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Knit East – Day Two

I slept in on Sunday until 8 am. It was so nice. We slowly woke up and when we got downstairs the others had coffee made. Such a treat! We barely got to say good morning and they were off. I did not have to anywhere until my class at 1:30 so had some breakfast, and settled in with a tea and my reversible cable project. What a beautiful way to start the day.

Sunday brunch special made specially for me

We cleaned up the cottage and checked out before heading up to the Algonquin for Brunch. We met Moria and our “lucky baby” and went to the dining room. The soup and sandwich both had things I could not eat, so the chef made me a special salad and a gluten free smoked pork sandwich. I am not always one for pictures of my food but I did for this. It was so good.

Then I went to “Knitting for Speed and Efficiency” by Stephanie Pearl-MacPhee. I could listen to Stephanie for days. She’d make anything fun which was good because changing 37 years of bad habits was going to be hard and she only had one afternoon. I know she said we had to be kind to ourselves, but it is so slow learning to be fast.

The slides were great. Following the history of knitting was very interesting and made me really think about how I sat and held my needles. I absolutely loved her “Aura of Confidence” pictures. “If they are knitting with only one needle. They can’t knit.” Uh Duh! It was a fun way to review how we held our needles and bodies while we knit. It was a great pairing with the Yoga I did the day before.

After showing us the world’s fastest knitters, three of whom where lever knitters, we tried doing it ourselves with one long needle tucked under our arm. Here is a video of the Yarn Harlot demonstrating Irish Cottage Knitting. I am still doing it daily though but am nowhere near my top speed let alone how fast Stephanie is here. It may be coming but man is it frustrating. It made me feel for my own students. Probably a good thing for us professors to do something completely different so we have more empathy for our poor students.

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Day One at Knit East 2015

I just returned from an amazing weekend in St. Andrew’s NB for Knit East. Everyone said that it was an amazing weekend so I had high hopes. It exceeded my expectations.

We arrived on Friday night and went to the Algonquin Resort right away. I relaxed as soon as I stepped into the lobby. I have always loved this resort but ever since we got storm-stayed there last winter it has become my favorite place to stay. The staff are like family and I feel at home when I am there. I love sitting by the fire in the evening knitting with a glass of cider.

First we went to the The Seaside Beach ResortIMG_0208 right on the water. We were in the Spruce cabin. I loved the view from our deck. check out the marketplace. Wow. The choice was overwhelming. I did not know where to start. Eventually, I picked up some project bags and a few items from my must have list prepared for the trip. Then we registered for the conference. They handed out little goodie bags with our tickets for Yoga and the Fashion show. We ate a late supper at The Lobster Bay Pub. It was yummy. I had the ribs and was so stuffed when I finished.

Day 1

My first class was Yoga for knitters at 7:30 am on Saturday. I got up early and walked up the hill from the waterfront. It was a small class but very informative. There were a number of stretches shown especially for knitters, so we all started the day very relaxed and ready to  knit.

I was so excited to move to Reversible Cables with Fiona Alice. I have been watching her designs for awhile and really wanted to meet her. Of course I cruised in to class just as it was starting. There was only one seat left in the room. We learned a provisional cast on with croch12045427_10156078039070411_6402647231677830366_oet hooks. It works so well! She was so patient with us. I love Fiona’s teaching style. She is very relaxed but manages to work the room really well. I loved hearing her stories about working in London while we worked on the project. Fiona even took the time to show the beginners in the class how to read the pattern. Her patience and knowledge both where very satisfying. I finished the class with a small section of my headband completed choosing to just watch the grafting process so I could finish the entire project later. I love the effect of the reversible cables!

After lunch my class was with Fiona Ellis, this was my Fiona day. She was teaching trims and edges. I rushed to class and sat down to finish my homework. Yes I am as bad as the students I have compIMG_0212lained about once or twice. Fiona handed out a sheet of edges we were going to look at and then we got to choose what to work on. What a great concept. The class is all at different places so we get to choose which one is best for us. As we were working, Fiona showed us her sweaters and swatches of various techniques for merging your collar with the patterns used in the sweater creating the little extras that really make a project amazing. I got so many pictures of ideas. My favorite was the continuation of the pattern by just using half of it in the collar. It was so simple but really added to the finished project. Wow.

By this point, I am fried but I did go back over to the market. Then Michelle and I walked back for supper at our cottage. I needed some quiet time before the fashion show. It is amazing how tiring sitting in a class all day becomes.

The fashion show was great. So fun and so many prizes. We sat in the front row and passed the baby around. For the rest of the weekend he became known as the “lucky baby” because of the four of us holding him periodically three won prizes. Guess who did not. That is right me. The person who never wins anything. I loved seeing all the completed projects, but my favorite part was that the models were used to us knitters needing to feel the fabrics and would walk right up to you so you could. It was the perfect end to the first day of knitting.