MADRONA FIBER ARTS WINTER RETREAT
The Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat is coming up in February, and Suzanne has posted a general overview. There's lots for the color knitter in this line-up! I'll be teaching a few classes, including the new 3-hour Magic Balls: Serendipitous Color class. The hat I'm working on (above) will be one of the class patterns. Be sure to get on the mailing list to be alerted when the schedule is posted. Madrona is always a very good time, whether you take classes or just come for the conviviality. Free events include the Teacher's Night speaker and display, the infamous Charity Night, and the alluring marketplace.
BOOKS OF INTEREST
Joen Wolfrom's COLOR PLAY, which broke open the world of color for me, has been reissued as an expanded and updated version. According to the introduction, the book has been completely rewritten and reorganized. (Color Play is geared towards quilters, but I have learned so much from it that I recommend it without hesitation to those who want to learn more about color. I use Joen's Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool in conjunction with Color Play.)
If you haven't already heard about Felicity Ford's KNITSONIK, go take a look! This looks like it will be a very fun and stimulating exploration of color and pattern.
I'm totally enjoying THE LITTLE SPARK: 30 WAYS TO IGNITE YOUR CREATIVITY by Carrie Bloomston! "Being a creative person means way more than making cool stuff. It is a way of being in the world." A practical and accessible workbook to cutting through creative roadblocks. I'm a little wary of books on creativity, to be honest, but I was feeling sort of stuck recently; the internal Cruela de Ville that has been hectoring me about the book I'm trying to write has made it all Mean Girls and sugar overload around here. I was placing a book order for Feral Knitter (the shop) when I saw this book in the publisher's catalog: serendipity works its magic again.
ON THE WEB
So many bloggers have posted about Shetland Wool Week (lucky ducks!). I thought you would be particularly interested in this virtual tour of Jamieson's of Shetland, the mill that produces Spindrift.
My friend Alida Schuyler came for a visit yesterday--she was wearing this great hat she had designed, so I made her pose for me. Alida learned to knit a few years ago--she took my Fair Isle tam class (little plug here: I'll be teaching this at Madrona!) and caught the color and pattern bug big time! One detail I love: the corrugated rib is actually two layers--underneath the rib she has knitted in "Don't worry be happy Alida". Alida is a great example of someone who didn't have much experience knitting who just jumped in with enthusiasm and little fear of making mistakes. She's designed a good 20 hats at this point and is working on a sweater now.