I keep bumping into people who are thrilled at the exhibition and what is has to offer. Almost every person has said "It's nothing like I expected - it's wonderful"!! Low expectations.? Stereotypes around knitting and the 'old ladies' who do it? Whatever they initially thought, people are thrilled - as am I - at the variety, the creativity, the wonderful examples of fun, frivolity, expertise and design on show.
It's not too late - the exhibition doesn't end until 3rd July - and then parts of it will head south to North Shore, where there will be more Knitcetera moments, and another group starting to think outside the traditional scarf, sweater & babyclothes 'square'.
Today (Sunday) my lovely daughter-in-law, Shelley, with her friend and neighbour Sandra ( a pseudo-Grandmother to Hayley) brought my grand-daughter Hayley to see the exhibition. Hayley will be 2 at the end of August. She was entranced with the spiders, the 'dollys', the birds, etc, etc. Just gorgeous to see and hear her totally absorbed in everything. She is certainly bright - a fish was "fsh - shark!", and when we left she sat in her carseat waving, saying "goodbye spiders, goodbye dollies, goodbye fishies, goodbye Rusty (the Director's dog), etc, etc" through everything she had seen. So cute!
I am now making a list of all the things I want to knit for her birthday!
Irish Hiking Scarf pattern
approx. 350 yards of worsted weight yarn
size 8 US needles and a cable needle or one double pointed needle
(Feel free to use chubbier yarn and/or larger needles to make a giant scarf. It will look just as lovely!)
Finished size, approx. 5 ½” x 55”
Cast on 42 stitches.
Row 1. (WS) K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2
Row 2. (RS) K4, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K4
Row 3. (WS) repeat row 1
Row 4. (RS) repeat row 2
Row 5. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 6. (RS) repeat row 2.
Row 7. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 8. (RS) K4, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K4
Repeat these rows to desired length, ending on row 7. Bind off.
C6F = Slip 3 sts. onto a cable needle and hold to front of work. K3, then K the 3 sts. off cable needle.
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