Creative work is play.
It is free speculation using materials of one’s chosen form.

[Stephen Nachmanovitch]


Jolene and I are heading to Ohio to teach a Fair Isle knitting workshop this weekend. Acutally, I’d call it stranded knitting since I have samples that aren’t classiclly Fair Isle. Stranded knitting is a color-change technique that involves carrying two strands of yarn across each row. I love to watch the pattern grow as I work. The photo at the right is classically Fair Isle and shows how I carry my yarn.

I enjoy workshops. In addition to meeting folks, I always learn more than I teach. I feel like I’m in an ongoing apprenticeship. No matter how much I’ve learned from books, I have learned most of my skills through contact with other people. I pick up an idea here, and a technique there.

The most important things I pick up are inspiration, ideas and encouragement.