Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gathering of Knitters

Hi, Knitters,
Last Sunday I had a rare chance to meet up with a small gathering of knitters from our Ravelry group, Itty-Bitty Knits. There were five of us in total and we met at the Verona yarn and coffee shop, The Sow's Ear. We had such a great time, chatting, sharing our knitting, having coffee and quiche.... the time flew by.

Three of the knitters are from Illinois, which doesn't make them any less special, but one of the knitters, Mel, came all of the way from Australia to meet up with Itty-Bitty Knitters all over the country and Canada. That's right, Mel is a wonderful moderator for my Ravelry group and she has spent the last month, starting with Rhinebeck, traveling around and being hosted by members of the group. This group of hosts have been incredibly generous as they opened their homes to Mel along the way.

I felt so lucky to have this group make the effort to come all the way to Madison so I could meet them in person. It was a huge treat and the time spent together is something I'll never forget. Thank you!

Mel was so sweet, she knit me the cabled hat I am holding in the photo above. I love it.

The group from left to right consisted of Jo Ann (NrsMoo - rav id), Mel (womaninashoe - rav id), me, Kathy (Kally - rav id) and in the back row is Pat (plynn - rav id). I have been lucky enough to meet Pat a few times in person now at various places and I really enjoy her. She has a good sense of humor.

What a lovely bunch and the Sow's Ear is really the best place to be. We got our own room to hang out in which made it even better. The food and the coffee is wonderful there as well.

A few days before this Itty-Bitty meet up, I had the chance to meet up with another visiting friend from Maryland at the Sow's Ear for coffee and a chat. You may know her.

What a week!

Now with a brief bit of knitting news, I have the pattern finished for my Waiting for Winter Mittens. I am having a bunch of people test knit them before I release the pattern. It will be published very soon.

The mittens use from 100 to 200 yards of worsted weight yarn depending on the size. There are three sizes available small, medium and large and there are fingerless mitt instructions included as well.

I knit the mittens in the size medium and they fit my average size hand perfectly. The lengths are easily adjusted for a custom fit and the pattern points out the places that are good for modifying.

Easy-peasy would be the best way to describe this pattern! The fastest knit in the west would be another way.

I'll keep you posted and in the meantime, have a good end to your week.
best, susie


Betz White said...

It was great to see you! Glad you had a good time with your group of fans! ;)

Suzanne said...

easy and fast-two great selling points for knits at this time of the year.

happy to see you with your groupies. what an amazing testament to ravelry that we can meet up and host friends on long distance journeys. mel's story is something special!

pens and needles said...

Thanks to your recommendation, I visited Sow's Ear in late October while traveling in Wisconsin. It was such a neat shop -- the perfect place for me to buy my perfect souvenir of any vacation -- more yarn!!! Wish I could have met with your Itty Bitty Knits group -- but that's a bit far for me to come from Missouri for a get-together. Someday! I can't even begin to count how many hats I've made from your patterns -- surely a hundred. Eagerly awaiting the new mitten pattern!

Brandi Schoch said...

love the watermelon mittens so cute!!!!

Patricia said...

Wow, that is so neat to see those Ravelers there with you, and to hear of Mel's travels! What amazing women there are in the knitting world! And I think I said YEE HAW! When I saw the mitten pattern is coming soon, love it! Thanks Susan!

Kepanie said...

How awesome to meet more Itty Bitties!
Great mitts! The yarn selections also make them fun.

BCGramma said...

What a treat-to meet online friends. I love the watermelon mittens. I ordered the yarn after I saw the socks you knit. I also ordered matching solid yarn for the heels and toes. However, they are unfinished.
Could you please tell me the name of the sweater you are wearing in the Lost Banner Hat picture on your blog. I love it and just can't find it on Ravelry. It is hard to slog/peruse through all the patterns.

ypsiknitti said...

How fun!!

Susan B. Anderson said...

it's the tea leaves cardigan:)