Day one dawned over soft waves, and our hosts served up an amazing breakfast. So far, I've found but one paltry thing to complain about .. the coffee is bitter and weak, and the wireless Internet connection will not let me have access to whatever page it is I need to use to agree to its terms so I can use the net.* Thus, though I can record these blogs, I cannot post them until I find an Internet connection. The staff who works at the desk at the times I can talk to them do not know a thing about it. They don't know what a url is, and so can't give me what I need.
Anyway, following this delicious breakfast, during which I drank delicious orange juice, we convened for our introduction to the Magical World of the Moebius.
It included an amazing human knit stitch dance.
If anyone forgets about the "winning leg" of a knit stitch, after watching this performance, it will clearly be time to call in a neurologist.
I was too busy learning to photograph the wonder of the Moebius Cast On, but it includes a weasel, dolphin, a hummingbird and a crocodile. The movement of the cast on is alarmingly familiar, but I can't for the life of me figure out why. Either way, I found it pleasantly easy to embark on my first moebius.... right after a delightful and nutritious snack of fruit and cheese.
Of course, having embarked on the practice project in Wool Ease (random test yarn), I swiftly put all the stitches on my handy dandy "try on cable", freeing up my 60" cable for more important work -- the REAL moebius, which I'm knitting in yarn I was unable to resist buying last night.
Here is the enormous ball of Fleece Artist Woolie Silk that I wound this morning.
Will someone please explain to me what inspired me to buy this stuff? I don't like these colors. I mean, seriously, have you ever seen anything these colors on my blog? No. You haven't. And yet, last night, when this ball was presented to me, I had to have it.
After careful calculation, using the magical chart in Cat's Treasury of Magical Knitting, I determined that I'd need 240 stitches ... well, actually 240 pairs of stitches. Luckily, Cat caught me before I'd gotten far, and warned me about the stretch factor .. so I took back off 30 stitches, and started a shaped moebius in the arrowhead pattern, as always, blending what I'm doing even as I learn it. I think this may mean that all the knitting I brought for down time was wasted suitcase space....
However, with the stitches barely on the needles, I was able to set them aside to eat a delicious and healthy lunch, and to take a walk on the beach.
My head somewhat cleared after a lovely stroll with Janet, I returned to learn the new tricks for socks that Cat has to offer. What amazing fun! We had to be pried away just to eat our snack (yes, another snack..the food never ends) I can't wait until the book comes out. When it does, you'll need to buy it. Trust me. (We all promised and swore not to share the secrets that you'll find inside it, so I'm keeping my promise, but you will be amazed!)
Here's what I knit today (blurred, to protect Cat's innovation until the book is out):
Then, of course, there was dinner. Wow. Who knew a buffet could be so good? Prime Rib baby. Seriously delicious. And that cake? we don't want to talk about that cake. I'd be forced to admit just how much I ate!
After dinner, we had a very special surprise treat. Among the attendees of this magical event are none other than ... Kay and Ann (both of whom graciously agreed to pose with my traveling sock)!
The Mason Dixon Twins!!
Yep, they're here, and delightful and offered a wonderful little talk displaying their glorious stuff.
They gave us a reprise of the knitting stitch dance,
and showed off many wonderful things from their book.
Are these wee jeans not the cutest things you've ever seen?
There are many more pictures... I'll show you two more, and then demonstrate some restraint (I can't seem to do it in yarn stores so why not here).
These women are marvelous. And they've inspired me with the purpose of the linen that lives in my stash.
What? did I mention lack of restraint regarding yarn? Did I do any stash enhancement today? Why yes, now that you've asked.
Among the other things we saw today (for which sadly, I have no pictures) was Witt Pratt's amazing Newport Bag design that takes the moebius concept one step farther than even Cat took it. This afternoon, Nancy arrived with "the" yarn for it (Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester Aran, along with a few patterns. I just had to have it in Cosmic Dawn....
Just look at those colors! Here's the other side:
I love the combination of the dark yarn with those vivid bright splashes of colour!
Only that walk on the beach kept my shopping down... as you'll see, tomorrow I lose my hold on the reins.