It’s been nearly three weeks since I returned from Fiber College, so it’s really time to get down to writing about it!
Above all, I want to say that you cannot beat Fiber College for a beautiful and socially warm setting in which to learn some fiber skills and socialize with your fellow fanatics. The event’s organizer, Astrig Tanguay, is an incredibly gracious host. No sooner had I arrived than she (1) had told me I was beautiful (which is never a bad thing to hear) and (2) dragged me by the arm to join Mary Jane Mucklestone‘s class on styling knits for photos. Even though I hadn’t registered for it. And it had kind of already started. But no matter. Mary Jane is one of those fabulously confident people who just rolls with it.
In this photo, Mary Jane was showing us how to style a shirt so that it sets off — but does not detract from — the knitted garment that you’re photographing. The lovely model is Ellen, who designed and knit that delicious sweater. Ellen has been my virtual friend for a while, so it was glorious to get to spend time together in person. And I enjoyed Mary Jane’s company immensely, too. Both of these women are so talented, and you can learn a lot from them without ever feeling like you are being schooled.
That above is another amazing Ellen design. It was all I could do not to snatch that adorable yellow cardigan right off of Girlfriend’s back. Oh, and yes, she did sew that sweet shirt with her very own hands. You would be mad at her except that she is the kindest soul imaginable. So you can’t be mad at her. Stop it.
I also adored Michelle (pictured below), who — as it happens — took Mary Jane’s class and both of mine, so we got to see a lot of each other.
The beer that Michelle is holding is all in the name of art. I had never thought about this before, but when you’re photographing knits, you want the model’s arms to be above her hip line so that her hands are in the shot. When her arms are hanging down straight, it apparently looks weird. If Coors Light is what it takes to keep a photo from looking weird, then so be it, I say.
How were my classes? Oh, thanks for asking. They went pretty well, actually — especially the second one on cardigan closures. My history of knitting class felt like more of a mixed bag. I was trying to teach knitting technique and history at the same time, and that proved difficult. That class needs more work.
My uncle Bill even came to film the proceedings for his TV show on one of the Portland stations. Since we in the Green family grew up in the Land of the Giant Dorks, Bill even interviewed me for the program. I made the smart move of eating some ribs right before show time. I’ll let you know when the Sloppy Teeth Extravaganza is available for viewing.
Getting to spend time with my aunt and uncle on either end of Fiber College was a real treat, too. I don’t get to see them often enough, so it was quite a luxury to have them all to myself.
It was just a lush weekend all around. I’ve tried to keep this last picture in my head ever since — it just doesn’t get this verdant here in central Texas. Oh, Maine, I love you and I’ll be back as soon as I can!