April 2, 2012
Where’ve I been? Here, there and everywhere, with frequent virtual visits to Florence, Alabama. This is all the fault of someone I’m supposed to be teaching how to knit, who instead has been luring me into manufacturing an exquisite hand-sewn wardrobe for someone with an entirely different life. But that’s a story for another time; I may be staying in virtual Alabama for a good long while. Easier to say where I was, nonvirtually, this past weekend.
I was in the parking lot of the A & P in Katonah, New York, at one of Gale Zucker’s amazing Photography for Knitters workshops, hosted by the lovely, warm and welcoming Katonah Yarn. Where else can a knitter with a point & shoot camera go, in a couple of hours, from here:
(Photo: Kay’s iPhone)
Knitting Magazine Fantasy Land.
(Photo: Susan Mullhaupt)
Fashion Magazine Fantasy Land.
(Photo: Susan Mullhaupt)
The second photo was taken using Gale’s super-secret method of spreading a piece of black velvet on the concrete floor of a knitting store and lying the model down on it. It helps if the model is 15. Fifteen-year-olds have the Photoshop From Within. But I have seen Gale get similar results with a 50-year-old and a post-production dash of Photoshop From Without.
(The model is wearing the bigbigBIG cowl I made out of 3 hanks of Twinkle Chunky Baby, or was it Twinkle Baby Chunky? I’m proud to say that, despite the remoteness of my British ancestry, the pattern is going to be published over at True Brit knits, where the motto is “We’re British and we knit.”)
Anyway, this was my second time sitting in on one of Gale’s workshops, and I learned different things each time. Most importantly, everybody has a good time and gets all hepped up about each other’s knitting and all the buttons on their camera. Gale may be coming to a venue near you. Check here for upcoming workshop dates.
Happy Monday! It’s a big week: baseball, Passover, and Easter are all coming up.
P.S. New Yorkers: Every spring the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has its stunning Orchid Show. This year the highlight is vertical gardens–massive walls of orchids–by renowned artist/botanist Patrick Blanc. (You’re gonna want to click on that link, just to see Patrick’s shirts.)
Go there and be one of the cute people having their picture taken in front of these evocative works of art.
See? Cute people!
Unlikely orchid enthusiasts!
Seriously, it’s the most spectacular exhibit at the Botanical Garden since the big Chihuly show a few years ago. It’s not every day you get to see Patrick Blanc’s work in America. Go while the cherry blossoms are out!