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fiber camping

11 January 2010 3,200 views 3 Comments

the internet is awesome

Now with less camping.

The Boston Common Cod Fiber Guild put on a conference of sorts this weekend. Technically an un-conference, which means that the participants are also the session leaders. Pretty cool way to do it. Bascially, if you wanted to see something, you posted it on the wiki. If you were willing to teach or lead a panel, you posted it on the wiki. Once there was interest shown, a schedule was made up and off we went.

The weekend was kicked off with a presentation from Julia of Twist Collective. She spoke about the awesomeness of the internet and knitting’s place therein which I always find fascinating.  I continue to be amazed how many knitters are oblivious to our community’s online presence. It’s a good reminder of how small our place here can be, but how much room we have for more.

Julia joking around with Guido before the presentation. We were at MIT after all.

Julia teaches Guido a thing or two

She brought along some of the Twist Collective sweaters. Drool.

Twist Collective sweaters

Then Saturday (I could only make it for one day of the conference) I took a session on Continental knitting.

knitter's view

I’d love to knit Continental as I think it’s faster, but as it turns out, I’m more of a combo knitter. When it comes right down to it though, I know I’m sticking with my slower, throwing ways. I’ve been doing it for 30 years. It’s HARD to change, you know? (please note, knitting continental does not normally entail lying down on a table, but Owlknits Suzanne figured this was the easiest way to give us all the knitter’s eye view of her hands. She’s a smartie, that one)

tresgatos and owlknits

For one of the afternoon sessions, the amazing Gale Zucker led a session about photographing knits on real models.


She has a few Photography for Knitters workshops coming up in CT this month. If the 75 minutes we had with her on Saturday was any indication, I would highly recommend trying a full day with her. I’m toying with the idea of driving down myself.

All in all, a fabulous weekend. I admit I skipped out on the Sunday sessions, but I promise, the homemade peanut butter we cooked up was well worth playing hooky.


  • thea said:

    I love the pic of Suzanne on the table! Glad it was a great weekend Am hoping I can give you some photography practice soon so you can try out the new techniques you’ve learned! …. :-)

  • jennifer said:

    I feel the same about Continental…the speed is a very nice thought, but I can’t just pull a switch after all these years!

  • Yarnhog (Suzanne) said:

    Can I just say I LOVE that she laid down on the table to give you all the best view? What a great, no-tech way to provide that angle!

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