Last month was the second annual Knit City, Vancouverâ€™s most splendid fibre festival.Â The weekend event was important to me for several reasons.
First, inspired by the responses people conveyed to me after I spoke at the kick-off party at last yearâ€™s event, I developed a new class and taught crochet for the first time in years. I usually avoid teaching crochet, because I find it the most stressful thing in my crafty career. Thereâ€™s always the one student who refuses to believe they can do it â€“ the therapy most teachers provide their students during a crafts class is truly amazing to me. I do not have the patience to do it while teaching a craft. I have infinite patience to talk about struggling and feelings in a Mighty Ugly workshop, which is why I like to do those as frequently as possible, but not when teaching a skill that is supposed to be done â€œrightâ€.
Anyway, so I developed a class to teach crochet specifically to people who already know how to knit, and I lovedÂ teaching this class. It was a beginner class, but not for yarn beginners! I solved my teaching problem by avoiding having to start from scratch. And at least one of my students has gone on a bender making granny squares, so I think crochet was actually learned, without pain. Iâ€™m eager to teach this class again!
Second, Knit City is simply fun. Yarn-lovers from all over British Columbia (and beyond!) came for the weekend, and we all know that a few hundred yarn-lovers in a room is a guaranteed good time.
And third, I made took a class with Kim McBrien to make a duct-tape dress form! My friend Joanne and I got to know each other a lot moreâ€¦ intimately over the course of those three hours. I still havenâ€™t finished my form (naturally), but Iâ€™m excited to use it, especially for sewing.
I had big plans for an epic recap of this event, but since it was a month ago, Iâ€™m going to do it quick. I already canâ€™t wait for next yearâ€™s Knit City.
I fell head over heals in love with Sweet Fiber yarns. They are stunning. So much so that I deviated from my usual grey or greyish-purple fare and bought some of this green-brown yarn to make myself a sweater. Love love love.
And here I am in various stages of duct tape. In the end, that silver was WAY TOO SHINY. Iâ€™m doing the final layer of tape in a houndstooth tape, and itâ€™s looking very snazzy. Pics to come when Iâ€™m done.