Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mittension of Rovaniemi

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Actually, it was a fairly laid-back class; we were quiet because we were _busy_, thank you.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Susanna Hansson is a good teacher and a fun and pleasant person, as well as one of the most astoundingly fluent non-native English-speakers I've ever encountered. I was happy that she has encountered and used correctly the fine word schlep, which my years at Brandeis taught me was best translated (when used as a noun) as 'A steamer trunk full of rocks.' She did have a good deal of stuff with her.

And though the room (rather harshly lit) was full of knitting teachers there was a familiar face who picked out a familiar colorway:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I don't seem to knit as loose as I once did, as 000 needles turned out to be unnecessary and 1's were fine. I think either I am growing up or my drugs are perfectly balanced because I restarted once because I screwed up the first row and ruined the cast-on, at least once; then I learned I hope for the last time that if you're knitting in the _round_ you read the chart normally (like a typewriter, for you antiquaries) instead of boustrophedon;then I just plain read the chart wrong and skipped a color repeat: and yet I was not crazed or suicidal, or even the least complete in the class by the time we gave up and shopped, being at WEBS after all. I'd have a picture of my partial cuff but I pulled it out again this afternoon because I would really like to do it right. But I may try it again in sport instead of fingering and with a whole line of different colors because I managed to get the first and second and third pale greens mixed up.

One particular thing struck me: Susanna was discussing Saami weaving and one thing led to another and there I was talking about Women's Work, the First 20,00 Years,which some of you may recall my mentioning other times. Anyway, one of the WEBS employee-students went and fetched the four copies in the store and people bought three of them. My kind of fanatics.

Susanna and Lene will have a article in PieceWork this coming winter sometime and The Secret of the ColorChange Will Be Out. It will still be a lot easier to learn with kindly human tuition. I can't show you over lunch. It is really absorbing and those folk (you know, folk tradition) were awfully clever.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Everyone picked colors that went with what she was wearing.

I behaved fairly well at WEBS except for the five skeins of sportweight alpaca... And I have almost finished my mom's second sock!


Laurie said...

Hmmmmm what sport weight alpaca? Did the mitten coloration techniques make sense? It seemed like such a dense, advanced class, schlep notwithstanding.

MelissaKnits said...

Wow. You did behave well. I can't imagine visiting occasionally and going home with less than a car full. I am sort of innoculated against large yarn accidents from constant exposure.

Saisquoi said...

Dude. So jealous. Someday I hope to learn to make mittens like that. Totally amazing.