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Archive for July 24th, 2005

Fun at Threadbear

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

polymer clay classI had a wonderful weekend at Threadbear. Saturday, I taught polymer clay and Sunday I taught ColorJoy Stole. As usual, there was a parade of great folks traipsing through the shop, some not from Lansing. It felt a bit like a party and I loved it.

Saturday I got an extra-special surprise… Jillian/Knittingfrau tapped me on the shoulder and then gave me the very best of hugs. She looks great, as usual. I introduced her to my students and we had a small chat about her upcoming book (Big Girl Knits, if you missed my blog entry a few days back).

Cathie in ColorJoy Stole classJillian’s book will contain designs with curves built in, for curvy gals. Gotta love it. I’m a small girl with curves, so I figure I’ll still learn something from it. As in, creating darts so armholes don’t gap in tank tops? As in, adjusting patterns to sizes outside the written boundaries? The way Big Girls have to do it all the time? You got it!

Sherida and her ColorJoy StoleSunday I met Janet from Lansing, who had previously purchased a pattern from me through the internet. She figured out I must be LynnH and introduced herself. It was great to meet her!

It’s alway satisfying to me when folks can recognize me in person, based on what they have seen/read on my web pages. Let’s face it, one photo is not really enough to know what someone’s face looks like… but I imagine that my business/website name “ColorJoy” paired with my manner of dress is a big hint. It delights me, in any case, when people pick me out in a crowd. I must be doing a good job of being *me* on the web.

Sharon and the beginning of her ColorJoy StoleHere are photos of my students’ works of art this weekend. First is a communal baking tray from polymer clay class, with buttons and beads and fun shapes by students (and two by me).

Following that are Cathie’s stole (with her pretty red hair peeking through to prove how great these colors will be on her), then Sherida with her just-started stole, and Sharon with her early stole progress, on the monster 20mm needle she will use every so often to create “dropped garter stitch” rows (rather than double-wrapping her needle to do the same thing). Sharon P., by the way, was the one who recommended the monster needle for this, and it works well for a good portion of my ColorJoy Stole students.