So after Fair Isle on Saturday it was Shetland lace on Sunday! Several old friends were back, along with others to make a slightly bigger class. Class was the operative word – they spent a lot of time with their heads down in near silence working on their assignments! Very diligent students!!
Again it was a group with very differing experience of both knitting and lace. One mother and daughter pair were there, and half way through the afternoon I hard from across the room ‘Ha! I have taught my MOTHER how to do something in knitting!’
One lovely, unplanned bit was when one lady brought out an old, very well worn and washed shawl at least 20 years old. Lo and behold, another lady was presently working on the SAME shawl. We had a good time comparing the two – the old one had been knitted at a tighter tension even before the washing, and it was a splendid example of the fact that there is no one ‘correct’ tension for lace.
After the class was over I had a chance to have a good nose round The Woolshed. They have some wonderful yarns, several of which I had never felt before. I tied my hands behind my back when looking at the Manos del Uruguay silk blend (the colours were fantastic!!), but I couldn’t resist some sugar cane yarn in ice cream colours for a specific project for Yarn Forward. You will have to wait until next spring to see the result! I also got some brown-with-navy sock yarn for socks to ‘go’ with my FI jacket.
And today I did something I have never done before: I bought a copy of Yarn Forward 18 in a shop! The WH Smith in Inverness had it, along with the bookazine, and several other knitting mags.