I can’t really believe it is over. We have been talking about GanseyFest for ages and it has now come and gone. I am still in Inverness and will fly home tomorrow.
I am probably not the best person to give an account of the weekend as I was not able to go to many talks. On Saturday morning and part of the afternoon I was leading a workshop (on designing your own motifs and putting them together with older ones to make a garment). There were 14 of us, and all worked VERY hard! It is always difficult to photograph a workshop, but here are some of the number designing their very own motifs:
Later on in the afternoon I did a talk on Orkney’s ganseys and between times I was on the stand I shared with the lovely Jan and Russ of Frangipani. Here they are talking to Paul Dodwell who lead a workshop on following charts and working on the round:
And this is my end of the tables, with my stitch markers and knitters’ jewellery as Northern Lace Too (ignore the pamphlet for midwifery in the background – the building is usually for health care students!):
In the evening was the fashion show. I put in my Dolphin Tunic (pictures and details at a later stage!) and then Bil modelled my Sea Dog Gansey. The lighting was low and he was wagging his tail so much it is difficult to see it properly (Freyalyn is wearing my Basic Rib Gansey she knitted in a lovely Shetland yarn):
Today (Sunday) was not quite so frenetic for me as I was only doing one talk (on gutters’ ganseys). I spent a lot of my time on the stand, but I also had a chance to speak to lots of lovely people and to look at the other stands.
Next to us was Ripple’s Craft with lots of luscious hand dyed yarns:
And opposite were Bob and Barbara from The Wool Shed near Aberdeen:
Further along was Propergansey, with lots of new and old ganseys….
…. and next to them was the Moray Firth Gansey Project‘s stand with lots more old ganseys:
At the end of the day they got all the speakers and workshop leaders together and gave each one of us a fantastic glass coaster made by Louise Tait, a lovely lady who works in glass. This was especially special (if I can say that!) for me because it was a couple of years ago or more that Louise first contacted me about ganseys as she was wanting to find a way of impressing knitting on to glass. She has now done some of this, and our coasters have an impression of part of a gansey pattern in the middle with the word Ganseyfest underneath – I will get a pic at some point. There were five different designs and mine was a couple of cables. Absolutely beautiful.
Most of the talks over the two days were videoed for a DVD which will be available from the Moray Firth Gansey Project and I look forward to being able to catch up on what I missed.
It has been a wonderful weekend – I am running out of superlatives! Abnd in the morning I travel back to Orkney to start the final NIFA trip…!