Shadow Knitting, Franklin Habit and KITHKC

I have finally had the brain space to jot down a few thoughts about my first knitting class and the 2018 Knitting In The Heartland festival from a couple weekends ago.

First up, I found a cute pregnancy outfit and my hair and make-up didn’t make me look like an “exhausted mom of one and a half”. I was quite pleased to feel like a proper adult doing adult-y things without worrying about potty training, naps or snacks.

I arrived on time and got all my supplies set out and ready. Being my first class ever I was worried I would forget something for not have the right items. Turned out….I was perfectly prepared.

Franklin Habit was charming, informative and just pleasant to share three hours with. My classmates were pleasant and prepared and we all BREEZED through the technique and class thanks to excellent instruction. And how handsome is Franklin with this hand knit? We had enough time in class to pick his brain about anything we could think of and it was wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better first in-person class.

And the technique….shadow knitting. It was totally awesome! I managed to work two swatches during class. I think I had a great grasp of it by the end. I’m not sure how much I will work this into my future projects. But I like that I was able to a) work from a chart for the first time ever and b) learn a completely new skill!

I just adore my little X and heart. If I can manage it, I may add some crochet edgings to these swatches and keep for little knickknacks in my craft room. I also did some shopping at the marketplace but I will save those for another post.

Overall, I felt so fulfilled to be with “my tribe” who shared my passion and craft. And just so blessed to have such a wonderful day. I may have teared up when it was time to go home. But that might have been my pregnancy hormones, lol. Now, I have to wait for two years for this festival to come around again….

Happy Knitting!!

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My First Knitting Class

I’ve been knitting for just over 11 (or is it 12 years?) now. And I have been a knitter with a capital K for the past 8 years. I’ve made sweaters, socks, hats, mitts and toys. But I have never taken a knitting class of any kind. I just taught myself or flew by the seat of my pants. Well, as a pre-baby present to myself I signed up for the Shadow Knitting class with Franklin Habit at the 2018 Knitting in the Heartland festival. I have never even attempted this kind of knitting skill before and I’m keen to see what I can learn.

And today is the day! I’m beyond excited and nervous. I have all my supplies lined up and the hubby is my chauffeur for the day. (I promised him some non-yarny date activities after my class and the market place). I think he’s going to show me his Top Golf skills while I sip lemonade, lol.

I just hope I don’t geek out in front of Franklin Habit…..

Happy Knitting!!