Porch and The Front Porch.
Knitting and listening to jazz while sipping wine and nibbling cheese and sopressata on a sunny September afternoon is really the best life has to offer. This weekend, I took advantage of the time to work on a few projects while visiting with friends on the hill at the Delaware Water Gap Jazz Festival. If you ever visit the Poconos the weekend after Labor Day, put the jazz fest on your list. Here’s a photograph of the ambience, with my Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure on my lap. I used the very stretchy cast on method in Tillybuddy’s YouTube tutorial.
Laura Nelkin is well-known for her knitted and beaded jewelry designs. I was lucky to take her class on knitting the mudra cuff at my local yarn shop, Mountain Knits and Pearls in East Stroudsburg, PA. My skill set expanded as I learned to string beads before knitting, use double-pointed needles, and anchor I-cord onto a ringed clasp. Check out Laura’s blog for more details about her whirlwind weekend of teaching in Pennsylvania. And if you ever get a chance to take one of her classes — sign up without hesitation.
After two weeks of intentional spinning, I completed my handspun from mixed Blueface Leicester in the Country Cottage color. This fiber, from Beesybee, spun up very nicely into 447 yards of sport weight, 2-ply yarn for the Batad capelet by Stephen West. I had a lot of fun wringing the water out by hand — becoming a human salad spinner and spraying water all over the leaves of the hostas in my garden.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus
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I am new to Yarns at Yin Hoo, episode 4 being my introduction. I am not a knitter or spinner, so you may be curious why I am interested in listening. I choose to listen in the quiet, wee hours of the morning when my mind is not preoccupied with my usual thoughts; I am transported “out of my box” and into a direction with an unknown destination by following along with your terminology, techniques, etc.. I enjoy listening to you speak of your own quest for learning and eagerness to experiment and create, and your pride in what you’ve accomplished. I also find it interesting hearing about the influential people you meet along the way, i.e. instructors, shop owners, fellow knitters. I like to look closely at the accompanying photos and marvel at how accurately descriptive you are! The expressions I hear in your voice make me smile along (I can envision you spinning your arm and spraying your hostas!) I am impressed at the depth you immersed yourself into this new hobby/interest and the wealth of knowledge you share, from information regarding the fibers to the names of the products. You are quite inspirational! Not in the way that causes me to take up knitting, but these are things that I can apply to my own interests, so I thank you for that. I look forward to future episodes.