There’s just loads of stuff going on here. For example, Cin won the Wacky Baby Knits contest. Come on down, Cin! Send me your snail mail, and before long, the cute-o-meter of your life is going to be off the charts.
In other news, I went to England. Now I’m back. It was kind of a last-minute mission. Of course there was knitting tourism along the way, and even some destination-worthy needlepoint cushions. But more about that, another time.
Knitamatography Master Class
There is great news for all of you knitters out in Minnesota who are tired of burning your fingers on the flash cubes that pop offa your Kodak Instamatic whenever you try to snap a shot of your beautiful knitting. Help. Is on. The way. Gale is going to be spilling all her secrets of photographing knitting and maybe even some of her secrets of photographing other (obviously less interesting) visual aspects of life. Gale will be making her debut on July 23 and 24, in two upcoming workshops at The Yarnery, in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is one of our favorite yarn shops in the whole world, where they sing crazy made-up songs about visiting knitting book authors. Details can be found on Gale’s blog. Time’s a-wastin’!
No Knitting Content, But DANG
Here’s where I spent a recent afternoon. Photography was not allowed, but that’s OK because these treasures are so astonishing that I wouldn’t want to spoil the gasp of surprise for anyone who sees them for the first time. Mind you, I am not a big fan of jewelry, old or new. I would rather look at a textile, or a painting, than something bedazzly, you know? But these pieces–particularly the first-century gold found in the graves of nomads– knocked me for a loop. Handcrafted, ancient yet inexplicably modern, and somehow, emotionally moving. Hundreds of delicate amulets that were once sewn onto clothing that disintegrated into the earth. The story of their discovery, and the fact that they survived the chaos that gripped Afghanistan in the years since, is nothing short of miraculous. Ann, you gotta get up here and see this. Bring your knitting.