This morning the sun is shining, inside and out.
Last week I was mentally bruised, battered and on a bed of sharp needles, wondering as to whether it was appropriate to post my experiences at UK Knit Camp. I am glad that I did; I feel vastly relieved. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the warm and thoughtful notes of support. I will be attempting to respond to all of you, but this may take a little time. BTW: My replies are not always sticking with the messages to which I thought I was replying (forgive my ineptitude), so scroll down to replies and you might be able to guess which one was meant for your message! Hmmm, I’m not entirely tech-savvy yet.
The one message that remains glaringly absent from my Inbox is any form of communication or $$ from the organizers of Knit Camp. :>(
Hopefully, we will all become wiser knitters in the future. A couple of other smaller, but equally repulsive, knitting-class related scams in the US (intentional or otherwise, who knows) have also come to light and henceforth we may have to ask for organizer references before students, teachers, vendors and volunteers put down money or time.
In spite of current bitterness, we must never forget that the overwhelming majority of knitters are wonderful people!
There are a couple of relief plans being developed, one of which is to make a small product purchase (over and above your planned expenditure) from the affected tutors’ product ranges. Christmas shopping for your knitting friends perhaps? This idea is as yet in it’s infancy, and the list needs to be fine-tuned, as one or two tutors have been paid or partially so. Some tutors are out international flights, others UK milage, some tickets were paid, in addition to their teaching fees. Some folks on the current list were luckily not there, and others are not yet on the list. I think a bit of info from each tutor as to where to find their products would also be helpful, as well as which products would most directly benefit them.
There is also a plan afoot to open an easily accessible fundraising account, for a short set period, that will be run scrupulously and be monitored by a professional group to ensure transparency and appropriate distribution. (The professional help is being financed by an extraordinarily generous soul and will not come from funds.) My hope is that contributions could be made to first and foremost clearing the travel debts and interest on credit cards for those in this dire situation. Watch this space, I will notify you if this comes to fruition.
We still hesitate to take these steps, as we all feel that is important that the organizers must not feel that any of generous efforts should absolve them of their indebtedness and responsibilities in any way. But as I stated earler, most knitters are great people and care about others.
Let’s get off UK Knit Camp topics now and to what I would have been talking about otherwise. (Feel free to leave).
We’ve had a productive week here: two new patterns! The Paintbox DK Scarf (the one I was knitting at camp) and the Fiesta Stocking are both up on Patternfish now. The hot-off-the-press edition of my free occasional Spunyarn newsletter, announcing the pre-publication special offer for my forthcoming book Cool Knitters Finish in Style is now out. To sign up for Spunyarn and receive special offers, knitting hints and news, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Corrie will sign you up.
I’m heading out to Big Tancook Island and out of internet range for a couple of days to soothe my soul, but Susan, Dawne and Corrie will all be here rowing the boat.
If you’d like to virtually join me on this glorious island, take a look at the Gallery on their new website.
Happy stitches and thanks again for your warm and woolly wishes, and for being the wonderful people you are!
Lastly for today, I would like to share with you a note (used with permission) that cheered my gloom last week! This is why I teach!
Dear Ms Neatby,I just wanted to rave about your Intarsia Untangled 1 DVD. I decided to knit a dinosaur vest for my great niece for her birthday, and I no sooner began the intarsia chart when I got stumped. I ordered your Intarsia Untangled DVDs and within a few minutes realized I’d made every single mistake you outlined: I was attempting to carry my green yarn behind my white yarn. Not only did the first two rows look horrible (this is a chunky yarn), it wasn’t elastic and the carryovers showed through to the right side. Besides that, I hadn’t prepared my chart and so my dinosaur looked like it needed a cane because apparently I can’t count up to ten and kept misplacing his other leg. After watching your DVD I now understand the importance of colouring the chart and counting out that first row, especially since my green yarn is represented by white squares on the chart and my white yarn is represented by gray squares on the chart. Heck, I wasn’t even pronouncing “intarsia” correctly!Thank you so much — without this DVD I am sure I would have given up before I started and never touched intarsia again. Instead, I’m looking forward to preparing my chart and getting started on my dinosaur. I’ve already begun to look around for other child friendly intarsia projects for future knits.Not only am I thrilled, I have happy stitches once again. ;D