I love that word. We had Kathleen Taylor, author of Fearless Fair Isle Knitting and self-described blatherer (the word even sounds blathery!) speak at our guild meeting last night. She was wonderful, although after having been through the public speaking experiment a few months back, I will always say that anyone that can get up in front of a group of strangers and speak for an hour without the slightest of a swoon will always be wonderful in my book. She shared her story of how she became who she is and how she is still evolving into the next phase of her knitting journey. She talked a bit about her new book that I mentioned above and although most of the sample knits that are in the book are out on a trunk show, she was wearing the hands-down masterpiece ~ this beautiful Fair Isle piece (or stranded if you so choose to arguably call her work) that she designed and knitted herself ~ you'll have to click on the link to see it since I cannot find a single picture of it to download and share ~ Dragon Ride Shawl. That's her wearing it ~ isn't it amazing!? I have said before that one of the things I dislike about stranded knitting is the look of the carries on the backside ~ I know, I know, you don't see them but I know they're there and they bother me. They just look plain messy and unfinished, but I discovered last night that it's not the carries I don't like, it's my carries!! The backside of this shawl was like artwork ~ I definitely need lots more practice and some technique tips.
Which is why I signed up this morning for the 'Tips and Tricks' class she's teaching at Great Yarns this Saturday. I haven't taken a class for awhile so it will be fun and I'm sure I can learn a thing or two...or ten from her. Plus, there's a wine and cheese reception afterwards so what could be more fun than spending the day in my local LYS, surrounded by yarn, and wine, and cheese and amazing people? Sounds like a great way to waste away a stormy Pacific NW day.
I am getting some knitting done and I reached the halfway point on my Mondo Cable Vest last night.