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It’s Addictive

I LOVE KNITTING. It’s addictive! The tactile sensation of the knitting fibers, the gorgeous colors, the ability to take a piece of string and make it into something useful, the combination of stitches to come up with new patterns, it’s exhilarating!

With all that said, I must tell you that I am not a prolific knitter.  I am a prolific planner. I love to think about knitting, be enticed by all the beautiful colors, and imagine all the possibilities.  I am also a collector of future projects (i.e. stash).  I love to read about knitting and look at other people’s projects.

Now don’t get me wrong. I do knit.  I have been knitting a cardigan for my daughter since…November? My goal is to have it done by the time she goes back to college in the fall.  I have been very strict with myself to not start any new projects until the sweater is complete.  That is not to say that I haven’t purchased yarn and patterns for future projects.  But I have steadfastly been keeping my word to only work on this one until complete.

I spend more time not knitting than knitting. I love to knit at meetings. I volunteer on the Executive Committee and Board of a local organization. I love to knit there. At the end of each meeting, I show my progress to my peers and remind them “at least I have something tangible to show for my time!”  Of course, we are volunteering for the greater good of the organization, but the meetings tend to go off in many tangents “at times.”

I would love to knit in meetings at work but it is frowned upon there. They just don’t understand that some people focus more on the conversation when doing something with their hands. Some training classes include fidget gadgets on the tables for this very reason!  But somehow knitting is perceived differently.  We’ll have to work on that.

Fair Isle Inspirations #1 (Because there will be a lot of these)

In January, I attended the Vogue Knitting Live conference in Manhattan. I participated in four classes and was inspired in each!
I was lucky to get in the Fair Isle Inspirations class with Debbie Bliss. I love Fair Isle. I love mixing colors and patterns – it is a perfect fit for me!  And Debbie Bliss is the master (mistress?)!
The class consisted of a short PowerPoint presentation of how she derives inspiration. Then she gave each of us some sample yarn, told us to take out our graph paper and get started. We looked at each other. This is it? This is the class? We were annoyed, angry, but wanted to make the best of it so started working.

Here are some of the samples she brought.

Well. We each did a couple of designs and then had the opportunity to consult with Debbie one on one to get her advice and feedback.
It turned out to be the best class of them all!
Here are some of the photos I took after the class. For some reason I found myself drawn to beiges and muted colors. Very unlike me.  An interesting turn of events.

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