today's blog entry
- Knitting & Stitching Blog entry for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008:
Today was the first day of the September Seminar. We had a wonderful
evening, despite the last minute rush of getting everything together
in time. No matter how much pre-planning is done, things can change
at the last minute and need to be revised. I was still revising the
class schedule and reprinting it 15 minutes before registration was
scheduled to open!
During the day demonstrators arrived and set up their classroom and
vendor areas. Skip Grettum was the first to arrive and ended up
helping arrange chairs and assemble books after setting up her
classroom and sales table.
Marcia Hauser flew in from New York and unpacked beautiful samples of
new things not seen in our area before. She is a very creative
knitter and fiber artist. She has a lot of jewelry on display and
will be teaching knitted jewelry and other techniques.
Ileen and Mike Levy from Missouri were the next to arrive, and wasted
no time setting up a nice display of special sock yarns, pattern
books, and garment samples. They have a display of doll clothes, and
I'm not sure if they are miniature samples of garments or actually
items intended for dolls. I guess we will find out tomorrow when the
demonstrators introduce themselves at the Morning Assembly. Mike Levy
is going to be working with people who use or are interested in the
Design-A-Pattern charting software program. I know he will be
advising people on the latest update of their program.
As other demonstrators arrived and set up displays the potluck picnic
began. There was plenty of great food. Afterwards, attendees could
pick up their registration packets and seminar books.
Several mini-sessions were given, including Carole Wurst's
demonstration of needle felting ideas and new equipment; Marcia
Hauser's demonstration of creating art with knitted pieces, styrofoam
plate, a glue gun and metallic paint; and Kris Boland's presentation
of things to crochet with, crochet on, or ways to crochet. I can tell
she is an excellent teacher, and I learned more from looking at her
display than reading a book on crochet.
After the mini-sessions we had a Chocolate Tasting Experience modeled
after the one I experienced in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Everyone in
attendance got to sample various types of chocolate including milk
chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted cocoa nibs (what chocolate is made
from), and types of dark chocolate. We sampled special candy bars
made by Hershey's, ScharfenBerger, Climate Change Chocolate, Free
Trade Chocolate, Endangered Species Chocolate, and Coronado. Each
piece had a different taste, smell, hardness, meltability and
aftertaste. What did this have to do with fiber arts? Nothing at all,
except that a lot of people like chocolate. :)
Tomorrow we begin with classes at 9am. I hope to be able to describe
several of the knitting, sewing, embroidery, crochet and other
classes in a blog post tomorrow night.