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There are few things that entice Vermonters more than the idea of going somewhere warm and sunny in February. And, although I admit I love the snow, I have been feeling weary of it of late. I came down with a cough and congestion the weekend before I was to leave, so I worked hard at resting, forcing fluids and drinking every herbal concoction known hoping to be well by the time Stitches rolled around. So I got on the plane a little croaky, and just knew I'd recover immediately as the California sun beat down on me. Well, I didn't see Mr. Sun until the day I left. It rained. I never left the building. Sigh. My throat went into full-fledged laryngitis, but I had enough energy to not only teach my classes but to enjoy them as well. If I wasn't doing something I was supposed to be doing, like being at the banquet or signing my books and DVDs, I was in bed and I am sure that's how I managed to get through the weekend. On Thursday, the teachers got together at 11am for an early lunch. Here is my table:It was a delicious lunch! Then we went in to a big ballroom where the students were having lunch. We each sat at a table for five minutes and gave a schpiel about ourselves, our classes, and what we love to knit. I was so pleased how well this was received. Some of the students had never considered traditional knitting and they were amazed at the little sweaters I brought along to show (you can see them in the foreground). Here is a photo of my first table I sat at: Then I taught my Norwegian Purl class, signed books and DVDs, and went to bed. Friday, I taught Color Twined Mitts. Everyone worked so hard and did a fabulous job! I went to bed instead of going to the Fashion Show where I had entered two of my designs (Susan's Eriskay Gansey form my DVD and the Classic Gansey Cardigan). My friend Karen went though and told me they were well received, so that made me happy. Saturday was my Tam class. Again, my students worked so hard and several finished their tams, including sewing in the ends! Aren't the colorways they chose just wonderful? Sunday my class on Latvian Fingerless Mitts ran. We worked on scalloped cuffs, half-braids and the Herringbone Braid as well as working with two, three, and four yarns in a round, as the fearless Latvians do! Sunday evening, I had a lovely dinner (my appetite came back with a vengeance) with Janel Laidman and Gail Roehm. What a terrific time we had. Then it was time for The Dreaded Red Eye. Foolishly I succumbed to buying a mystery book at the airport and stayed up most of the night reading on my flights. By the time I got home, I was delirious with exhaustion and I slept for two days, dreaming of the good time I had had.
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!