Kris and I are off to Seattle to see an amazing lady, learn about Finnish knitting techniques (well, that is just me… Kris will be at the aquarium), and snap lots of photographs of the beautiful northwestern city!
I will be there for the Nordic Knitting Conference, sponsored by the Nordic Heritage Museum. On Friday, I am signed up for two workshops with the amazingly talented Tuulia Samela: Finnish Mitten Design and Finnish Textile Tradition. Descriptions of the classes get me all excited:
Finnish Mittens: Finnish mittens are full of tradition and inspiration for modern knitters! Learn about materials and techniques and examine samples of mitten patterns. Students will begin a pair of traditional mittens in stranded knitting while learning about the stitch patterns, colors and symbols in traditional mittens.
Finnish Textiles: What makes Finnish textiles different from all the others? Learn all about Finnish handicrafts – the history, the influences, the materials, the traditions. While examining samples of traditional needlework, the class will discuss Finnish traditional nålbinding, weaving, embroidery, ryas, crochet, knitting and more.
Both classes have knitting projects – the mitten class is pretty obvious, but the second class has a surprise project involving a light sport-weight yarn and size 3 needles…
I chose to use the Sanguine Gryphon Little Traveler yarn that I picked up at last year’s Homespun Yarn Party (I will miss this year’s party – which is about 3 miles from my house, no less! – since I will be in Seattle… have fun everyone!) I thought the green was quite appropriate for Project Spectrum, and Tuulia says that the 2-ply should work just fine I love a good surprise!
Jenna has some fun stuff planned – yarn shop tours, yummy vegan dinners, and lots of photo ops! She knows me well! …and you can be assured that I will share the details with you all upon return!