Spring Fling with Kirsten Kapur, Part Deux

Anna has been badgering me to write this for weeks now, and I can’t believe that a month has already passed since Kirsten Kapur’s visit.  I’ve known Kirsten for a couple of years now and am always thrilled to see her (I usually only see her in Rhinebeck or at TNNA), but was really so excited that she had agreed to come to Natural Stitches to teach some classes.

Anna has talked about the Saturday class and I guess it’s my turn to talk about the Sunday class, which was color work.  Now, any of you who know me know that I have gauge issues* when it comes to color work, so I was all about taking this class.

We learned to hold our yarn in both hands, and how to “twist” our yarns to avoid long floats.

As you can see, we were a very studious group:

And we took a very handsome class photo!

I tried a couple of different swatches and have turned both of them into cat toys, and I regret to say that I didn’t photograph them before doing so.  I was surprised that the colors I chose kind of blended into each other and that I couldn’t see my stitches distinctly.  While this can be desirable in some techniques or projects, it certainly was a learning experience for me and something I will consider when choosing colors for a project that I want to be high in contrast.

From follow-up chats and texts with Kirsten, I know that she had a wonderful time here and is looking forward to coming back to see us again.  To tide us over until we see Kirsten again, we are hosting a TTL 2013 Mystery Shawl knit-along!  The pattern is $4 until June 1 and is available as a Ravelry in-store download.  The first clue comes out on June 1, so don’t wait!  Stop in to sign up, get your pattern details, and choose your yarn (you’ll need 3 colors!), then come back on Saturday, June 1, to knit the first clue along with us in the store!

 

 

*Actually, it seems that my gauge issues are overflowing; I recently got 7 stitches per inch on the Bellevue Cardigan, when I should have gotten 5.  But that’s another story for another time.

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