You’ll remember me mentioning Knit Nation a while back- and since then we’ve been busy little bees getting things ready for the big launch! Cookie A and I have teamed up to create Knit Nation, a summer knitting expo that’s going to take place at Imperial College in London, UK on the 29-31 July 2010.
We wanted to create an event on this side of the pond that brings together leading teachers in the knitting and spinning world, and provides an arena that encourages and inspires. A place for indie dyers to connect with yarn shops and designers, for yarn shop owners to source great products, and for you, intrepid knitters, spinners and hookers alike (of the crochet kind of course), to explore, shop and learn. Oh and we also want everyone to have a rollicking good time.
Knit Nation will have 3 days of classes, and 2 days of shopping with some trade only time to network. Besides Cookie, we have a lot of great teachers lined up (including spinning classes as well as knitting):
Lexi Boeger of Pluckyfluff fame.
JC Briar, seasoned instructor and tech editor extraordinaire.
Nancy Bush, the Estonian knitting authority.
Chrissy Gardiner, an emerging design phenomenon.
Anne Hanson of KnitSpot.
Wendy Johnson whose sock pattern Cookie used for her first ever sock.
Janel Laidman, author of the new hit sock book The Enchanted Sole.
Judith Mackenzie McCuin, author and spinner extraordinaire.
Clara Parkes of Knitters Review.
Beth Brown Reinsel, an amazing teacher.
Merike Saarnit, also Estonian.
Anna Zilboorg, author of the most inspirational books.
Jess & Casey and hopefully Mary-Heather and Sarah will be on hand to give a talk about the incredible site and community that is Ravelry, and (squeee!) they will be throwing a Ravelry party (UK’s first with the Godfather & Godmother of knit!).
Seriously, this has been a dream come true. We have a great team behind Knit Nation, without whom we would be lost. First and foremost there is Cookie A, who is our Fearless Leader in the US (I’m FL-UK).
John Ramskill created our logo (I wanted pugs instead of sheep, but alas Cookie would have none of it) and all our ads which you may have seen on Ravelry, in Knitting Magazine, Interweave and Twist Collective. Emilie Ramskill keeps us on the straight and narrow. Dee Desai-Tagg set up our website which will be going live later this month with more info.
We’ll be blogging over the next 9 months on the website with updates and news. Keep an eye out for the class schedule in a couple weeks’ time. Class sign ups will be open on the 1st December. You can get the latest info here:
I made a slight detour during my stay in the US, and spent a few extra days in San Francisco and I was lucky enough to be able to meet with Cookie to finalise our adwork for Ravelry. It is so much easier to talk images when we’ve got our laptops out side by side!
We even managed to have some tea to bring a wee bit of Britain to our meet up.
I love how our community transcends borders and creates its own crafty yarn & fibre nation. Love (1).
Knit love. Knit Community. Knit Nation. Bring it on!