On Monday Mr. Turtle and I closed on a house we’ve been in the process of buying. It seems like we’ve been in negotiations for months now. Monday afternoon we signed the last of the paperwork, a large sum of money exchanged hands, and we got the keys to the house. It’s official.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be moving our household from the house we rent to the house we own – over a distance just shy of seven miles. We get to stay in an area we love. We couldn’t be more pleased with our decision!
Next week I’ll try to get some pictures of the house and the property, but right now we’re busy with a number of tasks we want to get done before we move in… namely, some repairs, some tidying, and packing up our current household. Big changes are afoot!
Over the past weekend I was at Fibre Space teaching a full roster of classes. It was a blast – some weekends you just luck out with the most amazing student. It was the case of me being in the right mind-frame, all the students ready and prepared for the classes and… I think the fact that the store had rearranged the classrooms so there was noticeably more space. Sometimes, when there were a lot of classes running in the store before, the noise and the room could get a mite bit squished. With the way the store has been rearranged, the classrooms have more room to “breathe.” It made a big difference.
I taught Finishing, and had a great group of students learn how to work the mattress stitch, weave in ends, and block like masters. I also taught Ravelry 101 and Intarsia.
But the class I’d been looking forward to teaching the most? Irish Crochet. A number of years ago I ran an Irish Crochet class that did well, but interest lagged and I wasn’t able to get another class off the ground. Still, I pitched the class to Danielle and she thought it’d be a good idea to run it right before St. Patrick’s day. It was a good decision. I completely revamped the class, taking the best bits from the last time I did it and contextualizing it in a different manner. This was definitely an unusual class: one part piratical hands-on reading charts and learning about Irish Crochet, one part how to read historical patterns, and one part planning and making Irish Crochet in the future. the students were great, and the result was a class that blew me out of the water.
Meanwhile, one of my students brought to class the most epic notions box I’d ever had a pleasure to encounter. Made by her husband from a fly fishing tackle box, it was amazing. Above is the first side of the box, and below is the second side of the box. Talk about a well-planned tool.