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Now that Vogue Knitting has had such success with its inaugural event in NYC, a new event has been planned. It was announced at the NYC show that the next one will be in Los Angeles September 23-25! Interweave Press is joining in too! They will be holding their first knitting event, Knitting Lab, at the San Mateo Marriott (outside San Francisco) November 3-6. Madrona is one of the finest shows around, held in February in Tacoma, Washington every year on President's Weekend. It is a smaller scale show, and maybe that's a big part of why I like it. It has a more intimate feel and is held in a beautiful hotel, decorated with handblown glass by a different artist on each floor. It is a block or two away from the Glass Museum, which is a not-to-be-missed adventure! Knitters Magazine puts on four shows every year around the country! Stitches West is next week (Santa Clara, February 17-20), Stitches South is April 14-17 in Atlanta, Stitches Mid-west is August 25-28 in Chicago, and Stitches East is October 20-23 in Hartford. TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association) is the oldest knitting show in the US, starting in 1985. This year, TKGA shows will be held in Minneapolis, MN July 28-31 and in Greensboro, NC September 21-25. If you have never been to a knitting event, consider it. It is so amazing to be in a hotel where everywhere you look, there are knitters and crocheters, lovers of yarn, teachers and students, classes and the market, where you can do some hefty stash enhancement. Then there are the cruises and tours sponsored by CraftCruises.com (the cruises I teach on are through them), Joyce James Tours (highly regarded!) and more! Vogue and Interweave have sponsored trips in the past, but I couldn't find anything on the web about them for this year. Of course I will be teaching in Normandy France in May and in Italy for Alpine Adventure Agency in September. Click on the heading above "Teaching Trips Abroad" for more information. Any one know of other trips to mention? For a good idea of other fiber-related events, Clara Parkes of Knitters Review fame has a fabulous listing of knitting events here and abroad. Aren't we lucky to have so much to choose from? There is no reason to feel like a solitary knitter all the time! Get thee to a show!
On the tenth of February, I took my first of three cross-country flights within the next four weeks. (I can hear those frequent flyer miles adding up!) It was an honor to teach for the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat once again on the tenth anniversary of that event. It was a real bash! When not in class, there were presentations by Cat Bordhi, Elsebeth Lavold and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Here is Elsebeth speaking, always gracious and elegant, courtesy of my iPhone. (Why is it I never have my real camera with me when I need it?) The atmosphere of this amazing retreat is so different from many others. There is a rich comradery, a personalness to it, that makes me want to return year after year. It is now held in the Hotel Murano in Tacoma a few doors down from the Glass museum. But each floor of the hotel features a different glass artist--its own museum! If you have a chance to experience this retreat, I heartily recommend it. After a week at home, I flew back to the Left Coast for Stitches West. Another fun time was had by all, I assure you! The faculty seems to grow and grow each year. In April I will go to Atlanta for the brand new Stitches South. It was going around that there is no recession in the fiber world--or at least at Stitches! So I am home again, putting the finishing touches on a new class I'll be teaching (The Danish Nattrøjer over one day) in Portland, Oregon for Knit-Purl next week (as well as Norwegian Mittens). I'll fly to Seattle again to participate in the Nordic Knitting Conference held by the Nordic Heritage Museum. I'm looking forward to viewing Elsebeth Lavold's exhibit there of her beautiful Viking Knits in between classes. The month of March will be complete as I make my way to Woodstock, Virginia to teach my two-day gansey class at Fibersmyth. This is the 20th year I am teaching gansey workshops. That sounds so amazing and unbelievable to me that this wonderful gig I have, of traveling and teaching knitters, has lasted this long! I remember soon after my book came out in 1993, I was telling my aunt about my teaching. I said, "I really love it. It won't last more than a year or two, but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts..." And I am!