As a treat to myself, I signed up to participate in the yarnapalooza known as Interweave Labs. This is a four-day textile symposium, with classes taught by a pantheon of designers and historians.
I spent the last day on the southwestern coast of Sweden, some time before the 21st Century. I studied Bohus knitting techniques (beautiful garments, great teacher, infuriating process), as well as the knitting culture of the Halland region of Sweden. As part of the class, we knit mittens on teeny-tiny kitting needles. Toothpicks, really.
Halfway through morning session of the class, we were joined by Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits, and Undisputed Knitting Goddess. She stayed for the morning, and part of the afternoon session. The class was fascinating. Carol Rhoades who taught was well-informed, engaging, and really fun.
We all chugged away on our little knitting swatches. About halfway into the afternoon session, Eunny excused herself. She had a conference to attend to. On her way out the door, she waved her perfectly finished mitten at us.
WHAT ? ! ? !
The rest of us had accomplished a few inches of knitting, and this rockstar had left us to eat her dust.