There was certainly a lot going on tonight with plenty of eye-catching projects, skill-sharing and glossy knitting books all around. So what was there to see? At one end of the table was an adorable donkey jacket and boots (Debbie Bliss pattern, see below), Feathers McGraw was back and continuing to take shape and a first-time sock in Opal variegated yarn was tentatively being introduced to dp needles. In the middle of the table another first was taking shape: a turquoise-blue handbag knit on recently uncovered jaeger dk wool from the 50's soon to become a first felting project (Booga bag - http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html ). It was also a first project with circular needles and a first time for knitting i-cord. All in all, a good learning project then! The other end of the table was dominated by crochet learning and teaching: a circular bag for clothes pegs, some practice of the rudimentary techniqies and finally, a colourful baby blanket knit in a cheery yellow garter stitch but with a rousing finale planned for a bobble stitch garter edging in magenta, green and turquoise (edging from Nicky Epstein book below).
There were also some good knitting books on display. Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein made quite an impact with its impressive range of edgings to give a great finish to any project from garter stitch to lace. The Baby Knits Book by Debbie Blis was met with steadfast approval from a group more than familiar with the task of knitting for babies and young ones whether their own or those of friends. I don't think many knitters can escape the inevitability of knitting for a baby, so it's always good to see some stylish and simple patterns and, of course, some trickier ones for those wishing to show their skills.
A good tip discussed for those looking for new patterns but not wanting to buy a whole book was Knitting Patterns Central. This site contains lots of links to free patterns online from knitty.com to lesser known sites. Here's where to check it out: http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/
Enjoy the post-fringe peace and quiet!