Getting ready to knit

I'm teaching a Learn to Knit class with my friend Laura Wick on Thursday. Included in the class is a fabric project bag with wooden knitting needles and a ball of yarn from a local farm. So yesterday, I started work on some knitting needles: 

400 grit sandpaper and some elbow grease makes for super-silky needles. I buff them lightly with beeswax to finish. I am going to add a bit of leather to finish the ends, I'll show you when they're done.

I also made some project bags.

I used this excellent tutorial for making the bags- French seams make the inside of the bag tidy. The drawstring for the bag is heavy silk thread that I taped to my drill and the wall then twisted until it twisted back on itself. 

Today we are dyeing the local Cormo wool yarn with my sister Laura's indigo dyebath. I am excited that the class participants will all get to use this special yarn to learn to knit. There are still spots available in the class, which is a part of Berea's Festival of Learnshops. Go here to learn more and register! 

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