Fiber College 2011 was the best ever! I met my long-time idol, Beth Brown-Reinsel, I only wish my classes were scheduled so I could take one of hers! The class list this year was phenomenal; clever cheerful Amy Herzog, wonderful warm Gale Zucker who saved my day with tech-challenges, my dearest dye wizard Ellen Mason, the amazing artist Katharine Cobey,  inspiring hooper Jennifer Appleby, tatter extraordinaire  Jacquie Chalmers on and on and on.

I was Artist In Residence, which means the FC folks provided a groovy tent for a hang-out, which I decorated and inhabited. When I arrived the tent was empty save for a big brown behemoth of a couch. I threw a bright French jaquard tablecloth over it. I brought another couch with a linen slipcover, a mid-century modern coffee table, covered with an applique cloth with swingy pom-poms. I supplied purposely ugly-not-ugly stoneware mugs so we didn’t have to use paper cups. There were streamer-buntings from Bolivia and paper-flower streamers from Hong Kong;  A vintage 70’s 3 legged stool and even a zigzag afghan if anyone got cold. The perfect knitting den. I wish I had before and after pictures. I wish I had ANY pictures. Does anyone have any? It seems that being Artist In Residence shut off the picture-taking receptor in my brain!

I promised my Color Session students a list of my three favorite books on color. Since I am currently on location for a Berroco photo-shoot, at beautiful Scarborough Beach in Rhode Island, with a very infrequent internet connection I’ll share it with all of you:

The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques Margaret Radcliffe

The Art of Fair Isle Knitting Ann Feitelson

Interaction of Color Joseph Albers