I went to a machine knitting seminar yesterday put on by the Tennessee Valley Machine Knitters Club. I love seminars! I don’t get out much and didn’t go North to any of the great seminars I blogged about on Aug 27th’s entry. So I listened closely when my friend, Lou Damewood, said this would be good seminar and I signed up just in time to go.
It was a fabulous seminar! Fran is in the process of moving to St. Augustine, FL, and hadn’t knittted in awhile so she was excited to sit down to the club’s Brother 930e with its ribber to show us 10 different neckline trims. How how sweet and special each one was: my mind, usually dulled with daily routines and worries filled with possibilities.
But beyond the designs that washed over me like a flood, it was so great to have Fran share what she had learned about the Brother machines when she was a distributor. I bought my Brother machines after they were no longer being made so many little details are missing my body of knowledge.
It was the first time I had seen a 4 color changer set up and worked by someone besides myself. I’m teaching myself so I had amassed a large library and everything I do is by following a book. I never know if I’m doing it right. I also fell in love all over again with knit weaving. I had seen it done on a video by Donna Seitzer. I must get to the machines!
Fran also gave us the basics for machine shaping a neckline. I have my notes, which are horrible, and I just need to sit down and practice, practice, practice until it becomes second nature.
It was also a special treat to pass time with other machine knitters, many of whom are also into sewing. I was revived by being around kind and gentle souls who love to knit. People came from all over: Chattanooga, Nashville, Clinton, Knoxville.
Special thanks to the TN Valley MK Club for putting on this seminar and getting this hermit out and about. Note to self: Get yourself out of The Stitchery and go to more club meetings!
Fran’s Knitting Boutique new location: 3114 Kings Road, St Augustine, FL 32086 301) 725-4264
To find a knitting club in US or Canada try http://www.machineknitpensacola.net/otherclubs.html