Yesterday I happened to remember that a little BIG thing called the Interweave Knit Lab was happening here in Northern California in the fall.
I first heard about it though twitter and at the time couldn't afford the whole weekend price tag. I had to wait for those that could to sign up before they opened the individual classes to the gen public.
To be honest, I really wanted to do just one thing – the keynote. But the keynote is the great Barbara G. Walker and I thought for sure that would be sold out lickity split.
So you can imagine my sheer excitement and frantic fumble for my wallet last night when I saw that tickets to her keynote were still available! I was going to be able to see her – in person!
I tried to explain to my husband the significance of this was like going to see Babe Ruth (for you baseball fans) or John Wooden (for you basketball fans) or Vince Lombardi (for all you football fans). If Elizabeth Zimmerman is the Godmother of knitting, Walker's the Consigliari. (for those of you who are Godfather fans). She's flat out legendary.
The woman has developed from scratch thousands of stitch patterns. She even created the "SSK", one of the basic knitting techniques… she MADE IT. That's like seeing someone who made the first left turn in a car. Like "Oh why not turn the wheel THIS Way instead."
This year is shaping up to be one epic knit year. Next week I'm off to TNNA with Patricia from Patricia's Yarns, I'm scheming a rediculous road trip with my friend Erin to go up to the Sock Summit in July (10 hr road trip, heck ya!) and will cap things off with Barbara Walker in Nov!
Someone pinch me!
PS – Since I can't seem to write a post without a photo – above is my newly aquired yarn, Sincere Sheep, which I bought at the cutest LYS in St. Helena called Muse. It's an all natural, hand dyed yarn from the Napa Valley. I plan on using it for my green Project Spectrum knit for this month! It's technically part of the stash now anyway, right?? right.