By Wednesday or so, I should have a cool photograph of Rita Merino -- our festival denizen whose garments now are accumulating quite nicely. As some of you know, Rita is the kid sister of a Chicago chick named Polly Esther Cotton -- the lovechild of the Windy City Knitting Guild. Before her very recent retirement, Polly Esther's skirts had reached 8 feet or so -- her sleeves were unbelievably decorated and heavy -- She therefore was replaced by a new kid, Maureen O'Wool, who I"ve not yet met. BUT: When I last talked with them, the Windy City people agreed that it would be very cool for Polly Esther to have a Detroit sibling. So. Today we put on her black body stocking. She has a curly black wig (she's Asian, but with a perm). I added a preposterous yellow crocheted flower to her hair. She is wearing a sleeveless vest cardi that I made some time ago from some quite nice Paton's SWS (soy wool stripe), with tagua nut buttons. We will put her on a low table so people can work all around her and start skirts from the bottom of the vest -- sleeves from the armholes, etc. Ijust made an I-cord belt from one of L. Harding's metallic and wool ribbons and, of course, I added some truly gaudy rhinestone clasps to hold it together. She also has a pair of handcrafted socks (made by my friend Elaine Clark -- not quite matched, which is also cool). Rita will be stunning. She will have a jar at her feet silently inviting people to contribute a buck or two to the First Step shelter for domestic and sexual violence. But mostly she will permit people to meet other people and to remind themselves that, once upon a time, all clothing was made by hand. All of it. I will surround her with baskets of yarn and jars and jars of tools.
As to shawls: OKAY YOU GUYS. Register for Candace Eisner-Strick's utterly amazing Strick-ly Shawls course. I do NOT know what is going on. This is one of the most wondrous classes you could possibly take -- I surely loved it. You start with a nine-stitch tab. You can use any weight yarn, any pattern stitch. You can add any kind of edging. It fits over the shoulders. I cannot believe that this course has only a handful of registrants. UTTERLY amazing.
But watch out generally, folks. Some of the classes are filling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!