My mom and I attended the Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo, CA last weekend. We both took a Continental Knitting class with Biggan Dups on Thursday; on Friday, I took War and Peace socks with Kate Atherley and Mom took Socks at Any Gauge with Ann Budd. Mom really liked Ann's class. Biggan's was OK and Kate's was a little piece of hell. No insult to Kate at all - War and Peace socks are just more war than peace and I didn't enjoy what I learned. A bit of a bummer, but at least I know how to do it now (and know to never do it again).
Stitches West is the only other knitting event I've been to, so it was hard for me to not compare the two - and that said, Stitches is a far superior event. From the venue to the market to the variety of both classes and teachers, I felt a bit disappointed all weekend with the Interweave event. One thing I did appreciate was that the market wasn't a zoo. More often than not, we were the only two people in the booth and we were able to have really quality conversations with the dyers/designers. That was a very nice thing to experience.
I found some fantastic yarn at Monarch Knitting's booth and bought a sweater's worth. Stitch Diva Studio's Jennifer Hansen was an inspirational delight to visit with and - what do you know - I'm learning how to crochet. I had a nice conversation with Knitwhits' Tina and learned how she got into dying those incredible little balls of yarn.
So, it was a nice weekend overall, but I'm really REALLY looking forward to Stitches.
Here's a shot from the end of our weekend. We drove out to Half Moon Bay State Park and watched the surf over our picnic lunch. Lovely!