Hello friends! Maria here, in snowy North Idaho, USA, bringing you my very first post for Alpaca Direct. I am excited and grateful to be part of the team and looking forward to making new friends while reconnecting with old ones. I have been knitting and/or crocheting for more than 40 years (learned to crochet in 4th grade!) yet there are always fun new things to try! Join me as I continue my journey into the colorful, imaginative and deeply satisfying world of fiber arts.
As the New Year kicks off we are offering two different classes in store. The first is based on a Skacel pattern book called Building Blocks. Michelle Hunter has compiled a set of 12 patterns, each making a knitted "block" and covering a new skill set for you to learn and master. When you are finished with this class you will have a beautiful Sampler Blanket showcasing your repetoir of new stitches! Great class for fairly new knitters or experienced ones.
Our second class is a knit-along for socks called Progressive Needle Knit-Along. Since the nature of a knit-along is secretive I don't have many particulars about this class. Knit-alongs are always full of fun and laughter so if you need a little mystery in your life, be sure and join us.
Remember to bookmark our classes page at http://classes.alpacadirect.com. Here you will be able to stay abreast of our latest class offerings!
My knitting needles are crying out for attention so I will see you again soon!
Learn two techniques for making your sweaters look professional: using backing buttons and adding a phony seam. All sweater knitters should have these skills in their toolbox.
Kelley practiced them on a baby sweater, the Latte Coat by Lisa Chemery. Chidrens' sweaters are wonderful learning tools if you're a beginning sweater knitter, because you can try complex skills on a small scale.
Kelley just finished a pair of Skimmer Socks by Sheila Toy Strombetzg. These are great when you don't want your socks to show very much, because they're almost invisible under your shoes. I especially love this style because I'm a clog wearer, and these come up lower on the top of the foot, so they don't show. Yay!
These and the Turkish Bed Socks are my favorite knit sock patterns to wear with clogs.
Short socks, or footies, as some like to call them, are great for summertime (or anytime, really) knitting. They're a small, super-portable projects, and there are so many designs to choose from.
Kelley is working on the Rose City Rollers pattern by Mara Catherine Bryner. Make them two-at-a-time like Kelley did, and you'll have a pair to wear in now time at all!