Robena and her wonderful staff at Trumpet Hill organized a fantastic weekend of workshops featuring designer extraordinaire Anne Hanson of Knitspot and sock goddess Cookie A whose sold out sock club features…you guessed it…cookie recipes!!!
The weekend long extravaganza kicked off on Friday night with a standing room only open house at Trumpet Hill. Anne and Cookie were there to meet and greet fans and workshop participants, and for pattern and book signing.
After meeting Anne and Cookie, posing for the camera, getting my book signed, and chatting for a bit, I managed to squeeze into a chair in the back of the store and knit for a bit. I got to catch up with some of the Trumpet Hill knit night regulars, see some people I haven’t seen in ages, and meet some new folks too including some of our Fiber Arts blog readers. It was a great night, and the shop was really packed! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people in there before.
I wasn’t able to attend any of Saturday’s workshops because of our monthly adoption clinic at the pet store with the Italian Greyhound Rescue organization I volunteer for. But since the pet store we were at was basically right across the street from the hotel where the workshops were being held, I was able to pop in for a few minutes to see what everyone was doing.
On Saturday there was the Bittersweet Vines workshop in the morning and Yarn Voyage in the afternoon, both with Anne.
Everyone in the Bittersweet Vines workshop was working so hard that they barely noticed I was there.
Cookie gave an all day Sock Innovation workshop on Saturday and on Sunday had a Travelling Stitches workshop in the morning and an Intuitive Chart Reading workshop in the afternoon. I was only able to visit the Sock Innovation workshop on Saturday, but I could tell that her students were working just as hard.
I got a peek at some of Cookie’s socks too. They’re just as fun and colorful as she is!
I could tell just from my brief visit on Saturday that these ladies really put the “work” in workshop and that just made me more excited about the Sweater Fitness workshop I was taking with Anne on Sunday.
In Sweater Fitness, we began by pairing up with a partner and taking a full set of body measurements from the neck down to the hips and everything in between, even armhole and arm measurements. Anne came around to each of us to help out and make sure we were all getting the right measurements.
Most of these measurements are things I had never even considered before. In this workshop, Anne taught us all how to use these measurements to adapt and make adjustments to just about any sweater pattern so that we can get the best and most flattering fit possible.
From there we began to work on swatches for the sweater patterns we chose for this workshop. Anne came around again to work with each of us individually to analyze the pattern schematics and help us figure out what adjustments we might need to make in the pattern and where based on our measurements.
Towards the end of the workshop we examined several of Anne’s swatches done in various needle sizes in both stockinette and in pattern stitches and in various types of yarns to understand more about the value of the swatching process.
During the workshop I took a lot of notes and knit three stockinette swatches. But for the pattern I chose, I still have a lot more planning to do and swatches to knit before I get started on the actual knitting.
If you’ve had less than successful results with the fit of the sweaters you’ve knit, this workshop will really open up a whole new world for you and give you the tools and the confidence to make great fitting sweaters regardless of your size and shape. Anne is a great teacher and I really hope we can get her back again for this workshop. I strongly recommend taking it.
I do hope that Cookie A comes back again too because I heard from the ladies in her workshops that she is a fantastic teacher too, and her sock designs are just spectacular as I saw for myself. I admit to being in a bit of a rut as far as my own socks are concerned. Although I did pick up a copy of Cookie’s Sock Innovation book, I’d really love the opportunity to learn from Cookie herself.
My sincerest thanks to Anne Hanson and Cookie A, and to Robena, Celeste, and Ruth at Trumpet Hill for an AMAZING weekend of learning, knitting, and fun that I will certainly never forget!