I spent the weekend up in Leyden, Massachusetts, celebrating the beauty and wonder of knitting with Kristin Nicholas and my fellow students. Under Kristin's sweet and enormously knowledgeable instruction, we knit and embroidered and steeked and experimented with color. We also toured her and her family's creativity-brimming home and sheep farm, picked flowers from her garden, took a hayride through a glorious late July evening, ate, picked a few wild blueberries, and shared our questions and ideas and delights through much conversation. My mom and I spent the night at the lovely Brandt House in nearby Greenfield. As we drove home on Sunday afternoon, I reflected on the techniques, beauty, inspiration, ideas, and advice which we had all enjoyed. I am so grateful to have been able to take part in this weekend, and will go forward from it with even more ideas than ever for things to make and do and dream about.
Here are a few moments from a warm weekend spent at Kristin Nicholas's "Getting Stitched on the Farm" knitting workshop.
We spent the weekend hard at play. We played in Kristin's garden and in her new studio, which is full of color and beautiful light.
Kristin's husband took us all on a hayride around their world, and it was sparkling.
Here is a picture of Kristin, Kathy, and Laurie in the studio.
Margaret is embroidering here.
Jackie is working.
This is a picture of Linda of Westminster Fibers, Kristin, and Alice.
Kristin had much of her own work displayed around the studio, which inspired and provided tangible examples of the things we were talking about.
We all worked on several things, including swatches upon which we played with fringes and other edgings and lots of embroidery and color!
Kristin and her family's animals are so sweet and gentle and loving.
Here I am with Kristin at the close of the workshop.
I can't wait to go forth with all my new ideas and change the world! (Or at least further my knitting dreams, one stitch at a time.)