I spent a fun day on Sunday down at the new location of Sit 'N Knit in Bloomfield, CT. Barbara (the owner) and Jodi from Sit N Knit are the reason I am back into teaching some classe out and about. Jodi bugged me for months to come down to their new store and that I did about a year and a half ago. They have a lot of friendly talented customers.
The class was at the new location of their first store (in April, they moved the West Hartford store to this new location). The store in Weathersfield - Sit N Knit Too - is still open in that funky fun barn location. Sit N Knit/Bloomfield is beautifully merchandised and well stocked. It has a modern but warm feeling which is difficult to obtain with swanky concrete floors. The blocks of color on the walls look lovely against all the colors of the yarn. At the back of the store is a wall with the most enormous painting of a yarn ball with knitting needles - what a nice touch. Wish I took a photo of that!
The class I taught was called The Edge of Color. I used Sunday as a dry run-through for the upcoming class at Stitches and Webs. When I am introducing a new class, it is always a guess as to what students will like and latch onto. It always takes a few tries to zero in on the best ideas and I use student feedback to better develop each class. Thank you guys.
The other day I had an email conversation with a shopowner. She said she was starting to introduce "cross-crafting" into her knitting shop. When Colorful Stitchery came out, I thought that knitters would flock to it. Boy - I was so wrong. I have always "cross-crafted." In fact, I can't imagine just doing one craft only. Combining sewing, embroidery, painting, color, knitting and crocheting - is what makes things interesting!
At my class, we talked a little about "cross-crafting" and I was amazed how many of the students just considered themselves knitters. They were afraid to take on embroidery. That's what I find as I go around.
So, here's my question of the day..... Do you cross-craft? Leave a note in my comments section if you have a minute. I'd like to hear what you have to say....
And how's this for cross-crafting? Barbara ordered this cake from the local bakery? Isn't it too much?
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.