Ah, the blissfulness of GREEN! Driving through the Midwest you are assaulted by green, so rare in California these days... (car photo, the best of a sad lot--you'll just have to use your imagination).
I returned from Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp* last week--as usual I flew to Kansas City, where my friend Marilyn picked me up. We spent the night with our friend Greg in Iowa City before driving up to Marshfield, Wisconsin (with a stop at The Fold in Illinois, where we added Beth Smith to our convoy), landing at camp, where I found my long-time friend Lucy, just before dinner. Green green green along the way. Did my heart good!
Everything I am as a knitter I owe to Meg. I have learned so much from her, but more importantly I would never have taken up knitting if it weren't for Melanie Fallick's profile of Meg in Knitting in America. It is amazing how turning points happen just this way: quietly, by accident, and only obvious in retrospect. I suppose the only thing to do is to be alert to all that life has to offer.
One really enjoyable feature of the retreat is our contest. This year's theme was Secret Garden. Here, Linda is dressing Greg in her fantastic entry: a knitting cactus outfit based on a 1940's postcard, complete with knitted calla lily and cactus flowers.
Because I am such a huge fan of Meg and Elizabeth Zimmermann, a special joy of camp is checking out the tables of sweaters that circle the room. I found this patterned yoke sweater that I'd never seen before. Isn't it great? The pattern is in the new Revised Edition of Knitting Workshop.
And look at this sweet tribute: tiny, tiny Elizabeth Zimmermann sweaters knit out of the finest handspun thread.
Every year I learn something new. This year: How to pick up a dropped stitch in a long-tail cast on! I have this problem so often and could never work out the solution other than starting from scratch. SO very irritating, but no longer a problem!!! (I bet you all knew how to do this already.... sigh.)
*Actually I go to Retreat 2.75, not Camp. At the two sessions of Camp, Meg teaches a lot; at the two Retreats, Meg answers quesions and we do a lot of miniclasses and show and tell.
By the way, Beth's new book, The Spinner's Book of Fleece, will be out very very soon! She brought an advance copy for us to look at, and it is fabulous. If you are a spinner you will want this book!
Last minute class: I'll be offering a 1-day Color in Fair Isle class at my house in Berkeley on Friday, August 15th. Let me know if you are interested!