So I wrote this post back in June, and WordPress kindly saved it for me, but it didn’t go out into the ether – which is hilarious. So I’m posting it now as the intro to the post I would like to write soon, about how all the festing went!
What? I forgot to blog again? I know! Every time I think I’m in the groove, life happens and I forget to come back here for a while. [I have a bunch of photos near the top for you if you just want to scroll.]
BUT exciting things are happening, including the first-ever knitting festival in Porto, Portugal, “Knit With Friends.” I was in Porto last summer for the first time and loved it, and didn’t think I would have an opportunity to return quite so soon. And I am very interested to see how the fest goes in its first rendition. They have some big names coming, and the workshop on Portuguese knitting that will be hosted offsite at the local yarn shop, Ovelha Negra, sold out practically before I realized it was happening.
This time I signed up for two workshops: one with Stephen West and one with Julie Dubreux. Suddenly the Westknits fever caught me a few months ago, and I’m currently finishing my fourth project since January, Majestic Mountain, hopefully in time to get on the plane.
Although I’ve also been chugging away at a Briyoke, this will have to stay at home.
I’ll be bringing my just-started Rosy Blooms shawl with yarn from the WestWool YAL,
And finally I will have a chance to take a workshop in person with Stephen, namely Color Play the WestKnits Way! As you can see, I’m well on my way to playing with color, but it will be super fun to play with Stephen. I just found a link to this podcast with a recent interview (see last 15m) by one of my new favorite quebecois, the SHEEPendales. I did listen to the entire thing, to brush up on the quebecois accent… but Stephen’s portion is in English.
I’m really excited about the workshop with Julie Dubreux as well, first of all because her hair in this photo for My Dream Sweater is amazing, and second of all because I have been pushing myself to design more and am trying to learn from others and add to my arsenal of techniques. Knitting for myself is really no problem, but I would like to knit and design for all of you as well! She is also doing some spectacular brioche stuff, and, hmm, I wonder if there are any slots left for her brioche workshop???
And then I’m going to head south and check out the Algarve – photos next week maybe! because it’s the sun and the ocean and, hey, it’s vacation. There could be some diving involved…
AND THEN. I will go to ANOTHER knitting fest, in Dublin! SO MUCH EXCITEMENT! I also just confirmed that a friend from the UK is meeting me there, and the last time we saw one another was 6 years ago in Kigali, Rwanda! In fact, I think we have never seen each other outside of central Africa. So this will be SO much fun, and we will have tons of time to explore the city, and then have at least one jam-packed knit festing day. Woollinn is in only its second year, so I am really interested to participate and see what young knit fests are like. I will be taking a color design workshop with Felicity Ford, again to add to my arsenal of techniques. Plus, I have never been to Dublin, so even more exciting!
Anyway – basically all I’ve done to prepare is sign up for workshops and plan my travel knitting projects. Still at least one skein of yarn to wind. It doesn’t matter, right, as long as I have my passport? The rest will fall into place!
What knitting plans do you have this summer?