I have been remiss.  I haven't posted, written, communicated on social media, blah, blah, blah.  No excuses, a little bit of guilt.  OK.  Done.

Last weekend I went to Vogue Knitting Live here in Chicago at the Palmer House.  It was a vacation in my own city.  It was a beautiful fall weekend and our city looked magnificent.  The Palmer House, a grande dame of a hotel, was filled with knitters.  Knitters on every surface -- knitting.  There were 2 large areas devoted to a market place filled with yarn, patterns, books and obsessed knitters.  

The highlights for me were the two classes I attended.  On Saturday I took Exploring Japanese Knitting Patterns and Schematics with Donna Druchunas.   Here's a bio of Donna from her website.  She gave us resources and fantastic handouts and I magically entered the cryptic, hidden world of Japanese design.  I have invited her to Knit 1 to teach.  I will keep you posted as that plan comes together.  I have been wanting for the longest time to do a KAL with a Japanese pattern.  It's a dense and daunting undertaking and I realize that if we want to be successful we need to call in the expert.  In the meantime, check out this fantastic resource she shared with us if you want to begin to explore this topic on your own.  Come chat with us at the shop, too.  Cory took her class that afternoon and we are happy to tell you about what we learned. 

Sunday morning I took a class with one of my very favorite designers Norah Gaughan.  Her class, Modern Sweater Structures:  Design Workshop, took us through the evolution of her work.  She revealed some of her processes and how her passions for geometry and shapes has informed and formed her designs.  I can't stop thinking about this particularly brilliant example she gave us:  She cut out 2 pieces of fleece -- one a rectangle with holes cut in it for armholes.  A number of us tried it on and discovered tt could be worn 2 different ways. It was an example to me of how a simple shape can be transformed into a garment.  The second was a half-circle also with armholes.  This also could be worn 2 ways.  I'm now obsessed with the idea of knitting this shape and have spent the last 7 days thinking about how to knit this and in what!  I believe I have the perfect yarn, btw.  Stay tuned....

Now on for news:  It goes without saying that our shelves are bulging.  Is that news?  OK, real news:  Miriam Felton is coming to visit!  She's gonna hang out with us on Monday, December 8th.  She's bringing a bunch of her great patterns and a trunk show and we'll help you pick out fantastic yarn from which to knit them!  I will supply us with nourishment and we can hang and visit with Miriam and find out what makes this woman tick!  Small disclaimer/confession:  I bought some fantastic OPY (other people's yarn) at the VKL market and I'm knitting -- obsessively -- Miriam's Chromaticity Cowl.  Stop by and check it out! 

That's enough for you all for now.  Stay tuned for details...

Please click here for an extremely useful tool that Donna told us about last weekend.  It comes to us from one of our vendors of fantastic Japanese yarns -- Habu.  I'm thinking that this will be very useful to those of us who love to knit Rowan patterns but don't always love their format.  You know who you are.  Enjoy.