Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Post Vacation: Lace and Crochet Classes

I'm forcing myself to come down from the vacation high just a little bit. I've got things to get done.

I've been having a blast (still) with my Russian spindle.

I finished the yak/silk and have begun crocheting some lace out of it. It's WONDERFUL to work with and OH...SO...SOFT! For those who are curious, I'm using a B-1/2.25mm hook and this yarn is gossamer weight, about 40+ WPI (wraps per inch). That size of hook keeps the fabric from getting too tight and stiff and as the yarn is handled the yak fluffs up and fills in the gaps for a very warm garment. However, it doesn't start to mesh like mohair does, so it's easy to rip out if you discover a mistake you can't live with.

On my spindle I've been working with some bison/silk. It's nice too with a warmer cast to the gray. It's been as nice to spin as the yak/silk has been. I haven't decided yet what to do with it. Probably another lace shawl. I've decided that I need to visit my teacher, Galina, at the Estes Park Wool Market and purchase a couple more spinning spindles and at least one more plying spindle.

On a more serious note I'm doing some crochet classes at Table Rock Llamas. Their class schedule is here.

I'll be teaching:
• a 4 session (2 hours each) beginning crochet class in May
• one 2 hour class on How to Read a Crochet pattern in June
• and one 2 hour class on Tapestry Crochet in June.

So, if you're in the area and interested in any of those, be sure to sign up.

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