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Knitters enjoy a fine twine

Local artisans show off skills at Swedish Days

Posted Thursday, June 23, 2005

Working their needles and yarn, about 150 women and children participated in the first Swedish Days Knitout on the Kane County Courthouse lawn in Geneva Wednesday.

“We have had a really good turnout today,” said Lesley Edmondson, owner of Geneva’s Wool and Company, which organized the event. “We’ve had all sorts of different people out here, from kids all the way to grannies.”

Knitout participants were able to compete in the fastest knitter, blind-folded knitter and two-headed knitter competitions.

Ali Blane of Warrenville and her mother, Christy Becker of St. Charles, were the winners of the two-headed knitting contest, where they each had to tie one hand behind their backs and work together in creating a swatch.

“It wasn’t as hard as we thought it was going to be,” said Becker, who said she’s been addicted to knitting for at least the past 10 years. “It was definitely awkward, but we got a rhythm going, so it wasn’t hard.”

Among the knitters, Gretl Kramer of Elgin was spinning yarn from roving, which is a big, fluffy ball of loose fiber. After filling two bobbins of yarn with the roving, Kramer said she would then ply the yarn together to make a two-ply yarn.

Kramer began spinning at 10:30 a.m. and said she would finish up around 6 p.m. in front of Wool and Company.

“This is incredibly relaxing,” Kramer said. “I get a little hot in the sun, but I think instead of making me tired, this does the opposite and energizes me.”

Claire Blankenship, 11, from St. Charles, said she planned on finishing an afghan she had started awhile ago.

“I’ve been here since 9 a.m., and I’ll probably leave whenever my mom leaves,” Blankenship said. “If I keep knitting, I should be able to finish the afghan today.”

Just down the way from the Knitout and also a new event to this year’s Swedish Days was the More at Four music venue.

The venue was created to provide music for festival goers as they eat after the Concerts at Noon and before the central stage entertainment at 6 p.m.

And it did just that.

“This is very entertaining,” said St. Charles resident Bob Anderson, who has been a Tri-Cities resident for 57 years and comes to Swedish Days every year. “It’s really nice to get something to eat and listen to the music. It also adds to some of the other music venues they have here, especially if you can’t make it to the later ones.”

Though the Knitout concluded with the end of the day, the More at Four concerts will be held each day of the festival from 4 to 6 p.m.

Knit Out 2006

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