The thing with these events is that sooooo very much goes on all the time. You try to take in everything and tell the story, but there’s just SO MUCH. I feel like a toddler going “and then…and then…and then…no wait, first…and then…” I can’t tell everything all at once, so I’m sure Madrona stories will end up in future blogs. Today was my big day. I took 3 mini classes.
The morning class was social media. Frankly, we just went over Instagram. I learned a bunch. But clearly not enough. I *thought* I had successfully linked my Instagram to the La Tejedora Facebook page. However, the featured photo did not end up going to Facebook. The featured photo is of a lot that has been abandoned for at least the last two years. However, the spirals are new since last Madrona. I saw that on my walk down to the hotel from my Airbnb yesterday morning. Of note, I now need to make sure to add my Instagram to this blog (but not tonight, please not tonight). I’m latejedoracrafts on Instagram. Huge shout out to Debbi Stone for putting up with all the myriad ladies with all our various skill levels. My poor friends had to put up with my live-texting my frustrations with a particular classmate. There’s so much to tell today, that I won’t get into her issues (or, more accurately, my issues with her) this post.
The one complaint I have about the mini-classes is that there is not any transition time between classes. My first morning class was 9-10:30, and my next class was 10:30-12. Which would be fine, except it was 3 floors down, and the other side of the hotel. I got to run, run, run. Pam, thankfully, agreed to have my 10:30 stuff for me, since she was taking that class as well. I made it, and all was well. Amelia Garripoli (I apologize, I’m not sure of her current online presence) taught small loom weaving. When I sat down and opened my notebook to be ready to take notes, I found this. I don’t remember which kid had done this, but I’m thinking it was likely Thing 1. This was a random notebook from the house, and this was done a long time ago. But, how fun to find it!
Pam informed me that I was taking notes for two. And she kept trying to tell me I was going to be teaching this technique at CRABS in April. Um, no. She can teach it at CRABS, or at the Yarn In in July. It’s very interesting, and I look forward to playing with the technique some. The round part will be woven to make the top of a hat. My plan is then to pick up and knit down. I’m planning on using twined knitting to keep a similar texture. We’ll see how this experiment ends up working. There was also a technique for continuous weaving which should use a Danish Scarf Loom–which may or may not exist anymore. I didn’t play with that technique, but it plays with the idea of what is the warp and what is the weft. This is what I want Pam to teach this summer since the idea is completely fascinating. Weaving is really Pam’s area of expertise more than mine. We’ll see…
Then, lunch and resting. Otherwise known as doing my homework for my 3:00 class. My poor calves are killing me from all the hill walking and stairs. My goodness, the stairs! Prior to Madrona several yaers ago, I thought Tacoma was flat. I always knew that Seattle was super hilly, but I never really thought about Tacoma. I was wrong. So very, very wrong.
Three P.M. brings us to Anne Berk. And Zippers. I hate zippers. Not like in life. But in crafting. I don’t sew zippers. If at all possible, I work around zippers, or try to talk MaryAnn into doing them for me (she won’t…she tells me she’ll show me..how rude!). Adding zippers into knitwear?!?!?!? Madness!! I mean, there are so many cool sweaters I could make Poopie, but they involve sweaters, or modifying them to not have zippers. Which is work. So I haven’t made them (I’m sure that’s the only reason *eyeroll*).
There are prohibitions in all walks of life about trying to join un-like things. No spinning linen with wool. No using steel screws in aluminum. No joining machine woven with hand knit. But there are always ways to make things work out eventually. And so it is with zippers. As you can see, in a very short amount of time, I learned how to add a zipper to knit fabric.
My fear of zippers has been conquered!! This isn’t to say that I won’t still have some trepidation about working with zippers, in the future. I mean, I’ve spent years and years being afraid of them. Bad habits are hard to break. But, if I am aware that I have a tendency to fear and avoid zippers, I can keep working on that. Eventually, I won’t have any problems with zippers, and may eventually even learn to love the zipper!
It’s been a long day, and I have an all day class with John Mullarkey. It is a design class, so he probably wants me to be awake for it! I’ll sign off now.