Well, this very thing happened to me recently. Instead of A Capella, it was a fiber related transformation. I had been spending more and more time at a nearby knitting shop called StevenBe, run by the amazing Steven Berg, when I learned of the upcoming tour that he had arranged with Stephen West. Officially, it is called the Stephen&Steven tour, offering classes all over the country, running from mid June to mid August. I attended the kick-off cocktail party for the tour, an inspirational trunk show, and a class called the "Dynamic Duo", which was a free-form class to help you take your knitting and break away from patterns to create your own designs.
|The dynamic duo themselves : Stephen West and Steven Be|
I have been gushing about them ever since! My husband teases me about it mercilessly, and anyone who I talk to on a regular basis has heard about them. I was so inspired by these two incredibly talented knitters. Steven Be is all about being a "Yes-Knitter" and letting go of worrying about mistakes ~ He says "Try not to make them again, but use them as opportunities." Stephen West is more of a visionary and he has a gentle approach, which I was very drawn to. I've been knitting his patterns ever since the class, but I find that instead of knitting the patterns as they're written, I've been doing my own mash-ups. I combined his Welty shawl with the Starshower Cowl, which I'm really liking. I started Lumpy Space, but found that the first panel I knit wasn't quite the color combination that appealed to me, so I think it will become the basis for a free-form garment. This is such a deviation from the knitting of my past, which was very calculated, adhered to the pattern perfectly, and was free of mistakes. I'm growing as a knitter!
This brings us to the most recent knitting mash-up ~ After knitting eight repeats of Streusel, I decided to rip it out and restart it as a poncho. I'm incorporating elements of the Etched Rio Wrap into the Streusel pattern. I am really looking forward to seeing how it turns out! I cast on seventy stitches, fourteen of which will consist of the lace pattern. I don't have much done yet, (who knew that a puppy would take up so much time?), but I will do another update when there's more to see.
Thank you Melissa and Kelli for the opportunity to write about Stephen and Steven ~ I was told to "Scream from the mountaintops" and share about all the things that have me fired up :)
That's all for now!