Lucy’s Tour Update
After a delightful couple of workshop days with lots of highly motivated and excellent knitters in Glyndon, at Leslye Solomon’s Woolstock Yarn Shop (an Aladdin’s cave of fiber delights), and a fly-by workshop for a small group of enthusiasts in DC, I’ve now arrived in Chicago.
Chicago, owing to past explorations with a good friend, has become a favorite city of mine (even though I am not a city gal). It looked very attractive as I flew in last night: the street lights formed a twinkling net embracing the city. I was very curious as to what the large dark tracts of land were, though. I always wish I had a detailed map when I’m flying over an area, to be able to orient myself. The lights extend for many, many miles before you reach the city. It’s quite a contrast to arriving in Halifax, where you look out to see nothing but darkness, and, when the wheels touch down, you sincerely hope that the pilot can actually see a landing strip.
I now have a couple of lay days, in which I am catching up on work, getting a little exercise, spending time with friends and getting out and about to explore, and, of course, making a quick pilgrimage to the new Apple store. (Strictly to fondle the toys.)
To the quilting knitters I met at the Fun Knits Retreat on Quadra Island in October: thank you for introducing me to the work of quilter Gwen Marston.
I’ve both borrowed from the library and purchased a couple of her books (including Liberated Quiltmaking 2, which was awaiting my arrival in IL), and I’m very taken by her informal and spontaneous style of quilting. So many of the sentiments she expresses about quilts and designs are remarkably similar to what I have to say about knitting. The design processes appear to follow parallel paths in many art forms.
I’m itching to get home to finish my quilt, although it will have to wait until after I return from the UK: I need to go visit my mum, who is still nursing a broken ankle. Becoming old and frail makes life very challenging.