8:00 - On my way to an exhibition in Limburg to knit socks. I usually don't really knit socks... but today I was planning to make an exception. During the two hour train ride I worked on a super secret shawl and listened to a few episodes of The Moth podcast. There truly are few things better than sitting in the train, knitting while listening to all these wonderful stories.
10:30 - Knitting socks in Roermond.
A table full of sock yarn and a few wonderful knitters made for a lovely afternoon. The only downside of knitting here was that all my illusions of being a fast knitter were shattered when sitting next to Miriam, the world's fastest knitter. I started a pair of toe up socks in a funky self-striping yarn, but wasn't too happy with it. I ripped it out, and restarted the socks in an improvised stranded pattern with black to downplay the yellow and orange of the other yarn. I got to about half-way through the foot, but am still not satisfied. I'm afraid try number two will find its way to the frog pond quite soon...
17:00 - On the train again, to Amsterdam. About the same as the trip to Limburg, apart from the fact that I actually managed to read a few chapters of Jane Eyre.
19:30 - Famous knitters at the ABC Treehouse!
Nancy Bush (on the picture) and Beth Brown-Reinsel were in Holland and were kind enough to drop by the Treehouse, tell us about their passion for traditional knitting techniques and sign books. It was so interesting to hear how they managed to make their passion their job and I hope that one day people will get excited to hear me talk about knitting ;)
It's such a pity I was too broke to buy books, because especially Nancy Bush has written a few that are high on my wishlist...
Saturday, 22 August 2009