Monday was the first knitting guild meeting for the season. I had made plans to meet up with Natalie Servant beforehand and we had a lovely Greek dinner at a nearby restaurant, while chatting away about design ideas and challenges. We quickly discovered that we are both very mathematical by nature, and of course this carries over to our design approaches as well. “Consider the relationship between rate of increase, and the slopes of…..” well, if your eyes are glazing over by now, I can’t really blame you. I think the fact that we both have an engineering background may have something to do with this.
We also realized that we draw our design inspiration from very different sources. Natalie has designed shawls based on both the Eiffel Tower and the Chrysler building. Marvellous ideas, and I really like how she’s translated the buildings into lace. I, on the other hand, have stayed clear of cities and looked towards the natural elements, forests, seas and rocks. And of course of late, my love of mythology and stories has played a part in the designs.
After dinner, there was just a small hop over to the Knitting Guild meeting. During the meeting we were introduced to the new executive committee, and got an overview of the new guild web-site. I was working on one of my new shawl designs in Serenity Silk from the Zen Garden, and I’m very close to finishing it. I thought I might be able to finish it during the meeting, but….. well, I think I was distracted by all the other things on people’s needles, and I still had about half of the bind-off to do.
The last part of the meeting included a show and tell with projects from a number of the guild members. We got to see all sorts of projects, including a lovely afghan, a couple of entrelac scarves, a few lace shawls, and two very lovely tops. One was a cabled tank top, and the other an entrelac/lace top. Both were so nice that I’m going to have to scour Ravelry for the patterns. It’s so inspiring to see all these projects knit up.