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Knits of a Feather Trunk ShowA smooth drive and perfect fall weather helped start the Knits of a Feather workshop weekend right!  Friday night’s trunk show and book signing was a pleasant, low-key affair with good snacks, great people, and (of course) knitting!  Samples from the book were available to touch and try on, including the Lovebird Mittens, Cardinal Cap, and Feathered Nest Cowl workshop subjects.

Feathered Nest Cowl WorkshopSaturday was filled with class time, featuring the Feathered Nest Cowl workshop in the morning, a quick break for lunch at the fabulous Parkside Market, then the Lovebird Mittens workshop in the afternoon.  As a knitting instructor, I really love having that big chunk of knitting time afforded by longer, workshop-style classes like these!  It’s so crucial to give people time to work on new techniques so that they can discover the challenges and questions they’ll have.  The cowl, for example, features a provisional cast on, requires chart reading and cabling skills, and is finished with a three-needle bind off.  Realizing that none of my students had crocheted before meant that the first part of our class was spent learning to hold a crochet hook and make a chain, which we thankfully had plenty of time (and good humor) for!  It was so much fun to spend the morning working with these knitters, and they came up with great ideas for using the smaller sample cuff we created in class: coffee cup cozies, votive wraps, bracelets, and the beginning of a mitten.  I’ve got my work cut out for me to create a mitten pattern soon!  Wouldn’t that be great!?

The Lovebird Mittens and Cardinal Cap students were similarly awesome to spend time with.  I get such a thrill out of helping someone succeed with a challenging new technique, whether it be two-handed colorwork or understanding the process of wrap-and-turn style short rows.  Check out some of the lovely color combinations from the mitten class below:

Lovebird Mittens together

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the book signing and workshops.  If you were hoping for a signed copy of Knits of a Feather but couldn’t make it in this weekend, stop by Sage sometime soon!  I left a stack of them there, but I hear they are going fast!