Thursday, Jan. 7. 2010, was the first day of TNNA and was lucky enough to be able to take a 6 hour class on reversible cables with “Si-Fu” Lily Chin. OMG that woman is crazy! I don’t mean crazy-bad. I mean crazy-good: an encyclopedia of knowledge and creativity. As entertaining and dynamic as she was, I have to admit that I found the first half of the class a little on the languid side. This is certainly no criticism of the content and I can’t really complain because she was starting very logically and appropriately with the basics (which I knew, hence I found it a little slow) and working up to the more difficult stuff. Lily is a bundle of energy, a great teacher, funny and dynamic. I love the analogies she used when describing cables and she certainly kept me entertained. Let’s just say that there were lots of references to trysts, threesomes, orgies, etc. 😉
As far as reversible cables are concerned, I only knew of 2 methods. Lily taught us 4. As if that’s not impressive enough, Lily mentioned that in her upcoming book Power Cables (release June 2010, Interweave Press) she covers THIRTEEN methods!! I am so going to get that book.
I had brought my most recent Remy (my pattern: reversible cable with 2 motifs on each side; published in July 2009 issue of Knitscene) project and I was utterly surprised flattered when she asked me to show my sample/pattern to the class as well. Remy is so basic and elementary compared skills of that woman. Also, what also made me squee was when Lily saw my little shop’s name, she said “Oh, I know Handicraft Cafe!”
One of the samples she showed us was a reversible 2 color brioche with a cable on the other side!! Holy, freakin’ cow! Unfortunately, that pattern was cut from her book due to its complexity and the publisher’s concern that most people would not even attempt. I want to try it!! I’d love to really examine the unique brains of creative thinkers and knitting revolutionaries like Lily Chin, Cat Bordhi, Elizabeth Zimmerman, Norah Gaughn…well, you get the picture.
Next Post: Update and summary of my experience as a panel member for an AKD forum last night. Panel members include a panel of esteemed and established designers with a variety of backgrounds. I’m the newbie. 🙂