I love teaching people new knitting techniques. It is one of the most rewarding things I do.
I also love learning new things and I've had some wonderful learning opportunties recently.
First of all, I was lucky enough to grab the last place at Karie Westermann's Nordic Traditions workshop at Wild and Woolly. It was great, even though Karie totally skewered my ardent desire to learn all about 'traditional' knitting by explaining the way that tradition is often the recent invention of savvy knitwear marketers....
And shortly after that, I got to attend the Squam Spring retreat, where I took a wonderful hap workshop with Gudrun Johnston and a photography/styling workshop with Helene Dujardin, which resulted in some excellent photographs of my new shawl design, Lakelet.
I was assisted by my beautiful classmate Michelle (modelling the Lakelet shawl below), and Helene herself, who was kind enough to take photos of me wearing my shawls...
We practiced our styling (and posing!) with a design I have been wearing quite regularly now, Beetlebum:
Classes and Events coming up
On the other side of the coin, I have been enjoying teaching in several new venues, particularly The Yarn Dispensary, where I will be teaching Next Steps Brioche July 9th.
I am really looking forward to teaching a workshop on Zen and Art of Sweater Construction at the Village Haberdashery 3rd July. There are still a couple of places left, so please do join me to learn the ins and outs of top-down seamless sweater construction.
Are you going to Fibre East 30-31 July? I will be there with Kettle Yarn Co. (as is my habit) and I would love to see you. If you are going, please do come by and say hello!
The last event of the summer for me is a trunk show at Purlescence 20 August. From Purlescence:
This time, we’ll be welcoming not one but two guests. Linda of KettleYarnCo will be bringing along a stunning selection of her hand-dyed yarns, and providing inspiration for the yarn will be Renee of EastLondonKnit.
As well of plenty of yarn and other knitterly goodies to browse, they’ll also be plenty of tea and cake to enjoy while you catch up with some friends and settle down on the sofa with some knitting.
We’ll be open between 10 and 4 at our premises in Leckhampstead, just off the 4 near Newbury, and have plenty of free parking available.
Which takes us right up to knitting season!