Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thursday's child is full of yarn!

Thursday, I had a 6-hour class with Cat Bordhi. That woman is insane, and brilliant, and I couldn't form a coherent sentence for about 2 hours afterward, and I am so glad I was lucky enough to get into her class.

At lunch, my roomie and I (we were in the class together) were in the elevator at our hotel and someone asked us what Cat was teaching us. I'm sure I looked like a fish out of water, my mouth opening and closing while I tried to think of just how to sum it up in the space of an elevator ride. My roomie finally blurted out, quite accurately: "Her brain. She's teaching us her brain."

Someone else summed Cat up perfectly: "So many of the designers and knitters here are amazing for thinking outside the box. But for Cat Bordhi, there is no box." During class, I knit my first-ever toe-up sock. It's a darling wee thing, and I'm now a convert.

But, as brilliant as the class was, we all booked out of there as soon as it finished, to get in line for the opening of the marketplace. It was students-only on Thursday...See the lineup?

It was huge. I got turned around so many times over the weekend. And I fell down, hard. Fortunately, the blow was well-cushioned by all the fibre.

This is Brian, who is knitting 7 pairs of socks at once, and he made more progress on his 14 socks over the weekend than I did on one.

A view of the lobby, en route to the opening reception:

Kinnearing Casey from Ravelry:

The tribe gathers:

There was finger-food and wine, and a welcoming speech by the Yarn Harlot and Tina that was by turns hilarious and moving, and they set the tone wonderfully. "We made this for you, we hope you like it."

Yes, I'd say we did!

Friday's adventures to follow soon.....

1 comment:

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I had Cat Bordhi's class on Saturday, and yes, she's teaching us her brain, with no box at all! Her way of making a sock is pretty freeing; I think I'll give that toe-up another go.