I spent my entire Saturday with fellow fiber lovers, including Mary Scott Huff. She is the author of The New Stranded Colorwork and was also our instructor for the day. The first class was the Sassy Selbvotter class where we learned how to do Norwegian stranded colorwork (similar to Fair Isle, but a bit different) by knitting her gorgeous Queen of Hearts Mittens. Here is a WIP picture of what I have completed so far.
I am using Brown Sheep wool and am loving my color choices. I was nervous about learning to do stranded colorwork, but I was pleasantly surprised that it is far easier than it looks!
After our 4 hour session with mittens (seriously, it flew by!) and an hour break it was time for Mary's Mad Hatters class. In this class we learned how to design our own stranded colorwork hat. I have cast on my hat with some DK weight Misti Alpaca 100% baby alpaca and will be using a warm brown, rich purple, and bright green for the hat. The chart I designed includes some darling dragonflies. I will share a picture when I get to that part of the hat.
I must say that Mary is an amazing instructor! She is herself quite a sassy lady and therefore a joy to learn from and with. We spent as much time laughing and sharing as we did learning and knitting, and for me that equates to a perfect class. Thanks Mary for an amazing day and thank you Paradise Fibers for making the classes possible!