Sunday, November 09, 2008

My Fantasy Weekend

Get out of the gutter people, not that kind of fantasy. I went to the knitter equivalent of baseball fantasy camp. All the heavy hitters were there: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Amy Singer, Nancy Bush, Cookle A., Stefanie Japel, Amy Swenson... a veritable who's who of knitting.

Here they are signing books.

The instruction was excellent. The classes were smaller so we had ample opportunity to ask questions and get feedback. I feel inspired and my mind is full of ideas and new horizons.

Stefanie Japel taught me all the basics to customise patterns and even design my own sweaters based on my measurements. I felt like a kid at Christmas. She is my idol... she is also warm, endlessly patient, easy to talk to and has the very cutest baby around!

In "Stump Steph", Stephanie Pearl-McPhee told me knitting a pattern left handed "is like reading forwards but writing backwards". AuntyTink has been telling me that for ages and I've been plugging my ears and singing "lalala I can't hear you" ... needless to say she gave me an "I told you so look". I also learned tons in "Stump Steph" to tweak and improve my knitting. I took pages of notes and laughed lots too.

In "Plug 'n Play Shawl Design", Amy Singer helped me to design my own shawl. I am making it in Sanguine Gryphon's "An American in China" fingering weight. I ripped out what I had started (wine and lace don't mix). I can't wait to start it again. Not only that, but her lesson taught me everything I need to design my own basic shawls.

We were limited to taking three classes so I didn't get a chance to take any classes with Cookie A or Nancy Bush. There were women who had traveled from New York and California just to take classes with Nancy Bush... what does that say?

Most of what I did on the weekend was swatching and experimenting. The only project I made real headway on was my Noro sock. It was awe inspiring to see what other people had on the needles and what they were wearing. Fabulous shawls... perfectly fitted sweaters... lace... entrelac... Penguin PJ's (Ok that was just at the PJ party Saturday night... 92 knitters high on wine and wool fumes).

The weekend went by so quickly. Great food (I ate way too much), swimming and sitting outside in the hot tub, walking in the fresh mountain air, yoga classes (I am not the most flexible person in the world but I still enjoyed them). Anyone who knows me knows... I do better in small groups... large numbers of people freak me out. Still it was absolutely wonderful meeting knitters from other parts of North America. The whole weekend was absolutely wonderful. I'm exhausted... but in a good way.

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Blogger Leah said...

Whoo hoo! Look at the good time you had! You will have to share some of your new skilz with us!

I see a tutorial coming up in the near future!!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am totally jealous. Glad you had such a fun and educational trip :)

1:35 PM  
Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Wow, what a fantastic weekend!!

11:15 AM  
Blogger quiltyknitwit said...

Sounded like a fantastic retreat - just what we all need from time to time. Can't wait to see the results of the inspirations and ideas!

10:56 AM  

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