I look forward to February every year, because it contains 2 of my favorite fiber events: Madrona Winter Retreat, and Stitches West. First up was Madrona, and although it is always wonderful, this year the vibe seemed especially up-beat and relaxed.
I’ve been knitting with Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep yarn for Red Heart, for months. 100% superwash merino, it is delightful to knit with, or I never would have made it. I designed the Chic Sheep Dream Blanket for her, and knit the sample for her to display at CreativeBug. Then she wanted ANOTHER one to display at Stitches West. When I hesitated, she said that I could keep this one after Stitches West. I was planning on knitting one for myself eventually, anyway, so I cast on again! I call mine “Blankie 2” and am extremely fond of it. This yarn is so plush and cozy, that I loved knitting it, and as you knit it keeps your lap warm!
I knit a Dizzy scarf with the Chic Sheep leftovers, because that is the way I roll! I knew before I was very far along that Marly needed to have one of these (she can’t drag the blanket everywhere), so this one has her name on it. I will give it to her in a few days when we room together at West.
Both finished projects went with me to Madrona, and were featured on my table in the Teacher’s Gallery for the first time.
I was so busy that I didn’t get a lot of photos, but I did manage to catch a shot of John Mullarkey’s fabulous R2D2 belt, done with Tablet weaving. I really have to find the time to get my tablet loom warped, but I can barely manage a shoelace. John’s work is amazing.
Classes were wonderful – Madrona students are very quick, astute and curious, and keep me on my toes. In the Zipper installation class, I did grab a shot of one student’s truly outstanding work. Zippers don’t need to look this clean and neat on the wrong side (mine rarely do), but now I am inspired to go a little more slowly and aim for this, because it looks wonderful!
Now, I’ve unpacked all the Madrona classes, and re-packed for Stitches West. Jasmine was helping me pack, as you see.
See you in Santa Clara, this weekend!