04 October 2013
What I Learned at TKGA, Day 3
I should also mention that Beth has a Kickstarter campaign running until Tuesday 22 October. I did not realize, but she has already produced one knitting video and the Kickstarter funding is for post-production on a second video. I haven’t seen either, but based on the quality of her classes and her essential book Knitting Ganseys, I have no doubt the videos will be first-rate.
Friday evening was the TKGA Fun Night. Patty Lyons gave a hilarious multimedia presentation on gauge. Patty did more than just talk about the importance of gauge and how to use it. She showed sad examples of gauge gone wrong. Mostly these were sweaters that were far too big to fit their intended recipients. The saddest example was probably a beautiful Fair Isle sweater. It was clearly a labor of both love and great knitting skill, but it just didn't fit. Heartbreaking! Most of the examples were less sad, and it was a case of all of us laughing in recognition. Maybe we’ve recognized the work of the gremlins early enough to have ripped out the project before getting to the end, but we’ve all been there with a project that went off on its own adventure without properly consulting its knitter first. And so many of us have just kept knitting along, disbelieving that our knitting could betray us.