Seduce: to win over; attract

Yarn seduces me with her siren call. "Pick me! Pick me!" I am hopelessly enchanted by yarn and am delighted by the endless choices.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Entrelac Hat Trick

In January, I blogged a few knitting plans. I am happy to report I have now accomplished one! (The others I am still working on)

Entrelac was the new technique I had chosen to learn this year. I bought the book,  Entree to Entrelac: the Definitive Guide From a Biased Knitter by Gwen Bortner. Having previously taken a class by Gwen, I knew I could teach myself entrelac using her book. She is a great instructor and her book has lots of wonderful pictures and lots of details.

But...after receiving the newsletter from the Tinsmith's Wife, and seeing they were offering an entrelac class  taught by  Gwen Bortner, I had to sign up!  What better way to learn a new technique than to have the queen of entrelac teach you?!!

It was a great two day class filled with knitting and learning about Entrelac (French word for interlaced). We learned  the basic components of entrelac, shaping in entrelac, using different stitch patterns in entrelac, and using different colors in an entrelac unit.

Gwen is a great teacher and after a full day of cramming new information into our tiny brains, she said ...

I am happy to say most of us finished our hats by the end of class... (another picture on Gwen's blog) ...

... I had to finish the braided ties and weave in all the ends... but here is a finished hat! in entrelac!!

AND Wait!!! there's more...
...not only did I have a wonderful weekend knitting and meeting new friends, but my best friend and soul mate went with me. While I was knitting away, he went exploring. After class on Friday, he took me to beautiful park he found.

We ate dinner Guenther's Biergarten Grill. I had the best sweet potato fries I have ever!!
You couldn't ask for a better weekend!


Daisy said...

What a neat looking hat! I'd say you learned that very quickly and very well. Sounds like you had a great time. Good for you! :)

CollectIn Texas Gal said... are soooo good! Look at you in that FINISHED Hat and the pics here are Great! I like em' Embiggined! Is that a word?

I might TRY that fancy French Knitting when I finish my sweater, scarf, bags, dishrags, blankees and whatever WIP's!

Gigi said...

Oh, how fun! Your hat is so cute! And tiny brain? I think not!
I'm so glad to learn about The Tinsmith's Wife, and I love Comfort and that entire area -- so pretty. I want to go!

JelliDonut said...

Aren't yarn weekends fun? How nice that your sweetie went with you. Great hat!

Otter said...

Wow...wish I could have been there! I still need to get there and shop. I have been here since september and haven't gotten the chance yet. It takes a lot longer to settle into a new place than I thought!
love your hat!!

SusanB-knits said...

Otter, Hope you get settled in soon. And by the way, did you know Wool n' Cotton has been sold? and moved? I'm not sure where. But it will be quilting. Good news. There is a needlepoint/yarn shop, Chandler Cottage, that opened a couple of months ago.