It’s been a very busy September for Knit Wits. Over the Labor Day weekend, some of our members made the trip to Sierra Vista to an alpaca farm for a small fiber festival. It was a delightful venue on a small, well-kept farm that was home to 40 alpacas, some mohair goats, regular goats, a few horses, some chickens and a beautiful vegetable garden. It was a real family and friends affair that included the part of the family that has a catering service in Bisbee and offered a “sundae” that was wonderful baked beans on the bottom with baby back rib meat over that and all covered with delicious coleslaw. We were treated to a spinning demonstration and a very informative talk about alpacas. All in all, a lovely outing.
The following week, Yumiko Alexander, a knitting designer originally from Japan but currently from Chandler, spoke to our group. She explained her process of designing and the challenges she faced when she came to the United States and found that people here come in all sorts of colors and shapes, unlike the Japanese who are far more uniform. She brought examples of her very unusual yarns that she has made by a company in Japan as well as finished garments made from her patterns and yarns that we were able to try on. Her patterns and yarns are available on her website, dandoh.com.
If you have basic knitting and/or crocheting skills, you might consider becoming a Knit Wit. We meet every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in room# 4 of the HOA-1 craft area. The club offers members an opportunity to socialize, learn and improve our craft.