Pattern: Fair Isle Felted Tote from Crystal Estelle Designs
Source: knitting class at Boll Weaver Yarns
Materials: 5 skeins of Lamb's Pride Worsted ( 1 each of the following colors: 15-Aubergine, 14-Sunburst Gold, 13-Sun Yellow, 177-Olympic Bronze, 97-Rust) and US 13 circular needles
I knit the entire project from start to finish (as did each of my friends in the knitting group who also attended the class) in 3 days! I wouldn't usually expect to be able to do this much knitting in 3 days. It was a special treat that the 4 of us were able to get away for the weekend and devote ourselves solely to the class.
Just out of sheer curiosity, and maybe because I'm kind of a knitting geek, I wanted to know how many yards of yarn we each knit that weekend.
|I used this kitchen scale which has fast become one of my favorite knitting tools.|
I took out the scale and the calculator and totaled the yardage of my leftovers to figure it out. I realized that each of us knit @ 475 yds that weekend. It doesn't sound like a lot to me right now, but if we could keep up that pace for 1 year we would knit over 32 miles of yarn! That would take care of my stash in a hurry!
More importantly, I'm grateful for how much we learned and how much fun we had. Crystal Dobbs, who wrote the pattern and taught the class, shared tips and tricks related to multiple topics including choosing colors, knitting with two hands, reading charts, seaming, and felting. It was wonderful. I look forward to stopping in to see her during Stitches West, where she will have her selection of Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks yarn.
And what's that peeking out of my new tote?
Yes, it is 5 more skeins of Lamb's Pride for yet one more Fair Isle Felted Tote!