Posts Tagged ‘Beth Brown-Reinsel’

Open Windows

August 24, 2019

It is so lovely to be able to turn off the air conditioning and let real air into my home.  I believe the weather has helped relieve the fog and pressure in my head.  I don’t like to be constantly taking prescription drugs for my headaches.  I love to sit outside and knit or sew.  There have been several hummingbirds at my flowers and herons in the creek.  Love it.

I thought I should catch you up on my knitting.  I had three wonderful days of classes with Beth Brown-Reinsel at Maryland Sheep & Wool n May.

I didn’t buy much.  I’m certain I have enough yarn to last the rest of my life, but I picked up a few things anyway.

More Gloves

April 28, 2019

I haven’t decided what to make next.  It has been a while since I’ve had this situation.  It’s a little strange to be able to pick out a project only because I feel like it.

For the past four months, I have been carrying around these gloves.  Now, I can get them finished along with a matching cap.  I don’t know whether to go with cute or practical.  They should look nice with the shawl I made months ago.

I spent the afternoon getting my supplies together for Sheep & Wool.  I’m taking three workshops with Beth Brown-Reinsel.  I’m so happy!

After Sheep & Wool

May 18, 2016

I was lucky to have my daughter with me this year.  She doesn’t have to work on Saturdays anymore.  Even though we got there early, we had about a two-mile creep-along.  The weather was almost perfect.  We had had rain the day before and some areas were a little mushy.  I like to start at the Main Hall where I bought some Signature Needles.  They carry seven-inch single points.  Now I own every size they carry.  They are great for miters and shells.  Miss Babs was mobbed by the time we got there.  I wanted to this year’s show color.  Neither one of us cared for it.  Quite frankly, it looked something my dog threw up.  Jenn saw some Yowza she liked, but the line was so long even she didn’t want to wait.  We decided to look on-line instead.  We had lamb BBQ from the boy scouts.  It was very good.  I saw some old and new friends.  The last thing we did was get ice cream cones. A perfect way to end the day.


Two skeins of sock yarn caught my eye this year.  The only yarn I bought last year was from Beth Brown-Reinsel.  I am really getting picky.  I need more yarn like I need a third eye.  That third eye would probably make me nauseous anyway.  I also have no need of buttons, but they are purple and yellow, green and orange.  What’s not to love?  I decided to try some new soap.  The woman I usually buy soap from broke her foot and I’m getting low.  I also bought a few ornaments and a pin from Liz.


Recuperating After MD Sheep &Wool

May 12, 2015

The older I get, the longer it takes to do anything.  I’ve been home for a week and I still haven’t finished  unpacking.  I also need to send some pictures and show you my purchases.  To make matters worse,  just when the bursitis was getting better, I got the worse migraine headache ever and I’m still in a bit of a fog.

My classes with Beth Brown-Reinsel were absolutely fabulous.  I like her teaching methods and the history lesson that accommodates every class.  Knowing the origins of  the many types of knitting is very enjoyable for me.

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Of course the tiny sweaters are great, too.

Any of you get Beth’s newsletter?  When I opened it this morning,  I was very surprised to see…  That’s me next to the mitts/gloves.  Her site is

Knitters Day Out Market

September 30, 2014

I had completely forgotten about KDO.  It’s held every September in the Harrisburg PA area.  I had not been there for several years.  Part of the reason was probably because twice  I signed up for classes and twice I had to cancel.  Was somebody trying to tell me something?

When I got Beth Brown-Reinsel’s monthly newsletter, I had an urge to go.  It was too late to get into any classes, but the market had several dealers that I did not recognize.  I told myself that I had already  taken Beth’s classes, but Nancy Bush had one that I would have liked to take.  Oh well.  I would have to be happy with the market.

The trip would take an hour and a half from Reisterstown.  A companion would be nice.  I immediately thought of my friend Diana.  After a few e-mails and a phone call, we were all set.  She showed up  about 15 minutes.  I just knew that was going to happen, but I still didn’t manage to get myself ready on time.  I reminded myself that we were just going to the market.

The trip up was a bit of a headache.  US83 was had more tractor-trailers than anything else.  You’ve got to watch them.  There’s no telling when they will fall over on you.  We managed to get to our exit without being flattened.  And it was closed.  CLOSED??!!  Thank goodness for GPS. We made so many turns that I had no idea which direction I was going.  The rest of the trip was uneventful.  I am so glad Diane was with me.

The whole market took less than an hour.  It was fun.  Except for Manning’s, the dealers were all new.  We both found something to buy so the trip was successful.

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Aran Mittens and Hat

June 4, 2014

004  005Since I had half of the yarn left from the mittens, I decided to make the matching hat.  I had one yard left.  ONE YARD!  OMG!  Was I ever lucky.  I put that one yard in a tiny plastic bag.  Now.  Where did I put it?  Does the hat look too big?  It’s not.  It’s just that my glass head is about an inch and a half smaller than my real head.  It has to be, with all the crap it’s got in there.  So anyway.  I really  like this hat!  It fits well and even better, looks good on my head!  The construction was a lot of fun.  The cable brim is knit in a strip, then sewn into a circle.  Stitches are picked up  along the upper edge and knit in the round.  The pattern also comes with a matching scarf.  You can buy it from Beth Brown-Reinsel at

Twined Knitting

May 24, 2014

011  Mitts from my class with Beth Brown-Reinsel.  I always enjoy taking classes with Beth.  She talks about the history of this type of knitting and brings plenty of pictures and, of course, lovely garments to pass out.

These were knit using both ends of the yarn making them extremely thick and warm.  A little too warm to get much use around here, but they will be great for cool knitting evenings.  There is enough of my fingers and thumb showing to knit decently.  I was thinking about turning these into mittens before I realized that I would get more use from them as they are.

Getting Ready for Sheep & Wool

April 28, 2014

I always seem to pack the wrong things.  This year it’s worse.  This year I have three days of workshops, two days of festival and one girls day out.  To make matters worse,  accu-weather shows temps going from 52 to 79.  So now I have even more clothes to pack.  I have clothes there, but they are not something I want to wear in public.

I got out three little tote bags, one for each workshop.  I just have to remember to pick up the right one each morning.  Maybe I’ll leave them all in my car.  I  also have a big tote bag for shopping.  I made a list so I wouldn’t forget the important stuff.

When I get to my son’s, I have to go to the market for lunches.  They have tuna, chicken and shrimp salad.  I’m taking lettuce, bread and oranges.  My son makes great iced tea, so I’ll grab a bottle of that each morning.  Along with coffee, of course.

I was hoping to get my toe socks finished, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now.  I will be working on what I learned that day in the evenings.  Also, my son likes me to go shopping with him for some reason.

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Nordic Mitts

January 31, 2009

I had planned to have both finished by this time, but it’s been a weird week.  And I’ve been especially grumpy.  It happens.  I haven’t even spent much time on the computer and really have things that I need to do.








After I took these pictures, I realized that you can’t see the designs up the sides.  These mittens are so beautiful that I may actually wear them.  After all, I am a glove person.  I learned some new techniques and I hope to make another pair using my own design.  I was looking at Beth’s patterns today and I found something I think my daughter would like.  The only things is I don’t have the right yarn.  I found something I could use at Knit Picks so I ordered two books too.   They are having a 40% off books sale, but they didn’t have everything I wanted.

Now It’s Saturday

November 9, 2008

It was the first day of Beth Brown-Reinsel’s Danish sweater class.  I had a hard time getting used to knitting with two different weight yarns at the same time.  I would like to be further along.  I had hoped to get more done this evening, but I was too tired.  The computer seems to be working better, but I am really sleepy.  See you tomorrow.