It was heaven: Two-and-a-half days at Cheryl Oberle's Knitaway.
After months in a knitting trough, the result of deadlines, distractions and misbegotten projects, the love is back, due largely to Cheryl and the brilliant knitters in attendance at her Knitaway in the Studio.
Held in her charming teaching space in Northwest Denver, Cheryl offers that rare chance to put everything aside and knit and learn (and shop) with other people as hepped up about needlework as you are. Everyone tucks in, making nests for themselves from knitting bags, yarn, finished and unfinished objects, water bottles, books, patterns and needle sets, happy to get away from the dailyness and knit.
I could only attend a portion of the Knitaway, given my work and travel schedule, but since I was already in media res with the workshop project, Nazo--a side-to-side, "origami-constructed" vest--I was in good shape...except that...mistakes were made. Cheryl sorted me out tout de suite, demonstrating how fudging could happen.
Nazo is a two-color garment that's finished with sturdy three-needle bind-offs, and it was a revelation to see all the variations: loden and moss, black and turquoise, charcoal and grey, brown and black. There are going to be some handsome vests parading around Denver and points beyond.
There was time during the Knitaway for learning--new cast-ons, bind-offs, tips for both, end-weaving tricks, short-row wisdom and other fibery bits--a tour of Cheryl's dye studio (spinners, she's dyeing rovings...), a yarn crawl (more on that later), lunches and hours of knitting.
In addition to getting right with Nazo, I finished this:
Madelinetosh Mara knit in Tosh DK in the Logwood colorway. There's more to show and tell. And watch Cheryl's blog for more vicarious Knitaway pleasure.