For the first time, I took a class in Stitches. Many "hot" classes were full very early, but I found one that sounded very interesting to me ... Norwegian Knitting. It couldn't be a better one for me ... I learned a lot. First, I learned to knit in the continental way. It is not that I don't know how to do it, but out of habit, whenever I pick up the needles and knit something, I would do it in the way I used to ... the English way. So, in the class, I was forced to use the way I was not used to. I am sure with more practice, I would do better. I am thinking I would knit a square in the continental way for the Blanket of Hope.
Then, I learned a lot of the basics of Norwegian knitting ... stranding 2 colours using both hands, the difference created by holding 2 colours with different hands, steeking ... etc. But the most important of all, and of the most relevance to my current project (the Sashiko Jacket), is how to trap yarns on both hands. This is important to the knitting of the jacket's sleeves because the long floating of yarns on the wrong side would great problem, especially in the sleeves.
Of course, Stitches was also the designated free day to buy yarns. But this was a bit of a disappointment to me. What I wanted to get most was Wool-Ease for my Great American Aran Afghan. However, Jo-Ann was having a sale on Wool-Ease, so almost all colours were gone, not to mention the Natural Heather I wanted. And then, the one Micheal's convenient to me was closed down ... and I just discovered that day! But I did get some silk lace and sock yarns from Tess' Designer Yarns ... and almost all the sock patterns by Cookie in the Stitches Market.
Lastly, I did make great progress on the Forest Path Stole: