Sunday, November 15, 2009

Liberty of the Seas - November 1st - 8th, 2009

We set sail on Royal Caribbeans's Liberty of the Seas with 93 knitters and 3,600 cruisers for three ports of call including Belize, Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Three days of inspiring classes with Nicky Epstein, Debbie Bliss and Carla Scott. Although the workshop classrooms were held in a dark, inner sanctum nightclub we left the cruise feeling happy, energized and most important of all, inspired. Debbie Bliss provided a sample trunk show; sweaters that were gorgeous to touch and try on with professionally knitted details that many of our group had never seen before. Awe-struck would be a good description for our reaction to the inspirational designs and variety of yarns used for the garments.

Nicky Epstein is the teacher/designer extraordinaire for her energy and enthusiasm. It is amazing to be in her presence for she is determined to win you over to try her knitting techniques (embellishments and over the edge) and she succeeds! I made hearts, leaves, cable twist edges and button loops, circle doo-dads and of course, roses to add to my swatch. Many of us shared that after knitting for many years, buying many of Nicky's books and giving them as gifts to other knitters, we now wanted to try her beautiful techniques because she made us think that they were easy. Time in Nicky's class flew by. We worked intensely but Nicky convinced us it was fun!

Carla Scott, Vogue Knitting's Executive Editor in charge of technical details include pattern writing, made us take our measurements in places on our bodies that we hadn't thought about before. such as back shoulder to shoulder width and underarm to waist. It made us appreciate the designer and technical writer's efforts to make patterns that fit, in all sizes. Not only is gauge very important, but understanding ease in garment construction too. I think that we must incorporate fit into selecting patterns and coordinating yarn if we want to knit sweaters that fit and cherish them for years to come.