So many people, so much yarn and so much fun! Syfestivalen in Stockholm left me exhausted but exhilarated. I had three workshops every day.
It was the first time I held a workshop and I must say that it was an uplifting experience to spend the whole day talking about knitting – while people listened with interest. No one had that glazed look that family and some friends sometimes get when the subject is approached.
On Friday there was a record breaking number of visitors. The big hall was packed. Busloads of women arrived, bought stuff like mad and went home carrying numerous bags. They made the Sex and the City ladies look like shopping amateurs...
Good thing I had a helper – my daughter Elise.
The workshop was about how to draw your own mitten pattern. Where do you find inspiration and how do you start?
Pen and paper is a good start, for instance.
There was a basket full of stranded knitting for those who wanted to try.
A few new mitten patterns were created during those three days.
A young girl called Maja showed real talent.
My friend Eva-Lotta, who already makes her own mitten designs came along and drew a new pattern.
You will probably be able to see Eva-Lotta´s new mitten pattern on her blog.
Comments on my designs varied a lot. Someone exclaimed how lovely it was to see such traditional patterns. Someone else asked if I didn´t have any traditional patterns.
Giving a workshop was a lot of fun in more ways than one.
Men en sak borde man verkligen ändra på Syfestivalen.
Det borde heta Stickfestivalen. Jamenellerhur!