|My eldest in her element...|
|Window screen in Syracuse|
Cal helped me navigate crochet and I learned a lot about the options for color work in crochet. I have not actually crocheted anything since attending, but I'm tempted... and I now own a crochet hook. And best of all, was the chance to spend a couple hours around the table with the charming Cal Patch. There is something about her that just exudes kindness and also makes me want to giggle. Weird, I know.
Norah's class was all about deconstructing cables. She had oodles and oodles of swatches and garments. And shared so much really interesting information with us on her methods and experiences. I was a little awestruck by the body of her work, not just how prolific she is, but also how inventive she has been in her design. I left feeling very inspired.
And then Jill's class. It was my last class, and was a cowl pattern called Twister, designed to intentionally pool the colors of a skein of her hand-dyed, superwash Hudson. And I loved it. The class, the project, getting to hear from Jill. And I wear the cowl ALL the time (Ravelry details here). It is double layered and crazy durable and warm. And Jill shared with us a little about her business and how carefully and intentionally she selects farms, breeds and mills. All that talk of sheep and sustainability made me want to rush home and reclaim my agrarian roots. But alas, reality struck as soon as I returned to the other side of the rainbow.
|"Embracing the wobble... as Jill says"|
|My finished friend|
Any way, it was great. A perfect getaway with lovely friends, doing things that I love and with people whose creativity and commitment inspire me.
P.S. Susan's registration is open for this year. Just sayin'