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Notwithstanding the snowstorm yesterday, April and Spring are here. It is a magical time of the year–of birth and rebirth. It is also a time when I contemplate what knitting has done for me as I celebrate my daughter Chloë’s birthday. She would be 27 today. It is hard to believe so much time has passed since her sweet little life began here on Earth. She was with us for 6 months before she died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), now better known as SUDS (Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome), for it does extend to children older than infants, though more rare. I don’t usually talk about Chloë because I don’t want to make people feel uncomfortable, but the times I do, someone will come forward with their own story while thanking me for sharing this part of my life. I remember giving a talk to a guild one time and mentioning Chloë’s Dress, which I made as my grief work for her. Afterward, a young grief-stricken mother came up to tell me she had just lost her baby. It was so healing for both of us to share that moment.
April 1, 2011 in Thoughts, Workshops | Tags: Latvian Mitts, Knitty City | 6 comments (Edit) It was a busy weekend. On Sunday I participated in a fun event at Webs. Over ten authors came together to sign books/DVDs/patterns and to talk with people for the afternoon. Gudrun Johnston, Kristin Nicholas, Gail Callahan, and more were there. Of all the things I forgot to bring, the camera was at the top of the list. Not that I had time to be taking pictures. A bunch of my good friends came by, even Holly all the way from Ohio! Thanks everybody! It was great to see so many familiar faces. And my daughter Chelsea even came along.
Monday I barely rolled out of bed and had to get to the train station. I went down to NYC to teach a class at New York’s beloved knitting shop, Knitty City. Pearl Chin owns the shop and is a delight! I taught my new class of Latvian Mitts.
March 31, 2011 in Thoughts, Workshops, A new experience!, Spinning, Yarns | Tags: angora,cashgora, cashmere, mohair, pygora, Robin Russo, spinning | 5 comments (Edit)
Rarely do I have the pleasure of TAKING a workshop. Last Saturday I did just that! Robin Russo, renown in the spinning world, taught a full day class on goat hairs. I am so lucky to have been home this weekend so I could attend. About 20 of us gathered in a room with our wheels in anticipation. We were given a variety of cashmeres in different grades to spin as well as pygora and angora and cashgora. I spun my little heiny off and by the end of the day had produced this ball of yarn…