every year i look forward to the quiet months of January-March as a time to recover from the busy season, regroup and catch up on projects that got pushed aside over the previous year. and every year it goes by too quickly, and not enough gets done, before things start to pick up again… but that’s how it goes, yes?
as April is quickly approaching, i just want to remind you that i have 3 fun events coming up! first is the Black Sheep Needle Arts Retreat in Lakeville, CT. this is a new one for me, but it’s the 3rd (or 4th?) annual retreat, and it seems to be growing each year. i’m looking forward to hanging with some of my favorite teacher pals like Mary Jane Mucklestone, Kirsten Kapur and Jackie Ottino-Graf. i’ll be teaching 4 workshops: Pattern Drafting for Knitters, Color Play Crochet, Gaga for Granny Squares, and Crochet for Knitters. this is the kind of retreat where you have the option to come for just a day, or a class, or the whole weekend’s events. hope to see you there!
in the middle of April i’ll be teaching another Make Your Own Dress weekend intensive at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY. we did one of these last August and had a fantastic time! you’ll learn to draft your own pattern, sew up a muslin and fit it, and then stitch a real dress, all in two days. this is the ideal way to learn pattern drafting because we’ll work through the steps that come after the drafting, and you’ll get a real sense of how to use and adjust your patterns. join us if you can!
and at the end of the month, i’ll be back at the Yarn Cupboard’s Fiber Retreat and Market in Syracuse, NY. i believe this will be my 4th time teaching at this one, and it’s always a good time! other teachers include the awesome Kate + Courtney of Kelbourne Woolens, the innovative Olga Buraya-Kefelian of OLGAJAZZY, the hilarious and super prolific Lori Versaci of VERSACIKNITS, Virginia Tullock of Fat Cat Knits, and more knitting, spinning and dying classes. this year i’m teaching Crochet Rag Rugs, Embroidery for Knit + Crochet, and Gaga for Grannies. there’s also a vendor’s market which is open to the public, should you need to re-stock your stash after your Winter’s hibernation. this is another retreat where you can choose your own adventure: you’re welcome to come for all, or just part of the weekend.