DVDs, Ganseys, and Mittens!
I am preparing for next month's filming of my DVD on Ganseys. In addition to writing the script and keeping my hands looking reasonably nice (going through tons of hand cream!), I am knitting up the samples for the shoot. This entails knitting about nine versions of the gansey sampler from my book, at various stages of completion. I did this long ago before the photography session for my book and then tossed all those samples, as I figured I'd never need them again! Oh well. Dye Dreams. They have a mitten club and a sock club. I got to choose which yarn I wanted to work with and Mona and Stephanie dyed it in yummy colors to my preferences! The yarn I am using is so soft and alluring that it's such a pleasure to knit with. The motif I chose for the mittens is a Swedish motif seen on sweaters in the 19th century. I have seen it called a "Carnation" but it looks like a Morning Glory to me! Note the ball of yarn--the two colors are wound in a ball, first one color then the other, so that I can work with one ball as is the tradition in twined knitting. I have been having a lot of hand pain and thought it would take me quite awhile to get through them, but in two days I had one mitten done! Earlier this week, my dear friend Marilyn King of Black Water Abbey Yarns came to visit me and we had a grand time, eating and knitting and talking about knitting and planning knitting stuff... She was working on a new pattern of a hat and scarf that is SO CUTE (and manly, too)! Friday she drove off to the Cape to teach a workshop while I hopped a plane to Minneapolis to teach at Yarnover. Such a fun event! There were almost 400 students there this year and LOTS of teachers and vendors. Tomorrow I will teach at the Yarnery in St. Paul. Then I fly home to do laundry and repack for Stitches South. It's a crazy schedule but I am not bored that's for sure!