After reading a blog that's near and dear to my heart, since it's my daughter's, Threaded Thoughts (http://www.knitandpurl.com/blog/) and chuckling over her knitting "ladies night out," I decided to share a few laughs with whoever may read my blog regarding my fellow knitters from the Gatlinburg trip. Cathy is still having major problems and has only a few inches done on her scarf --- I'm not sure what the problem is other than she just doesn't want to knit enough to actually spend the time practicing.
Now, Sue, on the other hand, has caught on fairly well. She tried the fun fur and couldn't handle that, so she bought some Lion Thick Chenille and had me cast on a scarf. She had accomplished quite a bit on it until this past weekend, when she tried to teach one of her friends to knit and managed to drop the stitches on her own project and couldn't figure out how to salvage it! So now we have to start her scarf over and I think she decided not to try to teach anyone else for a while! Too funny.
Now, Linda, my start pupil, is going great guns and bought Bernat Boa and learned how to cast on from a knitting book. She called me at home and we discussed the yarn and decided she should cast on 18 stitches for her scarf, which she did, but the next day she showed me that she'd done about 4 inches and had managed to pick up stitches to the tune of now having 31 rather than 18! Golly jeepers - maybe I'm just not such a good teacher judging by the problems my students have! Anyway, we decided for Linda that she'd start decreasing back down to 18 stitches, and then close to the end of the scarf she could increase back to 31 and do another 4 inches. She liked that idea, so I hope it turns out okay! This could possibly be the dawning of a new pattern!
And, last but not least, Joan (fellow employee) knew how to knit but hadn't knitted in years and started again after I showed her some of my scarves about 6 months ago. She borrowed a hat pattern from me that is made on 10 1/2 circular, 16" needles with worsted yarn. Only problem is she bought Lion Thick and Quick and used a 29# circular needle, and her husband thought she was knitting a toilet bowl cover! So she brought in the 4 inches she had knitted and we figured out her gauge and the correct number of stitches, and started her over with 16" circular needles.
Ain't life grand!