Archive for September, 2007

Things I Learned From Evelyn Clark

I spent this past weekend at a knitting retreat taking a lace design class from Evelyn Clark. She is, in fact, as lovely as you would imagine. Evelyn is also a fountain of knowledge, not just in lace, and one could likely be a learning sponge just by sitting next to her at a meal.

Here are a few other things I learned.

  • Gaia is the new Smooshy.
  • If all else fails, fake it. They will never know.
  • If knitting wasn’t ment to be inventive we would still be knitting the same old patterns.
  • Wraps Per Inch are your friend.

    If you can, locate and purchase a copy of her Knitting Lace Triangles book. It is well written, informative, and above all the charts are all correct, a rarity these days in publishing. Plus it has the BEST calculator for determining what size shawl you can make, something that makes it worth the purchase of the book alone.

  • All Cowboy Boots Point Toward Puyallup

    Ahh, The Puyallup Fair. A yearly trip filled with expensive food, cheap trinkets, and scone lines a mile long. It is possibly the only place you will find someone in shit kickers and a gang-banger in the same booth. And every year I return with a Cowchip Cookie and a case of gastric distress the next day.

    Last year I passed on entering anything simply because I had nothing to show. Such was not the case this year and I managed to get three items done and entered on time. So a few weeks ago off I went with Lizard Ridge, my Manos Clapotis, and my felted silk and cashmere shawl. I didn’t have high hopes because the fair draws from such a large area but I was pleasantly surprised when made the trip over on Friday.

    red clap

    lizard ridge fair

    sc wrap fair

    Some how I managed to pull off an Honourable Mention, Second Place, and Third Place. The Second Place ribbon comes with a premium of $5.00, or not enough to pay for parking let alone a skein of the yarn that went into the piece. Overall I am very pleased with how I did and I can’t wait to see the judges comments.