|Me with Sally Melville|
Now, I try to be as honest as I can in this blog. And, before working at Wool, I was not very familiar with Sally's work. And even as news of her rolling into town spread, I still didn't really know what to make of this lady, BUT now I know. And she is pretty incredible.
While I was unable to attend any of her workshops (pesky computer science exams, boo), I did have the pleasure of seeing her speak at the Fox Valley Knitter's Guild meeting on Wednesday evening. Matt's mom, who is a huge fan and owns all of her books, accompanied me and it was a nice little venture for both of us. Hey! We're guild members now :)
The topic for the evening was how to make the most of your yarn collection and pairing colors/tints/textures together to make something beautiful and cohesive. I like to think I have a good grasp on which colors go together and how to arrange them, but Sally pointed out something rather revolutionary: ALL colors go together!
What? All colors? No, you can't be serious. But, as it turns out, they do. Now, you can't exactly pair a pastel with a pure and saturated color, but you can pair pretty much any pastel with any other pastel. Weird, huh? And it makes sense. I remember when I was making my second Calliope hat I decided that I wanted to use a dark red yarn and green/blue buttons. Kate questioned my decision, but, in the end, it all worked out. Because they were the right shades of red and green and their "tones" complimented one another.
|Knitting and signing|
So, Sally has inspired me to sort my stash...one of these days. I went into work Thursday evening, the night following her talk at the guild, and heard rumblings of the aftershock. Apparently more than one guild member went home that night (or, in the case of one, woke up at 4:30 that next morning) and dove into their stash.
Sally also hosted a meet and greet at the shop on Thursday evening. She was kind enough to sign books and allowed us to try on samples from some of her newest books.
|Sally modeling her designs|
|Sample from Mother and Daughter Knits|
|I tried on this one...no action shot.|
|Some of the ladies|
All in all Sally's visit was very exciting and inspiring. Hopefully I will be able to put some of her suggestions to the test. Y'know, when my 19 pound box of yarn arrives this week. But more on that later...;)