Last weekend Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed was in town and hanging out at Loop.  Some of my knitty friends came up from DC to meet him and we did plenty of hanging out (and eating and knitting) in the mean time.

On Friday night he signed copies of his new book at Loop, so we all said hi & had our books signed.  If you haven’t seen Made In Brooklyn yet, it is absolutely necessary that you check it out.  It’s a truly beautiful book, with charming patterns and fantastic photography.  But what else would you expect from Mr. Flood?

Jared was teaching workshops throughout the rest of the weekend and Petra and I were lucky enough to get the last two spaces in Intro to Shetland Colorwork.

Jared taught us all the tricks or stranded knitting.  One of the most helpful things I learned was that the dominant color should always be pulled from the left.  This keeps that strand and its floats on the bottom and keeps the stitch pattern from getting interrupted by those little spaces of background color that you sometime see (like, ahem, in my practice fair isle hat).  This of course, helps the pattern to look pronounced and keeps everything neat.  A truly helpful thing to know.

Jared was a great teacher, explaining and demonstrating everything very clearly.  He patiently answered our questions and double checked on our progress.  Towards the end of the workshop he demonstrated steeking in a way that has completely taken away the fear.  I haven’t had time to steek my swatch because of schoolwork, but I really can’t wait to try.

Needless to say we had a great time.  It was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday morning.

And the rest of the weekend was lovely.  It was so good to see everyone.  We ate fantastic meals, a nice change since I haven’t been eating out much lately.  And I got loads of knitting done.  Managed to squeeze in a bit of homework at the end there too.

And of course now I’m looking forward to the next knitting adventure.  Rhinebeck is only a week away!