Chicago VKL Day 2.75

I am currently writing this at 4am in the Chicago airport. Our flight leaves at 5am so Saturday night, immediately after my classes were done for the day, I took a four-hour nap to prepare for the trip to Antigua.

My post from yesterday was getting slightly long, so I skipped my time at the market place. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time there because I had a list of things I was specifically looking for. I wanted to get a double pointed needle case from Della-Q and a small project bag. My current project bag is kind of thin and my needles poke through it. I was also looking for Anna’s Mochimochi books and Tess Yarns microfiber ribbon yarn. Since I wasn’t really meandering around, I didn’t get a really good look at everything, but I didn’t have too much time there. I went on my mission, grabbed the things I was looking for and got out.

My flu has resurfaced again so I have been totally dead to the world Friday and Saturday. I am going to have to take some cold meds and sleep it off in Antigua.

My Saturday was the long day of classes, with a six hour Knit to Flatter class in the morning and afternoon, then Twists and Turns around the World: Japanese Lace in the evening.

Knit to Flatter was amazing, of course. Amy Herzog is an excellent teacher and very captivating. I would highly recommend this class to anyone not impressed with the fit of their hand-knit sweaters.

I don’t think it was very intelligent of me to take a Japanese lace class at 6pm on a Saturday. I was exhausted and not really in the best frame of mind for any kind of knitting, nevermind lace. Brooke Nico is a great teacher though and with the handout, I think I will be able to get a better grasp on things after sleeping and coffee.

I originally took this class because nothing else was fitting into my schedule really well and I wanted to take SOMETHING. It ended up being really informative and the perfect intro for me into Japanese lace. I’ve always been a little weary of getting a Japanese lace book because they are, clearly, not written in English. I didn’t think I would be able to decipher them. This would have been completely true, and one of the first things Brooke went over was how to decipher the lace patterning. The symbols are a little different, but other than that it seems fairly logical. I’ll have to look into the Japanese lace books and see if there are any that really strike my interest.

This post was pretty quick, but I’ve got a honeymoon to get back to and some sleep to catch up on!

Side note: Photos don’t seem to be loading, so I’ll have to put them up later!