Did I mention that last summer I travelled to Portland, Oregon to be a part of the fabulous Sock Summit?
I thought so.
What I may not have shared was that I had the opportunity to audit a class, Creative Mosaic Knitting, with the fabulous Barbara Walker.
Having never tried these techniques, it was very illuminating to learn them from the woman who pioneered them.
The class was awesome, first we played around with a pre-drawn chart to get the mechanics of it, then she had us take pencil to graph paper and draw some mosaics of out own.
My favourite moment was when, after several minuted of feverish scratching, Barbara came to where I was sitting. I proudly helpd up my creation and said, "I'm having a wonderful time over here drawing a mosaic for a new pair of socks!" Barbara, in her gracious and quiet way, replied very calmly.
"Those are some pretty drawings dear, but you won't be able to knit any of them!"
I love her. Then she spent another minute explaining the rules of mosaic motif making. And I eventually came up with this:
Which then became these:
A pair, I promise, for my beloved Angela, Sock Summit roomie with the mostest. Not only did she make me my favourite coffee each morning and bring it to me in bed, she was totally prepared to pull an emergency all-nighter with me when my luggage (and teaching step-outs) took its vacation in Vancouver. (It later arrived without incident.)
Here's to knitting friends both new and old!