Conference/Festival Recaps, Teaching

My first Rhinebeck!

Warning: Long post with lots of pictures ahead!!

My first Rhinebeck experience was AMAZING. If I had to describe it in just one word I would use the word “Community”. As much as the sights, sounds, food, yarn, and everything else was wonderful, it was the PEOPLE who made my Rhinebeck phenomenal. So many lovely people all in one place. The love and joy was palpable in the air.

So, I drove up partway on Tuesday night and stayed with a friend, then drove the rest of the way Wednesday. My AirBnB was simply the quaintest spot ever. A 1750s house with a private room with bath attached. And sheep just outside the window, too.

My room key. πŸ™‚

My classes were all day Thursday and Friday. (All 4 of them sold out, I was blown away!) I really lucked out and my classroom was inside in the Foster’s building – which was really nice on the Thursday when it was so wet and rainy.

On Thursday I taught Double Knitting and then Mosaic Knitting. My students were fantastic.

 

 

 

On Friday I taught A Sampling of Short Rows and Estonian Decorative Stitches. Again, my students were fantastic. (I forgot to take a picture of my short row class, oops.)

Friday night I splurged and had dinner alone at Reginato Ristorante on the other side of the river closer to my BnB. The food was so good. It’s a lovely spot. I felt a little out of place among all the romantic couples dining, but my waitress took good care of me and I had a wonderful meal.

Saturday was the festival. I only had one day to take it in, since I needed to drive back home to NC on Sunday in order to be home for Monday. Let me tell you, I had heard that the festival is huge. I had NO IDEA. Wow. Huge is an understatement. You need two days to see everything, really. I was wishing I could stay another day. I met so many wonderful people, and ran into so many of my students – who now all felt like good friends. (A bonus benefit of having taught leading up to Saturday!) I got such lovely feedback and compliments from my students, they really made me feel special. ❀

My Saturday outfit: Rhinebeck sweater vest and vintage style blouse and jeans and boots.

I met Kristy Glass for the first time (she’s so sweet!) and she filmed me for her Rhinebeck sweater video – and even gave me a prize! How cool is that!?

Kristy Glass
Prize from Kristy!

I accosted Stephanie Pearl-McPhee for a photo, I met my vintage knitter crush, Sydney, and got a photo with her, and ran into Alison and Julia and got photos with them to! (We’re totally plotting a pre-planned vintage girl meetup for next time!) And I ran into a student from my Estonian lace class at Galina’s booth, and saw her Orenburg shawl (so gorgeous!!)

I tried to wait in line for cider donuts, but couldn’t do the long line – so I got an apple crisp instead. I had a lovely corned beef rueben for lunch, got some hot apple cider, and bought way more wares than I planned to. (But I have no regrets!)

Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co Rhinebeck colorway and White Birch self-striping sock in colorway “Nothing Says Screw You like a Rainbow”.

Buttons from Dusty’s Vintage Buttons (I love Michelle! Have to buy buttons from her whenever I see she is vending!)

Shearling slippers from Shepherd’s Flock, since I heard his stuff was wonderful, and he was retiring on Sunday after the show and was selling out. I snagged the next to last pair of Women’s slippers in my size.

And of course, festival souvenirs. (I was smart and pre-ordered these! The line for the souvenir tent never got short on Saturday!! It was a sight to see.)

I also watched some of the herding dog demo, and the agility course dogs too. And I saw lots of cute animals!

I drove partway home on Saturday night (that was an adventure, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen.) And came the rest of the way home on Sunday. And now I’m prepping to leave tomorrow for SAFF to teach for 4 straight days. Whew.

I will be back to Rhinebeck – hopefully as a teacher again (I do so love teaching knitters!), but if not, certainly as a participant. It was an amazing experience.

Until next time (probably this time next week with a SAFF recap!), Happy Knitting!!

 

Conference/Festival Recaps, Designing, Patterns Released

Unwind Getaway Recap

But before I get to the recap, did you see the newest issue of Cast On magazine? I have a pattern in this issue, plus an article! Introducing my Up and Down Cable Socks:

These are worked in The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For ‘Studio Sox’. Color Silver Lining.
Worked cuff-down, and written for two sizes. Charts included.

My article in this issue is on Darning Hand-Knits, and has loads of photos accompanying it, you should check that out too! (You have to be a member of the TKGA to access these. Membership is $25 for the year, and you get access to current as well as past issues and content. Plus a monthly newsletter, too! It’s a great value at $25, honestly.)

On to my recap of the Unwind Getaway Retreat that was April 25-29 in Blowing Rock, NC!

I was a participant/teacher this year. I was not supposed to teach (this would be my third year in a row and Nancy and Sue don’t like to have teachers three years in a row – they – smartly – like to mix it up!). BUT, they had such high registration numbers that the one class was way too big – and since I was coming as a participant anyway, they asked me to teach one session. I love teaching, so I happily said yes! And being a participant, I actually got to take a couple of classes, too!

I took Twined Knitting with Jeffrey Wall, and Portuguese Knitting with Mimi Kezer.Β  I had taken twined knitting with Beth Brown-Reinsel several years ago, but then I didn’t do anything past the class sample, so I thought a refresher course would be a good idea. It was a good class! And I finished my tiny little mitten sample by the end of the weekend – so cute!

Latvian Braid!

I’ve been intrigued by Portuguese knitting for a while, but never tried it, so that was a great class too. My tension using this technique is drastically tighter than normal! It would be good to try it out on things that need tighter tension, like ribbing and seed stitch.

I taught Double Knitting, and all my students seemed to get the hang of it really well!

I bought yarn from ‘The Yarn Guys’:

(Malabrigo in Matisse Blue, Black, and Ravelry Red; and Wooly Wonka sock yarn in Brocade. Those will be a Wonder Woman shawl, and I’ll share that in a day or two. Plus two skeins of Biscotte Yarns: Bis-Sock.)

(I also was gifted a skein of Miss Babs yarn to play withΒ  – and I have cable designs swirling in my head and can’t wait to try some ideas out with it!)

I had an info table the one night, with all my Master Knitter notebooks and samples:

I also ate at several places – and all the food was glorious! At Bistro Roca I had the NC Mountain Trout, and omg was it delicious!

Each night, our hostesses had happy hour before dinner – one suite hosting beer and wine, and one suite hosting tea. So much fun.

A group of us went into town the one day and visited the Mast General Store, and then ate at a bbq place, The Peddling Pig. (awesome bbq! so good!)

Here are all of my purchases (or door prizes/gifts) from the weekend (except for the yarn above):

(See my tiny twined knitting mitten?! So cute. Also, who else had Charles Chips delivery growing up?? OMG, they taste just like I remember! Yum!)

And despite meaning to, I didn’t get out into the town to take pictures of the town and all the flowers that were blooming and such. Oh well. But I had loads of fun seeing friends I’ve made over the last couple of years, and making new friends. If you ever get a chance to go to the Unwind Getaway retreat, don’t hesitate to sign up (and sign up fast, because they filled on DAY ONE for this year!) It is really such a well done retreat. And even if you arrive alone, you will leave with about 50 new friends. πŸ™‚

Overall, I had a blast and I’m hoping I can attend again next year!

Conference/Festival Recaps, Teaching

DFW FF 2019 Recap

Hi all!
Well, I should have known that I wouldn’t post during the Fiber Festival – but I always have high hopes that I’ll get a minute or two to post from the road. Oh well. But I’ll post a recap now…

I flew into Dallas Fort Worth on Wednesday (4/3) – and had a pretty uneventful flight (little bit of turbulence but nothing major.) Well, unless you count the fact that my checked bag was actually overweight and I had to pay extra — oops. Got to DFW in the afternoon, and rode the DART light rail from the airport to the Conference center stop. Then hoofed it from the station to the hotel — with NO sidewalks for me to walk on… on a major road. That was fun (NOT) carting my overweight bag plus my purse and carry on.Β  (A construction worker along the way actually offered to help me get to the hotel. But I’m an independent woman and I politely declined. I was a sweaty mess by the time I got to the hotel lobby, but darn it, I got there on my own.) Made it to the hotel and checked in fine. What a lovely hotel!! It had just opened for business the Saturday before, so the staff was still learning the lay of the land – which made some things interesting.

I met the TKGA instructors that had come in from all over for dinner at one of the restaurants within walking (at the Toyota Music Factory area) and it was lovely to see them all again! (I wish we had gotten a group photo!)

(Oh, and I dressed in 1940/50s attire all weekend – check out my Instagram feed for all of my outfits.) πŸ™‚

TKGA Master’s Day was all day Thursday, and it was sold out. It went very well (or it seemed like it from my end) and hopefully students got some good value out of the day. I love teaching at Master’s Day, because it’s so nice having such dedicated students all together in one place. Master’s hopeful knitters are a really special group. Then Thursday night we had a TKGA staff dinner at another area restaurant (Gloria’s) – the food in the area is just wonderful.

Friday I taught all day. In the morning was my ‘Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets’ class (15 students) and it was a great group of students. In the afternoon was my ‘A Sampling of Short Rows’ class (sold out with 20 students) and it was another great group of students! I had a long day and was desperately fighting off a migraine that had been trying to take hold since the night before. Thankfully, I was able to keep it at bay during my classes, but every time I got a break it tried to come back. So instead of participating in the speaker event that night, a few of the TKGA folks and I had a quiet dinner in the hotel — it was the best choice for my poor head. I got a few minutes at lunch to shop in the vendor hall, too.

Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets
A Sampling of Short Rows
Dinner Friday night

Saturday I was at the TKGA booth pretty much all day, and I got a chance to really do some shopping. I fell down hard at the Graces Cases booth. lol. And I got some yarn (3 skeins of self striping sock yarn) among some other doo-dads.Β  I had some stress this day because when I tried to check into my flight for the following day, my itinerary showed as cancelled! I had to call the airlines, who actually thought I had missed my flight on Wednesday. Kind of hard to be in Dallas if I had missed my flight? They got me back on my original flight home, though, so it worked out. Then we had an even quieter dinner at the hotel, since by now we were down to me and two of the TKGA instructors (everyone else had left town on Saturday.)

Celia and I at the TKGA booth
My haul from the Vendor Hall

Sunday was an early morning, catching a taxi at 6:15 to get to the airport in time for my flight home. I made it home uneventfully (except for catching the wrong shuttle to my parked car, oops!)

It was a whirlwind long weekend, but a fantastic one! DFW Fiber Fest is really a great show- well run, with lovely vendors – if you ever get a chance to go you definitely should!

Conference/Festival Recaps, Teaching

Kanuga Recap

Hi everyone! How is your February going so far?

I figured I should show you some photos from the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting retreat. It’s only been almost a month since then, lol! I did take some photos though – go me for remembering to do that!

I had such fun at Kanuga! My students were fantastic, and I met so many wonderful people! It was lovely. I taught my Quatrefoil lace shawl the whole weekend, and I loved seeing everyone’s lace progress and grow as the weekend went on!

On Sunday I went on a hike around the property. It was so peaceful and calm, I loved it (even though it was SO cold and windy!)

At this point I was having second thoughts about my hike. It was *very* muddy and this was a steep descent down! But I made it safely. πŸ™‚

Many of my students made sure to make it known that they wanted me to come back next year, which makes me very happy. I’d love to teach there again next year! ❀

So, that’s a recap of the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting retreat! I’ll post again soon with a recap of the Guild Workshop that I taught a few weeks ago too, and my WiPs and upcoming classes!
Until then, Happy Knitting!

Conference/Festival Recaps, Designing, Teaching

Unwind Getaway Recap

Hi all! I know I promised to try to post during Unwind, but I got so wrapped up in everything that I forgot to! I just need to stop promising to post in the middle of events and then if I ever do you’ll be pleasantly surprised. lol!

Anyway, I had a fantastic time! I taught 3 classes, and socialized, and mingled with friends from last year, and made lots of new friends too! It was a blast. If you ever get the chance to go (it’s the end of April every year in Blowing Rock, NC) you should go because the people are all just wonderful. πŸ™‚



On Friday morning there were several field trip options. I went on the hike at Moses Cone park.

It was a chilly morning, but by the time we were moving it became a bearable chill. The hike was just what I needed.

 

 

Then Saturday the classes began. I taught two on Saturday and one on Sunday (even the teachers get a period off, one of the things I love about this retreat!)



First up was Steeking. Everyone cut their knitting without any tears shed! I call that a success!

 

Saturday afternoon was Mosaic, and all of my students caught on really quick!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday afternoon was Finishing School, and that class went fantastic! I didn’t get a photo in the middle of class, but I did get a photo of me with a few students that stayed a bit after class.

It was a great weekend! And I’m planning on going back next year as a participant, that’s how much fun I had! πŸ™‚

In other knitting news, I finished up my squishy socks, and will be finishing up the pattern for those and having them tech edited and such soon. So those should be published within the next few weeks.

I submitted a bunch of designs to sub calls that were ‘calling’ to me, so we’ll see within the next week or so how many deadline designs I will be working on over the next few months!!

I’m also working on revamping my tutorial videos to make them more polished looking, so look for those updated videos soon as well! If you have any techniques that you would like me to film a tutorial on, drop me a line or comment below! (You can see the topics I’ve already filmed by clicking on the YouTube icon on the far right at the top of this page!)

That’s it from me for today! Until next time, Happy Knitting!!