(This awe-inspiring banner was knitted [!] by Betty Bascomb, one of our marvelous staff members. All pics enlarge).
Man, I'm Impressed!
When I arrived at at the shop around three o'clock, and didn't see a line of distressed knitters along 79th street; I figured gee, y'all are either better than I suspect––or are in deep denial about the mistakes y'all are making. Or maybe you're saving it up for tomorrow's Knit Out & Crochet. Well, you should have come today––because the "sweater doctor" line, is gonna be r-e-e-e-e-e-e-a-a-l-l-y-y long tomorrow. Whoops!
The magnificent Ubaldo is now working here! He is a most talented and skilled knitter, with a voice you want to listen to all day.
This photo doesn't do him justice in real life. My knitting brethren, stop in and say hello!
The former design director at Lion Brand Yarns, is now providing sorely-needed guidance to the Garment District, creating gorgeous knits. She is also developing our first group project.
Meeting and chatting with Lisa Kartus was great! She's a calm, patient, and thorough instructor. Coming from a family of "shrinks," she has to ability to cope with the most neurotic knitters. And you know, how we can become most manic regarding our missteps.
But hey, anyone with a smile like hers has to be benevolent, right?
Let's hope. I'll let you know how she holds up, at around three o'clock tomorrow, after the onslaught of oversights, botches, blunders, and boo-boo's––accompanied by the necessary out of proportion anguish––from maybe about a hundred or more knitters.
Mistakes Don't "Happen"––You Do It; But, They Can Be Fixed - Lisa
The dress rehearsal wasn't bad. A few patients waited––well, patiently––while the doc doled out some very thorough advice. Basically, once you can "fess up," regarding your fumble, you're on the road to recovery. The patients who were helped, informed me that Lisa was very good in working with them, to understand and correct their errors. Are they now empowered, perhaps? "That's stretching it a bit," confided the mother, of a mother and daughter pair who were both learning why stitches were surreptitiously being added to their rows. "But having the book will help. The illustrations are good. And I have my daughter."
Ah, the family that stumbles together…
You may be the CEO; but if you discover a "hole" six rows down, you go "uh,oh" too.
Tension, Doesn't Have To Be Synonymous With Headache
The act of forming tension, or using your fingers regulate the amount of "pull" on your yarn while knitting, is an invaluable time saver, as well as a way to minimize the possibility of error. Here's Lisa showing a patient one way to hold the yarn.
Aside from checking out slip-up survival strategies,
I got to meet––in person––the one and only Veronica Best, aka A Knitter In Queens, with her yarn shopping companion in tow.
bloggers are a funny lot. Y'all don't like to be blogged yourselves, huh? But that's okay. Fifteen minutes of fame, isn't that long, ya' know?.
And finally, a shot of our dynamically emphatic and fearless leader, Pearl Chin.
That cozy little boucle´ shrug above her head is designed and knitted by my daughter-in-yarn, Amanda.
Post Script: I am sincerely grateful to all of you for your condolences, regarding the passing of my friend Adam.
He was a wonderful human being, and his spirit will remain with me, always.
See y'all tomorrow!