Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Busy Yarny Weekend - Part Two

Check out Gale Zucker's beautiful photos of our sheep. Gale was here with Brenda Dayne, the voice behind the podcast "Cast-On",  a couple of weeks ago. What a wonderful photographer Gale is. She has a new book she photographed which I'll be telling you about soon. And remember - Brenda is still on her Mega-Tour. Check it out.

On Sunday,  I got up earlier than I ever do on any Sunday to drive down to Needham, Massachusetts to present two knitting classes at Black Sheep Knitting Company. This is my second appearance at this lovely, light-filled shop on the main drag in Needham. Two great classes full of enthusiastic knitters. My first class was on Embroidery on Handknits. I forgot to take any photos of the beautiful samplers everyone made! Oops. 

In the afternoon, I introduced a new class on making knitting flowers. It's always dicey presenting a new subject. Although I prepare hand-outs, put the subjects to be presented into a logical order (in my mind), think about how students will react to the materials, I never know until I do the class the first time how it will fit into the alloted time. Sunday's class went pretty good. Each student left with two completed flowers and a little center disc that they can add onto another flower they make at home.

We enjoyed a beautiful homemade lunch prepared by the owners of Black Sheep Knitting Company. Check out their beautiful store or sign up for one of the many classes they offer. It is a friendly place stocked with colorful, beautiful yarns.

If you want to try your own hand at some of the flowers I taught on Sunday, check out my two PDF patterns: Sunflowers and Zinnias to Knit and Felt and Olympia's Knit and Crochet Flowers to Felt. Both are available on my Ravelry store here or on my website here. Very fun and portable projects for summer knitting -- considering Memorial Day is this weekend - yikes!

When I got home, little Roxy the Kitten had left for his new home. He's living with a great family in town who adores cats. Nice that we will get updates when we see them around town.


Auntie Shan said...

Hey! I just noticed that COUNTRY LIVING mag has started taking "nominations" again...


I've already put You down!! [under "Lifestyle"]

Hope You can get IN this year!!

pam ehlers stec said...

Your flower patterns are the best, Kristen! After making a field of Embroidered Zinnias and a sea of Olympia's Flowers I am ready to move on to building an arsenal of Sunflowers. They will be my all summer long portable knitting project. I am really looking forward to making sunflowers in my canoe when I go camping at the end of June.


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