I know that all you want to see is photos of the kitchen remodel. In time, my sweeties, in time. At this moment I prefer to draw a veil over the sight that greeted me when I returned from Wisconsin last night.
But let us speak of pleasant things!
The 3-day Design Your Own Fair Isle workshop, sponsored by Schoolhouse Press (and what an honor that was!), went fantastically. Seventeen students raring to go, and go they did:
To show just a few of the designs in development! So very exciting....
(A number of people have told me that they would have loved to have attended if they had known about it--the class filled up quickly and never opened up to people who weren't signed up for Camp 2.75. If you'd like a repeat, contact Schoolhouse Press and mention that you are interested.)
And the cherry on the sundae: Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp 2.75. (The local news station filmed Camp 1--there's a link to the video on the Schoolhouse Press site.) This was the 40th year of knitting camp--to celebrate, Linda, Cheryl and Cristie secretly contacted everyone and requested a square for a special afghan to let Meg know how much we appreciate her. It was beautiful beyond belief! When I get a photo I'll post it, but it's hard to capture a very large afghan knit in natural shades of unspun Icelandic yarn. This started camp off on a special footing.
A few campers knit crazy hats (the Maltese Fisherman Hat--not really all that crazy!) and entertained us with a celebratory flash mob.
Closely examining the Celestarium Shawl that my friend Holly knit out of a yarn that looked like an aurora borealis--a really lovely pattern that is not shown to best effect on the patterned hotel rug!
We do lots of show and tell at camp--this is Susan Rainey, holding an amazing piece of lace that she knit.
We also enjoy eating at The Kitchen Table Restaurant, run by Meg Swansen's sister Lloie. This round table came from the Zimmermann family's home, which thrills those of us are devoted to Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg.
I've been going to camp for some 14 years--it seems like that can't be true, but it is! I've learned so much, laughed so much, and sometimes cried with this group. I would not be the knitter I am without Meg Swansen and Knitting Camp.