I taught at the GSOY last year, and loved every minute of it, so when Antje of The Yarn Cake invited me back I jumped at the chance!
This year not only did I teach 4 sessions, but I also has a stall this time. I was able to do this thanks to Kaz and Elly, who were wonderful!
On the Friday I taught two sessions on Fair Isle knitting. The first was a re-run of the class I did last year – Starting Fair Isle. (Son Nick was with me, and he took pix for me.) We covered the basics, including steeking, picking up stitches and ways to hold the yarn.
In the afternoon it was a session on taking Fair Isle further. This time we did not knit anything, but looked at patterns and colour, and how the two interact. One of the exercises involved taking black and white photos of the yarns, so everyone had their phone out!
On Saturday morning it was time to Spin Finer. The class included two Bliss wheels.
The students were of all abilities, but everyone ended up with finer yarns than at the start.
The last session was Shetland Lace. I was supposed to take pix – but forgot! After some time looking at examples of Shetland lace, folk chose what to work on, which included charting, first yos and every-row lace.
I don’t know what it is about GSOY, but it is such a friendly event, and such FUN! Glasgow people are super anyway (I lived there for several years and loved it) and Antje’s organisation attracts the nicest people – stall holders, tutors, volunteers and visitors. The church is a lovely venue, and the folk there so helpful… If you have never been, make sure you come next year. It is the weekend after Shetland Wool Week, so is ideal to add onto a Shetland trip…!!
Maybe see you there??