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Posted by Mary Beth at The Stitchery

Closed for the next 2 weeks.

LOL! I don’t mean that this blog is closed. I mean that I’m not going to work on commercial orders for the next two weeks.

I’ve caught up with everything on order as of right this very minute, and I’m not even going to look at the orders that come in from this day forward until I return lest I kick into compulsive worrying and undue responsibility. All the stock is prepped for immediate production when I return to commercial sewing.

The Large Numeral Card Holder turned out quite wonderfully. It will be up for viewing at the website early next week. I love the new Card Holders even though they are a bit of a pain to make. The plastic tends to grab anything it can as it passes under the needles. Patience and exactitude are required.

I’m going. Away. To Cleveland. Yeah, Cleveland.

I am going to Inspiration 2008 to take classes from Iris Bishop, Diana Berns, Susan Guagliumi, and Mary Anne Ogre, all of whom are stars in the machine knitting world.

Want to see what can be done with knitting machines? This is the event to attend!

I’ve also signed up for two extra all-day classes:
Susan Guagliumi
Managing Gauge
– Thursday Sept 4 – All Day Workshop *

All knitting (hand or machine) is based on gauge – the number of stitches and rows that make an inch – and matching a pattern’s gauge is essential in order for a sweater to knit to size. This workshop will address the times when you just can’t match a gauge or you want to use a totally different weight yarn – or you want to begin designing your own sweaters. You’ll learn how to convert gauges, refigure increases and decreases, substitute yarns and make alterations.

Beginners and advanced knitters will benefit equally from this workshop because understanding and being able to manipulate gauge is the key to great knitting. Ultimately, there is just no way around it. If you’re gauge is off, it just doesn’t matter how great a knitter you are because the sweater isn’t going to fit.
Iris Bishop
Creative Inspiration
– Sunday Sept 7 – All Day Workshop *

From designing fabrics to finished garment details, Iris will take you through her ways of designing and working on the knitting machine.
This an opportunity to share with Iris a more ‘in-depth’ and practical look at her unique ideas and techniques.
Last year when I was in the middle of chemo I took an extra week “off” to travel to North Carolina to attend a weekend workshop with Iris Bishop. HusPartner drove me (what an marvelous man!) but I was too sick to stay awake. A secondary infection had taken hold and I was really in the wrong place at the wrong time. However I could prop open an eye to ogle amazing fabrics. One that sticks in my mind is an incredible knitted bridal dress. So this is my second chance! I’m so excited 🙂

I have never met the other three teachers but have benefited from their writings and videos. This is big, Folks!

The second bonus of this workshop is that Alex, Alexandra of will be my roommate. I look forward to spending time with this lady who I met originally at the second PR weekend held in NYC in 2003? 2004? Time to catch up! We both hope to get reintroduced to our knitting machines and I believe that Inspiration will be flowing.

The fashion show at Inspiration two years ago was totally amazing. These knitting machine users are truly gifted fashionistas. They make the fabric and while doing that they are also shaping the garment.

Yeah. Really. Amazing.

I have 5 days before I leave. Should I sew up some quick knit tops? Make some navy wool crepe dress pants? Work on white shirts? Do the bed jacket or drape the powerdry nightgown?

Or should I can pickles??? The refrigerator is overflowing with the most amazing cucumbers from one plant I’ve ever seen.

The squash plants are done in by squash bugs (I only hand pick bugs), the eggplants are in between flushes, the determinate tomatoes have stopped producing, the heirloom tomato has slowed down, the peppers are ripening, okra is just kicking into wild production, the string beans are finished.

But the cucumbers just keep on coming. I vowed I would not can this year. See??? I fall for that uber-responsibility thing.


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

7 responses »

  1. Mary Beth .- my best wishes to you for the next two weeks …. ahhh. Alexandra greetings for part of mine. hugs, Paco

  2. Great! You’ll be able to really enjoy the classes and show this year. Hmm . . regarding the next 5 days, do what you want and love to do! No guilt over the pickles.

  3. Oh yum, I’m putting in my order for some of
    those eggplant and okra too! You have a
    blast, you hear?

  4. Darn it, now you’ve made me feel guilty that I haven’t made pickles this year! Enjoy your time off. I’m going to go cut out a shirt for me. The cucumbers can rot. Have a great time at Inspiration 2008.

  5. Oh God, MB, this sounds like mega-fun! Well, I’d say go for sewing anything before you leave but geez, you just can’t waste really good cucumbers can you?

  6. Have fun Mary Beth! Maybe you could do a tutorial for beginners on machine knitting when you get back.
    Today I received a patternmaking book by M.Rohr and guess what I found in it? A nightdress similar to the one you are looking for, page 96. If you want a copy let me know and I’ll get it done. I think the book is now in the public domain so it is ok to print. VintagePatterns are now in the process of preparing the book for their site. What a wonderful service!

  7. Have a fabulous time at the conference. I love the energy and learning that takes place at events like that.
    Meanwhile, I hope you just did what you felt like. For me, it would have been canning pickles, but that’s ’cause I’ve been sewing too much. 😉


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