This past weekend, we were joined by the lovely and delightful Sivia Harding, who shared her knowledge and many laughs with us.
I’ve been a Sivia Harding fan since 2005 when I read this post, bought the pattern, and tried my hand at lace knitting for the very first time. This was Sivia’s first time to Pittsburgh, so I was delighted to be her guide and to show off our city to her a little bit. More on that later, though.
Saturday morning was the Heart to Heart Beaded Scarf class. Sivia explained the charm of a sideways knit such as this one (including why it is perfect for handspun yarns), taught students how to place beads quickly and efficiently, and showed off a charming edging that looks and acts like i-cord without the fuss.
Then it was off to Whole Foods, who generously loaned us their class space for the Harmonia’s Rings Cowl. Students were taught Cat Bordhi’s Moebius cast on and then learned the magic of this knitting technique, which creates a knit from the center out, with mirror-image stitches, and is just fascinating construction. Did you know that you can actually turn this cowl into a sweater? How amazing would that be?!
Saturday evening’s event was reserved for staff only, and we enjoyed the pleasure of Sivia’s company and the amazing food and service at Union Pig & Chicken. If you’ve never been there, you should go — they even have vegetarian options. If you are lucky enough to have Andre serve you, then all the better. He is an outstanding waiter and does an excellent job as a representative of “Team Sousa.”
Sunday, it was back to class! The final topic was sideways lace design. This class was an in-depth review of how to design a sideways-knit shawl (such as the Heart to Heart Beaded Scarf, Oaken Dreams, or Leafwise). I know that I left with a heightened appreciation for everything that designers do!
After the class and a little shopping time at the store, Sivia and I headed for the airport by way of the overlooks on Mount Washington. We were so taken with the view, the pleasant weather, the view, chatting with visitors from Montreal, and did I mention the view, that time may have gotten away from us without either of us realizing it.
We arrived at the airport in what we thought was plenty of time for her to catch her flight; however, we were wrong! In the long run, everything was okay because she was able to change to a later flight and has made it safely to her destination.
Sivia, we do hope that you had as much fun as we did, and we would welcome you with open arms should you wish to return!
Friends of the store and the blog, I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this recap and that you’ll join us for our next event!