Friday she gave a speech and did a book signing. The speech was on how knitting alters the brain and not only was it funny (in true YH style) it was educational. Several things I knew instinctively, Stephanie backed up with scientific research, giving me more ammo to use against muggles who may try to deride our noble craft.
Here she is preaching the gospel of the knit.
- lever knitting
- norwegian purl
- a super fast and neat kind of ssk that Stephanie invented (well possibly, most likely)
- a toolbox of techniques to make my knitting more efficient
- sources for some really good needles
- and that I'm a fast knitter for my area, but slow in terms of the world.
And I'd like to get my speed up, mostly for socks. I have more loved ones whose feet I'd like to cover in wooly goodness than I have time or patience to knit for. A sock knitting machine is one idea, but too pricey. Learning to knit faster sounds like the answer.
Well, actually, the answer is a whole new way of knitting. Lever knitting, which is killing my brain to learn. None the less, I do hereby solemnly swear to pursue my homework, which is to make a K1 P1 scarf using the new technique for some amount of time every day, for 21 days. I have Noro Silk Garden, 15 inch needles, and I will prevail!
Tomorrow's class is called Liking Lace. A whole 'nother day to blow my mind.