Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May, 2012 Knit-in

It was a dark and stormy night…

Okay, it was dark and it was rainy, but it wasn’t stormy, and it was daytime. So, what better way to spend a gloomy day than knitting with friends! On Saturday, May 5th, the Machine Knitting Guild of Minnesota held it’s second knit-in of the year, and what a turnout! It was probably the best turnout we’ve had to date.

Knitters hard at work knitting and socializing

Cindy Schmatz of Cindy’s Knitting Room was our guest dealer demonstrator, and she was there to demonstrate different cast-on and bind-off techniques for use with or without a ribber. The one she spent the most time showing us, because it’s tricky, and can be painful (yes, painful) to the knitter if not done correctly was the Broken Toe Cast-on. This cast-on is done with the ribber for those times you want a tighter cast-on edge that doesn’t get “frilly” like the typical circular rib cast-on. It makes a very good looking edge, and is well worth the effort to learn and do.

Mary Ann and Karen working hard on their projects

Bruce hand-manipulates a baby afghan

Cindy talks her friend, Pam (right) into buying a new (to her) machine and becoming a machine knitter. Way to go, Cindy!

Sue concentrates on her work

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