Thank you all so much for your comments about Maggie’s October Sweater! I didn’t tell you this before, but I had every intention of knitting it with some PINK yarn I had in the stash, but the pink yarn happened to be stored next to the lovely heather brown, and well, I love me some brown. Funny thing is, after the workshop I went to on Saturday, all I can think about is color color color!
It was the Brandon Mably Color Workshop and it was awesome. I think my knitting life is forever changed.
On the left is the swatch I spent the day working on. I used the postcard on the right as my color guide. The goal was to pull out the light, medium and dark colors from the card and use them to knit the tumbling blocks pattern.
It was hard! I’ve never been faced with such a knitting challenge before – and with these instructions from Brandon: “Do not rip out your work no matter what.” (One person did rip and boy was he mad) About every twenty minutes I had the urge to unravel, but you know I’m glad I didn’t.
- How bad I really am at intarsia.
- How to weave in my ends as I go.
- To be not afraid of the color, for color is good.
- That taking a step back from the knitting is very important.
- Kaffe Fassett will not sign your personal knitting notebook, even if you ask all nice. He only signs his books. Makes sense.
This was my first ever knitting class, and I have a feeling that I’ll be using what I learned every time I pick up the pins. It was that good. And Brandon liked my swatch! He said he wanted to just go right up and warm his hands by it. “I considered pinning it to the seat of my pants.” (Just kidding, but I thought it was high-larious when Franklin said it, so I’m saying it, too.)
Now, in pictures (or go see the whole set, with notes and descriptions, on flickr).