Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Interquilten in Interlochen

Interlochen, Michigan is best known as the home of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, with its internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Academy High School and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

Interlochen is otherwise a rather small village. Last summer, a new quilt shop opened and added its zest to the burg. It’s called Interquilten. And last week, the store moved to a new location – across the street – into an older building that has been an Interlochen fixture since I was a kid, when it was The Music Box, a gift shop with what I remember as a fabulous array of old fashioned candies. The building has a quirky shape, and an oddly slanting roof. It’s painted red. Inside, there are flagstone floors, walls paneled in wood, and even a fireplace. Charm and then some!

Not only is the building loaded with charm, but the store will soon be loaded with my handspun yarns, greeting cards, and knitting patterns for sale starting in February, 2010. I’m also scheduled to teach a knitting class in February, and I expect to be offering more knitting classes there in the coming months. The class I’m teaching in February is “Knitting Savvy: The Basics of Cables”. It’s a two-session class, meeting from 11am-12noon, Thursdays, Feb 11 & 18.

I do love cables! Here’s the class description:

Knitted cables – those twisty, winding patterns that are often seen on Aran sweaters – look complicated. But, they’re easier to knit than they look. And, they’re fun, too! In two sessions, we will cover the basics of making cables: a “front” cross, a “back” cross, twists versus snakes (sounds dangerous!), even cables, and odd cables. With the basic skills we will cover, you will be able to navigate the most complicated-looking cable pattern! Participants will have the chance to begin a scarf that includes a cable pattern.

Here’s a picture of a pillow – with cables – that I knitted a few years ago. I called it “Garden Party”.

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