Fun Stuff

knitxmidwest Part 2

knitxmidwest was a two-day event, and the second day was just as much fun as the first. You may have caught photos of some of the decorations in my Part 1 post, but check out this closeup of the pumpkin-and-cat motif. The organizers certainly know their demographic – the decor was a big hit. πŸ™‚

knitxmidwest decor

The second day included a session of “knitting yoga” stretches – much needed after the previous day’s knitting marathon. πŸ™‚ We also heard about handspun fiber from Maggie of Girl With A Sword Productions, and got to watch her work on some amazing creations.

knitxmidwest girl with a sword yarn

The Stash Swap was a great idea.

knitxmidwest stash swap

There was also a bunting that grew as the weekend progressed. Several retreat participants contributed flags to create a fun group project. This would be an awesome activity for a small knitting group, too, to celebrate a baby/bridal shower or just for fun.

knitxmidwest bunting

Still. Cabling.

knitxmidwest project

There was a door prize drawing, and I won a couple of skeins of gorgeous yarn, plus a pattern booklet. (Yay!) I’ll share details in an upcoming post. I have a couple of pattern possibilities in mind for this yarn, but I might need your help deciding. πŸ™‚

It was such a relaxing weekend – I can’t wait to go again!

knitxmidwest day 2

Fun Stuff

knitxmidwest Part 1

Last weekend I finally got to attend the event I had been looking forward to foreverknitxmidwest, the first (of hopefully many) knitting retreat hosted by Jen of makexdo and the ladies of Hill Vintage & Knits. The setting was picture-perfect:

knitxmidwest Walnut Woods

I made my way to this picturesque lodge, ready for a weekend of fun and yarn.

knitxmidwest Walnut Woods lodge

The lodge was filled with lovers of all things yarn, and I can’t tell you how great it was to be among them. Some came in groups, some came with a friend, and some came ready to make new friends. Lots of laughter and sharing of tips, patterns, and stories.

knitxmidwest Walnut Woods lodge

Most of the time was unstructured, and I appreciated having most of the weekend set aside to work on projects. There were a few scheduled activities, including a presentation from Robyn of she makes hats. She shared her journey to making 10,000 hats (most given away to charity) in her lifetime. Her project is amazing, and her blog is definitely worth following.

knitxmidwest she makes hats

The food was great, too. Just check out these adorable knitting cupcakes, complete with golf tees as knitting needles. Definitely worthy of the paparazzi that swarmed them. πŸ™‚

knitxmidwest knitting cupcakes

Here’s a closer look at the adorableness.

knitxmidwest knitting cupcake

I spent the entire weekend working on my cable-knit scarf. All. Weekend. I had long since reached what I like to call the “point of despair” in this project, and was just ready to be done and start something new. But… I love how it has turned out, so it was worth it. More to come!

P.S. How cute are those can coolers?!

knitxmidwest project

Yarns

In My Stash: Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn

Have I mentioned that I love cable knitting? Because I love cable knitting. So when I saw the Nennir cowl pattern, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Such a beautiful Celtic cable pattern called for a gorgeous yarn to match. Specifically, I wanted a variegated green to complement the cables in the pattern. I found exactly what I was looking for when I bought Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn in Canopy.

stroll tonal sock yarn canopy

I’m actually using this yarn to make a full-length scarf in the Nennir pattern, instead of just a cowl. As I near the halfway point of the scarf, I’m very happy with how the project is going. As always, I promise pictures when I’m done. πŸ™‚

stroll tonal sock yarn canopy

I would absolutely use this yarn again. The only odd thing? It has a very noticeable (chemical? dye?) smell. I’m optimistic that it will go away when I wash it, though. Has anyone else noticed it with this yarn? I haven’t experienced it with other Knit Picks yarns.