|Laura of The Knitgirllls handing out shopping bags at the market. That's her & Leslie's attitude: welcome.|
Oh man was I right. Pom poms on the staircases and all.
SSK is in Nashville, Tennessee, at a peaceful urban retreat center, with gardens, gothic stone buildings and a labryinth. What a place to teach and stay for a few days.
|Best classroom door signs, ever.|
|My class making use of an archway's beautiful light.|
|Unintentional patchwork sidewalk.|
|Amy teaching a tricky cast-on in her Finshing Sweaters class, that's Mel, from Hawaii, getting it. |
Mel blogs and video podcasts here. Go visit her, she is a sweetheart!
|Amy at the board-you can tell how lovely the classrooms were from this.|
|Susan B. Anderson. So nice! Also, buffest knitwear designer I know, in her class.|
She's inspired me to do some stranded knitting and to do more miles.
|The last morning, two of Susan's students ran up to her to show they'd finished their Fair Isle hats. Love!|
One more in the Oblivious category: highlight for many attendees was the market on Saturday. Laura & Leslie curated about 18 vendors, indie folks. Here's the thing though- people lined up hours early to get first crack--for many it's a rare chance to handle limited edition yarns and beautiful fiber , instead of ordering online and hoping for the best. It was quite a scene-and you can watch it on the first 4 minutes of this video podcast, which was done in time lapse--but it kinda felt like that. At about 20 seconds you see me sort of sidle up and poke my camera in, then flap my hands about and talk to Amy & Susan as they exit ( we teachers got to shop earlier-oh yes we did--that'll have to be in my part 2).
|Broadway, downtown Nashville.|
Ernest Tubbs record store- vintage portraits of country music stars by sisters who used to work there. Loved the place.
I didn't have any luck with a pair of boots but had the satisfaction of seeing the other 3 in our party get shorn. As loud and crowded as it was with sidewalk music-star wannabees, rhinestone cowboys, country folk come to town, people there to drink their asses off, and vacationing families, I was glad we made time for it. I hate to be somewhere and not really visit the scene.
Nashville is a gracious city, really pretty--and it's a hoot that no matter who you're with , they'll point out a couple of the music stars' homes, right in the center of the city. Taylor Swift, Tammy Wynette....
And, we found Elvis.