Two Words: Rag Balls
December 3, 2013
In this season of gratefulness, I’ve been thinking about how I’ve wished for a knitting group, and how funny it is that when it finally arrived (like a pony from the sky), it was a sewing circle. A bunch of women I didn’t know a few years ago. We are the unofficial New York City branch of the Alabama Chanin Sewing Society and Fan Club.
Sometimes I knit at sewing circle. If the mutual support (aka gossip) is flying, I cannot be expected to reverse-appliqué.
One of our members, Lisa Fox, has a brand new shop on East 7th Street, LF8 (“Elevate”). Such is the mutual supportiveness of the sewing circle that we were present in our numbers at the opening of the shop the other evening, when it was blessed by Buddhist monks, with sprinklings of water and rose petals in all directions. (I got a little insight into what some of my bar mitzvah guests must have felt: a lot of chanting. Lovely language. Are there snacks?)
Lisa has invited me to host a knitting workshop at the shop, on Thursday evening, December 19, from 7-9. I tried to think of a little project special enough for the artisan surroundings at LF8, and remembered my precious trove: a box of rag balls that you bought for me at the Tailgate show in Nashville, lo these many years. So the workshop will be log cabin knitting with vintage rag balls from the Tailgate. Everybody will get a start on a Tailgate Rag Rug, and take home a piece that we are going to call a trivet or chair pad or Interesting Textile. It will be fun. Details and registration are here.
Please join me. I know it’s close to Christmas. We need a night of knitting.
Here’s to Interesting Textiles!