I have now had a chance to edit some pix of classes and the grounds.
First, the Introduction to Fair Isle class on Tuesday:
There were 23 students and the room was pretty full to say the least! I had originally been put in a bigger room, but then they found out that it didn’t have a projector for some reason so I was moved. Although the room was full, it is lovely to be teaching in one room all week – I can leave bits there and get sorted for the next class in plenty of time. In the afternoon, once everyone was working away, I went along to the Knit Camp office, and dragooned Sandra, who is manning the J&S stall all week, into coming along with her knitting so that they could see her knitting with a belt and with three (not four or five) needles.
The campus is arranged so that the teaching blocks are on one side of a lake and the accommodation on the other. This means a walk round the loch, and close encounters of the avian kind. This swan had 6 cygnets and didn’t take any notice of me even though they were very close:
The sky was actually blue when I took the pic, but I was looking directly in to the sun. Over to the right are the teaching blocks, with the Wallace Monument behind:
Wednesday was Lace Design in the morning. This time there were 14 of us, so there was more room to breathe! This was a very intensive session, with me doing a lot of talking before the students got their pencils out and got down to trying a design for themselves. Last year we worked as a group and did a scarf. This year I gave them a choice of a triangle for a shawl, or a square/scarf. Everyone had different ideas, and were soon either doing the maths or swatching their yarn and needles. (They had the choice of 2 ply lace weight or 1 ply cobweb, both J&S wool again.) I think most of them did more than they expected, and I will enjoy looking out for their designs in magazines in the future..!
The afternoon I spent getting sorted ready for Thursday and Friday, because once I wake on Thursday I do not get another chance to think until Sunday!! I got all my marketplace stuff sorted and boxed ready to be taken over to the other building to be set up Very Early Friday morning. The marketplace is all day Friday and Saturday, and as I am also teaching Friday morning I need to be organised.