Earlier this summer I had the privilege of traveling out to Colorado to shoot a video workshop: Start Knitting Lace! with Interweave. What better topic than lace? I absolutely love knitting lace and it is a technique that I am passionate about teaching.
I also had another mission, to deliver the samples for my book. Somehow it felt better hand delivering these items than leaving them to the whims of UPS.
Leading up to departure there was much swatching, planning, practicing, and fretting over materials. Teaching in the local yarn shop is very different than teaching to a video camera. My biggest concern was not having the student feedback during class to propel me forward. Instead, these questions and comments needed to be anticipated and addressed without prompts.
My journey began at the tiny Lancaster airport. This is the plane as seen through the gate. I did not even know that our little airport had commercial flights.
And the inside of the plane. I’ve flown before, but never on such a small craft. I was incredibly nervous.
The flight was…scary. I was one of only three passengers. Before boarding they ask you how much your bags weigh. Then they ask you how much you weigh. Now is not the time to lie about your weight, it could throw off the balance of the plane!
During my layover I made sure to guzzle some
nectar of the gods coffee in order to regain my strength, and my nerves.
Of course I had travel knitting with me. I started this sock with the intention of making toe-up knee highs.
After arriving safely in Denver, I met my friend Tabetha for dinner (I do not have any pictures of our dinner since my phone died on the way to the restaurant).
Next I drove up to Loveland. Everything is so flat and straight, the speed limit on the highway was 75 – my kind of driving!
The next day, I headed into the office.
The “office” is actually divided into multiple buildings but the main one is in this old bank. Isn’t it beautiful?
I had a day to hang out, to meet people that I have worked with, and to set up. I really love this little downtown area. So many cute shops! I had time to poke into a few. My favorites were the kitchen gadget store and the used bookstore.
Meeting people whom I have only had contact with via e-mail was exciting. Putting a face to a name is always surprising (people never look how I expect). Everyone wanted to take me out to eat. I think I must have gained at least five pounds while there.
Between meetings I wandered around downtown and hung out in the local coffee shop. My friend Joanna Johnson even invited me to join her knit night – what a fun time!
Filming took place all in one day. Here is Anne Merrow arranging the set:
I had all my swatches and charts laid out for segments:
So many lights! The sheer amount of equipment in this room is overwhelming — cameras, monitors, microphones, lights, and wires.
Me with Amy Clarke Moore and Anne Merrow:
Before I knew it, filming was done and I was headed home. As soon as I left, I missed Colorado. The lack of humidity alone was enough to make me desire a longer stay. I hope to have the opportunity to visit again.
The result, a brand new video workshop: Start Knitting Lace! The beautiful scarf on the cover was knit by my fabulous friend Connie.
There are three different ways to purchase this video. You can download either the standard or HD versions, or you can order the DVD.
Check out the preview here (if the video does not load, you can view it via this link: Preview Start Knitting Lace):
For the curious, this is how far I got on my sock.