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Knitting obsession

Since the VERY enjoyable but EXTREMELY exhausting (for me) iKnit Weekender last weekend up in London (and actually, if I am honest, since before then) I just cannot NOT be knitting. This means that I am playing next to no WoW (about an hour or so in the last ten days or so) and that all of my waking hours are spent either knitting or with an incredible urge to knit. Well, as they say, it is far cheaper than therapy (both physical and psychological) and it is also cheaper than hard drugs (just a joke)!

I am becoming more involved with StitchLinks (also see stitchlinks) and iKnitLinks with another potentially cool (but secret for now) development on the cards/emails.

I am knitting my way through the stitch pattern book that I have knitting a sampler of these patterns (and may need to purchase more and/or visit the library).

Last night I finished my third feather and fan scarf/shawl. I can't post pictures yet because it is a gift for someone.

I am completing the Teddy Cardigan that we started to knit in the class taught by Gwen Knighton Raftery (the_gwenzilliad) at the iKnit Weekender. I have some in-progress photos over at flickr.

Also, I had hoped to attend the biweekly knitting group near here* this time around but only realised an hour or so before it started (as I awoke from a nap) that it was today / this week (and not next week). This meant that I did not have time to get showered/dressed/ready and get there by bus or organise a lift. I will have to plan better and try to go next time. I need more knitting buddy face to face ("facetime in meatspace") fix. I REALLY enjoyed that about the iKnit Weekender.

* there is one in Arundel that I have been to before but that involves a train journey. There is also a group that meets outside Horsham that involves a lift or a bus ride that I have not been to yet but that sounds like worth a try.



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Sep. 18th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I forget where you live right now but if you google you might find classes or a Stitch 'n' Bitch style meetup near you. If you are anywhere near me down in Horsham, Sussex, we could meet up and I could try to help! I learned a lot from YouTube videos but these classes were very useful to help me grasp the bits where seeing it in 3D and F2F makes more sense - I have even been able to pass on some of the stuff I learned in the classes to some online friends (that I finally met F2F) and some new knitting buddies. I love to teach and share things that I love to do - Gwen even said in her class that, if we took nothing else from the class, we should teach someone to knit!

ETA: I forgot to add about your MIL, some people love to knit and are very good at it but hate to teach or are cr@p at teaching. That might be why she is reluctant to help…

Edited at 2009-09-18 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Sep. 19th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
A quick google of "east london knitting group" found this page second in the list which has an East London Crochet Group and may have other groups of interest. Google, of course, had MANY more links that you might find helpful/interesting/useful.

iKnit does run a crochet class as well. I forget where the_gwenzilliad/gwenzilla/Gwen lives but one of the iKnit tutors may live nearer to you and be willing to offer a private class or two as well - or googling for knitting/crochet/tunisian classes in east London may work as well (appologies for teaching you to suck eggs w.r.t. google…)!

Edited at 2009-09-19 11:01 am (UTC)
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