I know it's been a long time since I've blogged. At least I know I have one person who keeps checking in on me from time to time (thanks knittinginmind!!)
So there I was...hadn't knit anything for quite some time. Hardly checked people's blogs...you know how it goes...life gets stressful, people are worried about their jobs...of course this is the worst time not to knit, right? I even went to Madrona, but only for the Marketplace...and honestly I don't remember what I bought. I'm sure it was STR yarn even though I don't like to knit socks. (what? I know...)
KiM told me about a workshop that she had signed up for...with none other than THE Catherine Lowe aka The Knitting Genius. I waited too long and missed the initial sign up, but the workshop turned out to be so popular, she added another class and by the kindness of a class participant who offered to move to the mid-week class in case someone could only go to the wknd class I was IN!!
The workshop was sooooo interesting. Yes it involved calculators at one point, but there were not a lot of difficult calculations going on there. For any of you that have taken a class with Jean The Right Way Wong, this class was a joy. That's not to say that JW's class wasn't. JW's class was interesting (if you like doing calculations like I do) and informative, but Catherine's class gets you to the same end point without as much of a mental strain. This showed you that knitting can be intuitive, couture and even though you may have to do a few calculations, it won't be like calculus.
Grid paper and calculators for knitting!
I didn't ask CL or the other person you see in the above photo to post their faces, so I cut them out for politeness. KiM and I had a blast at the workshop (going to PCC for lunch wasn't half bad either). I was very excited to get ALL of my body measurements once and for all. I never really knew what constituted the "cross shoulder" measurement, but I do now!!
Some of the ladies asked me why I didn't knit sweaters for myself and I had to stop and think for a moment. I love knitting and I knit things for other people, but what was the deal? I came to realize it was because the finished sweaters never really fit me right. This workshop was exactly what I needed.
One of the exercises was to bring and try on a few sweaters...one that you get compliments on, one that just doesn't look right and one that you're not sure if it works on you. What an interesting thing!! It turns out that you too can wear a boatneck, but you need to make sure you are showing the right amount of neck space for you!! I've never left a knitting workshop so inspired and excited to knit something.
Below picture for KiM who laughed raucously at my sloper bust points.
Hi! These are my bustpoints!
There you have it.