By the time February rolls around, most New Englanders are willing to do anything to get out of Dodge, so to speak for awhile. The snow and the cold and the grey skies get to some people. I don't mind the winter all that much, but I must admit I do look forward to going to California (blue skies, warmer weather, NO SNOW) to take part in Stitches West. Even if the weather were horrible in Santa Clara, I'd still come--it is so much fun! The market was huge this year. I signed books at the Yarn Barn booth. It was really crowded!
My students in the Latvian Fingerless Mitt class were just wonderful--so enthusiastic and motivated! They worked very hard that day and they were very proud--as they should be! Look at all their lovely mitts!
And here's a close-up of their work. Every mitt was beautiful!
My second class was two days long: The Danish Skrå-trøje. It was just a wonderful class, small and intimate, and we had the absolute best times! I wish every class I taught could have this combo of students. What a pleasure! It was a lot of knitting, but they all got pretty far with their little sweaters. I made them knit in two colors on the right side, purl in two colors on the wrong side, work in the round and flat, and make twined-knitted cuffs. I put them all through their paces and they were so successful! YAY!
The student banquet was fun too, but as I had a cold the entire time I was in California, I went to bed if I wasn't teaching or eating. If any of you students got my cold, I am so sorry!
I am already looking forward to Stitches West 2014!