December 1, 2013

November Books and Events

The book and Event are are linked!  I can't plan this well, it just happens.

There was great excitement around the LYS water cooler about Ysolda's new collaborative book, The Rhinebeck Sweater.  Oh the preview was so pretty, and the photography well done.  And the sweaters, the sweaters so enticing.

How could I resist, I pre-ordered the book, with some disappointment that it wouldn't be delivered until after Vogue Knitting Live!  I took Ysolda's class on sweaters 'Beyond the Raglan.'

I was flipping through twitter, which I do about once a week.  I'm not a good twitter user, at all.  I don't read hardly anything on it anymore.  But I logged in and flicked through, and the app I use really only shows you the last 12 hrs of posts.  And behold!  Ysolda popped up saying the books came in early, they would ship early if all goes well.  Apparently, they did.  I got mine the Wednesday before VKLive!  It was great.

The book is fun, a cool collection of stories and essays from a variety of authors and designers.  A collection of patterns of different styles from a variety of designers.  Great pictures and tons of information that you need for a great sweater.  I would expect nothing less from Ms. Ysolda, and she signed the book after class.

I am so grateful.  To be honest, I signed up for this class because Vogue sent an email saying there were 1/2 price classes.  I decided I would do a full day of classes for the cost of a 1/2 day class.  I looked to see what was on sale, deciding I would take something from someone who won't be at Stitches.  Ysolda's class was the best deal to me, as she doesn't often teach at the big conventions.  But I saw sweater class and no homework.  IN.

The class was the missing link between the Amy Herzog Knit to Flatter (I am a big fan, do not misunderstand) and a sweater that would fit 100%.  The only thing Amy's "series" does not tackle is arm-hole math.  This is where Ysolda's class comes in.  Beyond the Raglan was the name of the class, I didn't remember much about this class I was supposed to be taking by the time came.  I brought my penguin in a sweater to inspire me.  The first 1/2 of the day we talked about the types of top down seamless sweaters there were, and how to get a real good fit.  Mostly theory and a little sample knitting to keep your hands busy.

At lunch I walked down to a Mediterranean version of Chipotle/Subway, and it was yummy.  Then, since I didn't buy a market pass ($90 for a 1/2 day class and you still need to buy a market pass) I would walk up MI ave to Vosges Haut Chocolate in the Nordstrom building.  It's a good 3 miles of walking.  I should have worn sneakers, but it was still good.

The afternoon was math, all the armhole math I needed to really adjust any sweater to fit my arms properly.  I will be building a spreadsheet I think to work through her notes.  I am ready to work through those notes now, after a month to mull things over.  I can't wait!

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