I know I should be concentrating on Thanksgiving but I am starting to get excited for Vogue Knitting Live NYC! Its still nearly two months out, but you all know how time flies. Florrie and I have signed up for classes, a lecture and we have our marketplace passes ready to go.
Our Schedule looks like this:
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
|Adding and Inventing Colorwork Patterns – NEW!|
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
|Lecture: Journey Inside the Great White Bale with Clara Parkes|
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
|Hand-Painted Yarn: Customizing a Palette with Natural, Botanical Dyes – NEW!|
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
|The Secrets to Writing Your Own Sweater Patterns|
So excited! The color work class is with the Color Work Queen, Mary Jane Mucklestone. (I have just dubbed her this… I’m fairly certain that she doesn’t go around introducing herself this way) the class is about incorporating color work into design.The class notes said to bring 3-8 colors of wool to work with. Florrie and I promptly bought 8 shades of Cascade 220, you know we don’t do things by halves.
I can’t wait to see what we come up with. I have always loved color work, but find it a bit daunting. The few times I have tried it it didn’t work out so great (getting the tension of the travelling strands was trickier than I thought!). So my hopes for this class are that it will demystify the process for me and help with my design work.
We’re also taking a foray into hand dying yarn. That is something that Florrie and I have been chomping at the bit to try for years now. This class will focus on natural dyes, its pretty incredible what you can do with plants and minerals. Our last class is all about sweater design. I have been sketching sweaters for ages and I can knit one for myself but the idea of grading sizes to fit a multitude of body shapes scares the pants off me so I have my fingers crossed that I will get the courage to plunge in after taking this class. Bring it on, sweaters! If your classes don’t scare you at least a little bit, they aren’t the right classes, in my opinion.
Our lecture is the Yarn Whisperer herself Clara Parkes. We are especially excited about this lecture because its something that we have been thinking, planning and dreaming about for a couple of years now. Wool. More specifically production of wool into gorgeous, squashy, lovely skeins for hand knitting. I’m just saying… its a very exciting prospect. Don’t you think so?
Hurry up January! I can barely wait. Will we see you there?