Yesterday morning I went to my final Cat Bordhi class and participated in a set of creative exercises. Afterwards I had a lovely lunch with Amanda & Annie and tried to give Amanda as many tips as I could think of to help her start spinning with her spindle.
The lack of sleep finally hit me in the afternoon, but I managed to recover enough to make it out to the Ottawa Knitting Guild meeting in the evening to hear Cat speak again. Cat talked about a few things, but her strongest message was to support local yarn stores.
The advice that stuck in my head was not to use pattern stores as showrooms for books. Don’t go in there, look at a book, decide you like it, then buy it online to save a few bucks. Support your local store. Then it can stay open so that you can get advice, touch yarn before you buy it, and see how various colours work together. It makes a lot of sense. I depended heavily on my LYS for advice when I was branching out into lace quite a few years ago, and I’ve been a rather good customer ever since.
Since I don’t have any more knitting or yarn pictures for you at the moment, here is some cuteness from my daughter. She spontaneously wrote this one day when she came home from school last week. I guess they’d been bombarded with Mother’s Day messaging at school:
Hi mom! Thanks for cleaning the house. Thanks for buying my clothes. Thanks for cleaning the bathroom. I love you!
I guess the house cleaning we did together the previous weekend had quite an effect on her!