a special gig

Thanks for all the great comments on the stripey knee socks! I’ll be working on writing them up for various foot/calf size combinations in the next little while.

Last Wednesday I had a special gig – a talk at the Downtown Knit Collective, one of Toronto’s knitting guilds (the biggest?). The always fabulous Patrick asked me if I’d be interested in doing a talk/presentation at the guild way back before I left for my trip, and it really came up fast.

It was a little daunting arriving early and seeing the podium and microphone…


Along with the soon-to-be-not-so-empty seats!

empty seats

Of course, after I took these I suffered from a bout of camnesia. Oh well. The talk went well, I think! I spent the weekend previous writing up a whole speech, but didn’t really read from it – as it should be. The writing really helped me order my thoughts, considering I’d never done anything like this before, and now I have something to fall back on should I need to!

I spoke a bit about how I learned to knit and got involved in design and such, a bit about my design process (with accompanying slideshow!) and a bit about the experience of writing Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting. The time (which was quite short, thank goodness!) really flew by.

Everyone was very nice, welcoming, friendly, and there were lots of great questions too.


Susanne even showed off her Simple Yet Effective Shawl during the show & tell at the beginning of the meeting. Gorgeous!

Susanne in her noro SYES

I had lots of fun, gave away a couple of books in the raffle, and brought all the socks from the book as well as some of my sweater designs for everyone to look at in person. It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but I think we all had a good time.

Thanks to everyone who came out!



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14 responses to “a special gig”

  1. Mae Avatar

    The Simple Yet Effective (or as I’ve called it, my reading shawl) is being knit up in the same color! WEE!

  2. yarnpiggy Avatar

    Congrats on surviving (and kicking but, by the sound of it) your speech! Public speaking is scary. :-)

  3. Meredith Avatar

    Nicely timed, post! (Or just nicely timed that I read this today.) I didn’t know that you had written that book, but kept picking it up when I was in Chapters. I finally bought a copy of it this weekend and was thrilled to see you were the author! (call me ignorant, but that’s how it went. :P ) At any rate, glad the talk went well! Not surprised at that, because I’m loving the book! (And the blog, too. :D )

  4. emy Avatar

    Congrats, wish I was there!

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  6. little_lj Avatar

    I loved those socks too… :o)

  7. Knittripps Avatar

    Good for you! I would have been terrified.

  8. Digital Capacitor : Avatar

    i think everyone would have an anxiety attack during public speaking. publick speaking requires a good deal of self-confidence~`~

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