We had a fantastic weekend here at the farm with four knitters who travelled from CT, NJ, AZ and VT. From the moment they walked in the french doors into the living room, I knew we were all going to get along and have a blast.
We started the day out with a getting to know you session on our porch. Then onto a tour of the handmade and hand painted decoration of our farmhouse. By sharing the decoration, my handmade work, paintings, and collections, I can easily share my sense of color and help students learn to work more proficiently with color themselves.
Next it was down to my studio. I talked a little more about color and shared samples. Then it was out to my cutting garden where each student collected flowers and leaves that inspired them.
Back inside, we built color palettes using our natural and floral inspiration. This is the funnest (is that a word?) part of the weekend for me. To see each knitter start discovering how colors go together and how nature does the most incredible job is such a joy. Do you see the intensity?
Here are some of the colorways they put together.
I also shared some art books and discussed another way to create a pretty colorway for knitting.
In the afternoon, I taught them all about embroidering on knits. Here are 3 of the 4 samplers they made. Mary Kay had to rush off and I didn't have a chance to snap hers before she left.
Charlie the cat hung out with us, testing everyone's knitting bag to see which was the most comfortable to nap on.
On Day Two, we began with a sheep herding demonstration by Mark and Kate. Here are the sheep all bunched up awaiting Kate's next move.
And here are Nancy, Mardie, and Cyd with their in process projects. Mary Kay left after Day One because she had to get back home for work.
And here is a photo of Julia with as she calls them "the ladies." The older she gets, the more she is interested in everyone. She might even say she is slightly interested in what they are making - only slightly!
Ahhh, the studio is so quiet now. Time to get back to my work now. And think about what I would like to teach next year.
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I'll be back with more this week. Tuesday Farmers Market in Northampton behind Thornes Marketplace today in the rain! If you are local, stop by.