As far back as I can remember, my dad was crocheting with fine cotton.
I remember my mom starching the flowers propped open with cotton balls.
My dad’s Boye crochet hook priced at 15¢
He learned from his mom.
My grandmother’s crochet and embroidery:
Back in the ’70s, he tried to get me hooked with this kit (puns happen):
but by the time I was 8 inches into it, it was 8 years out of style…
…I would totally wear that skirt now.
Circular and double pointed needles wrangled at last.
Convenient, practical, and presentable.
Starting with this Receipt File from The Container Store.
The whole thing expands accordion-style and the sections are separate all the way to the bottom so dpns won’t migrate between sections.
When full of needles, the file is too big to close.
I folded the cover back and slipped it into a train case (by World Traveler).
The large case fits perfectly with a little extra space for stitch holders and crochet hooks.
It has a perfect spot for my favorite needle gauge!
Since the train case comes in a set of two, I can use the smaller one for travel.
June Hemmons Hiatt was there.
I’m a fan, loved her book since way back.
I got the knitting belt; I tried it out, it felt pretty good, seemed like a good idea to alleviate some knitting aches I get and avoid long term damage…
Who am I kidding? she probably could have sold me acrylic yarn and a gun if she wanted to.
Excellent classes I took:
Cat Bordhi – Developing, Writing, and Publishing
Fantastic teacher, very experienced, knowledgeable, and generous. She understands what you need to know, what is important, and provides that information. Lot of information packed into a mini class.
Amy Herzog – Sweaters: Deconstructed
As good as I’d heard. She teaches how to get what you want when knitting a sweater:
A sweater that you want to wear and makes you happy
How to get the right fit and style.
I guess I knew this would happen someday.
And of course it happened at Madrona.
I was only curious about spinning; someone said I should see Sarah Anderson demonstrating in the rotunda. *Sarah Anderson* said with meaning and nods of approval all around. So I went to see Sarah Anderson.
I was mesmerized.
She was knowledgeable and encouraging and clearly knew what she was doing.
Someone else showed up, sat down and started spinning angora on a drop spindle.
I said, “I don’t spin, yet”. “Yet”, they laughed. I don’t even know why that word came out of my mouth, but apparently they did.
Next, someone walked up to talk about an upcoming retreat in the woods with Sarah, very rustic and inspiring.
I wondered if this was a racket, with the spinning wheel, dropping words like angora, cashmere, spinning spindle, retreat in the woods…spinning, spinning…
Next thing I knew, I was standing at a booth in the Marketplace looking at spindles, confused. The person looking at spindles next to me, decided to teach me to spin right there and then.
At Madrona, these people just appear.
And now I own this.
Greensleeves Damsel Monique spindle
Around the corner, my new spinning teacher helped me pick out roving in beautiful natural colors.
Roving from Island Fibers
clockwise from top – Shetland, Targhee, and a Polwarth/Silk blend
(because she said I really should try some silk. Because. Silk.)
Typical Madrona, there’s always an expert, or twenty, around to show you how it’s done, and happy users ready to enable, with a Marketplace so you don’t have a chance to sleep it off.
So that happened.
and another pair for another daughter:
I bought this pattern for me, but I just can’t seem to get around to knitting my own pair…
UDATE on this hat:
Colinette JitterBug in Morello Mash
After five years of wear by a college student, getting stuffed into backpacks and pockets, this hat looks as good as the day it was knit.
I have knit socks that look worse by the time I’m finished knitting them.