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Combination Knitting

Wow! My head is spinning. The Combination Knitting class with Annie Modesitt was mind-bending. I’ve been knitting forever and truly didn’t think I could learn anything new about knits and purls, but in less than two hours I was a convert. I will never knit or purl the same way again.

The class itself went much too fast. There were only about 10 of us, sitting around a table, knitting and learning together. Annie is an incredible teacher. She has very firm rules about who talks when, and asking questions. I imagine she would be a very good middle school teacher. She certainly kept us adults in line. (At one point someone’s cell phone rang and I was just a teensy bit afraid,)

But despite her discipline, or more probably because of it, her lessons about knitting with passion, keeping the stitches happy, and her belief that we knitters are much smarter than we or the businesses that sell to us are willing to believe, were truly inspiring.

Thanks to Berrocco Yarns for the very, very generous gift bags. Not just a little skein of yarn, but THREE skeins. And not just yarns, but CHOCOLATE. What a treat!

No pictures of the class as I was too busy knitting and purling and being inspired, but here is the outside of Slater Mill on a lovely, misty November morning.

I am so excited for tomorrow’s lace knitting class that I’m afraid I will get no sleep tonight. It’s worse than waiting for Santa.

I didn’t see any ghosts, but at one point there was a very loud crash, and we all looked over to see that Annie’s bag of books and knitted samples, which was sitting on a chair on the far end of the room, had fallen to the floor. I have to admit, the chairs were a bit slippery, but I’m telling everyone it was ghost.

Yes, it was most definitely a ghost.

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Friday Night at Slater Mill

Just returned from the first of three events at Slater Mill’s Knitting Weekend, and had to do a quick entry to say what a knitter’s dream it has been so far. Last night was the book signing and Q&A with Annie Modesitt and Nora Gaughan.

Apologies for the dark photo of the mill, but I was sitting in my car, having arrived early, and took the photo without a flash. Thinking about it now, the flash probably would have not helped out at all. And during the evening I learned that the mill just might be haunted, so this spooky photo may be perfect after all.

Back to the book signing / reception / Q&A session. If you EVER have the opportunity to meet one or both of these lovely ladies in person, DO IT. Annie and Nora are so funny. What a joy to listen to how they both came to be shining stars of the knitting world, to hear them laugh and poke fun at each other with such friendly ease. And what a thrill to learn a tip or two or three from Annie.

Thanks to Ruth, Janice and Chandler for pulling it all together. Fantastic job! The Slater Mill Community Guild room is stunning, with it’s beautiful wood floors (on which Samuel Slater did not stand, but stunning nonetheless), the dark beams, and the lovely old windows looking out onto the roaring Blackstone River.

In addition to Annie and Nora, I met Suzanne, who is starting her own knitting / fiber therapy group in Johnston, RI. I also met Guido of It’s a Purl, Man. Be sure to check out his guild in Boston, Common Cod Fiber Guild, which on November 14 will be host to Susan Gibbs of Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm, the world’s first yarn CSA.

[Sidenote – taken from Guido’s blog- Susan Gibbs of Martha’s Vineyard fiber farm is in need of your clicks. Amazingly, she is in the lead for a technology grant from Intel which is based on votes. You don’t have to register, all you have to do is click on the “I like it” button at this site.]

It is with great great expectation that I prepare for the the rest of the weekend. Saturday morning I’ll be learning Combination Knitting, and Sunday morning Lace Knitting. Both with Annie.

And I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open for ghosts.

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Sunday Gratitude Links

Oprah recommends keeping a gratitude journal. Here’s a quick list of what I’m grateful for today.

  1. Meeting my lovely in-law’s for breakfast at IHOP
  2. Realizing that IHOP now serves Nutella Crepes
  3. Entering the Nutella sweepstakes. Fingers crossed!
  4. Attending the 2nd annual Spin/Weave/Knit/Quilt Celebration at Slater Mill
  5. Registering for not one, but two classes with the amazing Ms. Annie Modesitt
  6. Sipping tea, while listening to Cast-On, my favorite podcast
  7. Finishing a few more rows of my version of Smile (Ravelry link)
  8. Wearing my gear and preparing to watch the game

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