It's been a little over a week since the conclusion of KAN:2 & I am just now gathering my breath. KAN:2 was nearly double the size of it's original - it was great to welcome back old friends, make new ones & for me finally meet so many that I communicate this on a professional basis in the 'flesh'.
|What a cracking looking bunch!|
This year saw more traders, a wider variety of fiberous wonders & more workshops. I have to say the business at the Friday traders market was brisk with many items selling out before they had a chance to be viewed by the wider public! I was one of the lucky one to snaffle the HiyaHiya Dumpling Stitch makers & case from Yarnz - seriously cute. I also indulged by passion for colour with a selection of yarn which reflected the colour palette in my wardrobe - with the exception of the muted natural tonings of the 'Slate' colourway from Fibre Alive (formally JOY) - purchased especially for Louis next prehistoric inspired Milo for next Winter. I indulged my love of deep vamperish reds from Morag at Vintage Purls - I so see a set of fingerless gloves coming on...
|Many of these red skeins found there way home with me!|
|Merino Mania proving you can make more than socks from sock yarn.|
I have also purchased far too much sock yarn - did you know I have yet to actually make a pair of socks from all this yarn!! I went for colours which I use to accessorise & have just purchased a new shawlette pattern fron NZ designer Gabriella Henry called Faultline, so I am itching to get yarn wound off & cast on.
|Looking studious at Morags workshop|
There is a great thread on the Ravelry Knit August Nights board called "Things I Learned at KAN:2". Make sure you check it out or contribute. What did I learn?
- Well there is no such thing as wearing or owning too much orange (Thank you Dee)
- I have fallen in love with my drop spindle (Thank you Frances).
- Sometimes you just need a kick in the pants with your design brain - just shift your thinking 10 degrees to create something amazing (Thank you Nanette)
- Face your fear & attack your knitting with scissors - even if you manage to unravel it through your steek - it is worth it all in the end! (Thank you Stella)
- When it all started gets a little too overwhelming, just take a deep breath & find Win.
- Polly Rocks!
|Nanette showing off the design which was a revelation for me.|