I love listening to the KnitCircus Podcast with Jaala & Amy. Since Madison is a fairly short drive from here in Central Illiana....I thought the time was right to check it out.
To start with, I attended by myself. No friends, cohorts, knitting buddies, etc. I can't believe how much I enjoyed the alone time. I think I needed that. I had a leisurely six hour drive up. I stopped whenever I wanted, listened to my favorite guilty pleasure music, sang loudly & mostly off key all the way. That by itself was quite fun.
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While chatting with Stephannie I realized I missed an email about the class. I had HOMEWORK! This naturally meant I should purchase new yarn & needles for this. Who cares that I travel with an entire arsenal of needles, notions, etc. Doesn't everyone travel with a yarn swift & ball winder in the trunk of their car?
I purchased a set of ChiaGoo Circulars & some Alicia Goes Around Bison in a lovely shade of purple. Which I will tell you all about as soon as I find the ball band. I seem to be cursed with ball band issues. I have every band from every yarn I have ever used....however, I can never find it when I need it. I hear there is something called "organization" that helps with this problem. I should give it a try sometime.
( I ended up not using this yarn for the cuff. It deserves it's own project.)
Then I headed back to the hotel with only a minor detour. I really am not a fan of "round-abouts". I felt like Chevy Chase in European Vacation. I only went around a couple of times while trying to remember the name of the road I needed to get off on. I guessed wrong and had to try it again.
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Back at the hotel I started the cuff for the class. I will admit that the steel cable on the ChiaGoo Circs are not to my taste. I am sure they have lots of fans (or they wouldn't still be making them) but I like a bit more flexibility in a cable. Just my preference, not meant to be a criticism. So I switched back to my KnitPicks dpns, whipped out a cuff, made an error somewhere along the way, ribbing was off, turns out I can't count, ripped that out & re-knit it. All done .........oh, wait I forgot I hadn't finished the homework for the other class & it was first. Better get that done before I sleep, might not get up early enough to take care of that.
That covers Day One. Tune in tomorrow when I finally talk about the actual "Retreat"!
See you then