Thursday, March 22, 2012


This coming Saturday, I'll be teaching a class in steeking at Wool-Tyme here in Kingston, so today, I'm doing my homework. I'm making up a swatch to use for demonstration purposes, preparing the class handouts, and gathering together all the supplies I'll need, including my trusty Bernina sewing machine. Incidentally, I have the most basic model on the market. It isn't computerized and doesn't do anything fancy. I love it, just the same. The little motor purrs along in a way completely unlike the clunker of a Singer I struggled with for years.
Last night I went to a lecture at Queen's by Ralph Nader. While I don't always agree with him, it was enjoyable to hear him, so full of fire and energy at age 78. During the talk, I sat in the back row and worked on this.

I'm sampling some shetland lace stitches from Martha Waterman's "Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls". This is an oldie but goodie. Although the photos in this book are of rather poor quality, this is still my favourite shetland lace book--not for patterns, but for design information. I'm toying with the idea of a sampler shawl. Nothing complicated, but something fun to knit and useful to wear. And great for knitters like me who get bored easily. If you're in my class on Saturday, see you there.