Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cheap Fixes

Adding Rubber Worm bag for the use as a circ needle keeper.

Different size cooler type bags are great for small knitting projects and take a long bags. They are very cheap, have some "shaping" so they hold their shape and wont crush in...and are washable and have great straps...I can put around my waist or over my shoulder.

Music stand with clothes pin bag
attached for dodads. This is great for patterns and books.

Rubbermaid plastic jar from grocery store.
They come in 2 sizes...this is the small one.
Great for skiens and center pull or balls of yarn.

3 ring zippered binder..I got this at Staples,
it is great because it not only zips up but has
a shoulder strap and a handle. Great for taking
to knitting camp! holds pencil cases full of circs!

These are the nylon, zippered pencil cases...
Walmart. I have all my permenant circs in KnitPicks
Options and Harmony's are in another Knit Picks case.
Printing out large labels with needle size makes
finding the right needle fast.

Mini Hair clips (comein many sizes)....gotten anywhere...
I got these in the grocery store.
These are great for holding
unsewn items together while sewing up or just to
see how the project is fitting together.

This pen you can get in any fabric store, including disapears when dampend. So a little
moisture and the mark is gone. I mark my
charts as I use them and my written patterns.
When I am done just wipe clean...pattern is ready
for the next time I use this pattern or I can keep
my notes and marks...for reference.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Camp Pictures

I am so far behind. I guess I will be lucky if I can
make it here once a week to up date.

Last night I finally named my camp pictures
so I know which ones they are when I load
them or make my DVD.

So here goes.

Marshfield Conference Center can see my room, the one on
the RT with the curtains open.

Here I am swatching for camp...plenty of room
to spread out. There is also a desk and tv as you
will saw in the video.

Here come Meg and Amy.

Once we have dessert (Meg) class can begin.

The first thing I realized is my note taking
wasn't going to do it. I wanted to watch and
not miss a thing. So I switched from pictures
to video. However, I did take some pictures
of stuff Meg brought to the room with her
and I am sure you will recognize them all.
There were piles of Meg's and Ez's knitting
stuff for us to check out and try on.
I was overwhelmed. Look how perfect each
stitch is snd the color work...not a pucker to
be seen. I hope someday I can be half
as good.

Below are pictures of some of Ez's and Meg's
sweaters...which are on display for us at camp.

How do you start a knitting class?
With cast on of course.
Did you know there are at least 40 ways to cast on.
No, Meg didn't go through them all,
but she coverd a lot of them and why you would use
certain ones.

think you could run a whole camp just for casting on!

Sara and Amy help out.

Well, this is it for now. I need to go back and
watch the videos to see which ones I want to add.
Hope this all works, until I can get back.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Camp continued

Since I opened my blog talking about Meg's Knitting Camp I figure it would be a good thing to include, how I got to camp and some of the great things that go on at camp and share pictures.
I was lucky enough to stumble into the September 2007 mini camp...I just happen to be on the phone with Schoolhouse Press and talking with Eleanor about how I missed signing up for summer camp 2007. Eleanor told me there might be an opening for a trial mini camp in September and was I interested....with in a heart beat I was saying yes...I tend to be impulsive, something I am working on to fix. Out came the piggy bank and a conformation with my husband...I had already gone to Brazil this year with my sister and was gone for 3 weeks, so leaving again was not really fair. However, my DH was fine with it and I was on my way.
I had to wait over the weekend to see if I could get in and it was the longest weekend I have had in a long time. I finally got the word, Meg let me in even if it meant an extra person. Within hours I received an email with "homework", this is optional but being of the anal type A person that I am, I felt since I was being allowed to attend I should do it all.
The assignment was to knit a couple of baby or teddy bear sweaters. OK, I have no babies to knit for and no teddy I decided I wanted these to be my "camp sweaters" so I would knit them to fit me. Now mind you...I had just signed up to do Knitter's Almanac KAL in the Yahoo group and the first thing we were working on was the PI. Again, since I seem to do my own thing, I wanted to do my PI in very fine 100% cotton crochet thread. The reason I was going to do it this way is because I wanted this to be a gift for a very good friend and wasn't sure she would do a shawl. So, thinking of her round table in the kitchen over looking a beautiful garden I wanted to make a table cloth...washable! The PI was to be for Christmas but if I was going to Wisconsin for camp that meant getting it done right away and it would give me something for show and tell at camp.
OK, so now I have a month to do the PI, design and knit a Norwegian Sweater and a Spiral Yoke sweater.
August was spent with every min knitting...I rather liked it too, although at the end I was getting rather frazzled and thinking my fun knitting was turning into a stress knitting...again of my own choice because I put the pressure on me.
I decided to go a bit early to camp. I am from Wisconsin and my family lives in Milwaukee. I would go to my sister's house, use her car to drive the 4 hours up to Marshfield a day early...again my A type is showing...fear of getting lost and missing camp...rather be there a day early then a min late.
I arrived at camp on Wed afternoon, checked in and set about getting my espresso pot set up and knitting stuff out.
Thursday, now I wait...I left my room to get some ice for an ice latte when I hear knitters talking under the balcony in the lounge. I took a deep breath and went down to meet them. On the couch is Meg and Amy....Meg invites me to sit down next to heart stops, I float to the couch and sit down. I am sorry I can't tell you what we talked about because the whole time my body is screaming at me.."I'm sitting between Meg and Amy"!
We spent a few min. talking and then it was time to work our way to the conference room...time to eat!

Meg starts out with introductions and a little
about we socialize and eat an amazing vegetable lasagna.
Knitting camp has begun...

Friday we go off to Meg's sisters restaurant (at left) for breakfast...included in camp and then meet by 9 AM for the beginning of class. With in seconds I realized I want to get it all, so I switch my camera to video and video as much as I can, considering I have brought 2 extra batteries and both are bad and won't I am left with one battery and it is an old one. The battery held up until the last few min of camp...which is so sad, because that is when Meg reads a digression of EZ's out of Opinionated Knitter...I did get some of it. Although the story that Meg read wasn't sad, it made everyone slightly teary eyed.
My next post will be about EZ, Meg and their knitting and camp. I will also post on my blog things I have completed and things I am working on. I also have a few tips I would like to, although I have been up since 4 AM, I have done nothing more then get dressed, start the sprinkling system and make my bed...I have much more to do.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Wednesday, Oct. 3 2007

This is my first entry into Blog-dom.

Picture: In the "Sweater Vault"
at Meg's Knitting Camp in Wisconsin.
These are all the sweaters
EZ and Meg have knit over the years.
This is the Adult Surprise Jacket that
EZ knit and wore in the Video,
The Knitting Glossary, available at

My Name is Karen,
I am retired and loving it.

Who am I??

  • Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1949

  • Grew up in South Milwaukee until 1969.

  • Went to UW-Milwaukee, finished my
  • teaching degree on Long Island At
  • SUNY Old Westbury.

  • My Degree is Education:

Computer Teacher for Elementary Education

  • I am married for 35 years.

  • We have 2 sons, Ronald and Robert

  • 1 cat, Inky...he's having a ball,

while I knit...try to knit!

  • CROCHETING and sewing, clothes construction
  • and machine embroidery.

And this begins my Blog.

I just returned from Meg's,
Mini September Knitting Camp in Wisconsin.

This is a video of Meg telling a story
about her mother and explaining
what Provisional Cast On is.