Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend two fabulous knitting workshops. Although I have been knitting for pretty much as long as I can remember I have never actually taken any knitting classes or attended any workshops, so when I found out several weeks ago that Morag of Vintage Purls was coming to my wonderful LYS to teach for a weekend I decided to jump at the chance. There were two 3-hour workshops on offer. On the Saturday was "It's a Wrap" a class on designing different styles and shapes of wraps and shawls, and on the Sunday was "Make it Fit" a class on how to actually knit clothing items to fit! After much indecision I finally booked in for the Saturday workshop, predominantly due to a couple of very special projects I have in the planning. You will not believe how excited I was when I was offered a paid place at the Sunday workshop as a RAOK. Wow! A huge thank you to all those involved in that, it was AWESOME!The saturday workshop saw us all gathered at HRYC talking about all things shawls and how to make them. I really enjoyed so many aspects of this workshop and came away with my head swimming with ideas. I am now going to be trawling second hand shops and trademe for old knitting stitch dictionaries and pulling out the graph paper for some design work in the near future :-) Stay tuned on that one.
Sunday I went along armed with my tape measure and a couple of patterns that were on my 'to-knit' list for me :-) I have had a few different patterns in mind for some time and have just been waiting to get a couple of other projects off the needles and done first. Well I must say that I left this workshop looking at things entirely differently and with all the above patterns pushed a lot further down said list. After a lot of discussion on fit and taking of measurements it soon became apparent that I am not actually the size I thought I was and had I forged ahead I probably would have ended up disappointed and with several ill-fitting final garments. Since Sunday I have spent a lot of time trawling through patterns on Ravelry, thinking and dreaming about some of the new patterns I have found (or older ones I have rediscovered) and itching to cast on. Once I have knitted a couple of the garments I have in mind I think I may even get confident enough to regauge and resize some of my initial favourites to actually fit me :-)
So there we go, a weekend of inspiration and education, both in rather large helpings! But what about the YARN. I may or may not have finished the weekend with a couple of lots of yarn to turn into things for me. Morag brought a fabulous selection of her Vintage Purls yarn with her to tempt us in both Sock (4ply) and Max (8ply) and, well, I didn't take all that much convincing.
|Vintage Purls Sock|
|Vintage Purls Max|
|Avril in April|