"You've got lace in my stockinette." "You have stockinette in my lace." Two great tastes that go great together...
There's now an inch worth of lace in the middle of my Simple Knitted Bodice.
Not bad progress for 3 subway commutes. I'm happy I killed the beads and the purl ridges in the pattern. I'm also happy I didn't "transition" into the lace with seed stitch or another pattern like some of the other folks in the knit alongs (yes, plural: there are three) are doing. There's something about the cleanness of all this that I like. I'm thinking that I will knit about 4" of lace (I'll check against my body to make sure I like it) instead of 3" because I've eliminated the transitional pattern around the lace.
In other news, I held my first session of Corporate KnitClub last night. The head dude of my department at ExtremelyLargeCorporation (ELC, Inc.) is a knitter and has been wanting a knitting group / circle / thang to happen for the longest time. So with the help of my boss, and a few other veteran knitters, we got together and introduced knitting to our co-workers.
I taught (with their help) and surprisingly, every one -- we had a dozen or so folks -- seemed to get it. At least, they were doing the knit stitch before they left which was my sole goal for the evening.
I talked about a few basics, and demoed the backwards loop cast on and the knit stitch with size 11 needles and bulky crafter's cotton. Then I had them go at it. I also passed around a swatch of garter and stockinette (knit with the aforementioned needles and yarn) as a visual aid and gave out some handouts with diagrams and instructions to refer to. Those who already knew how to knit pitched in with fielding questions.
I didn't teach them how to hold their yarn, which method was american or continental, tensioning or a thousand other things. I tend to "infoverload" people when I teach so I really tried to stick to broad, basic concepts. I figure that when they get a hang of the movements we can go back and tweak and refine their technique.
I did have several "OhMyFuckingGod I'm making this sound REALLY hard" moments. For the record, I can't teach a group how to make a slipknot. I make it sound like you need a PhD. Thankfully my knitting co-workers walked around and helped me to SHOW people one-on-one how simple it really was.
Cause sometimes you just need to see it to be able to do it.
It was tense at first but by the end of the night I was in my full on "channel my inner Elizabeth Zimmerman" mode, everyone was knitting and chatting and the event seemed to be a success. I am, of course, dreading teaching how to purl next week.
Not much to report on this right now, although I'm feeling less crampy / bloated than I was yesterday. I always worry when my symptoms change, thinking that I blew the cycle. But I know that as the day progresses, I'll feel worse and the symptoms will come back. They're usually in full effect by 4 or 5 every afternoon.
I have an appointment at 7 am so I'm going to shower now so that I can be there on time. Today I'm going to ask when they think they'll be harvesting and (hopefully) implanting so there will be a follow-up post later today or tomorrow.